Advising Weeks Preparation

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During the two weeks prior to registration (late October for spring registration and early April for fall registration), you must meet with your academic advisor to discuss your upcoming semester schedule.  Students register according to the number of credits earned on a seniority basis.  First semester students’ registration days/times are randomly selected by the computer.

Web Reg Access Codes may only be obtained from your academic advisor.

If you do not know who your academic advisor is, follow these instructions to find out.

  1. Log into myPlymouth;
  2. Click on Services tab;
  3. Click on Student;
  4. Click on My Advisors

PRIOR TO MEETING WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR

  • Look at your DegreeWorks in myPlymouth to see what courses are showing as needed (This will show as red blocks and Still Needed).  Remember, if you are a first year student, you may only take 1000/2000 level courses; Sophomores may take 1000, 2000, and 3000 level courses; and Juniors and Seniors may take any level courses.  Exceptions are by permission of the instructor of the course.
  • Look at your Catalog, available on the Undergraduate Studies webpage at http://www.plymouth.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/college-catalog-search/ to reference more major information and a recommended course sequence.
  • Compile a list of courses you need to take, and then go to the Office of the Registrar webpage at http://www.plymouth.edu/office/registrar/ to look at Class Schedule Search.  Click on the semester you want to search for courses. If you are looking for a Directions or Connections course, you can click on the appropriate link.  If you are searching for major, minor, etc. courses, click on Class Schedule Search.
  • Put together a tentative schedule.  Keep in mind that you need a minimum of 12 credits to be considered a full-time student, but may register for up to 17 credits.  You need to take 15 credits each semester to graduate in four years with a 120 credit degree.
  • Contact your advisor to set up an advising appointment. You may find your advisor’s office and phone information through an on-line search or you may contact the Administrative Assistant of your major department. Some advisors have sign-up sheets on their office door; some have students come during office hours; and some schedule additional times during advising weeks to meet with their advisees.
  • Take your tentative schedule with you to your advisor meeting.  Your advisor will review the courses you have chosen, and may suggest others.  You should also have alternate courses selected in the event that your first choice courses are not available when you register. Once a schedule of appropriate courses has been determined, your advisor will give you your web registration access code (pin number).
  • At your designated registration date and time, you may go on-line to register for your courses.  Do not skip a class to register!  Registration is open until the end of the add and drop period.  What this means is that even after you have registered, should you wish to change your schedule, providing the course is still open, you may go back into your registration and do so at any point during this time period.
  • Should you have difficulty obtaining a full schedule of courses, and concerns about what else to register for, contact your academic advisor for alternative suggestions.  Do not avoid registering for your courses because you do not know what to take; your advisor is there to help you, so take care of this during your designated time or shortly thereafter.
  • Some students say they did not register because they were not sure they were returning for the next semester, because they MAY be transferring to another school, or have financial or personal issues.  Even if you THINK you may not be returning, register.  In the event that you change your mind and decide to stay at PSU, you will have your courses.  It is much more difficult to add courses later on, so register.  If you decide not to return, the university will drop the courses in which you pre-registered.
  • If a course is CLOSED when you register for your courses, and you really need or want to take the course, you may contact the instructor of the course.  If the instructor will add you into the closed course, he/she will do an on-line registration override.  You may then go into your registration to add the course.  In the event that the course is closed and the instructor cannot add you to the course, if it is one you really want to take, keep checking Class Search.  Should a student drop the course, you would then be able to go on line to register for it.

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