Registration officially opened for students for all Spring 2012 classes at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Throughout registration, which ended Nov. 11, no unusual problems were reported to the Office of the Registrar.
Most students reported either no problems at all, or just that Student Portal was slow. First-year Leigh Callahan expressed that she “wished classes didn’t fill up so quickly.” When bringing up these concerns to Registrar Susan Bennett, she noted that Student Portal problems are the result of unreliable WiFi connections as well as an influx of students trying to access Portal at the same time.
Bennett also described the registration process. Registration is assigned to students on a credit basis. Students with the most credits are the first to register, which is why seniors register first. The only exception to the credit-based system is with the students that have been inducted into the Nitze Scholars Program, who are able to also register within the first time slots along with seniors. When asked what underclassmen could do about late registration dates, Bennett replied that registration will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for first-year students. Registration will then be reopened for sophomores on Wednesday, Nov. 30, juniors on Thursday, Nov. 31, and seniors on Friday, Dec. 1. Registration will then stay open through Dec. 9 for students to add and drop courses. This will help first-year students to become more likely to gain their desired classes for next semester.
Bennett also made sure to note that registration is based on credit class standing, not graduation year. Thus, first-year students who came to St. Mary’s with Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits could potentially have sophomore standing.
When asked what advice she would give to students during registration, Bennett replied, “Check your emails! We send out emails describing certain registration processes that answer most of the questions we receive during registration.”
Other advice Bennett provided included planning courses before registration begins, having multiple options in case a course fills up, and to check with the Business Office for any holds on one’s account.
Overall, the Office of the Registrar and many students described Spring 2012 registration as smooth and without any outstanding issues or concerns.