If you are a student at Marist College, the word “registration” may leave you feeling weak at the knees. While registering for classes is a routine event for college students, it can prove to be an extremely stressful time. At Marist College there are several complaints from students about the registration process, but these students should try to stay positive throughout this time. At Marist there are a plethora of resources students may utilize to remedy several of the issues that may arise throughout the registration process.
Judy Ivankovic, Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs/Registrar, explained several of the most common issues students experience while registering for classes. One of the first she listed was that either students do not get their holds lifted or do not check that they may have additional holds, which would permit them from registering. Each student is required to meet with their advisor to lift their hold. Students may also experience a financial hold that they were unaware of, so it is crucial that students are aware of these during the registration period. Ivankovic expressed the importance of students meeting with their advisor. Charlotte Karol 16’, stated one of the most positive aspects of registration had been her advisor, “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.”
Several students face issues with prerequisite or major restrictions when registering for particular classes. Kimberly Spingler 16’, shared a personal anecdote about a media class she needed for her minor, but had difficulty registering for due to her major. “I needed this class for my Communications minor that used to be called Media Literacy and is still written as that on everything. 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.” It is crucial for students to check all requirements on their DegreeWorks for each class. However, in students like Spingler’s case, it may not be as clear as that.
Ivankovic also urges students to have more than more than four to five classes selected for registration due to the competitive nature of getting spots in classes. It is pressing to have a list of alternative classes one may take especially since particular departments and courses do not accept overrides.
There is an extreme importance of paying attention to alerts and messages sent from Academic Advising and Registrar during the registration period. In the Center for Advising and Academic Services there is a monthly newsletter sent to all students, which outlines the steps students need to take in order to have a successful registration. There are also workshops jointly held with that office with the hopes of helping students who have questions, but these events are poorly attended. Students should remain vigilant of their emails during this time for Academic Affairs/Registrar sends at least three emails pertaining to registration. These emails are of a similar nature to the newsletter and include a “Frequently Asked Questions” section. Ivankovic attributes a lot of the issues students experience with registration to the lack of attention to these important documents.
Ivankovic empathizes with students who despite preparation have problems occur during registration. Registrar works closely with these students to remedy their issues so that they may ultimately get a schedule of classes they need. Ivankovic states, “My advice for students registering is to follow the steps we outline in our registration letter and on our web pages, and to contact our office if they still have questions so that we can assist them, and they will find the registration process less stressful and will end up with a schedule that fulfills their program requirements.
While students groan about the early hours of registration, many also experience issues with the time-slot selection. Registering at 7 a.m. can make a big difference in getting a spot in a class than registering at 7:30 a.m. Student Alexa Feinman ’16 expressed frustration with the time slots stating that it is difficult to anticipate how many students may be registering before you when it comes to getting a spot in a desired class. Sam Green ’15 said profoundly, “It is fair, but unrealistic.” Ivankovic said that there is a very specific reason for the timeslot system. Marist used to have the class standing of that day all register at once, but it caused the system to crash. To avoid this issue, the I.T. Department at Marist issued the time slots.
For students who have yet to register for next semester or for upperclassman who are unhappy with their current schedule, there is always add/drop week; no ones schedule is final. Annemarie Morris ’16 expressed her feelings about registration saying, “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.” It is important for students to keep this in mind during this stressful time.
There may be a lot of disapproval for the particular way registration is held at Marist College, but after investigation it appears there is a reason for these things and a wide variety of resources to help students. May students do not utilize their resources such as their advisor and the kind employees of the Registrar. If a student appears hopeless in getting the classes they need, that is definitely not the case. It is important to stay assured and remain diligent in preparing for registration, and if all else fails, there is always add/drop week. Happy registration Marist students! May the odds be ever in your favor.