It is that time of year again. Yup, that time where we must suspend our current semester stress to pick out that classes that we would like to stress over next semester! Registration is upon us: seniors register this Monday, Nov. 5, juniors on Wednesday, Nov. 7, sophomores on Friday, Nov. 9 and first-years on Monday, Nov. 12. No need to fear, The Acorn and our very experienced staff are here to give you some tips to get you through registration with minimal hiccups. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the website will work because this is Drew.
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1. Meet with your advisor
While this should go without saying, it is of utmost importance to meet with your advisor. Whether you are just finishing your first semester or about to start your last one, you should set up a meeting with your advisor to talk about your classes for next semester. They will make sure you are on track with your major, give you your PIN so you can register and help you plan important things like study abroad, New York semesters or internships. Your advisor will also be able to tell you if you have any holds on your account and advise you on how to get them removed. Meeting with your advisor and being aware of holds before registration day gives you some time to sort them out before they block you from registering. Plus, if anything they can help you sort out your stress for this semester and try to avoid it for next semester!
2. Have backups for your backups
Unless you are going into your second semester of senior year, assume that at least one of your classes will be full. So make sure you have at least two backup classes ready in case one of your classes fills up before you get up to it. Even if the class you want is full, make sure to put yourself on the waitlist and register for a backup. If you are number one or two on the waitlist, you will most likely get into the class or at the very least can ask the professor to raise the cap for you. Either way, make sure you’ve got at least six possible classes picked out when it comes to registration morning.
3. Don’t forget your Gen Eds
Speaking of backups, Gen Ed requirements make great backups that will still keep you on track to graduate. As a liberal arts college, we have quite a few Gen Ed requirements so make sure none of these slip through the cracks. The Acorn staff has a few favorites for filling these requirements, including Biological Anthropology (ANTH 103) for the Natural Science Requirement, Speech Fundamentals (SPCH 101) for the Arts requirement or Economic Principles: Microeconomics (ECON 101) for the Quantitative requirement. While you are planning classes with your advisor, think about making a future plan for when you will complete all your Gen Ed requirements.
4. Get set up early
Registration opens at 9 a.m. which can be quite early for a lot of people. Make sure you set up multiple alarms so that you are awake well before you have to register. The last thing you want to do is wake up and realize you have missed registration and there are not any more seats in the classes that you need to take. The night before make sure your PIN and all the CRNs for the classes that you want into a spreadsheet so that you can easily copy and paste them once the website opens. Get yourself ready by logging on to the website, having your class spreadsheet ready and starting to refresh the page at 8:59 a.m. (although some students swear by refreshing the site starting at 8:55 a.m.). If you have a class during your registration time, make sure to discuss with your professor and make arrangements to either come to class late or get there extra early and register in class.
Registration can be stressful but hopefully these tips can help you get through a bit smoother. Remember, not getting into a class is not the end of the world and if you are having major scheduling conflicts, communicate with your advisors and you will find a solution. Happy registering, Drewids!