It’s that time of year again. Time to register for classes. Registration has already begun for some students and will start for others next week.
“Graduate students will be the first ones allowed to register, then seniors and juniors and on down the line,” Associate Registrar Andy Kindler said. “The more semester hours a student has previous to registration, the sooner they will be able to register.”
Senior public relations and theatre major Rachel Kukana said she agrees with the order in which registration is done.
“It’s probably the simplest way to do things,” she said.
Students are put into groups by the number of credit hours they enter the next semester with, Kindler said. If too many students fill one slot, they are divided up and allowed to register in reverse alphabetical order.
“This semester we are using reverse alphabetical order and next semester we will use alphabetical order,” Kindler said. “We alternate it so that it is fair to everybody.”
Kindler stressed the importance of students being informed about what classes they need and want prior to registration.
“Every student should go and research classes before registering,” he said. “Students can go to www.bradley.edu/classes for all the information that is needed.”
The Web site Kindler referred to has course offerings, course descriptions, times and major requirements. There is also an option that allows students to choose a category of class they want to take, and the time slot they prefer and the site will provide all classes which match these specifications.
“The Web site is always up to date,” Kindler said. “It’s a great tool for students to use.”
Although most classes can be completely registered for online, honors students will have to do more to register for honors classes.
“Honors classes will appear as reserved on the Web site,” Kindler said. “Students should see [Honors Program Director Robert] Fuller or their department’s secretary in order to register for these classes.”
If a student wants to get into a certain class but that class is full, they will automatically be placed on the waiting list, said Kindler.
“The wait list is only active for the six days of early registration,” Kindler said. “After that, students should ask the professors teaching the class to see if they can get in.”
Although registration will be open until Jan. 30th of next year, a week into spring semester, Kindler said registering quickly is important.
“It’s a big advantage for students to register as soon as possible to ensure that they get into their desired classes,” he said.
If a student has met with an academic adviser and knows which classes he or she wants to take, registration should be quick and easy, Kindler said.
“For those students who know in advance what classes they want to take, registration should only take a minute,” he said.
Sophomore theatre major Anthony Barron said he agrees registration is easy to do.
“It’s fairly straightforward and simple,” he said.
If students have questions they can contact the registrar’s office at x3101 or call the registration hotline at x3108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“Registration is a very important time for every student,” Kindler said.