Registration Advising

During most times of year, you can get an appointment with me within a week. However, there are two times of year when this is not true:

  • mid-March through April (registration for the upcoming fall)
  • mid-October through November (registration for the upcoming spring)

At these two times, seemingly all my students want to meet with me for registration advice, and before you know it, my first available appointment is three or even four weeks away.

I wish I could meet with each of you during the registration period, but I have over 500 advisees, so this would mean holding appointments with 25 students a day for an entire month. Obviously, I’m not able to do that.

So, what should you do if you’re not able to get an appointment with me before your registration date?

Plan A

First, check on the possibility of walk-in registration advising. This may be a way to confer with me, at least briefly, before you register. (For eligibility requirements and preparation guidelines, click on the link above.)

Plan B

If walk-in registration advising isn’t an option for you—because, for instance, you’re not eligible, or because you can’t make any of my walk-in times before your registration date—here’s what I recommend you do:

  1. Make an appointment with me now for the first available date that works with your schedule, even though it will be after your registration date.
  2. Use the online tools at your disposal (most notably, your degree audit, FCQ’s, and the Course Search feature in the registration system) to plan a schedule for the upcoming term.
  3. When your registration date comes, register for classes.
  4. Meet with me on the date of your appointment to review your schedule and make any necessary changes.

Alternatively, you could wait till after you’ve met with me to register, but some of the classes you wanted may have filled up in the interim, so I don’t recommend that approach.

Finally, don't forget that in future semesters, you can make an appointment with me before the registration madness begins. This takes some planning on your part, but it’s the best strategy of all.

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