Thoughts on Registration

Registration for spring semester classes begins the week of November 19th. Students will select up to 8 hours of classes in Round 1 (November 19-20), and then will select the remaining classes in Round 2 (November 23-24).

Students have a wide range of resources to help them plan their classes: their lower division (i.e., pre-major) adviser, faculty or other adult mentors on campus, the Office of Academic Advising, and (to a lesser extent) their informal network of Wake friends.

As an adviser, my best professional advice is that things tend to work best for students if they use any of the above networks for advice, and not their parents or family members. This is not meant as a slight to any first-year families. But the reality is that official advisers on campus are going to be able to provide the best advice to students about classes.

If your students come to you asking course registration advice, I’d encourage you to flip the script and redirect with questions: What has your adviser said about your course selections? Where on campus have you tried to talk about your course planning? Where might you go to find more information? Helping them become independent decision-makers is one of the best ways you can encourage your student’s growth and development.

And if your students have not asked you for your course registration advice, don’t offer it. It is important for them to find their own path – and learn along the way – and they will do that best when the class selections they make are their own.


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2020 slide shows

Parent and family Orientation sessions are available online.