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Registering for Classes

October 23rd, 2013 by ebeck722

By: Jillian '15Jillian Harrison

It's fall; the leaves on campus are beautiful shades of red, orange, and brown; the seasonal wind swirls around campus creating a wind tunnel, which is at times inconvenient, but is nonetheless a staple of our wonderful campus. With almost two months of classes under your belt, you may feel that you are finally in the swing of the semester. Just as you feel a sense of confidence in this current semester, here comes that time to think about choosing classes for spring semester. For most people, that is when the panic sets in: What classes are available? What are the required courses for my major? What if I can’t get into a class? HOW DO I EVEN REGISTER?? Take a deep breath. This is easier than it seems.

First thing’s first, if you do not already have a declared major, make sure that you have been meeting with and talking to your Academic Advisor in the Advising Center! Meeting with one of us will help you sort out which career you are thinking of pursuing and the best academic program to support those goals.  Meeting with your UAC Advisor to discuss these issues will make it easier for us to recommend classes for next semester.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about this slightly overwhelming process of registering for classes. You should approach this matter in the following order:

  1. Check out which courses are being offered for next semester. Now that the Registrar’s office has released the course schedule guide, you view it at the myRWU student portal.
  2. Review courses in your major (or majors/minors you are considering) and jot down courses of interest, and days/time offered.  Don't forget about Core classes and other required courses that you may need to sign up for!
  3. Work out a tentative schedule. Use a blank schedule worksheet (available at the University Advising Center (UAC) to start mapping a tentative spring schedule.   Make sure that courses don’t conflict and make sure that your schedule reflects your best learning style.  If you constantly oversleep and don’t fully wake up until 11:00 AM, I wouldn’t suggest taking an 8:00 AM course!  But, sometimes the 8:00AM is the only available time – and 8am classes are typical for a freshmen schedule. 
  4. Make an appointment to talk with your faculty Advisor. THIS IS A REQUIRED MEETING.   Your faculty advisor will discuss your tentative schedule and lift the electronic hold on your registration so you can then register online! If you do not have your hold lifted, you won’t be able to register.  For students declared in a major, your faculty advisor can provide useful insight and advice on the courses you’ve selected, some possible alternative courses, and reassurance that you’re on the right track to graduation!  For deciding students, you must meet with your assigned faculty advisor to get your hold lifted.  The UAC is not authorized to lift registration holds.
  5. Plan Ahead. A few weeks before you register, you will receive an email that will tell you the exact date and time that you are allowed to register for courses. Mark this date and time in your calendar, set a reminder in your phone, do just about anything that will ensure that you do not forget to register! Failing to register at your assigned time could limit availability of the courses you want to (or need to) take.
  6. Have your courses cued up in MyRWU. MyRWU has a great feature that allows you to cue up your courses ahead of time so that you don’t have to constantly sift through pages of available courses to find the one you want. Log on to MyRWU, and access the Student page. Under “Student Services” click on Academic Registration, then Search for Available Classes. This will bring you to a page where you can search for courses by major, time, day, professor, or section. Next to the course title, you will see a number of available seats out of the number of offered seats for that course. It will look something like this: 27/30. For this particular example, there are 27 seats left out of 30. Once that first number hits 0, then that course is no longer available to you unless that professor agrees to sign you in. When you have selected all of your courses by checking the box next to them and hitting submit they will remain on your Register and Drop Sections page.
  7. Monitor your class availability. You may only have a few days between the time you select your courses on myRWU to your assigned time for actual registration. It is therefore very important to keep an eye on the available seats in the classes you have cued up.  A class may fill up before you can register and you’ll have to select another or rework your schedule from the beginning. You don’t want to get stuck scrambling to find an available course or redesigning your schedule at the moment you are actually registering for classes.   Always have second and third choices ready in case you need them!
  8. Be online and prepared with your courses on your specific registration day/time.  WAHOO THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! You are well prepared with the right courses, you have a great schedule that works for you, and all of your classes have available seats! What a great feeling! As your time approaches, log into MyRWU, and get to your Register and Drop Sections page. From here you can use the drop bar that says “Action for ALL Pref. Sections (or choose below)” and select “RG Register.” After you hit the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page, you can jump for joy because you have officially registered for classes for next semester!

Being prepared and planning out your courses ahead of time will be incredibly beneficial when you are registering for classes for next semester. You’ll be so glad that you didn’t wait, you didn’t stress, and you get the schedule you wanted! Registering does not have to be an overwhelming process; there are so many resources and people on campus who want to help you (like myself and the rest of the wonderful people in the Advising Center!) You can also seek help from your faculty advisor, RA, or Student Advocate. With a matter as important as this, it's important to prepare for it early and make sure it’s right!