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Freshman registration

yellowgranite56yellowgranite56 Registered User Posts: 317 Member
My DD's registration time is June 23 at 8:00 a.m. I'm a little confused because it says open registration also starts that day at 12:00 a.m. (midnight). Does that mean my DD will be the very last one registering? Does she have a shot at getting any of the classes she wants? She is not happy and says she will get all the classes no one else wants and at all the odd times. I hope this is not the case.

Replies to: Freshman registration

  • go2momgo2mom Registered User Posts: 421 Member
    I'm not sure when registration formally begins. go2girl got a date on 6/16.
  • vandyswimvandyswim Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    There are typically three registration dates for freshman, spaced one week apart, all registrations open at 8am Central Time. The 1600 freshmen are split among the three dates. Some classes hold spaces for each of the registrations--such as writing seminars. However, some classes are open as they are available, so those with the first registration period are simply "lucky" in the timing. Their "luck" will not be as good later in their registration life, as they will rotate through a first, second and third registration process as they register for subsequent semesters.

    Some tips:

    1) Select a preferred schedule, then a secondary schedule, then a third option. We even created a "doomsday" scenario where none of D classes were available, and so we selected all new classes under that scenario.

    Between general education requirements, writing seminars, etc there are multiple scenarios available for each student.

    2) Load your cart with all of your choices, and know exactly which buttons to push when the time slot opens at precisely 8am. (Think like you are buying tickets to a concert.)

    3) You could be done in less than 5 minutes, you could be still trying options 45 minutes later. If you do not get precisely what you want, schedule something to take, and make use of the "waitlist" feature to indicate interest in waitlisting. Waitlists vary from getting into a class the next day, all the way to getting into a class during the first week of school. If you waitlist your desired classes, just check back every few days to see how things are going. This is a very fluid process all the way through the first week of school.

    4) Flexibility is crucial as a first semester freshman. There are plenty of classes you need to take regardless of which school you are enrolled in, so make sure you understand the requirements. Freshmen typically end up with the lesser desirable schedules (earlier start to the day, Friday classes, etc). That's part of being...well...a freshman. It gets easier as you get more senior in the registration process.

    5) If you think you should casually roll out of bed, open up the computer registration at 7:55am, make some casual decisions and then you'll register easily....you are setting yourself up for a bad scenario. Plan. For those with 2nd or 3rd registration dates, simply watch the availabilty of your classes in the few days prior to your registration, you will then know what's available, and what's been filled. Don't get too steamed if you have to make changes, it will happen to someone else next semester.

    As far as "open registration" at midnight, it must be an open period for all classes to tweak schedules. These registration periods open and close throughout the summer.

    Good luck. Your D will find classes to take, even if they are not exactly what she wants at the times she wants. Prioritize what's most important, but above all, instill some flexibilty in the process.
  • SoCalDad2SoCalDad2 Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    Where on the webpage does it state the registration time? Our son's just lists the three week registration period. He is in engineering -- maybe they haven't posted times yet?
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    In YES, it should show your date in the top right hand corner in blue. Shouldn't matter that he is engineering, the date should be there. You should be receiving registration materials soon.
  • SoCalDad2SoCalDad2 Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    OK, it is there. We were looking at the general YES page, not the registration page. June 9 -- yeehaw!
  • 4beardolls4beardolls Registered User Posts: 1,487 Senior Member
    @yellowgranite56‌, DS's registration is also June 23 to 27.
  • SurvivorFanSurvivorFan Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    June 16
  • Sophie1295Sophie1295 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    So is there a big rush for classes? Which ones are the most sought after in the first year?
  • noosjuicenoosjuice Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Are we supposed to be speaking with our advisors already? How are we even supposed to know which classes we're taking...
  • noosjuicenoosjuice Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Can someone please advise me? I'm so confused! Are we already supposed to pick our classes? How do we even know which ones? Are we supposed to talk to our advisers when we have our classes already or before because I really don't know what I'm doing...
  • Sophie1295Sophie1295 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    edited May 2014
    I got an email assigning me an advisor. It says that he will be available a week prior to registration so yes you have to talk to the advisors and then select your classes. My email said **You MUST speak with your academic adviser and have your approval hold lifted before you can enroll in classes.**
  • Sophie1295Sophie1295 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    And as for picking classes, they informed me via email that I can start registering from June 16th. You'll get an email for it as there are different registration periods.
  • noosjuicenoosjuice Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    @sophie1295 Thanks so much! So we're not supposed to pick any classes before talking to our advisers? Like they'll help us choose?
  • Sophie1295Sophie1295 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    @noosjuice I'm going through the AXLE requirements thoroughly, listing a few courses that I like in each study area. Also , because I plan on majoring in Econ, I am going through their requirements as well. In the academic resources of the Road to Vanderbilt, they mention how you should plan your first year. So I'm picking out a few options. But you can't add courses to your cart before the registration period. And before that period, you will plan out your courses with your advisor. So I suggest that you go through the AXLE course listing, pick out the courses you like and then discuss them with your advisor. But you can't register for courses before your registration period. Advisors will come in handy for discussing AP credits as well so you may be allowed to skip some intro classes too.
  • vandyswimvandyswim Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    You are responsible for selecting your classes, your schedule, your professors, and the times of class. Therefore, when you meet with your advisor, which will be a brief meeting, they basically "bless" your schedule, and may give you some advice about what combinations of classes to avoid--for example, perhaps not taking Chem, Calc and Bio all first semester if you are pre-med. Basics like that. If you are CAS, you should be referring to AXLE requirements, comparing them against anticipated AP credit for placement, and making your schedule. If you are Peabody, they have their own set of general education requirements, as does Engineering and Blair. Note each school manages AP credit differently so read your own set of guidelines. In some cases, AP scores are for placement into classes, some schools actually allow you to exempt classes for AP scores of 4 or 5.

    Of note--one correction from above--you can add courses to your cart now. You just can't register for them until your registration date. If you are looking at possible schedules, you might have 30-40 hours in your cart, and then you will select from those courses in your cart to register based on availability.

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