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Registration Information

Gateway is very excited to have you as a student. The following information will help you to prepare for registration.

Gateway offers students 3 full semesters each year

Summer classes begin in mid-May and end at the end of August.
Fall classes begin early September and end mid-December.
Spring classes begin mid-January and end early May.

Registration Requirements

To register for classes, a student must:

  • Register via WebAdvisor or complete a registration form at any Student Services Center.
  • Have a Photo ID to register in person.
  • Not have an outstanding debt with the College.
  • Have met class pre-requisite requirements, if applicable.

Priority Registration

Students who are accepted into a postsecondary program are eligible to register during the priority registration period. Continuing students are given a priority registration date based upon the number of credits you have completed and can register during the Priority Registration period. Newly admitted program students may register during New Program Student registration. Students not accepted into a postsecondary program register during the Open Registration period. Registration dates.

Service Members Priority Registration

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 201 gives priority registration to eligible service members attending a Wisconsin technical college.  Eligible service members include those who have served or who are serving on active duty under honorable conditions.

In accordance with the law Gateway Technical College allows eligible service members (not including dependents) to register one (1) day prior to their standard designated registration date.

Priority registration does not waive any course or program requirements, such as prerequisites and program restrictions.  Courses are available on a first-come, first- served basis.

Service Members Priority Registration information.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

A prerequisite is a required class which must be successfully completed before you can register for an advanced class. Most classes require a minimum D- grade to be earned in the prerequisite class. However, some classes require a minimum grade of C (2.0). See your curriculum sheet for prerequisite requirements. A corequisite is a class which must be completed prior to or at the same time as the selected class.

You should become familiar with the prerequisites and corequisites requirements for your program classes. Prerequisites and corequisites are identified on your program curriculum sheet. Not following these requirements can result in the need for extra semesters of work to complete graduation requirements. If you feel you have work experience or training which may qualify you for enrollment in an advanced class, discuss this with your Academic Advisor.


Waitlists are being offered for the majority of post-secondary course sections. Students may sign up for a waitlist via WebAdvisor/Self-Service or in Student Services.

Waitlists - Seat Available Notification/Registration Requirements

  • If a seat becomes available in a class for which a student is waitlisted, a message telling the student that they have Permission to Register will be sent to the student’s Gateway email account at approximately 11:50 p.m.
  • The seat will be held for the student until 11:30 p.m. the next day.
  • If the student does not register for the class within that timeframe, the permission to register will expire and the seat will automatically be offered to the next eligible student
  • When a student with a Permission to Register is registering for an available seat in a waitlisted class, all standard registration procedures apply. E.g. requisites must be met, capacity limits must be observed, late registration rules still apply etc

Waitlist Process Notes

  • Students must meet normal registration requirements in order to join a waitlist. e.g. have met requisites, have instructor consent etc.
  • A student already registered for a course may not be added to a waitlist for an additional section. i.e. if already registered for a 801-136 class, a student cannot go on a waitlist for another 801-136 section.
  • A student may only waitlist for one section of a course.

Waitlist Closing Info

  • Waitlists close (become inactive) at 11:55 pm the night before the first day of the class. The last “Permission(s) to Register” will be issued at 11:50 pm that night and will expire at 11:30pm the first day of class if the student does not register.
  • See the Adding a Class section of the Student Handbook for information about registering for a class that has started.


Elective credits may enable you to take classes in addition to those specified on your program curriculum sheet. You can choose elective classes from the wide variety of classes offered each semester. If you are in an Associate Degree program, ensure that your elective credits are at the associate degree level. Check with your faculty advisor or Academic Advisor on the selection of elective credits.

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