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Spring Registration and Declaring a Major

Winter enrollment started last week, and Spring enrollment will be starting in a couple of weeks! You might have already met with your advisor to discuss courses. If you haven’t, make sure to schedule your appointment soon. Here is your helpful guide for what you need to do to enroll in your Spring 2021 courses.

  1. Meet with your UST academic advisor! Click on the link in the email you received to easily go to BHS and schedule a time that works best for you. You will discuss a list of appropriate courses that are relevant to the major(s) you are considering/pursuing. If you cannot find the email, you can go directly to BHS to schedule an appointment.
  2. Your list of classes most likely will not be exact; it might list breadth requirements, for which you can choose specific courses to fulfill. To do this, use Courses Search. You can select specific breadth categories to search within, you can also select whether you only want to see ones that also fulfill the Multicultural requirement, and you can read descriptions of the courses which will include pre- and co-requisites, section/course restrictions, etc.
  3. Once you know exactly which classes you want to enroll in for the Spring (we recommend having around 15 credits), then go to WebReg and use Blue Hen Planner to have the system generate all the possible schedules available with those classes. Select multiple favourites.
    • Please note that you cannot use Blue Hen Planner for winter/summer sessions. For winter, instead just add courses individually and directly on WebReg.
  4. Find out your Enrollment Appointment time on UDSIS under “Courses & Enrollment”. This is when you can start registering for your courses. It is based on the number of credits you have earned (and also are currently enrolled in if this is your first semester).
  5. Check for any registration holds on your account! It can take time to get holds removed, so take care of these as soon as possible. You can find the details on UDSIS under “Holds & To-Do List”.
  6. When your Enrollment Appointment time starts, you can go back into Blue Hen Planner and select one of your faved schedules that is still available. It will add the available classes to WebReg for you to enroll in.  Make sure to complete it by adding the courses. It will tell you if the courses were successfully added or not.
    • You can also enroll in classes individually on WebReg. You do not have to use Blue Hen Planner. Find the courses and times first using Courses Search.

When picking out classes, make sure that:

  • the class is in Newark. This applies to online courses as well. You can change the campus on Courses Search to filter out courses that are on other campuses (which are not available for main campus students) or for study abroad.
  • it is not major restricted. If a class you want is major restricted, the course might open up at Open Enrollment or you might be able to request enrollment through the Course Permit Form. Please read your emails from your advisor because they may include information about certain major restricted courses.
  • you have the pre-requisites for the class. If you are currently enrolled in a pre-req, that counts. If a class has a co-req that you have not enrolled in or completed, it will prompt you to enroll in it.

All of the above (except for using Blue Hen Planner) applies to Winter course enrollment as well. If you want to take courses outside of UD during the winter, see Transfer Credit Information on the Registrar’s website. Make sure to submit your Transfer Credit Evaluation form before you enroll in the course.

For more information about all things registration, check out the Register for Classes page on the Advising Central @ UD website or email your UST advisor.

Ready to declare a major?

Applications for unrestricted majors are open for everyone. If you have picked out a restricted major, make sure you meet the minimum requirements first. For application dates and requirements, see the Restricted Majors page for your Catalog year: 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021.

You can find the Change of Major form in UDSIS or directly through Web Forms. Here are some tips when submitting the form:

  • If you are submitting a request for more than one program (e.g. double majors, a major and a minor, etc.), put in separate entries for each program. It will not accept a major and a minor in the same line.
  • Submit the form itself. Adding the lines for each program is not submitting the form. Make sure you complete the page asking why you are requesting the change.
  • Allow some time for the form to process. It needs to be approved by the department and then processed by the Registrar. You can see the status in Web Forms by reviewing the form in the Out Basket tab.

We encourage students to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. If you are in your second or third year and are undecided or don’t meet the requirements for your intended major, schedule a meeting with your UST advisor to explore your options.

Withdrawal Deadline and Drop-ins

Tuesday, October 27th is the last day to withdraw or audit a course.

All UST advisors will be on drop-ins only on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. To access drop-ins, go to this zoom link.

Like last Spring, this semester we have the modified pass/no credit option. Because of this policy, you can stick with a class knowing that whatever grade you earn at the end of this semester does not have to affect your GPA. You can read more about the policy here.

There might still be reasons for you to choose the withdrawal or audit options instead. One reason might be if doing the work for that course is affecting your success in your other courses. Below are the differences between the two options:

    • Similar to dropping a class, but it stays on your transcript with a grade of W.
    • Good option if you are struggling in a class you don’t necessarily need (e.g. a breadth requirement that can be satisfied with a different course).
    • You attend the class but don’t have to do the assignments, don’t earn credits, and earn a grade of L (listener) which does not affect your GPA.
    • Good option if you are struggling in a class you will need to repeat.

The latest episode of the Choices podcast discusses the modified pass/no credit option and why students might still choose to withdraw or audit.

There are more considerations to take into account when deciding what to do about a class, like if it will drop you below full-time status or affect your financial aid, scholarships, student visa, etc. Make sure to contact the appropriate office/department to find out how it will affect you before making any changes. When in doubt, contact your academic advisor.

Remember that midterm grades are not always an accurate reflection of how well you might be doing in a course. It is best to take into account what went into the midterm grade and how much it affects your final grade. If you have concerns about a course, speak with your professor and/or academic advisor to explore your options. If you are not able to change the grading status of a course you are not doing as well in as you hoped, we also recommend utilizing the various tutoring and academic support resources, which you can find on the Office of Academic Enrichment’s website.

Choices: Episode 3 – Fall 2020 Grading Options

Are you confused about the pass/no credit policy for this semester? Then listen to this episode of Choices, where Sylvia and Tyler explain the modified pass/no credit policy in place for Fall 2020 as well as why students might still choose the regular withdrawal and audit options instead.

Drop-in Advising Appointments

Pre-registration advising has begun, which means there are some changes to our drop-in advising schedule. Starting on Monday, October 12, morning drop-ins will only be available on Fridays. Here is the updated schedule:

Monday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Thursday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Friday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Drop-ins are quick meetings that can be up to 15 minutes and do not require scheduling ahead of time. You can access drop-ins during the above times at this Zoom link.

If you need a longer appointment, you can schedule an advisement meeting with your UST advisor. And as always you can email them with any questions as well.

Email, Drop-ins, and Individual Appointments

Your academic advisor is committed to your academic success. We offer a variety of ways to obtain advisement during Fall 2020 including e-mail, drop-in hours, and by appointment.

E-mail Advisement

For general inquiries, feel free to email your advisor or contact us at

Drop-In Advisement

Please access this Zoom link for drop-ins during any of the following times:

  • Mondays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays: 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Drop-in appointments are for quick questions and last up to 15 minutes, and you will be meeting with the drop-in advisor. For longer meetings and/or to meet with your own advisor schedule an advising appointment with them.

Advising Appointments

If your questions are a bit more specific and you would like to be certain you have plenty of time to discuss them, you can schedule an appointment online with your UST advisor using Blue Hen Success (BHS). For scheduling instructions, click here.

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