Registering for classes can be a confusing and nerve-racking process, especially at orientation. As a UGS student, you have plenty of resources at your disposal, and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable when it comes time to register for your first semester of classes at UT.
Beth Andre, an advisor in the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling, has compiled some helpful tips to consider when registering.
- Register for your FIG first
As a UGS student, you get to participate in a First-year Interest Group (FIG), which serves as your 360 Connection. When you register for your FIG, it automatically adds six to seven hours of course credit to your schedule. You must register for your FIG first, and then you can add more courses to your schedule.
- Have backups, and plenty of them
There’s no guarantee you’ll get the courses you’re after even if you’re on the registrar’s page and ready to sign up when your time comes. There are a lot of students vying for the same courses and seats are limited. Don’t be caught without a backup plan. Do your homework and find several other courses that align with both your degree-required 42-hour core curriculum and your interests just in case your first plan doesn’t work out. Write down the unique numbers for your backup courses and be ready to sign up for them if your first choice falls through.
- Make sure you are full-time
For most students, enrolling in 12 or more hours of coursework for fall and spring semesters is considered full-time. You must be a full-time student to participate in NCAA-sanctioned sports and to qualify to live on campus. Furthermore, the terms for veterans benefits, financial aid, scholarships, and insurance plans could be violated if you are not a full-time student. Make sure you are signed up for 12 or more hours for the semester.
- Ask questions
You will hear a lot of information at orientation and you aren’t expected to know it all right away. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are plenty of people around to help and chances are, they have been in your position at some point. If you have a question, find an orientation advisor. If they don’t have the answer, they will help you find the right person to ask. If you don’t get your ideal schedule on the first try at orientation, don’t worry. There will be plenty of opportunities to make changes to your schedule before classes start.
Have fun at orientation, good luck with registration, and welcome to the School of Undergraduate Studies.