Priority Registration


When students officially register with Student Disability Services, they become eligible to receive priority registration course scheduling for the fall and spring semesters only. Students must continue to abide by University registrar and academic requirements including but not limited to pre-requisite course work and advising requirements. Eligibility for priority registration is not considered an accommodation, but rather, allows students with disabilities the opportunity to select schedules that match their unique disability related needs.

UTSA students who have priority registration, such as SDS students, are able to begin registering for academic classes the first day that registration opens for fall and spring semesters. (Note: this does not include summer registration or first time freshman who MUST attend orientation prior to registering for any courses nor does it include any students who have holds on their record).

When scheduling your courses, students with disabilities should consider the following guidelines to aid in a seamless course registration process:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor in advance of the first day of registration so that you are ready to schedule classes as soon as you are eligible. Eligibility for priority registration does not supersede any advising requirements.

  • Priority registration does not supersede any holds and/or prerequisite course requirements that have been placed on student registration. It is the student's responsibility to resolve any issues and/or contact the appropriate department to address a hold.

  • Research available course offerings online in advance; writing down your choices (and backup choices) in advance can make your registration session go very smoothly and quickly.

  • Use your priority registration status to your advantage. Consider your disability-related needs and issues when scheduling and consider the following factors:

    • What time of the day do classes meet?

    • How often do classes meet?

    • Should you do back-to-back classes or do you need breaks to make sure your accommodations can be put in place?

    • Is your course work balanced, so that you avoid an overload?

    • Is there a type of work that is affected by your disability?

    • If you have energy limitations or use of Via Trans, are you able to get to your next class on time?

The key to implementing priority registration at UTSA lies in advance preparation and proactive scheduling. Please consult with your assigned academic advisor on appropriate coursework associated with your academic degree program.