Steps to Class Registration

See registration check-list in printable, pdf format.

  1. Review what is offered for the term
    • Review the Course Offerings list from the University Registrar's website.
    • Use the ‘type' filter to check for related course offerings (e.g. FDR category, AFY, interdisciplinary program course...)
    • Click on 'Details' to see prerequisites and a course description.
    • 'Expected capacity' is the projected number of students to fill the class. 'Current Active Limit' is the current registration cap managed by the department. Often this number changes, especially during the class‐year registration windows as seats are held and opened for different class years.
  2. Select your preferred courses (your "wish list" or "shopping cart" of sorts)
    • Under the "Create Your Preferred List of Sections" link, pick as many course sections as you like (no official limit, but 100s will crash your account). You register from this preferred‐sections list, so make your selections well before your registration window opens. To review what you have in your preferred course list, view the list from 'Course Registration' then 'Register and Make Changes."
    • Prior to your registration window opening, you should contact faculty for instructor consent, only if it is either required for the section, or if you need an override for a prerequisite or other restrictions (e.g., major, class year). You will know that instructor consent has been given by checking your email or WebAdvisor "Holds and Registration Approvals."
    • If you are planning to overload, get that permission early - through "Request an Overload."
  3. Meet with your adviser to receive online authorization to register
    • Make an appointment with your adviser well in advance of the registration period. Respect your adviser's deadlines and requirements for authorizing you for registration and don't leave this to the last minute.
    • Your adviser will give you online authorization for you to register at your appointed registration day and time.
    • You will know that adviser authorization has been given by checking your email or WebAdvisor "Holds and Registration Approvals." Only your adviser, or your adviser's department head may give authorization for you to register.
  4. Check and clear any holds that will keep you from registering
    • During the week prior to registration, visit the WebAdvisor "Holds and Registration Approvals" link.
    • If you have an active (i.e., no end date) administrative‐office hold, that office must clear it before you are able to continue.
    • Holds which say "Soft Hold" do NOT stop you from registering.
  5. Know when your registration window opens
    • Your registration dates and times for the Pick One window will be listed on WebAdvisor in "Holds and Registration Approvals" at least one week in advance.
  6. Your 'Pick One' and 'Pick Three' Registration windows
    • For fall and winter term registrations, students will have a 'Pick One' window that is open from 10:00 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. the next morning. Students register for one course (for a total of 3-4 credits). This can include a course and co-requisite lab.
    • This is followed by a 'Pick Three' window that is open from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Students register for a full-time load (12-14 credits) at this time.
  7. When your registration window has opened
    • In WebAdvisor, click on "Course Registration" and then "Register and Make Changes". Since you can only register from courses in your preferred sections list, select many sections in advance, including multiple sections of the same course, in the "wish list" well before your window opens. To register, use the "Action" drop down menu and select "Register."
    • You will not be allowed to register for or waitlist in a section if you are missing a prerequisite or do not have instructor consent and it is not already approved by the faculty member; or if you have not received adviser authorization.
    • Be familiar with the "Part or All" choices on the registration screen. Start with Part. When dropping use All.
    • Students must initiate contact with the instructor or department head for overrides.
  8. When waitlists have opened
    • The waitlist option becomes available only if a section is closed because the faculty‐set limit has been reached. If this occurs, you may choose to "Waitlist" from the "Action" drop‐down menu.
    • During class‐year registration windows only, if you are on a waitlist and a seat opens, you can remove yourself from the waitlist, re-add the section to your preferred list, and register in the open slot if it is still available.
    • You may not waitlist for a course if you are not eligible to register in the course (e.g. stopped for missing a prerequisites, restrictions or consent).
    • If you are offered a seat, you receive an email giving you a deadline by which you must go back to "Your Waitlisted Sections" and adjust your schedule to add the course, or to remove yourself from the waiting list. Offers also show up on your "Holds and Registration Approvals" screen." If you miss the deadline, you lose the seat.
  9. Register for a PE class
    • Select and register for a PE skills course just as you do regular academic courses. Pick PE sections and add them to your preferred sections lists (your "wish list"). When your window opens, register for any open PE section(s) of your choice. You can NOT add a 100‐ or 200‐ PE skills course if you've completed the four‐skills PE FDR requirement.
  10. This is real‐time registration
    • Register for a full‐time load (12‐14 credits in fall or winter terms, 4‐5 credits in spring term). You may, at any time, view your current class schedule for current and future terms at WebAdvisor "My class schedule."