Registration advice from students, staff and faculty

By Alexandra White -1851 Contributor

Registration for the spring, winter, and summer semesters started on November 12 with seniors and continued through November 18 with first-year students, officially ending after open days for registration on November 21. Like previous years, registration started at 7 a.m. with students racing to register for their classes before they filled up. 

While this is usually a stressful time for all students, registering for the spring semester is the first time first-year students register by themselves. First-year graphic design major Olivia Rojowski said they felt prepared for registration. “Meeting with my advisor was really good; she was very helpful. I was able to understand it well, and we created backup schedules.”

Rojowski says while they were nervous about registration, they were successful in finding classes. “Registration went good, I just had to move around two classes but other than that I got everything I needed.”

Senior Professional Academic Advisor Vikki Turnquist advises first-years in the School of Humanities, Education, Justice, and Social Sciences, as well as first-years in the School of Communication and the Arts. Turnquist says advisors work hard to prepare students for registration and reduce stress for first-year students. “My biggest piece of advice for first-years or any incoming students is to check your email. We will email when it is time to meet with us. All of the meetings kind of build upon each other. We start planning about a month before registration.”

Group advising sessions started this year to teach multiple students at the same time how to use Self-Service for registration. First-year students were not introduced to the system during orientation. Turnquist says she thinks group advising is helpful for students. “We walk them through the registration process step-by-step at the group advising sessions.” 

Junior international business major Alexandria Bettencourt thinks group advising and getting a second opinion aside from your advisor about course selection is beneficial. “I think students should go to the student advisors, they are really helpful to know how to plan your schedule. Or even go to a professor in your major, that has really helped me.”

Upperclassmen do not meet with their advisors as often as first-years do. School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences Dean Lori Rosenthal says upperclassmen typically have a better grip on course selection and may not need the additional help.

 “Once you are here for a while, some students know exactly what they need to take, or they know what path they are on, or maybe they have connected with another faculty member and they are getting advice somewhere else. They don’t actually need their advisor because they have such a close relationship with one of the other faculty. So we kind of let the students drive it rather than force anything.”

First-year business management major Alize Romero is on a waitlist for a course but had a smooth registration overall. Romero wishes Self Service was easier to use, thinking registration would be easier if students could register for available classes before having to remove classes with no seats available.

Longe School of Business Dean Matthew Reilly says the best way to ease registration stress is to come prepared. “Students [should] come prepared with some backup options and [be] very familiar with a. their academic plan, b. the course rotation schedule so they know when classes are offered, and c. the course offerings for that prospective semester. When a student comes prepared with all that information…it would help de-escalate any stress or anxiety.” 

Registrar staff member Linda Arce agrees with Reilly. Arce says students should make sure to read the emails sent out about registration to be prepared. “I send out notifications in regards to the waitlist, what to expect, I also send screenshots… It’s very important, especially when it comes from the Registrar’s office because we are dealing with scheduling, registration [and] grades, that students do read that information.” 

Registration can be stressful but Rosenthal says students should not worry about it too much. “We really have their backs, and we aren’t going to let students not have a schedule. We are always going to work it out with them. I tell students whatever happens on registration day don’t panic… it will work out.”

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