How to Apply

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s University Program offers undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the year. The courses meet the degree requirements of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium members.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is not a degree granting institution. Students register for courses at their home institution to take courses at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab prior to the course session beginning. Students enrolled in a non-MESC college or university may receive credit by arrangement between their home institution and the DISL.

For questions and more information contact the DISL University Programs Registrar Regina Kollegger by phone at (251) 861-2141, ext 7526 or by email at

Students interested in attending courses offered through the DISL campus will first need to speak to their campus liasion. A list can be found here.

Graduate Registration

  1. Find a MESC School. Ten of our MESC schools offer graduate programs.
  2. Find your MESC School Liasion and register with that school.
  3. Register at DISL.
  4. Confirm your registration with your MESC School and DISL.
  5. Find funding and scholarship opportunities.
  6. Join the Marine Science Graduate Student Organization.

MESC Graduate Schools

Students interested in applying should contact potential advisors, the University Programs Registrar, or a campus liaison to learn more on how to apply.

The MESC schools listed below offer graduate programs in the field of marine science. The DISL curriculum is designed and integrated to meet the requirements of these member institutions program requirements. Degree emphasis includes Marine Science and Enviromental topics including fisheries, aquaculture, and conservation.

Undergraduate Registration

  1. Find a MESC School offering an undergraduate course focus in your interest.
  2. Find your MESC School Liasion and register with that school.
  3. Register at DISL.
  4. Confirm your registration with your MESC School and DISL.
  5. Find funding and scholarship opportunities.

Summer Course Registration

  • In most cases, DISL will accept applications until the start of the first day of class.
  • Class space is limited and some classes fill up quickly so students are encouraged to apply early.
  • All DISL fees are due at the time of registration. Non-payment of fees will result in a late fee charge of $50 to be added after March 31, 2023.

Complete the steps below to secure your summer course enrollment.

  1. Begin the application process by completing this short registration form. Once confirmed, you will receive an email with a link and instructions for logging into to complete the full appplication.

  2. You will be invoiced the $75.00 application fee within your student account in Populi.

  3. To receive academic credit for your DISL courses, you MUST also register at your home campus and pay your home campus tutition. (not applicable for Birmingham Southern students)

  4. Submit proof of home campus tuition paid and a schedule of courses registered at your home campus to the DISL UP Registrar Regina Kollegger. If your home institution does not permit you to register for classes before DISL classes begin and you fail to register at your home institution, you will be obligated to pay DISL directly for the cost of tuition.

  5. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your enrollment at DISL shortly after the priority registration deadline. It will include an acceptance statement and instructions to log in to your DISL Populi student account via

  6. When you log into your Populi account, you will be able to:

    • View a listing of the course(s) you are enrolled in.
    • Your DISL bill, payable online prior to arriving on campus. DISL fees may be paid on a session-by-session basis if arranged beforehand with the DISL Bursar Daphne Wood.
      Please note: your tuition will be charged by your home institution and will not appear on your DISL Populi account.