Spring schedule of classes available; plan ahead for registration

Spring 2024 course registration will open for first-year undergraduates on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 a.m. Eastern. This is also listed in the Classes & Enrollment tile in SIS and is sometimes referred to as your “enrollment appointment.”

To prepare for a successful registration, follow the steps below.

1. Act to remove any pre-registration holds in SIS
Prior to registration, check SIS to see if you have any holds on your account that will prevent you from registering. After logging in to SIS, you can view possible holds in the Tasks tile in SIS. If you see that a hold exists, click the Tasks tile to learn more. It is important you begin working now on having any existing holds removed, especially because course registration begins shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Possible holds you may see could include:

  • Registration Advising Hold: To remove this hold, meet with your pre-major advisor (before major declaration) or major advisor (if you recently declared). After meeting to discuss your spring classes, they will lift your Registration Advising Hold. Your four-year advisor can NOT lift your Registration Advising Hold.
  • Explore Program Hold: To remove this hold, you must complete two Explore Program events. You can register for events and track your progress via CampusGroups; after logging in, select "My Activity" from the menu column on the left, followed by "My Checklists." Scroll down to Explore. If you or they have questions, please reach out to explore@case.edu
  • Past Due Balance Hold or other financial holds: You should contact Student Financial Services to make arrangements for paying the balance and having the hold removed. You might also consider consulting with a counselor in University Financial Aid to explore available options for assistance with resolving the balance on your account. For a list of other financial holds and how to resolve them, please visit the Student Financial Services website.

2. Build your schedule in advance and check for conflicts

As you are putting together your schedule, make sure to use your Shopping Cart to identify the courses you plan to take. You can also use the Schedule Planner to help plan based on available days and times. Make sure there are no date/time conflicts or pre/co-requisite issues (you can use the “Validate” option in your Shopping Cart to help you confirm this) and address them before attempting to register for courses.
Be mindful of courses that may have variable credit hours. When you attempt to register for a variable credit hour course, there is a drop down menu where you can choose the specific number of credits. It always defaults to the lowest possible value and may require your attention during registration.

3. Request permissions for courses, if applicable

If you are planning to register for a course that requires any kind of permission (instructor consent, closed course, requisites or time conflict), remember that you can submit a permission request in SIS. A permission request requires that you provide the instructor with details of your circumstances and the reason for your request.

4. Do you need to take your Academic Inquiry Seminar (AIQS) course this spring?

If you didn’t take your Academic Inquiry Seminar (AIQS) this fall, you will see a placeholder on your spring schedule for a three-credit course, AIQS 851S, to remind you that you need to keep room in your schedule for this course. Placement in your Academic Inquiry Seminar works differently than registration for other courses, outlined below.

Before your arrival at CWRU, you completed the Selecting Your First-Year Writing Seminar form, your AIQS Self-Selection Item on your Roadmap, choosing the environment in which you thought you would best develop as a writer: Topical, Foundations or Non-Native Speakers of English AIQS. For a refresher, you can review the FAQ for the First-Year Writing Seminar Selection Process.

  • If you chose Topical or Foundations, you received an email last week (subject line: “Spring 2024 Topical AIQS” or “Spring 2024 Foundations AIQS”) with more information about the placement process. Please refer to that email, and if you have follow up questions you can contact writing@case.edu
  • If you chose Non-Native Speakers of English and are currently enrolled in AIAE 100, your current instructor will speak with you about your spring placement.

If you are currently taking your Academic Inquiry Seminar this fall, you will not see this placeholder and do not need to plan for this in the spring. 

5. Consider declaring your major

As you plan your spring schedule and engagement, now is also a great time to declare your major. When you declare your major, you will be assigned a faculty member within the department to help guide your progression within the degree program. Keep the timing of declaring your major in mind with regard to course registration. If your advising hold is not released prior to major declaration, only your new advisor will be able to lift the hold.

To declare your major, you should contact the Academic Representative of the major that you wish to declare and meet with them to complete your major declaration form. After completing the form, submit it to the Undergraduate Advising Support via email at ugadvisingsupport@case.edu

If you have questions about course registration, holds or procedures to follow in SIS, please contact your faculty advisor or four-year advisor for assistance.