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Author Topic: Registering for Classes?  (Read 7400 times)

Eleni Padden

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Registering for Classes?
« on: April 24, 2011, 06:15 PM »
Hi! Alright, so I was just wondering what the procedure is like for class registration, especially for incoming Freshmen. I've heard a lot about people crouching over computers the minute registration starts, trying to get the perfect schedule before their dream classes are taken. Is this an accurate depiction? Also, is this how freshmen choose their classes as well? If so, when/how do we register, and how do we know which specific classes to take? Thanks for any help!

JHU_Nick

  • Hopkins Student
Registering for Classes?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011, 09:56 PM »
Hey!

Sometime in the coming months, you should get an email from your advisor.  He/she will be able to provide some suggestions as to what classes you want to take and such.  You should, I think, have access to isis now, which is the class registration system.  Go to isis.jhu.edu and login and you should be able to search for classes and read descriptions of what each is like.  Also take a look at the department website for your major, that will show what classes are recommended/required for your major.  As for staying up and registering the minute it opens, yes, that does happen but whether or not it matters depends on the class.  For example, for Elements of Macroeconomics, the only difference will be the section you end up in, you won't be locked out of the class completely.  Some, however, are smaller classes where you may need to register quickly to get into.  But its not uncommon to get off a waitlist, peoples schedules change often, so don't worry if your a few places down on a waitlist.
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JHU_Noah

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Registering for Classes?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 12:45 PM »
Nick did an excellent job of telling you about it, so I just want to say one more thing about the 7:00am (Eastern Time) registration...

It's fun. We all gripe about it, but it really isn't too bad. You're choosing the classes that you'll be in for the next half of the academic year. It's exciting, you know? You spend a bunch of time thinking about what you want you want to study and then you set your alarm for 6:55am, open your computer and click "Register". It's not a drag. At least, I don't mind it. And the likelihood of not getting the class you want is pretty low. I registered for Organic Chemistry about two weeks after registration day and didn't have a problem. I don't recommend that though, get up and do it. Then go back to sleep. Good times. Go Hop.
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JHU_Peter

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Registering for Classes?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2011, 09:49 PM »
Yeah, the 7am registration isn't that bad at all. Plus, I get up then because I have 9am classes, haha.
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Eleni Padden

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Registering for Classes?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 04:58 PM »
Thanks a lot guys, and especially for the link! Let the class-searching begin.

JHU_Miranda

  • Hopkins Student
Registering for Classes?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 08:16 PM »
Sometime over the summer after you've actually registered for classes, then your adviser will look at your schedule, and see if it's something that's manageable/makes sense, as well as any comments or suggestions - I think that happened late July or early August last year.

It's not difficult at all to get into classes as a freshman! I registered about 4 hours late the first time (we were on the road, and I didn't have a laptop at that point), and I had better luck registering that time then I did a few weeks ago for junior year(!!!) classes.
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JHU_Allysa

  • Hopkins Student
Registering for Classes?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011, 03:39 PM »
Additionally, don't be concerned if you're on a waitlist for a long time. I'm still on a waitlist for a class for the fall (registration was like a month ago or something) but I'm slowly getting to first position! As the others said, people change around their schedule so much so you'll most likely get in your preferred classes. As a last resort, show up to the class, and talk to the professor afterwards. Many of them would love to have you in their class so they'll try to make accommodations for you if there's enough space, etc!
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JHU_Dominique

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Registering for Classes?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 08:18 PM »
^^yea i rememeber i was in 10am orgo and I wanted the 9am professor but he was completely filled...and my friend emailed him asking to be placed in his class and he told her no. I went to him in person a few days into the new semester and asked/begged and he said 'oh alright' haha so if it does come to that, as allysa said, talk to the prof. they do tend to keep the size restrictions for small seminar classes like intro to fiction and  poetry and expository writing because they want to be able to have enough time for each student...but for other types of classes they usually will make the accommodation. it's a good way to start learning how to be a go-getter also!
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JHU_LaurenB

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Registering for Classes?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 01:35 PM »
Eleni,

I really wouldn't worry about last minute "crouching over your computer." I've had a registration glitch every semester since I started at Hopkins (oversleeping my alarm, computer crashing, being abroad for the deadline), and I've managed to get into every class despite that.

Just put some thought into what you'd like to take beforehand, speak to your advisor, and then, if you don't get into the class on the morning of registration just make sure to speak to the professor. I've found that an email or quick stop by the office can go a long way towards getting you into the class--most professors are so excited that you're interested in their research or class.

Good luck!
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