Spring 2015 Registration for Re-admitted Students

You may register for Spring 2015 courses using this process ONLY IF YOU ARE A RE-ADMITTED STUDENT FOR SPRING 2015. (All other students must wait until the Spring 2015 semester begins to register for courses or to adjust their schedules.)

Important Dates
Registration Process for Re-admitted Students
     Online Resources
     Preventing Registration Problems
Viewing & Adjusting Your Spring 2015 Schedule

Important Dates:

Tuesday, 2 December 2014: Registration begins at 9:00am EST for students fully readmitted between 2 December- 8 December

Thursday, 11 December 2014: Registration ends at 4:00pm EST

Wednesday, 7 January 2015: Registration begins at 9:00am EST for those re-admitted after 8 December 2014

Wednesday, 14 January 2015: Registration ends at 4:00pm EST

Registration Process for Re-admitted Students:

  • Begins Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time, and continues until 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, 11 December 2014 for students re-admitted between 2 December and 8 December. If you miss the registration deadline, you will have to register for courses at the start of the semester after meeting with your advisor and having your advisor hold removed.
  • For those students re-admitted after 8 December 2014, Registration will begin Wednesday, 7 January 2015 at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time, and continues until 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. If we receive your initial course registration after 23 January 2015 at 5:00pm, you will be billed a $20 late fee. You may still adjust your course schedule during the add/drop period, which begins on 19 January and ends 30 January.
  • Verify your status for Spring 2015 BEFORE you begin registration. Log into Polaris, click on Show All in the Status portlet, and make sure the enrollment status for Spring 2015 says "Here/Matric." If your status is not correct, have your status corrected through the Dean of Student Affairs office before attempting to register for courses.
  • You need to obtain INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION in Polaris for EVERY course you want to add. Please contact the course instructor as early as possible and request that they apply instructor permission to your record in Polaris. The instructor can also override your pre-requisites, major, class standing, or the size of the class at their discretion.
  • Resolve all issues related to registration holds BEFORE you begin registration. While logged into Polaris, click on the Holds tab in the Academic Profile portlet. Active holds are listed with the office that placed the hold. All holds that appear as a "Registration Hold" must be resolved with the office that placed the hold before you will be allowed to add Spring 2015 courses.
  • Choose Spring 2015 courses. Use the online resources (below) to find courses with openings and to create a schedule that will work for you.
  • Correspond with your advisor. Your advisor must approve your course schedule. Consult with him/her through email. You will need to ask your advisor to release your advisor hold through Polaris once you have chosen courses.
  • Follow the specific, step-by-step instructions provided for submitting your course add/drop requests through Polaris. All of the screen shots may be helpful, but it's the directions for Add/Drop registration that apply to you.

Online Resources:

Schedule of Course Offerings
Polaris (use Polaris both to search for course information in the Class Finder, and to add/drop courses in Registration)
Instructions for Registering Using Polaris [pdf; follow the instructions for Round 3]
Weekly Planning Calendar
[PDF version; Word version]
Schedule Planning Sheet [pdf]

Preventing Problems with Registration:

  • Begin the registration process early. This will give us time to resolve any issues that come up. If you wait until the deadine to submit your registration requests, issues that arise may have to wait until Add/Drop II for resolution.
  • Check the current registration numbers for your course choices in Polaris. In order to add a course that is full, the instructor must give you a class size override. You may wish to email the instructor of a full or closed course, however, and ask to be added to a waiting list.
  • If a course you've chosen has labs, you will only be able to register for it if you can also be registered for one of its labs. Submit your add requests for both the course and the lab at the same time.
  • If you wish to register for a permission-only course, you must have the permission of the instructor. Ask the instructor to submit his/her approval through Polaris.
  • Switching Sections or Labs: To swap one lab for another, or to swap one class section for another, choose "Drop Course or Lab" from the drop-down for the section you wish to drop, enter the CRN for a section with openings to one of the boxes in the registration worksheet, and submit these two things at the same time. If the swap is not successful, carefully read all prompts and messages; be careful not to inadvertently drop yourself out of the course.   
  • Credit-Load Limits: In order to register for more than four full credits please speak with your Dean.
  • Plan Well: Use a schedule planning sheet and a weekly calendar worksheet to help you plan.
  • Course Prerequisites: Check the Class Finder in Polaris for course prerequisites that apply to the courses you plan to request. If you do not meet the prerequisite for a course, you will not be allowed to add the course without an override. If an instructor agrees to waive a course prerequisite, ask the instructor to submit an override in Polaris. If you believe you meet a prerequisite with a course you took during off-campus study, ask the instructor to submit an override of the prerequisite. Overrides that have been entered for you will be viewable in your Registration page in Polaris (in the Registration Status tab). Keep in mind that any faculty permission you receive is good for one specific course section and one specific semester only. No prerequisite overrides are needed to add labs.
  • Registration Restrictions: If a course has registration restrictions (such as first years only, declared majors/minors only, etc.) they are listed in the Class Finder. These may be overridden by the instructor during Add-Drop I or II.
  • Class Exclusions restrict a student from taking a course if s/he has previously taken a specific course. Exclusions appear in the Class Finder. An instructor who agrees to override this course can do so through Polaris.
  • Independent Study: Submit a paper form signed by the project director for your independent study or honors project to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Instructors may submit overrides for prerequisites, co-requisites, class exclusions, registration limits, major/minor restrictions, and class standing restrictions during Add/Drop I an II at their discretion. Once an override or permission has been entered for you, you will see that information on your Registration Status page in Polaris, and you will be allowed to submit an add request for that course once registration is underway.
  • It is recommended that you complete your division and distribution requirements by the end of your fourth semester. Remember that you may not meet these requirements with transfer credit from another institution.

Viewing and Adjusting Your Spring 2015 Schedule...

Check your course schedule in Polaris under the Current Term tab in the Classes portlet. You may make further adjustments to your schedule during Add/Drop II at the beginning of the semester.