How do I register for classes?

The overall structure of registration

  1. Pre-registration — Seniors begin to register in Week 11 of the Fall semester and Week 12 of the Spring semester. In turn, and by letter group, seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen (in that order), have the opportunity to register via WebAdvisor or Signature cards.
    • Signature cards should be used during this period to add courses that are restricted to “Permission of the instructor” or “Signature.”
    • Students may register for up to 18 credits during this time.
    • If a student has a financial hold or lacks advisor approval, they will not be able to register.
  2. All College Change Period — At the end of the semester, after pre-registration is over, all students are able to register for 20 credits
    • Add cards should be used during this period to add courses that are restricted to “Permission of the instructor” or “Signature” AND to add courses that are closed or for which the student lacks the pre-requisites.
    • Course restrictions may change during this period from what they were during pre-registration.
    • Over Winter Break, students may continue to register.
    • Over Summer Break, registration will be closed to continuing students in mid-summer so that new first year students may register.
    • If a student has a financial hold or lacks advisor approval, they will not be able to register.
  3. Early Semester Add/Drop — Beginning on the Monday of the first week of Fall and Spring classes, and during the first two weeks of the semester, students may continue to add and drop eligible courses, either via WebAdvisor or by use of Add cards.
    • Students who wish to enroll in more than 20 credits must follow the Course Overload process.
    • Course restrictions may change during this period from what they were during pre-registration or during the all-college change period.
    • If a student has a financial hold or lacks advisor approval, they will not be able to register.
    • The end of Early Semester Add/Drop is a hard deadline. All students MUST be correctly registered for classes by the end of this period.
      • Students who are not correctly registered by this deadline will need to use the Dean’s Exemption process to try and adjust their schedules. Please be aware that this process is not “automatic” – some requests are denied. The Committee considers each petition on a case-by-case basis.
  4. First-Year Course Registration — during two weeks in July or August new students are assisted with their first registration cycle by specialized advisors. This takes place over the telephone.
  5. Special CoursesModule B courses and Short Courses may have different registration cycles.

The mechanics of registration

You need to know what your Registration Class and Letter Group are. This will tell you when you will be able to register. You also need to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor(s) so that you can discuss your course plan. You should give yourself plenty of time before your registration date to hold this meeting.

Once you are ready to begin building a schedule, log in to WebAdvisor and under the Registration Tab, select “Search/Register for Sections” to search for course sections that you want to add to your schedule.

Under the “Term” tab, select the term that you will be registering for. Then, under the “Subject” area, you can select the department that the course will be offered in and can view all courses in a single department or multiple departments. You can select other information to limit the search, such as the “Course Level”, the exact “Course Number” and “Section”; however, this is an optional feature. Selecting “Submit” at the bottom of the page will search for courses using the criteria you provided.

On the next screen, under the “Select” area, you can choose which courses you want to add to the preferred sections queue. This is done by checking the appropriate box(es) next to the course(s) of interest. Selecting “Submit” at the bottom of the page will process the course(s) and add them to the queue.

You need to check the “Status” column to see if the course has open seats, the “Sign” column to see if it is a signature course, and the “Reg Restrictions” column to see if the course is in some way restricted. You will only be able to use WebAdvisor to add an open, non-signature course, for which you are eligible. Otherwise, you will need to get an instructor signature on a Signature card (for courses marked “yes” in the “Sign” column), or an Add card (for any other course for which you are ineligible). Signature cards are available at the start of pre-registration in November or April. Add cards are available at the end of pre-registration in December or May.

Once your courses have been added, and assuming it is your time to register, you can go to the “Register and Drop Sections” link under the “Registration Tab.” From the drop down menu under “Actions for All Preferred Sections”, select either “RG Register” to register for all courses listed, or “RM Remove from List” to remove all courses listed. You can also select each individual course from the action drop down menus next to the course(s) of interest to either register “RG Register” for the selected course(s) or remove “RM Remove from List” for the selected course(s). You can also drop courses from this menu, by checking the box(es) next to the course(s) that they want to drop. This is located under the “Current Registration” section, under drop.

If you have individual courses selected under the “Action” column and then select “RG Register” from the “Action for ALL Pref Sections” menu, you will get an error message.

Once the appropriate actions are selected, select “Submit and Agree” at the bottom of the screen.

A copy of the your requests will be displayed under the “Status” section. All of your registered courses are shown here. Selecting “OK” at the bottom of the page will take you to the main menu. This screen acts as a receipt for your changes.

If you have questions, please contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar at 814-332-2357, registrar@allegheny,edu, or come to Murray 128 and we will be glad to help you.