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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Registering for the Spring Semester

So, it's past the midpoint of the semester, and while you're feeling relaxed, you need to remember that registering for Spring classes is here.  That said, it's time to get prepared for registration, and here are some reminders for all students planning to take classes next semester:

1) Pay off any balances or fines (overdue library books, etc.).  If you don't make arrangements to take care of even minor bills you may not be permitted to register (the longer it takes you to register, the more likely it is the classes you wanted will be closed.  If you owe a lot of money, speak with the Student Accounts Office about setting up a payment plan or see if the hold can be lifted long enough for you to register for classes.

2) Declare your major.  If you are not registered for a major and you know which major you wish to pursue, declare it immediately.  Why?  If you are not officially in a major you may be blocked from registering for classes in the respective major.  Again, this could delay your ability to register.

3) Meet with your department advisor to go over your major and general studies requirements.  Yes, many students have a good understanding of what their degree requirements are.  However, getting feedback from an advisor could help a student pinpoint classes outside the major which complement the student's career goals.  Make sure you go over your degree audit with your advisor and ask any questions you have regarding degree requirements.  The Academic Advisement office at your college should be able to assist you as well.

4) Look up classes before the first day you can register.  Be prepared with your first options as well as back up classes (just in case the classes you wanted fill up before you can register for them).  While you are at it, register the first moment you are allowed to, because classes fill up quickly.

5) If a class you wanted to take is closed, contact the class professor and request to be added.  In some cases, professors are fine with letting a few additional students in.  In other cases, professors keep a waiting list of students to add should space fill up.  The sooner you contact the professor the better.  Remember, professors are often prohibited by departments and/or the college from adding additional students so don't be upset if a professor informs you he/she cannot add you.

6) After registering, look at your degree audit to verify the classes you registered for fulfill the requirements you anticipated they would fulfill. Not every Biology class fulfills a college's Natural Science requirement just as not every painting class fulfills a college's Art requirement.  You need to make certain the classes you chose fulfill requirements.  If you don't, you could end up taking a class that fulfills no requirements, which may require you to stay an extra semester.

7) Register for at least 12.0 credits of coursework you have never attempted before.  Many financial aid sources require students to attempt and often complete 12.0 new credits a semester in order to maintain aid.  If you have any questions regarding this, contact financial aid immediately.  If your plan is to graduate in four years, you will need a minimum of 15.0 credits a semester.




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