Spring 2014 Registration for Re-admitted Students

You may register for Spring 2014 courses using this process ONLY IF YOU ARE A RE-ADMITTED STUDENT FOR SPRING 2014. (All other students must wait until the Spring 2014 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 2014 Schedule


Important Dates:

Monday, 6 January 2014: Registration begins at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, 15 January 2014: Registration ends at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time


Registration Process for Re-admitted Students:

  • Begins Monday, 6 January 2014 at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time, and continues until 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. If you miss the deadline, you will have to register for courses at the start of the semester after meeting with your advisor and having the registration hold removed by the Registrar's Office. If we receive your initial course registration after 24 January 2013 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 the first day of classes and ends Friday, 31 January 2014.
  • Verify your status for Spring 2014 BEFORE you begin registration. Log into Polaris, click on Show All in the Status portlet, and make sure the enrollment status for Spring 2014 says "Here/Matric." If your status is not correct, have your status corrected through the Off-Campus Study office or through the Dean of Student Affairs office before attempting to register for courses.
  • 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 2014 courses.
  • Choose Spring 2014 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. We will ask your advisor to approve your course schedule after you have registered.
  • 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 Round 3 registration that apply to you.

Online Resources:

Schedule of Course Offerings
Course Registration Numbers
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 the add/drop period for resolution.
  • Check the current registration numbers for your course choices on the Course Registration Numbers page or in the Class Finder in Polaris. You may not register at this time for courses that are full or closed until the add/drop period. 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 to the Registrar's Office. (There is an online form that instructors may use to submit this permission.) 
  • 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: Registration is limited to four full-credit courses (and no more than 5.0 credits total) prior to the start of the semester. Additional courses may be added during the add/drop period at the start of the semester.
  • 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 for you to the Registrar's office. (There is an online form that instructors may use to submit overrides.) 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 not be overridden until the Add/Drop period at the start of the semester.
  • 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 rule must submit a form to the Registrar's Office.
  • Independent Study: Submit a paper form signed by the project director for your independent study to the Office of the Registrar. An independent study is changed to an honors project only after the project is awarded honors, is graded, and is submitted to the College Library.
  • At this time, instructors may submit overrides for prerequisites, co-requisites, and class exclusions. During the add/drop period, instructors may also submit overrides for registration limits, major/minor restrictions, and class standing restrictions. 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 2014 Schedule...

Check your course schedule in Polaris under the Next Term tab in the Classes portlet. You may make further adjustments to your schedule during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester.