For those of you who have not completed a winter registration cycle before, this is how it works (in LSA):
- The LSA course guide goes live on October 31st. At this time, you will be able to see the offered courses with descriptions at – lsa.umich.edu/cg
- Your backpack on Wolverine Access will not be up at this point, not until November 14th.
- On November 14th you should be able to see your enrollment date/time on Wolverine Access. It is on the “backpacking/registration” page of Wolverine Access. On the right hand side of the page it will say “View Enrollment Dates”.
- Your enrollment date/time is not an appointment with your advisor, as it was at orientation. From this point on, you register yourself. This date time is the exact moment you are allowed to begin registering. You do not HAVE TO register at this time, as you are able to register at any point after the time listed. However, it is in your benefit to be ready to so that you do not get closed out of classes.
- Registration starts on November 28th, but freshmen will not be able to register until mid December.
- Speaking of closed classes, just as at orientation, some classes will be closed by the time you register. This is inevitable, and a normal aspect of registration at a large university; we all deal with it. You may choose to waitlist classes, but it is best to go ahead and register for other open courses that you are excited about. While you are choosing and backpacking classes you should keep in mind that some sections may close.
- It is a great idea to meet with your academic advisor to talk about what classes you might take, but it is ideal to wait until closer to your registration date. Freshmen are encouraged to consider waiting until at least December 5th to meet with their advisor. That way you will be able to talk with your advisor more realistically about what your course options are (you will be able to see what is actually open to you). However, you can and should schedule this meeting early, even now is fine.
- Of course, it is doubtful you will be hurt by too much advising. If you want to meet with your advisor twice (now and again later), you can do that.
You can also use the LSA Academic Peer Advisors as resources throughout the registration process. We are available to talk about course selection or to help you backpack. The Peer Academic Advising Office is located in the LSA Advising Center and is open Monday-Friday noon-5PM.