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To make good decisions about your registration, you need to be fully admitted to Metropolitan State University. Additionally, attendance at both the New Student Orientation and the Program Information Meeting are required, and will assist you in understanding how to make the best course choices when registering.

The following steps will help you to prepare for registration, choose your courses, avoid problems, and complete the necessary steps to get registered and be successful in class.

Before You Register guides you through the choices you need to make when planning for the upcoming registration.

If you are on academic probation, the College of Management requires you to contact the Gateway Student Services to register for an Academic Success Workshop. After completing the Academic Success Workshop, call or email your advisor to schedule a meeting for registration approval. You will meet face-to-face with your advisor to discuss the academic progress policy and strategies to becoming a successful student. It can take up to 24 business hours for your hold to be released after receiving advisor approval, so plan to meet before your registration window opens.

During Registration provides information and resources about when to register, where to register, and what to register for.

  • 30-Credit Prerequisite for Upper-division COM Courses
  • Student Information: Obtain approval to enroll in a College of Management closed course (pdf)

After Registration lists activities you need to complete once you have registered for classes.

Before You Register

Every registration period advisors are bombarded with calls, e-mails, and walk-in advisees with lots of questions. Students who wait to register will find it difficult to get their questions answered in a timely manner because advisors are busy especially during registration.

Plan ahead for the next registration period about one month after current classes start. Unfortunately if you wait to register and you'll find courses closed/full, and advisors difficult to reach. If you work with your advisor before registration begins, you will be able to make contact easier, the response will be timely, and the advisor will have more time to answer your questions thoroughly.

Check for Holds on your registration. If there are any holds on your registration, you will want to have these released before you can register. You can check for holds by logging into the Web Registration site, click on the "Registration Tab", and click into the left side menu "Check Holds". To find out about the type of hold and what you must do to release the hold, please review Holds on Registration.

Take your assessments. Results from the assessments will offer important insight into your current reading, writing, and math skills and help you select appropriate courses for your first semester.

Plan Your Course Sequence. As a freshman you will want to take level 100 and 200 general education courses such as writing and math -- important skills needed to be successful in college. Be aware of your major prerequisites and incorporate them into your course sequence. Check out Tips for College of Management Majors to know which classes will be offered during different terms.

The major course sequence, on the back of your checklist, shows course prerequisites for the major. For example, FIN 390: Principles of Finance has the following prerequisites: College Algebra, Microeconomics, and Financial Accounting. Make certain to take your prerequisite courses so you are ready to take the upper division courses the term they become available.

All College of Management foundation and core courses are offered every term, so you can plan to take them whenever you need to. Upper division major required courses are not always offered each term. Here are two ways to "predict" what upper division courses will be offered during the year:

  1. Major required and elective courses are usually offered on a cyclical basis (i.e. what is offered this summer will typically be offered next summer). This isn't a guarantee, but it is an "educated guess". You can look at the registration web site to see archives of previous semester courses.
  2. Each class schedule has an upcoming term preview.

Know what courses transfer. If there are courses you have taken previously and don't know if they transfer, work with an advisor to have the course evaluated or check out transferring courses from other schools. Don't take a course at Metropolitan State if you think you've already taken a similar course at a previous institution. If you take a course twice, you will not get credit the second time.

Choose your creative learning strategy. Know which classes you don't need to take or shouldn't be taking, complete any waiver exams, CLEP tests, Prior Learning Approvals, Internship approvals, and reading, writing and math assessments before registration begins. Plan ahead and choose the learning options right for you (see page H-14 on the College of Management Student Handbook)

Determine your course load. Choose a course load that ensures success.
Students may register for a maximum of 16 credits per term. Advisors must give approval if a student wishes to register for more than 16 credits. Students on financial aid must register for at least 6 credits to be considered part-time. International Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be full time students.

To settle on an appropriate course load, determine how you will balance your weekly schedule. Consider family, work load, homework, class time, and commuting time. Plan to study 8 -12 hours a week for a 4 credit course. Also, take into consideration the difficulty of the course: is it upper or lower division, is it a subject area that you enjoy or that you find difficult, what are the expectations of the instructor, how much work is implied by the syllabus?

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During Registration

When to Register: The registration period start date and timeline are printed in the academic calendar either on the web or in your class schedule.
Courses fill fast. Be prepared to register at the earliest time open to you in order to ensure the best course selection. You may register according to how many credits you have completed; a combination of transfer credits (found on your GELS Worksheet) and courses with passing grades at Metropolitan State. Courses without grades are not considered completed.

Where to Register: You have the option of registering online, or via touch-tone phone. Registration instructions are on the web site or in the class schedule. Students are strongly encouraged to use the Portal, a gateway to a wide variety of services that allow you for example, to access to your email, academic records, register online and much more.

What Not to Register For: Registering for a course simply because there is an opening is a waste of time and money. Consider whether the course is appropriate to your college level and applies toward degree requirements. For example: level 100 is at the freshman level, level 200 at the sophomore level, level 300 junior and level 400 a senior. Any student registering for a 300-500 level College of Management Course must have completed the 30 Credit Prerequisite for Upper-division COM Courses.

What to Register For: Use the tools already given to you to plan your degree progress and work with an advisor when you get stuck. The four documents you need to track your progress are:

  • General Education Liberal Studies (GELS) Worksheet sample (pdf)
  • Business Administration Checklist (pdf)
  • Major Course Sequence sample (pdf)

Each undergraduate student in the College of Management is given an approved copy of their major checklist, course sequence, updated GELS worksheet, and degree completion form after they have declared a major. Each term, you should write on these documents the courses completed, credits, and grades. This way you will know what you have completed, and what you have left so you don't have to rely needlessly on your advisor. The Degree Completion form will indicate if you need any free electives to reach the minimum of 120 to 124 credits (depending on your major) to graduate. Of course, if you have questions, contacting your advisor is important (especially before registration starts).

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After Registration

Get confirmation of your registration. After registering print a confirmation of your registration, or request a confirmation. Check this carefully and keep a copy for your records.

Pay tuition before the deadline. The tuition deadline is found in the academic calendar. If you plan to use financial aid, apply early and make certain your financial aid will pay by the deadline.

Warning: Students are dropped for non-payment after the tuition deadline, and once dropped, will find it difficult to get back into a closed course. For those who are not able to get into a course keep checking the website for possible openings.

Know the deadline for drop/add. Students may add classes prior to the second class meeting. To add an open course (one that has open seats) after the seventh day of the term but before the second class meeting, please contact the Gateway Student Services Center who will verify and place an override to allow web registration. After the second class meeting, you will have to contact the instructor of the course you wish to take, and the instructor must e-mail permission to Records & Registration.

Students may drop classes and get a refund through the 7th day of the term. This policy may change, so please refer to the information found in the academic calendar. Independent studies (FDIS) are on a different time frame for drop/add/withdraw which can also be found on the academic calendar.

Use NetDirect to access online courses, your email, academic records, the online library, and important school announcements.

Access your online course. Students must have web access and an email account by the time the term starts. Students will be required to participate online on a regular basis and submit assignments by due dates. Use Desire2Learn to access your online course.

Prepare for independent studies. Refer to the class schedule for detailed instructions. For example,

  1. Instructor's permission required before registering
  2. Contact the instructor for course materials, or
  3. Contact a specific department (ie., history department) for a course packet by a certain date.

If there are no specific instructions, after registering contact the instructor directly.

Buy Your Textbooks. Textbooks are available either at the Saint Paul Campus or online at e-follet and get reading!

Attend all Classes. To get the most out of your course be on time for class and don't leave early.

For more information contact Advising Center at 612-659-7269.

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