Registering for courses can be one of the most stressful parts of the college experience. From finding time to meet with your advisor and getting into classes before they fill up, to making sure everything adds up credit wise the process of course registration can be daunting. One of the most common issues students complain about when it comes to registration is creating a practical schedule that works for them, and meets the the requirements for their major(s) and minor(s) respectively.
A student advisor from the Computer Science Department was reached out to but declined to comment. Keene State graphic design student, John (Jack) Farley, was asked what problems, if any, he experienced when going through the registration process. Farley replied “I have never really had too much of an issue registering for classes, I’d say the only real issues I’ve had is finding classes that fit in the time slots I’m looking for and getting in them before they fill up.” When Farley was asked if there were any tips he would give to incoming freshmen he said “make sure you set up a time to meet with your advisor, they’re here to help and it will make everything easier in the long run.” Another student who asked to remain unnamed commented “I always have a ton of trouble getting into the classes I need for my major. I think they should provide more time slots for classes that are required to complete a major.”
Some of the best ways to overcome these issues are to create a schedule for the following semester as early as possible to avoid searching for open courses that meet your requirements. Meet with an advisor, as they are provided for a reason, so take advantage of the fact that there’s someone trained to guide you through the process. Lastly don’t procrastinate, register as soon as the registration period begins, putting it off will lead to classes filling up, making it harder to find classes that fit the requirements needed.
Keene State’s Academic and Career Advising (ACA) center, located on the first floor of the Elliot Center, is a great resources designed to help students plan and succeed in academics. On their webpage, keene.edu/academics/aca/academic there is a series of informational sections that students can use to declare a major, check degree requirements, transfer in credits etc. Under the “Degree Requirements” section there is a subsection called “Student Planning” which contains all necessary information students may need to begin the course registration and academic planning process, including a step by step guide to accessing and properly utilizing the ‘MYKSC’ student planning page.
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