It’s the academic advising period, so students should be meeting with their lower division adviser (for students who have not yet declared a major) or their major adviser. Thought it would be helpful to share a few things about registration:
It is very important for students to check their holds and registration status in WIN well BEFORE their registration day/time. In the event there is a hold, students need some time to take whatever action is needed to clear it. You do not want to find out 10 minutes before your registration that you have a hold and cannot register until 8:30 or 9 the next morning when you get that hold cleared (I have seen this happen, and it is not pretty). So I always tell my advisees to check those holds now, and then check again a day or so before registration (or the morning of) and take care of anything they need. The Registrar’s website has information:
Holds must be cleared prior to Registration in order to register for classes. Offices such as Finance & Accounting, ZSR, etc. will NOT be available to remove holds after 4 p.m. The Office of the University Registrar staff cannot remove a hold placed by another office.
To check Holds:
Login to your WIN account.
Select Virtual Campus.
Select Check Your Holds & Registration Status and view your holds.
There is also a section of the Registrar’s website for Registration Errors and FAQ as well as how to get help during the registration process using the G-chat feature. That G-chat is pure gold if you run into an issue during registration.
Finally, in the vein of Stop, Drop, and Roll, a gentle reminder that registration is something students should be doing independent of their parents/families. They will be the ones taking the classes, so they should be the ones to select the courses they want/need. Having to think through a strategy for coursework is one of the ways that students grow and become more independent thinkers. They have advisers to help them when needed, but students should be coming up with their own plan (not waiting for someone to tell them what to take). Flexing their own decision-making muscles makes them stronger.
PS – I also offer a gentle reminder to my advisees that seats in 8 or 9 am classes are very often available – and students should be open to them 🙂