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Cookies & Pizza!

University Studies Pre-Registration Event. November 11, 2019. 4:30-6:30 PM. Harrington Engagement Center. Come enjoy cookies & pizza, and spend time with UST Peer Liaisons and advisors to help you with Winter/Spring 2020 questions or concerns.

Make Winter Count

Winter enrollment has begun. ICYMI check out this article on UDaily about winter session. If you are interested in taking classes during winter and haven’t already, be sure to meet with your UST advisor to discuss which course(s) you can take. There are also online courses available.

Withdrawal Deadline: Tuesday, October 22

The deadline to change the grading status of a course is Tuesday, October 22. On Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22, all UST advisors will be on drop-in only! Stop by the office between 9:30-12 and 1-3:30 PM if you want to discuss your grading options for a course. We also have regular drop-in hours during the rest of the week.

Here are the different options for changing your grading status:

  • WITHDRAWAL
    • 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).
  • PASS/FAIL
    • If you earn a passing grade, you will have a P that does not affect your GPA, and the credits count as a free elective but do not satisfy any requirements.
    • If you earn a failing grade, you will have an F that does affect your GPA.
    • Good option if you feel you can pass the class but don’t want a low grade to affect your GPA, and you don’t necessarily need the class (i.e. you won’t need to repeat it with standard grading).
    • You can only change one class per semester to pass/fail.
  • AUDIT
    • 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.

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.

Pre-Registration Advisement Meetings and Spring Course Enrollment

It is that time of the year again to start talking about your Spring classes! You might have already received an email to schedule a meeting with your advisor; if you haven’t, you will soon. Here is your helpful guide for what you need to do to enroll in your Spring 2020 courses.

  1. Meet with your UST academic advisor! Click on that link in the email you receive(d) to easily go to BHSC 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.
  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. You can select your favourites.
  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). Please note that the Enrollment Appointments have not been assigned yet; they will begin around mid-November.
  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 on the Main Campus. You can change the location on Courses Search to filter out courses that are on other campuses or for study abroad. It will not include online courses; you can run another search for those.
  • 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.

Declaring a Major

If you have already completed a full semester (spring or fall) as a UD student and have chosen a major that you meet the requirements for, you can submit a Change of Major form. You cannot submit a Change of Major yet if a) you are a new student (first-year or transfer) in your first semester, b) the major you want has specific application dates, and/or c) you do not meet the requirements for the restricted major. For application dates and requirements, see the Restricted Majors page for your Catalog year: 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.

  • For students who want a major in the College of Business and Economics, you can apply starting October 15th, as long as you meet the minimum requirements.
  • For students who want a major in the College of Engineering, you can apply after your fall semester grades have been published and as long as you meet the minimum requirements.

New first-year and transfer students whose entry term is Fall 2019 can submit a Change of Major form for an unrestricted major (any major not listed on the Restricted Majors page) starting October 23 (after the withdrawal deadline).

You can find the Change of Major form in UDSIS. 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.

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