Congratulations! You made it through the first weeks of school. You’re settled in to your living situation, you’re getting into a rhythm with your studies and class attendance, and you’ve begun exploring campus life. Now, everyone can relax.
But wait – don’t get too comfy! Believe it or not, it’s time for you to plan for classes next semester. Students have a limited window in which to get priority registration for classes according to their class standing. We’ve broken down what you need to know about the priority registration period.
The University of Arizona handles priority enrollment in waves. Each group of students is assigned a window to enroll in classes, according to their class standing. Each group has only a few days to enroll, and then the window for the next group opens up. Seniors enroll first, followed by juniors, then sophomores, and then freshmen. Certain student groups, like students in the Honors College, athletes, military and veteran students and their dependents, and Foster Care scholarship students, gain early access to register for classes. The priority enrollment process begins at the end of October.
Allison Ewing-Cooper, an academic advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, says taking advantage of priority registration can help a student graduate on time.
“Since seniors have a short, set number of classes they still need to complete, by registering first they are able to enroll in their remaining requirements,” she said. “However, priority registration is not just important for seniors and juniors – all students should use priority registration so they get their preferred pick of course times and general education options.”
Registering during priority registration gives better accesses to classes, more flexibility of a schedule, and time to ensure the schedule will work best for the student, said Jackie Rindone, an academic advisor in the Colleges of Letters, Arts & Science.
Information about priority registration dates are located on the Registrar’s website. This information is also located on a student’s UAccess Student Center. If you have questions about priority registration, you can always see your academic advisor. Or, contact the Advising Resource Center. We’re here to help you!
Visit us at www.advising.arizona.edu, or call us at 520-626-8667 or 520-626-7988.