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How to Register for Classes

Comprehensive Guide to Registration

 Important Fall Registration Dates

  • Before May 31: Your academic advisor will send information about placement exams to your UC Merced email address after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
  • June 20-21: Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores.
  • June 24-28: Online class registration for incoming first year and transfer students

    You will register for classes on the my.ucmerced.edu student portal at a randomly assigned time between June 24 and 28. You will register for classes BEFORE attending New Student Orientation. Your advisor will recommend courses based on your intended major, provide how-to resources for navigating the online system, and alert you to other requirements to ensure you are prepared for registration.

    You can check your priority registration appointment time at MyRegistrationTime on the portal. Registration remains open for schedule changes 24 hours a day and 7 days a week after your priority registration appointment time.

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    When Can I Register for Classes?

    You will register for classes on the my.ucmerced.edu student portal at a randomly assigned time between June 24 and 28. You will register for classes BEFORE attending New Student Orientation. Your advisor will recommend courses based on your intended major, provide how-to resources for navigating the online system, and alert you to other requirements to ensure you are prepared for registration.

    You can check your registration appointment time at MyRegistrationTime on the portal

    More dates & deadlines:

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    Video: How to Register for Your Classes

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    Step 1: Building a Class Schedule

    1. Determine which courses to take. Refer to the email you received from your academic advisor. It will tell you which courses you should register for to complete your degree requirements. In general, courses should be taken in sequence. For example, if you are currently taking CHEM 2, you should take CHEM 10 the following semester. 
       
    2. Consult the Schedule of Courses at http://registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule to ensure that the courses you want to take will be offered.
       
    3. Begin constructing your schedule. Note the following:
      • Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture, discussion, and/or lab. Be sure to include all of the required components.
      • Select lecture times first, then discussions and/or labs for each course.
      • Record the 5-digit CRN for each component of each course.

    See screenshots below:

    Class Schedule Screenshot
    Screenshot: Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture (LECT) and discussion (DISC)

     

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    Screenshot: Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture (LECT) and discussion (DISC)

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    Step 2: Registering for Classes

    1. Log on to the student portal my.ucmerced.edu and click on MyRegistration in the Student Services drop-down menu.

      MyRegistration screenshot
      Screenshot: Log on to my.ucmerced.edu, then select the myRegistration link.
       

    2. To register for courses, select Register/Add/Drop Classes.

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      Screenshot: Select Register/Add Drop Classes

       

    3. Select the appropriate term, then enter one CRN in each box under Add Classes Worksheet. You must input all associated CRNs (lecture, discussion and/or lab) for a course at the same time. Click Submit Changes.

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      Screenshot: You must input all associated CRNs (lecture, discussion and/or lab) for a course at the same time

       

    4. Verify that you successfully registered for each course. If you have successfully registered for a course, "Web Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.

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      Screenshot: If you have successfully registered for a course, "Web Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.

       

    5. If you encounter errors, pay close attention to the status on the far left.

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      Screenshot: Registration errors will appear under the far left "Status" column.

     

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    Step 3: Viewing Your Class Schedule

    1. After successfully registering for your classes without any holds or errors you can see an overview of your schedule. Select the Student Schedule tab at the bottom of the screen. 

      Student Schedule Menu screenshot
      Screenshot: Select Student Schedule to see detailed information about your classes.

       

    2. In the Student Schedule view, you can see detailed information about your classes, including the days, times, locations, instructors and more. Next, select Student Schedule By Week to sort your schedule by day and time.

      Student Schedule screenshot
      Screenshot: View of Student Schedule. Next, select Schedule by Week to see sort your schedule by day and time.

       

    3. In the Student Schedule by Week view, you can enter any date and you will see your class schedule for the week in which that date falls. If you enter a date that falls on a weekend, you will see your schedule for the prior week. 
      Student Schedule screenshot
      Screenshot: View of Student Schedule by Week.

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    Troubleshooting: Common Registration Errors

     

    Video: Common Registration Errors

     

    Linking Error

    You may get a "Linked Course Required" error if you have not enrolled for all parts of a course. For example, a course lecture (LECT) may be linked to a corresponding lab (LAB) and discussion (DISC). You must enroll in all components of a course at the same time.

