When What Can Go Wrong, Goes Wrong

14 Nov

Registration comes and goes. All that stress, excitement, tears.


For some, registration is a success and celebrations happen. For others, not so much. If anything, the end of your registration period has left you even more flustered and confused than before. For those of you with success stories, congratulations… you have survived this madness that will continue to repeat while you’re here at the U of A.

Now for those of you who found yourselves stumped and couldn’t defeat this monster of registration… don’t lose hope! Sometimes, it happens to the best of us. The important thing now is to understand what went wrong and how to move on from those common registration hiccups. That way we can join those registration celebrations too!


These turn out to be the most common registration obstacles:

  • Classes are full and, therefore, closed
  • Holds
  • Pre-requisites
  • Time conflicts

For each of these evils, there’s a reason why it happens. They don’t simply exist to ruin your life (although it may feel that way). Journey with me as I break them apart and provide possible ways to proceed and potentially conquer the evil.

Evil #1: Classes closed because they reached their capacity.

For this one, there are a few different methods to best this evil. First and foremost, the reason that funky blue square appears under the status column is because the number of seats available have all been filled.    Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 11.37.42 AM


This means the following: 1) you either leave it in your shopping cart and await the glorious day that it might open up again or 2) talk to the professor and ask that they add you.

For option 1, there is a good amount of time between now and the first day of classes in Spring 2015. Students in the course may drop and change their schedules around. This means that if you are aware and ready, you can potentially enroll in the once someone drops it. My recommendation is leave that course in your shopping cart and check regularly to see if the status goes from a blue square to a green circle. Once that happens, enroll away! Also, keep in mind that the first week of classes is somewhat of a trial period for students. During this time you, still have the ability to change your schedule, so some people might find that the course you’re waiting for isn’t their cup of tea and will drop it… leaving it nice and open for you to enroll.

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Option 2, on the other hand, is something you can do now by contacting the professor and expressing interest in being in his/her class next semester. Sometimes they’ll keep you in mind when seats become available. In order to proceed with the professor route, you’ll have to have them sign an Add/Drop form to then turn into the administration office. This is the manual method of enrolling in courses.

Evil #2: Registration holds on your account.

There are different types of holds and different ways to clear them. These are common reasons for such holds:

  • Past-due debts: You owe money.
  • Academic holds: You are mandated to meet with your advisor…why haven’t you?
  • Campus Health holds: did you ever turn in your immunization records?

These holds can range in complexity and reasons, but at the end of the day they won’t let you register so take care of them as soon as possible. For any of the holds, if you click on them on your UAccess account, you should be able to see what the holds are all about and who to contact to get them fixed. Usually, financial holds are good topics of discussion with the Bursar’s office or financial aid office. For academic holds go to your advisor or department of study. Lastly, Campus Health holds… well go to Campus Health for more information.

Evil #3: Pre-requisites.

For this one there aren’t many alternatives. If you don’t meet the requirements, you simply just need to do those things before you can enroll in such classes.


Evil #4: Time conflicts.

This one is another of those evils that you can take care of on your own or just will have to deal with. Time conflicts happen when your 9am Jazz class is at the same time as that 9am Puppets and Dragons class you want to enroll in. FYI- Not sure if that actually exists, but it serves the purpose of making my point. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too!


You’ll have to choose and hope for the best. Or find other courses that don’t conflict in time. If you’re not sure which ones are conflicting, UAccess let’s you know using the number of the class when it gives you the big red “X”.

All these hiccups are common and most of us will undergo at least one in our time as a Wildcat here. They might make you feel like this….


but the important thing is to not let them go unnoticed and unattended. Make sure that you look into them ASAP so you can enroll in all of the classes you need.

Final note: Make your advisor a primary contact. Save their number on your phone. Make them your homie, in the most respectful manner of course. I promise you that they’ll have the best answers for all of these registration mishaps!

Final note #2: Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and ASK! If you don’t know how to fix something or what it means… simply ASK! Someone out there knows and it’s your responsibility to find these answers!

Best of luck Wildcats. Bear Down for Spring 2015.


– Lucero

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