Registration Myths and Facts

Fact: Is preregistration is first-come, first-served?
Myth: It doesn’t matter whether you select a course at 9:01 am on the first day of preregistration or 7:59 am on the last day of preregistration—you will have equal consideration for the course. All courses are open at this point. Make note of the enrollment preference for a course when reviewing the course catalog—this will give you an idea of your chances if the course overenrolls. Check the Registration Timeline for information on how enrollments are reviewed.

Myth: The only way to know you have a registration or advising hold is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You can check for holds, and should, whether registration is open or not. Navigate Self-Service > Campus Personal Information > Holds. If you have a registration hold, take care of it as soon as you can. If you have an advising hold, you need to meet with your advisor (or remind your advisor to remove the hold).

Myth: The only way to know a course has a prerequisite is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You should check the prerequisites in the course description for any course you are considering. Not all prerequisites are enforced in PeopleSoft; if they are, you can see them on the Class Detail page of the Course Search or on the Enrollment Preferences page when adding a class. If you want the prerequisite waived, you should talk to the instructor.

Myth: It doesn’t matter what you preregister for—you can always change courses later.
Fact: Preregistration is your best chance of getting in to a course you want. Many courses will be closed once preregistration is over.

Myth: It doesn’t matter what listing you register for under a under cross-listed course.
Fact: A cross-listed course may count differently toward divisional distribution requirements; check the Divisional Attributes and the Distribution Notes in the course catalog. Also, think about how you want the course listed on your transcript. You may want to match your registration with a major or concentration.

Myth: Instructor Consent just means that you can contact the instructor to get in to a class.
Fact: Instructor or Department Consent means that the course overenrolled, some students have already been dropped and there is a waitlist. Before you fire off an email to the instructor, check the enrollment preferences listed in the catalog and research other open courses to see what else may be available. Some instructors keep waitlists; some don’t. Some instructors will suggest that you come to the first class meeting in September, but cannot guarantee a space in the class.

Myth: The only way to know a course has a prerequisite is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You should check the prerequisite in the online catalog course description for any course you are considering. Not all prerequisites are enforced in PeopleSoft; if they are, you can see them on the Class Detail page of the Class Search or on the Enrollment Preferences page when adding a class. If you want the prerequisite waived, you should talk to the instructor.

Myth: After the first class meetings, if a course is open and you can add it in PeopleSoft, you are guaranteed a spot in the class.
Fact: After the first class meetings, instructors may deny permission to add to any student who did not attend the first class meeting. Add the course, but make sure you contact the instructor promptly to confirm that your enrollment in the class is okay and to obtain any notes and information distributed at the first meeting. If the instructor says you can’t be in the class, you need to drop it and find another class.