glossary

Registration Status

Student’s status at the time of registration. When a student applies for admission, the student’s registration status during this semester is “first-time”, “transfer” or “returning”. If an enrolled student continues enrollment in the following semester, registration status would be “continuing”. Registration status will remain as “continuing” for the duration of the student’s continued enrollment in fall and spring semesters, (i.e., until there is a break in enrollment). Some exceptions to this are as follows:

  • Non-attendance in summer session is not considered a break in enrollment.
  • When a student changes academic level from undergraduate to graduate, registration status will be re-started and previous attendance (regardless of whether or not there is a break in enrollment) will be disregarded in determining registration status.
  • When a student changes to concurrent, early admit, auditor from other majors or from concurrent, early admit or auditor to other majors, registration status will be re-started.
  • When a student begins enrollment in the summer, and must also apply for admission in the fall, registration status will be re-started in the fall.

First-time

  • An undergraduate enrolling for the first time, never having previously enrolled at any other college or university campus except as an early admit or for summer session.
  • A non-degree graduate student enrolling for the first time at the graduate level.
  • A degree-seeking graduate student enrolling for the first time in a graduate degree program.
  • Also used if unable to determine whether the student’s previous work was at the graduate level.

Transfer

  • An undergraduate enrolling at a campus, having previously attended another college or university.
  • An undergraduate re-enrolling after an absence of one or more fall or spring semesters, having attended another college or university in the interim.
  • A graduate student enrolling at the graduate level, having previously attended another (i.e., non-UH) graduate school.
  • A graduate student who already received at least one graduate degree at another (i.e., non-UH) graduate school or university, and is applying for another graduate degree (i.e., PD to Masters, Masters to PhD, PhD to MD, Masters to Masters), or is applying for unclassified (non-degree) graduate status.

Returning

  • An undergraduate student returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester without having attended another college or university (except summers or adult extension classes) in the interim.
  • A graduate student returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester, who is applying for a change in field to another graduate program without having attended another graduate school or university (except summers or adult extension classes) in the interim.
  • A graduate student who already received at least one graduate degree from the campus, was absent at least one fall or spring semester, and is applying for unclassified (non-degree) graduate status, at the same campus.

Continuing

  • An undergraduate or graduate student continuing to enroll at the campus after enrollment during the immediately preceding fall, spring or winter term. Exceptions to this are noted above.