1. ID and Password: Once admissions documents have been processed, each student is assigned a permanent student ID number, login ID, and password to be used throughout enrollment at CUA and retained for subsequent access to the student's records after leaving the University. If you misplace your password, contact Technology Services at techsupport@cua.edu or 202-319-4357.

  2. Pre- and Co-requisites: If a course has pre- or co-requisites, Cardinal Students will enforce them. If you have not fulfilled these requirements, you will not be able to enroll for the course. If you receive permission to take the class, the dean or department chair offering the course must assign permission in the system. Then you may use Cardinal Students to register for the class.

  3. Department Approval: Courses that require department approval are shown in the Enrollment Information portion of the Schedule of Classes listing as "Department Consent Required" after the instructor's name. The department must assign permission in the system before you can register for the class.

  4. Class Closed: If the class is closed, Cardinal Students will not allow further enrollment and will place you on the wait list automatically if a wait list is available. If you are placed on the wait list, your enrollment status for that class will be WAITING. If a space becomes available, you are first on the list, and you meet all entrance criteria for the course, you will automatically be enrolled in the class. Your enrollment status will change from WAITING to ENROLLED. If you decide that you do not want to be enrolled in a class for which you are on the wait list, you must drop the class. You are not enrolled in a class for which your status is WAITING and you may not attend. Verify your enrollment status on a regular basis using your online schedule.

  5. Audit and Pass/Fail: If you receive permission to audit or take a class on a pass/fail basis, you must first register for the class in Cardinal Students. Once registered, submit a registration status change form to your academic dean's office. Once approved, your dean's office will forward the form to the Enrollment Services to have the new status recorded in Cardinal Students. See the Academic Calendar for deadlines.

  6. Comprehensives, Orals, Special Exams or Recital: Students preparing to take comprehensives, orals, special exams, or recitals must enroll for them using Cardinal Students.

  7. Online Schedule of Classes: The Schedule of Classes is available online from Cardinal Students.

  8. Mid-Term and Final Grades: Mid-term (freshman only) and final grades are available on Cardinal Students. Grade reports are not mailed. For instructions on requesting official transcripts click the Transcripts link.

  9. Your Schedule: You are responsible for your class enrollment. Please check your class schedule using Cardinal Students after each transaction to insure that you are properly enrolled. Print a copy of your schedule for your records.

  10. Undergraduate Class Definition: the number of credits earned defines undergraduate class standing. It does not include credits in progress:

    Freshman: 0-29 credits earned

    Sophomore: 30-59 credits earned

    Junior: 60-89 credits earned

    Senior: 90 or more earned

  11. Classroom Assignments: Classroom assignments are subject to change during the first two weeks of the semester. Check Cardinal Students for the most up to date information. Classes with an enrollment of five students or less may not be assigned a classroom. If a classroom assignment is not found in Cardinal Students, contact the responsible department’s administrative office to determine the class location.

12. Instruction Modes: The instruction mode listed in Cardinal Students reflects the manner in which the course will be taught.  

  • In Person: On-campus attendance will be required.  (During the COVID-19 pandemic, accommodations may be made for students who become ill and/or need to quarantine during the semester.) 
  • In Person & Synchronous Remote: Class is offered on-campus but students have the option of attending some or all of the class meetings remotely.
  • Online: Class is fully remote with no on-campus component.  Class will have synchronous online class meetings, asynchronous online work, or a combination of the two.
  • Blended: Class is a hybrid of on-campus meetings and remote work.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, students may have the option of attending some or all of the on-campus meetings remotely.  Online work (synchronous online class meetings, asynchronous online work, or a combination of the two) will replace some of the on-campus meetings that would occur if the class were to be taught in person or in person/synchronous remote.
  • Directed Research: Used for directed research courses except in cases where the academic department offering the course has explicitly designated the mode as online.
  • Exam: Used for comprehensive examination courses except in cases where the academic department offering the course has explicitly designated the mode as online. 
  • Full Time Equivalent: Used for graduate-level courses which automatically confer full-time status as noted in the Graduate Enrollment Policy.
  • Independent Studies: Used for independent study courses except in cases where the academic department offering the course has explicitly designated the mode as online. 
  • Malpractice Codes: Used for courses (in Nursing, Psychology, and Social Service) which carry a malpractice insurance charge.  If these courses are being conducted online this semester this will be noted in the location field.