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Resources & Guidelines for Points

  • Please plan to meet with your advisees as soon as possible. Students will register using the Preregistration application in Self-Service Banner, (SSB).

  • January Half Block is not a part of the preregistration process. Registration for this block will open for all students in Add/Drop after Spring Preregistration (in the Fall). Separate announcements will be made the closer we get to this date.

  • Student Preregistration Passcodes: All faculty advisors have access to each of their advisee(s) Preregistration passcode and transcripts in Self-Service Banner (SSB) by logging in and clicking on the Faculty Tab/My Advisees. Students are assigned a new passcode for each Preregistration period (generated on 3/16/21)

  • Faculty PINs: All instructors with a teaching schedule have been assigned a Consent of Instructor PIN (COI PIN) per term. You will find your COI PIN on the Faculty Tab/Your Teaching Schedule. There are two ways a student may ask for this PIN: 

    • If a course requires a COI, the student must have this COI PIN to preregister for the course. After preregistration, all courses with COI designations will require the assigned COI PIN in SSB from either listed professor(s) on the course.

    • If you have a course listed as "COI or a prerequisite" the PIN will not be required unless the student does not meet the prerequisite; in this situation the COI PIN will override the prerequisite error. 

  • Department PINs: All departments have been assigned a Consent of Department PIN (COD PIN). If there is a COD PIN (Consent of Department PIN) designation on a course, only Department Chairs will have access to their department's COD PIN under their Faculty Services tab in Banner from the "Consent of Department" menu item (this is not the same as the instructor's consent pin).

  • Once an advisee submits their Preregistration, they may go back in and make changes as many times as they choose while the Preregistration period is open. Advisors will be notified of any additional changes to the student's schedule once the original submission is made.

  • Blocks Off: Students who are taking time off: one or more block off, will need to contact the Advising Hub to process the official form. First-years and Sophomore students must be granted permission from the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub to take a block off. Juniors and Seniors are allowed to take one block off per semester and may us the GS391 placeholder during the Preregistration period but must also complete the official request form through the Advising Hub. See Student Leave Policy.

  • Make sure to fill each block with a block seminar course for blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8.

  • Adjuncts may be added at the time of Preregistration but it is recommended to use points towards a block seminar course.
  • Students planning an independent block (thesis or independent study) will need to do two things: 

    • Complete the appropriate application available under Our Services page. Application processing may vary in time depending on the quickness of returned approvals and the volume of applications received.
    • In Preregistration, search and select the general studies placeholder "GS391" for the independent block. This will temporarily fill the block while the Preregistration period is open allowing students to complete their full schedule and submit their Preregistration on time. Please note, the GS391 placeholder MUST be replaced by the correct thesis or independent study before the block begins in order to receive credit and a grade for the course.     
  • Don't forget to use your points! Check out our, Guidelines on Points and Last Year's Points to help you strategize your points distribution. You may submit Preregistration without using points but know you are risking being placed on a waiting list if the demand for the course is high and another student bids a higher point value than you do.

  • Students who are signing up for Psychology's BYOB courses in blocks 5 & 6 will need to do two things:
    • Register for the course sequence pairing as you would any other course.
    • Also use a general studies placeholder "GS391" to fill both blocks (5 & 6). This may seem like a course overload but BYOB courses are actually designed as two extended format courses and therefore students will also need two block seminar courses to recognize a full course load; the GS391s will act as this in their place and will be removed once Spring Preregistration is processed in the Fall. 
  • Students who are taking time off: one or more block off, will need to contact the Advising Hub to process the official form. First-years and Sophomore students must be granted permission from the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub to take a block off. Juniors and Seniors are allowed to take one block off per semester and may us the GS391 placeholder during the Preregistration period but must also complete the official request form through the Advising Hub. See Student Leave Policy.

Guidelines for Points

Students can prepare for their registration meeting with their faculty advisor by thinking about the following items...

A: Things that can increase the need of using points:
  • A course is offered once to a few times in the year
  • A course is an introductory/prerequisite course into a major/minor 
  • A professor is in high-demand

A: Students have 40 points per semester to distribute between their four blocks. Here are some strategies to consider: 

  • Choose your most essential course (one) and place your heaviest point bid on it while still sparing points to distribute between your remaining selections. Note that introductory level science courses are in high demand and therefore require heavier point bids. 
  • If a course is offered more than once check previous years' points and seat availability to see if there was a lesser favorited block. 
  • Keep your schedule flexible or have back up plans ready in the event your plan does not pan out.
A: Be sure to check under "Prerequisites" before signing up for a class. If you do not have a prerequisite, you won't be allowed to register for the course without permission from the Professor listed on the course via their COI PIN (consent of instructor pin). If you think you have completed the prerequisite or will have completed it before the block starts, you may contact the professor and get their COI PIN to use in the preregistration application. When this is used, it should override the prerequisite error.
A: Don't be afraid to talk to other students, ask the resident adviser in your residence hall, faculty teaching the course(s), or upper classmen their thoughts. Utilize the community around you who are familiar with the point system.

A: Students can preregister for block seminar courses that fill each block (blocks 1 - 4 and 5-8). Students can also preregister for their adjuncts but it is recommended to use points towards a traditional, block seminar course.

January/Half (H) Block course registration will not be part of the Preregistration process. H block encompasses both 1.0 unit and 0.50 unit course offerings during the month of January. H Block registration typically opens up after Spring Preregistration in the Fall; further announcements will be shared. 

Points from Prior Preregistration Runs



*NEW REPORT FEATURES* In addition to sharing the minimum points needed to get into each course, this report also highlights the demand for each course and the points distribution for each course. Many courses did not require points but are kept listed in this report. Please note that these are the courses that were offered in Spring 2020 and may not reflect what will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year.

BY DEPARTMENT: Fall 2021 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Spring 2021 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Fall 2020 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Spring 2020 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution by Department

(this report is shared as a PDF document and has the following viewing options: by department which will list courses in order by subject number. If you are searching for a particular course, using the keyboard commands "ctrl + f for pc" or "command + f for mac" will bring up the Find tool where you can type-in your search before clicking the "enter" key: e.g. search by CRN, Course ID, or Title such as MA126 or Calculus I)

LOOKING FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW? If you would like to simply see what the minimum point values were to from a previous Preregistration period please find the available reports below. Keep in mind that minimum points needed from a previous run will not guarantee you a spot in a course and should not be the only source of information used to strategize your points distribution as this would have been unique to the timeframe. Check out the reports above for further statistics!

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Fall 2021 

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Spring 2021 

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Fall 2020

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Spring 2020


The following waitlist results were recorded from Fall 2019 Preregistration when students were preregistering for the upcoming semester and drafting their blocks 5-8 (Spring 2020 Preregistration has not run; these results are reflective for the Fall 2019 Semester only)

Fall 2019 Preregistration Results Courses with Waitlists 1-4


The following waitlist results were recorded from Fall 2018 Preregistration when students were preregistering for the upcoming semester only.

Fall 2018 Preregistration Results Courses with Waitlists 1-4

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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