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 clear you to register in Student Planning. If you do not meet with your advisor, you will not be cleared, and you will not be able to register during the ninth week of the term.

  5. If you have received email messages from the Bursar's office indicating that a financial hold has been placed on your ability to register, take action to ensure that the hold is lifted.

  6. Complete the Pre-Approval process for courses that require pre-approval.

  7. Check in Student Planning to see when your registration appointment (date and time) is.

  8. Once your registration appointment arrives, log into Student Planning 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 Student Planning, the date of which can be found on the Important Dates page.

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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 Student Planning, drop a course and add a new course without any special permissions (as long as there is space available and you have the prerequisites). You must enroll in three full-credit courses each term.

  • Students who live off campus will not be able to use the add/drop function in Student Planning 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.