Advisor Tips for Enrollment

 
A computer screen displays academic timetable and class schedule grids as an incoming transfer student registers for classes. (Photo by Jeff Miller).

Enrollment can be an exciting time - it's a clean slate, an opportunity to explore interesting new classes, and a step closer to you ultimate academic goals. But with over 4,000 classes to choose from, it can be an overwhelming process if you're not prepared. We asked a few advisors to give us their top tips to help make your enrollment go as smoothly as possible - take a look!
 
Jeremy Traska
 
Refresh Your Enrollment Tools Skills
The Registrar’s Office website hosts a number of Demos and Tutorials in Course Guide, Schedule Planner, and Student Center.
 
Familiarize yourself with DARS reports and how to interpret the results in order to identify unmet requirements.
 
 
Claudia Mosley
Stay on course
Remember when you were learning to drive? Advising is sometimes like that. You're in the driver’s seat and you determine where you're going. Advisors will be right by your side to help you stay on course.
 
Be alert (with selected courses, questions & concerns), ask for directions, (clarify your questions), have an alternate route ready (a parallel plan), and get the most out of your own unique journey.
 
 
Katie Denzin
 
Create a Solid Wish List
Add multiple courses to your wish list/plan so you’re prepared in case sections are full before your enrollment time.
 
After you have courses in your wish list, double-check the courses to confirm that all pre-reqs are met and you don’t have a hold on your record.
 
 
Todd Courtenay
Find Unique, Lesser-known Courses
Course guide is a great tool for gathering information about courses, but it tends to promote searching for the classes you already know exist. 
 
To browse for those unique, smaller, lesser-known courses, consider investing some time to go through the list by using the small 'subject' box in the left column to explore areas where you may find interesting electives.  More often than not, students will find interesting courses and subjects that they never knew existed!"  
 
 
Mary Thompson-Shriver
Can’t Get Into a Class? Click the Pinned Note Icon!
If you can't get into a class for some reason, be sure to read the class notes.  Whether you're in Course Guide or Student Center (Class Search), look for “Class notes” (the pinned note icon). Click on that and you'll find a wealth of information.
 
If you feel that you should have access to a certain class but can't get in, or if it's full and you want to try to get in, usually there is a note about access and enrollment in the box that says Class and Subject Notes.  If you want to contact someone about the class, that's also where you'll find a name, phone number, and/or email of an enrollment manager.
 
 
Katie Paar
 
Find out the Details - Save Time and Frustration
The Class Notes might also tell you if the class is a service learning course, part of a First-Year Interest Group (FIG), or reserved for students living in a specific residence hall. 
 
Being aware of these details before you click to enroll can save you time and frustration!
 
 
Steven Wong
 
 
Don't be Afraid to Change Your Plans
Don't let the first time you enroll be the only time.  If you get information that makes you rethink your course selection, don't be afraid to switch your classes around.  It's not uncommon to sign up for a preliminary plan, get more useful info, and then make a change.
 
When in doubt, ask your advisor!
 
Amy Zwaska
Bring Questions
Please bring a list of your questions or topics you want to discuss to your advising appointment!
 
Think about the big picture, don’t just think about what you need to do to get through the semester, think about how your choices will impact and influence your future goals and plans.
 
 
Goodson Vue
 
Find Your Best Fit
There is no easy A. Just because a class was “easy” for your friend doesn't mean it will be for you. Everyone has their own learning style. Meet with your advisors to explore classes that are a better fit. 
Jacklyn John
Be Strategic and Maintain Balance
Maintain balance when registering for courses each semester. Whenever possible, create a schedule where the workload in each course is manageable with the workload in other courses.
 
Taking five writing intensive courses, for example, might not be the best idea. Create a schedule that will allow you to do your best work!

 

Thomas Browne
Stay True to Your Interests and Skills
Take courses that make sense in your academic program, or that you have a true interest in. Regardless of what others say, students generally do better in courses they are engaged in, no matter the subject, and poorly in ones they're not.