Selecting classes was easy during freshman and sophomore year when a schedule mostly consisted of core classes with 200+ seats that were offered 4 times a week.
Once college students start taking classes specific to their degree and can take more electives, it seems harder to get into classes. Why? These classes often offer limited seating and have less dates and times open to choose from. For example, at a large University, a documentary film class may only be offered once a week with 30 seats open. This makes it stressful when a student wants to get in a popular class.
Although students cannot control when their class registration begins, they can be as prepared as possible when the minute hand changes and it’s time to start online registration.
Class registration can sometimes feel like a race. Whoever is the most prepared will most likely win and be able to register for their desired classes. Those who wait are taking the risk of ending up on the waiting list or, worse yet, not getting in the class at all.
Here’s how to increase your chances of getting a seat in the classes you want next semester:
Research Classes In Advance
Meet with an adviser and research classes in advance to find out when each class is offered during the semester. This will also help you know exactly which classes you need to take and learn more about electives. If a class you want doesn’t seem to work for you, look ahead to other semesters to see if you will be able to take it then. Knowing the specific classes you want will avoid any hesitation or delays during registration.
Plan Your Schedule
It’s important to find out if a class will even fit in your schedule. If you work while attending school, check with your supervisor ahead of time. Show your supervisor a rough schedule to see if it works for them. This will avoid any time wasted choosing a class that just doesn’t work for you.
Fill Your Cart Ahead of Time
Depending on how your University handles online registration, you may be able to fill your cart with classes before registration opens. Then it’s as simple as one click of a button to complete registration.
Clear Your Schedule For Registration
To get a seat in popular classes, you will need to register as soon as you can. Try to be available on registration day at the time when registration opens for you.
Check Your Wireless Connection
A weak wireless connection is the last thing you want when you need to register for classes as soon as possible. Find a strong wireless connection to avoid the risk of the internet not working. You may need to go to a Starbucks or the library to register for classes.
Even though your registration date cannot be controlled, you can take steps to make sure everything run smoothly on class registration day. Being prepared is key when it comes to getting in a popular class you want.