Spring 2020 Registration Advising

Registration for Spring 2020 begins on Friday, November 8. Students will be receiving registration information from the Registrar’s Office after fall break, but there are a few things to know as you prepare to work with your students in the coming weeks.

First, please remember that advising is more than registration! On the menu to the right you will find a sample email message that you can modify and send to your students to help them prepare for advising appointments. With midterm grades being fresh in students’ minds, students in each class will be looking at their midterm grades and paying attention to different things:

First-year students – continuing to adjust to the demands of Puget Sound in the classroom and balancing life outside of the classroom; summer plans (academic or otherwise, to include Puget Sound summer offerings, with our summer registration happening around the same time as fall registration); Peer Advisors are holding registration mechanics sessions that will focus on PeopleSoft tools and navigation (see "RPM flyer" on the right); remember, first-year advisors, that you can and should use your Peer Advisors to help with this work!

Sophomores – impact on Study Abroad (required GPA for specific programs); performance and making decisions on major and/or minor (students declare majors through the Academic Advising office; see https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/advising-registrar/declare-major-select-advisor/ for process); summer plans (academic or otherwise, to include Puget Sound summer offerings, with our summer registration happening around the same time as fall registration); RISE sophomore internship program in summer before junior year, with RISE classes being offered in the fall for early internship deadlines.

Juniors* – impact on Study Abroad; finalizing and/or hearing back from applications for summer jobs, internships, research, and fellowship opportunities; summer courses to aid progress towards degree, to include Puget Sound summer offerings, with our summer registration happening around the same time as fall registration; and

Seniors* – graduation requirements; impact on graduate or professional school, fellowship applications and searches; and job search.

(* Remember that searching for Connections through "Course attribute: Core" and "Course attribute value: Connections" will retrieve all Connections courses! Searching for "Subject: Connections" only returns CONN courses.)

Second, there are other documents to help with registration advising on the right-hand menu. You will find information on Health Professions Advising, School of Education advising, and the advising tools available in my.PugetSound.edu, including how to access student records, email options, and removing registration holds.

Advisors will need to remove their primary advisees’ service indicators to allow them to register; directions are included in the "Registration Technology" document on the right. (Remember that PeopleSoft works best in Internet Explorer and Chrome.) Please remind your students to check their holds and To Do list items to ensure the path is clear for registration. All students will need to complete their “Terms and Conditions” hold, which includes updating emergency contact information, prior to registering. Any holds or action items will have contact information to assist students complete these tasks. Please urge students to do this well in advance of their registration time!

Third, please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues in Academic Advising should you need help.

Finally, thanks for your conscientious work with our students!

Landon