Registering for College Courses: What You MUST Know

Fall semester is right around the corner. Have you registered for this upcoming semester? If not, don’t worry…below are 3 tips that will help you with the registration process.

Your Advisor Is Your Friend.

Let me explain…some students choose to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes and others don’t. You should make it a point to meet with your advisor at least once a year, preferably during the beginning of the school year.

Having a good relationship with your academic advisor has many benefits. He or she can give you the inside scoop on professors, tell you what specific courses are like, and help you plan out a solid schedule for the remainder of the school year.

The Course Catalogue Is Helpful.

If you’re struggling to select classes, the course catalogue can be really helpful. It will tell you what classes are being offered, which professors are teaching which courses, and which dates & times each course is being offered. Some course catalogues might even have a short description of the class. If not, try to find other students who may have taken the class before or ask your academic advisor.

Course catalogues also have other useful information like the school’s academic calendar, when you can add or drop classes, tuition information, and much more. Most course catalogues can be found electronically on the school’s website and some schools will also have hard copies available to students.

Not Registered? Show Up Anyway.

If you registered late and there’s a couple classes that you couldn’t add to your schedule because they were full, show up to that class anyway. Sometimes students will drop classes at the last minute and it might just be an open spot available for you if you show up on the first day and talk to the professor.

At the end of the class or during the professor’s office hours, ask your professor if anyone has dropped the class. If the class is still full, ask the professor if they’d be willing to take on one additional student. The professor may be able to pull some strings with the registration office and get you added to the course.

Final Thoughts

If you follow these tips, the registration process should run a lot smoother. Keep in mind that college is about being proactive. It’s up to you to learn how to successfully navigate the registration process and do whatever it takes to make it to graduation day.

Good Luck!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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