Tips for Dealing with Low Registration Priorities and Closed Classes

New students to community college often find it difficult to enroll in the classes that they need during their first semester.  This is because returning students have higher registration priority dates than those who are brand-new or have fewer semesters of continuous enrollment.   Here are some tips that will help with these challenges:

 

1.  Register for classes as soon as your priority registration date and time will allow.  Do not wait.  Delaying for hours or even minutes can make the difference between getting a class or finding it closed.

 

2.  Have your iGraduate Road Map to Success or other college educational plan materials available when you register.  These items will show you ALL of the classes that will count toward your educational goal.  If your first choices are closed, you can use these tools to choose other classes that will meet the same requirements.  Be sure to check for needed prerequisites.

This information can be found in the college catalog or the class schedule.

 

3.  Some colleges have more than one campus.  For example, the Los Angeles Community College District has a website that lists the open and closed courses at all nine of its campuses.  It is possible to take courses at multiple campuses.  Your registration priority at all campuses will improve with each semester that you complete.

 

4. ENROLL IN SOMETHING!  This is important because you will have a substantially higher registration priority after your first semester.  Look into online courses.  Look into physical education classes.  Every college has learning assistance courses.  These are usually no credit or partial credit classes.  They are intended to help students strengthen their skills in math, English, or study habits.  Many of them simply require a minimum number of hours to be spent doing exercises on a computer at the college.  Such courses are generally listed either as "Learning Skills" or along with other classes in English and math.  You can also drop by the student assistance center at your college to find out how you might enroll in these types of classes.

 

5.  Sign up for special programs at the college that offer preferred registration priorities.  Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) is the most common among these.  It is intended for low income students.   Student athletes and disabled students also are able to take advantage of preferred registration priorities.  Go to the student assistance center at your college to find out what programs are available that offer preferred registration.

 

6. General steps to “crash” a course

 

A.Contact the instructor and ask if they might accept crashers for their course, and what the policy is. Find their contact information on the school website by searching the “Directory.” Politeness will work in your favor. Usually you will be required to attend the first 1-2 lectures and sign a waiting list.

 

B.If you do not receive a reply, attend the first day of class anyway. If the instructor does not announce the crashing policy, ask after class is over.

 

C.If the instructor wishes to admit you, he or she will give you an “add code.” Log onto the registration system and enter the Section Number and “add code” to bypass the closed course message. If the instructor does not give you an add code, you will not be able to add the course.

 

7. Pay your fees right away.  Once you register for your courses it is important that you pay your fees promptly.  Many colleges will require you to pay your fees within a day or two of registration.  If you do not pay your fees by then you will be dropped from the class.  

 

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