Class Registration Leaves Some Students Scrambling

Katie AnthonySome Loyola students experienced difficulty during the most recent class registration week.

At her assigned registration time, Leslie Owen, a first-year studying marketing, opened her laptop at her assigned registration time to find half of her planned courses closed. Owen was forced her to throw away her entire academic plan and start from scratch. 

“We were required to plan all the classes we wanted to take for the spring semester, but just because I am a freshman with a later registration time, my entire plan changed,” Owen said. “I feel like the work I put into planning my classes was for nothing.”

Class registration takes place during the end of the prior semester, for the spring 2019 semester registration opened up Nov. 5. Loyola students use LOCUS, the online student portal, to plan and enroll in classes. 

Dreams of green “open” indicators next to chosen classes were often squashed by a yellow triangle — meaning a class was waitlisted — or a blue square signaling to students the class they planned on taking was closed. 

Assignment times for registration are based on the number of credit hours a student has accumulated — typically seniors will be first to register and first-years last. However, some students such as honors students enroll early. 

Early enrollment for honors students is a “perk” of the program, according to Claudio Katz, director of the honors program. Honors students enroll in the same classes as non-honors students, aside from their required honors program classes. Honors students typically take one honors course per semester, according to Katz. 

Even with their early registration slots, honors program classes fill up quickly. Kyra Fuller, a first-year studying forensic science, experienced the stress of registration as an honors student first hand. 

Fuller said students in the honors program seemed to panic in texts sent out in group messages when they were unable to enroll in their preferred honors program course.

“I ended up getting the professor I wanted, but a lot of people didn’t,” Fuller said. “There was a huge fight [in the group chat] that day because people were genuinely upset.”

Katz sent an email to honors students prior to registration, addressing the issue of a waitlist on honors courses. Students were instructed to contact Lorri Walsh, an honors program administrative assistant. Honors students shouldn’t write to the course instructor, honors academic advisors or Katz, the email said.

Honors students aren’t the only students experiencing stress during registration week. 

According to first-year Sangeen Durrani, the academic plan he made in his University 101 course was replaced by an updated schedule he scrambled to make after most of his classes were closed or waitlisted. 

Durrani said he would tell future students to keep their expectations low when registering for classes. 

“Have a loose plan of what you want for the next semester, but go in with the expectation that you won’t get any of the classes you planned,” the pre-med student said. “If you set your expectations really low, you might be pleasantly surprised.”

Carllie Meeks, a junior studying social work, said she worried less about registration week than in past years, but still struggled to enroll in the classes she needed to take. 

“Not being able to enroll in classes because of prerequisites was stressful,” Meeks said. “Some you couldn’t enroll in unless the professor enrolled you into them, and then they would fill

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