Spring registration a test in patience for some students

By Andy Milligan and Pulse Staff


A number of University of Findlay students have expressed concern over being “waitlisted” during the registration process for the Spring 2023 semester and are worried about getting into the courses they need.

Glenn Miehls, director of academic advising, says students should not panic.

“Waitlists are still very new, at the University of Findlay, having only begun in the Fall of 2021,” Miehls said. “Many schools have been using waitlists for a long time with success.”

Miehls says waitlists are to help handle situations where course need and desire exceeds course capacity.

“They help both 1) students to “get in line” to register in a fair and orderly manner, and 2) administration to gauge the course need and make ongoing decisions to possibly open more sections or increase capacity,” Miehls said in an email interview.

He says the good news is students have been a lot more proactive this cycle in beginning their registration activities than in the past several semesters.

“However, I believe that there are several reasons as to why some of the registrations are being delayed or waitlisted,” Miehls said. “We have a larger freshman class and with that there is more pressure put on the enrollment in classes.  We are working to address these issues.”

He says a couple of other reasons are students need to make sure that they have their Continuing Student Tasks done in WORKDAY so they can register and make sure their bills are paid under $500.

“We currently have a little over 500 waitlisted seats in different courses across campus, Miehls said. “In some cases, seats are opening up and this number will continue to be looked at on a daily basis.”

Miehls says to be proactive students can talk with their advisor and have some backup classes in mind in case they can’t get into a closed course or a waitlisted course.

If they have any questions he suggests the student’s academic advisor is the best first step.

“They should then talk with the Oiler Success Center if the advisor is not available.  Finally, students can also talk to the Registrar’s Office,” Miehls said. “We are still a little more than two months from the start of the 2023 Spring semester, and so we expect a lot of registration shuffling to occur.”

Spring classes begin Jan. 15, 2023.