As a student body, we are all different. But there’s one thing that all 16,000 of us will do together and that’s register for classes.
To register the whole university, the process will take more than a week with different groups of students registering at different times.
While the registration process is full of things students can complain about, everyone needs to take into account how thoroughly the system has been planned.
Do you think the system that can hold thousands of students at once was planned lightly?
One of the main beefs among some students is with “designated populations” that get to register before everyone else (save for seniors set to graduate).
The designated populations include students with disabilities, student athletes, spirit groups, Honors program students and veterans.
Some students say it’s unfair for freshmen Honors students to register before rising juniors. While others complain about student athletes getting “special treatment.”
Tina Davis, the university’s registrar, said each of the groups petitioned to register early about five years ago, and that the process of deciding which groups get priority registration was thoroughly vetted, considered, and voted on by university policy makers.
Some of the reasoning for the priority registration groups is self-explanatory. The athletes have to work around their extensive practice schedules. The same goes for the spirit groups (Cheer and dance teams).
Veterans and Honors students are more of a symbolic privilege, with the veterans getting priority to honor their service, and the Honors students to compete with other state schools that offer early registration as part of their honors program perks, Davis said.
Over the years, other groups have tried to petition for priority registration, including non-traditional students, Davis said. But, after much consideration, the university declined to increase the number of groups receiving the perk. Davis said that if everyone with a viable reason to get early registration did receive it, then the priority registration would ultimately be meaningless.
In other words, the system isn’t changing anytime soon.
So students need to make the system work for them. Anyone registering later needs to strategically prepare ahead of time. Have your CRN numbers prepared so the only thing you have to do is enter numbers in a box and hit submit. It’s also helpful to include back-up courses just in case the worst happens and your class fills up.
Another part of registration that students continue to gripe about is the process itself. Students claim the server slows down when registration opens at midnight.
Students take for granted the technologies of today. Students complain about waiting an extra minute or two to register when 15 years ago, and probably even more recent than that, students were lining up by the hundreds to register for classes, waiting hours in lines only to get to the front and discover that all their first-choice classes had been filled.