Registration, Textbooks, IDs & Calendars

Course Registration

You will begin to receive registration and textbook information within the following timeline, based on your semester start. You will receive registration instructions and key dates in your university email inbox.

Communications Timeline by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
Communications Start Mid-October Late February
Note: The university reserves slots in its online courses for its online Master of Science in Nursing students. If you follow the prescribed semester-by-semester plan for your degree, you will not be denied access to required courses, regardless of your registration date and time.

Please note that all course requirements and affiliated due dates will be based on the Eastern time zone.


When registering for courses in Catalyst, you will notice a textbook icon to the right of the course number. Click on the icon to view required course textbooks. You can purchase textbooks from the UC Bookstore or elsewhere. If you choose to purchase a used textbook, be sure to buy the correct edition.

Alternatively, the UC Bookstore offers textbooks for rent. To learn more, visit the UC Bookstore Rental FAQ.

Student ID

The Bearcat Card is your University of Cincinnati student ID. Note: You must be registered for classes to receive a student ID.

If you are a local student, student IDs are processed in the Public Safety Office (4 Edwards Center). You must be registered for classes and have another source of photo identification (e.g. driver's license, state ID or passport) to obtain a UC ID. Student IDs are required for access to campus dining halls, libraries, sport facilities and computer laboratories, and can also be used to conduct financial transactions on and around campus.

If you're not on campus, you may not need a student ID; however, your practicum site could require it. In this case, or if you simply want to have the ID to take advantage of student discounts available to you in your local area, you can request a student ID by including the following information in an email to the Office of Student Affairs at

  • Full name
  • UC ID number (also referred to as an "M number")
  • Passport photo in JPG or PNG file format (attached to the email)
  • Copy of driver's license
  • Current address

Once we receive your request, we will work with the Public Safety Office to have an ID issued and sent to you at the address indicated in your request.

Learn more on the Bearcat Card page.


The University of Cincinnati's Office of the Registrar maintains several calendars, including:

  • Academic Year
  • Registration, Withdrawals, Fees and Funds
  • Early Registration
  • Final Exams

For a full list of available calendars, visit the registrar's calendars page.