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How to Register for Classes

Comprehensive Guide to Registration

 Important Spring 2022 Registration Dates

 

  • Before mid-November: 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).
     
  • December  8, 2022: Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores.
     
  • December 13, 2021: Online class registration for incoming first year students
     
  • December 13, 2021: Online class registration for incoming transfer students

For the Spring 2022 semester, you will register for classes on the connect.ucmerced.edu platform at a randomly assigned time in late June. 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 UC Merced Connect Platform at a randomly assigned time in December. 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.

Click on the “MyRegistration” icon and then select "Check Your Registration Status and Appointment Time". 

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)

 

Schedule components screenshot
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 UC Merced Connect Platform and click on MyRegistration Icon.

    MyRegistration screenshot
    Screenshot: Log on to https://connect.ucmerced.edu/student/mymerced/_/mymerced, then select the myRegistration Icon.

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

    RegAddDrop screenshot
    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.

    CRN Box screenshot
    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: 

    Linking error screenshot
    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:

Registering for Math 5 screenshot
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

 

Change of Major:

OPTIONAL - Change your major (Fall First Year Students Only)

If you are a first year student, you can change your major by completing the major confirmation form. The major confirmation form can only be completed once, so think carefully before changing your major.  The change of major form is currently closed.

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 2022 students, your catalog year will be 2021-22. This new catalog that applies for all incoming First Year and Transfer students should be available in June 2019.

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) 
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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