Registration Timeline

Registration for Spring 2020

October 28 – November 4

    • All on-campus first-year and sophomore students must meet with an advisor prior to pre-registering.
    • Pre-register for four courses; there are no enrollment caps or instructor consent flags at this point.
    • If you pre-register for a limited enrollment course, consider an alternative in case you are later dropped from the course.
    • If you pre-register for a multi-sectioned course (including labs or conferences) you may later be assigned to a different section of the course.
    • Faculty will be checking class rosters and enrollment progress.

November 5 – November 11

    • Departments review pre-registration demand; some courses may be cancelled, some meeting times may be changed, or extra sections added for high demand courses.
    • Students are notified by email of any course cancellations or meeting time changes.
    • Multi-sectioned courses are balanced by mid-November.

November 11 – December 9

    • Enrollment caps are set.
    • Instructors with overenrolled courses review class lists and select students to drop.
    • Any students dropped from overenrolled courses are notified by email.
    • Instructor consent flags are set on overenrolled courses or other courses as appropriate.

January 7 – January 20

    • Tuesday, January 7 - Monday, January 13: Registration is open only to students dropped from overenrolled or cancelled courses (this does not include being moved to another section in a multi-sectioned course); students receive an email reminder prior to these dates.
    • Tuesday, January 14 - Monday, January 20: Registration is open to all students; students not in the group above will receive an email reminder prior to these dates.
    • Students should consider their enrollment in courses secure at this point.
    • Students may make changes to registration within the constraints of enrollment caps and instructor consent flags set.
    • Instructors should not be dropping students after this point except in the case where prerequisites are not met.

January 21 – January 31

    • Multi-sectioned courses are balanced again.
    • Lab and conference enrollment caps are set where needed to control balance; virtual sections are created.
    • Administrative holds for drop/add are set.

February 3 – February 14

    • Check Williams Student Records for holds before drop/add opens and resolve any holds as early as possible.
    • Students may make registration changes within the constraints of enrollment caps and instructor consent.
    • Check your class schedule in Williams Student Records—if you enrolled in a multi-sectioned course, you may be assigned to a different section.
    • After first class meetings, all classes require instructor consent to add, whether instructor consent is flagged or not. Always check with the instructor if you would like to add a class after the first meeting.
    • You may add an extra-graded fifth course.

Registration for Fall 2020

April 20 – April 27

    • All on-campus students must meet with an advisor prior to pre-registering.
    • Pre-register for four courses; there are no enrollment caps or instructor consent flags at this point.
    • If you pre-register for a limited enrollment course, consider an alternative in case you are later dropped from the course.
    • If you pre-register for a multi-sectioned course (including labs or conferences) you may later be assigned to a different section of the course.
    • Faculty will be checking class rosters and enrollment progress.

Mid-July

    • First-year pre-registrations are added to courses—at this point upperclass students can see if their pre-registration choices have over-enrolled (closed).
    • Departments review pre-registration demand; some courses may be cancelled, some meeting times may be changed, or extra sections added for high demand courses.
    • Students are notified by email of any course cancellations or meeting time changes.
    • Multi-sectioned courses are balanced by mid-July.

July 13 – August 3

    • Enrollment caps are set.
    • Instructors with overenrolled courses review class lists and select students to drop.
    • Any students dropped from overenrolled courses are notified by email.
    • Instructor consent flags are set on overenrolled courses or other courses as appropriate.

August 11 – August 24

    • Tuesday, August 11 - Monday, August 17: Registration is open only to students dropped from overenrolled or cancelled courses (this does not include being moved to another section in a multi-sectioned course); students receive an email reminder prior to these dates.
    • Tuesday, August 18 - Monday, August 24: Registration is open to all students; students not in the group above will receive an email reminder prior to these dates.
    • Students should consider their enrollment in courses secure at this point; any exceptions will be noted in emails sent prior to the re-opening of registration.
    • Students may make changes to registration within the constraints of enrollment caps and instructor consent flags set.

August 25 – September 7

    • Multi-sectioned courses are balanced again.
    • Lab and conference enrollment caps are set where needed to control balance; virtual sections are created.
    • Administrative holds for drop/add are set.

September 8 – September 18

    • Check Williams Student Records for holds before drop/add opens and resolve any holds as early as possible.
    • Students may make registration changes within the constraints of enrollment caps and instructor consent.
    • Check your class schedule in Williams Student Records—if you enrolled in a multi-sectioned course, you may be assigned to a different section.
    • After first class meetings, all classes require instructor consent to add, whether instructor consent is flagged or not. Always check with the instructor if you would like to add a class after the first meeting.
    • You may add an extra-graded fifth course.