Registration is here and it’s time to take in some tips

By Jeremiah Jackson and Pulse Staff

It’s time to think about the next step in your college education: Spring Semester of 2023.

Registration is open but there are a few things to help get yourself set up for success in the spring.

Glenn A. Miehls, director of Academic Advising in the Oiler Success Center, says there are registration tips in announcements on a student’s Workday homepage but there are some key things to do:

  • Complete Continuing Student Onboarding tasks
  • View your registration date and time
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • View the course schedule to see what’s offered
  • Review your academic plan
  • Create a saved schedule (i.e. your shopping cart)
  • Register for classes on your assigned date or soon after
  • Review your academic progress report
  • Know common roadblocks to registration (student holds, missing prerequisites, etc)

“It is very important for the students to read the registration tips because it will give the students the directions needed to register for their classes,” Miehls said. “It also gives a Workday handout of steps that students can take if they get stuck in Workday.”

He says students should meet with their faculty advisor first to figure out which classes would be best for their schedule. If the student can’t reach their advisor then they should go to the Oiler Success Center to get help preparing to register.

“Students should meet with their advisor before their given registration date to discuss schedules and academic/graduation plans,” Miehls said. “And if students have any more questions about registration, they should come to the Oiler Success Center.”

Students can work with their advisors to put together a “Saved Schedule” to select the actual class sections that they intend to register for on their registration date.

Remember that creating a saved schedule is not the same as registering. UF Workday explains it as “like filling a shopping cart; students must still ‘checkout’ (i.e. complete the act of registration) when their registration date arrives.”

It also explains “if a student attempts to register for a class that has no remaining seats but has waitlist seats available, that section will have a status of waitlist and the student will be automatically put on the waitlist.”

But don’t take this as a guarantee. The student should check the WorkDay messages each day to see if a space in the class has opened up. Once the seat becomes available the student has 24 hours to accept the open seat. If not, the student will stay on the waitlist, which means they aren’t registered for the course, just in line for an open seat.

Full-time students are required to take at least 12 credit hours person semester, but Miehls recommends registering for more than the minimum.

“My recommendation is for all students to start with at least 15 credit hours each semester,” Miehls said. “This gives students the flexibility to drop a (3-credit hour) course if needed and still be considered a full-time student.”

Miehls makes this suggestion because it takes at least 124 credits for a bachelor’s degree. “To graduate in four years without taking summer classes, a student would need to earn 15.5 hours per semester,” Miehls said, so students need to keep that basic math in mind when they are determining how many credits to take each semester.

Students need to have their UF bills paid to under $500 to be able to register for the next semester.  It is very important to take care of billing issues to be able to register on an assigned registration date.