Monday, November 30, 2009

Enrollment for Spring

Having trouble searching for classes? Feeling like everything you want to take is already full?

What can you do?

Be proactive about it! Don't give up. People are adding and dropping courses all the time, so seats are always opening up.
  • Check SPIRE as often as you can. For example, whenever you check your email or Facebook, make it a habit to see if any classes you want have open seats.
  • Get onto waitlists (if they exist for the class), and go to see the department and/or professor to register your interest in the course.
  • Be creative about courses to take. Don't limit yourself to departments you are familiar with, and don't just go for the 'usual suspects' for Gen Ed classes. (Click here for general registration info, and check out the 2nd to last bullet on course suggestions.) Explore upper level classes (some don't have prerequisites!). Try something new that you've always been interested in but have never pursued.
  • Be prepared to attend the first meeting of any class you want but are unable to add on SPIRE. There's no guarantee you'll get in, but at least there's a chance!
Where can I go for help?
  • Make an appointment to see your advisor. (Note: Drop-In Hours in Undergraduate Advising are for QUICK questions, students contemplating a change of declared majors, or for Dean's actions . . . NOT for a full advising appointment to choose courses. If you have a short question - 5 minutes or so - you could bring it to Drop-In.)
  • Go to the Academic Advising Link - 4-8pm, Sundays through Thursdays - for general assistance from trained peers.

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