Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jennie's Tip of the Week: How to get ready for registration!

Registration for the Fall semester is right around the corner and it's time to figure out which courses you should be taking!  As a senior at UMass I have perfected the art of registration, so follow these simple tips and soon you'll be a wiz too.

1.  Look up when your enrollment appointment is on Spire.  The date and time simply indicate when Spire will allow you to begin enrolling in classes.  It is better to know ahead of time than to have it pass you by.

2.  Check to see if you have any holds on your account! Holds will prevent you from enrolling in classes.  The hold could be on your account for a number of reasons.  For example, some majors require students to meet with an advisor before allowing them to enroll in classes.  There could be a quick and easy fix, but if the hold is slightly more complex, it is better to deal with it sooner rather than later.

3.  Look at your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on Spire and figure out which classes you need to take in order to efficiently work towards completing your major, general education requirements, and minor/global requirements if applicable.  You can also check your major's designated website in order to see all of the requirements if you find that easier.  

4. Put a number of classes if your shopping cart.  You may think you know what you need to take, but as we all learn in time, just because you want a class does not mean it will be open at the time of your enrollment appointment.  It is always good to have the classes you would like to take in your shopping cart as well as a few extras that also meet your requirements.  Always have a back up plan.  Of course there are ways to possibly get into classes that are closed at a later date, but that is a whole other subject.

5. Make an appointment with your advisor! Whether you have a major, are undeclared, or are thinking about switching majors or adding minors, make sure you talk to your advisor.  Even if you feel that you have everything under control, it doesn't hurt to have an extra set of eyes look everything over.  Advisors are there to help and any student would be wise to meet with one.

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