The top pros and cons of registration at Marist College

If you are a student at Marist College, the word “registration” probably evokes a variety of emotions. Some students find themselves stressed and overwhelmed, while others try to make the best of the difficult situation by effectively utilizing the resources Marist provides. As Marist students are in the midst of the registration process, here are the top pros and cons of registration:

Waking up early

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As registration starts at 7 a.m. for most, this is largely one of the biggest complaints about registration. “I wish registration was a little later in the morning because that level of stress at 6:30 a.m. usually sets a poor tone for the rest of the day.” Ariana Guadango ’16

Getting shut out of classes

The registration process is set up by class standing, with seniors registering first and freshman registering last. On the classes’ registration day there are time slots broken down by credits earned. Registering at 7 a.m. can mean a big difference between getting your classes than registering at 7:30 a.m. As Sam Green ’15 says, “It is fair, but unrealistic.” Many students log on at 7:00 a.m. with their classes available and then get shut out just a half our later. It’s difficult to assume how many students may be registering before you on the same day. “[It’s difficult] not knowing how many people are registering before you because then you don’t know if those open slots in classes are [going to] fill up or not.” Alexa Feinman ’16

However, students who came in to Marist with credits from high school will generally be ahead of those who did not for time slots due to their higher number of earned credits. “If you came in with credits from high school than registration is a breeze.” Nolan Carl ’16

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Overrides

A common occurrence for a student at Marist during registration is getting shut out of a class because it has hit capacity. If it is an extenuating circumstance for the student, such as a class required for their major, they may obtain an override form. However, since many students are competing for these extra spots, getting an override can be one of the most stressful parts of registration. On registration day it is common to see students lined up outside professor’s offices with forms awaiting to be signed and running around campus trying to track down the various signatures they need.

“For registration for school of management basically every lower level class requires an override and you have to wait on line for over an hour sometimes to get the signature and if they have class before you get to the front of the line you have to come back at a different time and wait all over again and as a senior I’m still needing overrides.” Devon McCloskey ’16

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Prerequisite or Major/Minor Overrides

Many students experience difficulty with prerequisite overrides. Perhaps a class you need as a prerequisite is only offered a particular semester, so you are required to take it at the same time as the class that requires the prerequisite. Well, that would require another override form. Some classes have very particular criteria of what majors may register for it even though it has some applicability to other majors. A student desiring to take a class that for that criteria would require a major/minor override so that they may register for the class. Kimberly Spingler ’16 experienced similar difficulty with a media class when she was going to Marist in Manhattan, “I needed this class for my Communications minor that used to be called Media Literacy and is still written as that on everything and I was in Marist in Manhattan and I had to continually contact so many different people to figure out the class name. Then I just assumed I would be fine to register for it because it is required for my Communications minor so on registration day I couldn’t get it because it’s technically a media class.”

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Registering abroad

While studying abroad is now extremely popular with Marist students, many students struggle with registering for their classes for when they return to Marist the coming semester. They must register at the same time as the students on the Poughkeepsie campus, so for students abroad this can mean registering in the middle of their day. However, for students who find themselves traveling, they can email registrar with their list of classes and registrar will register for them.

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Meeting with you advisor

Your advisor is there to help you. Many students just sit quickly with their advisor to get their classes approved and hold lifted, but advisors may provide useful insight on alternative classes to take if you get shut out of one with no way of getting in or may advise a taking a class you never thought of. Charlotte Karol ’16 finds her advisor to be the most useful resource when it comes to registration. “For me, the most helpful person in the registration process has always been my advisor. She is always available and works with me to resolve any issues relating to me or my program’s cohort.”

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Don’t forget about add/drop week!

One of the best things about registration is that is not final until the end of add/drop week the next semester. If you got into a class you don’t think you’re going to like or if you are waiting for a spot to open up in a class you cannot obtain an override form for, just wait for add/drop week. Anny Morris ’16 advises students not to even stress about their schedules until add/drop week, “Registration does not have to be as stressful as everyone makes it. If you don’t get the classes you want just register for your backup classes and wait till add drop week to try to jump in the classes you want.”

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Don’t stress so much about registration this semester Marist students. Grab a couple of override forms to have on hand from the Registrar, get up on time for registration, and don’t forget to meet with your advisor! Keep in mind, if all else fails, there’s always add/drop week.

The Registrar has been contacted for comment.

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