Registration Requirements for International Students

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Carla Tyree
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
J. Millard Tawes Center, 1st Floor

Registration Deadlines Each Semester

The registration deadline for F-1 students is thirty (30) days after classes have begun each semester. If a student has not registered by that time, the student's SEVIS record will automatically terminate and the student will lose their legal status in the U.S., unless approved for withdrawal by the International Office Advisor.

How does Coppin define registration for F1 students?

  • Fees are paid, either in full or, if on the Deferred Payment Plan, at least the first installment.
  • No blocks against your registration.
  • Your current U.S. residential address is available.

Consequences of Late Registration

Shortly after the semester has begun, students who have not yet registered will receive email messages from the International Office Advisor reminding them of the approaching 30-day deadline. If we do not receive a response from you, we will begin making phone calls to your home. We make these efforts to help you avoid problems with your legal status in the U.S. It is critical that you communicate your circumstances to the International Office so we can have a better understanding of the problems you are facing. We are here to guide you through your legal options.

Full-time Enrollment Requirements

Immigration regulations require international students in F-1 status to be in full-time units each semester. For immigration purposes, full-time enrollment is defined as:

  • Undergraduate students 
    Full-time enrollment for undergraduate students is 12 credits. However, your college may require more than 12 units to be considered full-time 
  • Graduate students
    Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credits or the number of credits required by the department for all graduate students in the program.