    Tips to avoid this error:

    1. You must enroll in all parts of the class (lect, discussion, lab, etc.)
    2. For each lecture, there are a list of discussions that you can enroll in, choose one discussion section that is open. Here is an example: 

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      Screenshot: You may get a linking error if you do not enroll in all components of a course (i.e., LECT and DISC)

       

    3. There are some courses (i.e., Phys 008, Chem 002 and Phys 009) that have paired discussions and labs. For each lecture, you will need to enroll in a paired discussion and lab section. Here is an example: 

      Paired Discussions and Labs screenshot
      Screenshot: Lectures (LECT) may be linked to paired discussions (DISC) and labs (LAB)

     

    Major Restriction Error

    You may get a "Major, Minor or Concentration Restriction" error if a course you are trying to add requires you to be declared in a certain major.  You should choose another course or contact your advisor for assistance.

    Tips to avoid this error:

    1. Find out which courses are restricted by major in the course schedule at registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule. Select the hyperlinked CRN for a course to view course details.
      CRN Details Screenshot
      Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked CRN to view course details
       
    2. The course detail view will show any major restrictions:
      Course Detail Screenshot
      Screenshot: Course detail view will describe major restrictions

     

    Prerequisite Error

    You may get a "Prerequisite Not Completed" error if the course you are trying to register for requires you to complete another course first.

    Prerequisite Error Details
    Screenshot: Prerequisite requirements can cause registration add errors

    Tips to avoid this error:

    1. To see prerequisites for a specific course, select the hyperlinked CRN in the course schedule found at  registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule. You can also view the University Catalog for course prerequisites. Contact your academic advisor if you need assistance.
      CRN Details Screenshot
      Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked CRN to view course details
       
    2. The course detail will show any prerequisites required for a specific course:
      Prerequisite Detail Screenshot
      Screenshot: Course detail view will describe prerequisites

     

    Time Conflict Error

    You may get a "Time Conflict" error if you are trying to register for two courses scheduled at the same time, or if the final exam time for one course is the same time as another. Remember, a time conflict may be with a lecture, discussion, lab or final exam.

    Tips to avoid this error:

    1. Try to register for another open section of the same course, or register for a different course.
    2. You can complete a Time Conflict Override Form. Be sure to contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

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    About Registering for Math 5

    MATH 5 is a hybrid course which means that students will only be attending their chosen discussion sections. In order to register for MATH 5, you must register for both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion section CRN. Disregard the “TBD” for the lecture time.

    See screenshot:

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    Screenshot:  To register for Math 5, enter both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion CRN.

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    About Placement Exams

    Chemistry and Math Placement Exams

    Changing or Confirming Your Major (First Year Students Only)

    • To confirm or change your major, you must fill out the Undergraduate Major Change form by June 1, 2019. Only first year students (freshmen) are permitted to change their major. Keep in mind that there may be restrictions on changing into certain majors.

    Visit the Academic Advising Website for more information.

     

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    Registration Resources

    Weekly Schedule Planning Worksheet

    Plan out your weekly course schedule to prevent time conflicts with classes.

    MyDegree Path

    Plan the courses you need to take for current and future semesters to stay on track to graduate on time.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Get answers to common first year and transfer registration questions and general information.

    University Catalog

    Find in-depth information about degree requirements, course information, and academic policies. NOTE: Incoming spring 2019 students your catalog year will be 2018-19. This new catalog that applies for all incoming First Year and Transfer students should be available in June 2018.

    Office of the Registrar

    The Office of the Registrar's website provides information on the academic calendar, course scheduling, academic policies and enrollment verification.

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    Contact an Academic Advisor

     

    Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) 

    All New First Year students in every major as well as undeclared. *Transfer students should meet with their school academic advisor listed below.

    Website: Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) 
    Location: Classroom Office Building 2 (COB2), Rm. 261
    Contact Info:
    209-291-9739
    bac@ucmerced.edu
    Make an appointment
    Walk-in hours

     

    School of Engineering Advising

    New Transfer Students in the majors listed below:

    • Bioengineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Undeclared Engineering

    Website: School of Engineering Advising
    Location: Science and Engineering 2, Rm. 315
    Make an appointment
    Walk-in hours

     

    School of Natural Sciences Advising

    New Transfer Students in the majors listed below:

    • Applied Mathematical Sciences
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemical Sciences
    • Earth Systems Science
    • Physics
    • Undeclared Natural Sciences

    Website: School of Natural Sciences Advising
    Location: Sciences & Engineering I, Rm. 270
    Make an appointment
    Walk-in hours

     

    School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Advising

    New Transfer Students in the majors listed below:

    • Anthropology
    • Cognitive Science
    • Economics
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    • English
    • Global Arts Studies Program
    • History
    • Management and Business Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Undeclared SSHA

    Website: School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Advising
    Location: Classroom & Office Building (COB), Rm. 204
    Make an appointment
    Walk-in hours

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