Advising and Registration

Step-By-Step Guide to the Advising and Registration Process

Beginning at the end of Week 5:

  1. Watch your Inbox for a message from the Registrar’s office alerting you to the publication of course listings for the coming term. That message will direct you the Registrar's Course and Exam Schedule site.

  2. Arrange to meet with your academic advisor.

  3. Study the course offerings, and develop a list of courses that you are interested in taking.

  4. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course selection plans. Your academic advisor will then release your advising hold. If you do not meet with your advisor, your advising hold will not be lifted, and you will not be able to register.

  5. Address any other holds that may have been placed on your registration. To do this, log into Web Advising. Holds will be listed on the screen titled “My Registration Restrictions.”

  6. Know when the 4-day petition window is. You can find this information on the Important Dates page. Be sure to petition during this window for any courses that are tagged with a “Y” in the course listing. Click here for guidance on how to petition.

  7. Know when to check back on the status of your petitions. You can find this information on the Important Dates page. If you receive a petition for a course, you must accept the petition within a specific time frame, or you will lose your spot.

  8. Check in Web Advising to see when your registration appointment (date and time) is. This will appear on the “My Registration Restrictions” screen.

  9. Once your registration appointment arrives, log into Web Advising and register. You don’t have to register at this exact date and time; however, this is the earliest time that you can register. Register as soon as possible after your appointment for optimum course availability. Your window to register will remain open until the Last Day to Preschedule on WebAdvising, the date of which can be found on the Important Dates page.

  10. If you need to register for a fourth course, read the Fourth Course Overview, and then fill out a Fourth Course Form (unless you are in an exempt category).

  11. Some courses may fill up before you are able to register; always have two or three “back up” courses ready when it is time to register.

  12. When the new term begins, attend your new classes. If you wish to make a change to your schedule, act quickly and be mindful of the following points of information:
  • During the first week of classes, you can, using WebAdvising, drop a course and add a new course without any special permissions (as long as there is space available and you have the prerequisites).

  • Students who live off campus will not be able to use the add/drop function in WebAdvising until they have checked in with the Registrar’s Office. Also, due to the special nature of their status, student athletes, International Students, and AOP students must add/drop in person at the Registrar’s Office.

  • During the second week of classes, to register for a new course, you will need written permission from the faculty member. Because the first week of classes represents 10% of the course’s class meetings, professors may be reluctant to allow entry into a course if you have missed the first week. Aim to complete any needed schedule changes during the first week of the term.

  • The first and second week drop-add deadlines can be found on the Important Dates page.