Course Request

How do I register for classes? What is "Course Request"?

Course Request is the one-week period each semester during which you are permitted to request courses for the next term. Please note that you request courses only during this period. For this semester's Course Request dates, please visit the University Academic Calendar for the current semester. 

How does Course Request work?

When you participate in Course Request, you join every other student at the university who has also chosen to request courses. All such requests go into a big barrel -- not really, but you get the picture!

Do I improve my chances of getting the courses I need by making course request early in the period?

Once the Course Request period ends, they are granted in this order: senior honors, senior, junior honors, junior, and so on.So it doesn't matter if you are the FIRST person to use Course Request -- or the last! Preference is based on class rank, not on timing.

How soon will I find out which courses I got?

It will take about 3 weeks to get your Course Request results returned, so plan to be patient.

How can I find out which courses are offered by the Department of Building Construction each semester?

Actually, there are 2 ways to discover which courses are being offered. The online Course Timetable will give you the basic info about a course: its numbers, its CRN, the teacher's name, and the times and places of meetings. You can also click on the course number link to get a basic catalog description of the course.

How do I know which courses to take when?

This is where your advisor and your checksheet come in very, very handy! Used faithfully and in combination, they should be able to help you stay on track and know ahead of time what to take when.

I'm the world's worst procrastinator, and although I meant to register during Course Request, I let it slide. What are my options?

You'll always get a second chance during the Drop/Add period, which begins toward the end of the semester, but if you miss the Course Request period, then you seriously affect your chances of getting the courses you not only want but need. You can also wait until the semester starts and then go from class to class seeking to force-add, but that is time-consuming and often fails to work.

Well, I followed your advice about pre-registering, but I still didn't get all the courses I need! What can I do now?

Remember that pre-registration is always followed by Drop/Add, during which someone might drop the course you want, leaving a space for you. So be prepared to diligently check the Course Timetable. You can always attempt to force-add the course when the semester starts, but this method is not as promising.