Registration Hints for Students

Student are responsible for maintaining an accurate class registration record 

If you change classes, (a section change is a class change; switching music lessons from 6 units to 3 units is a class change) while registration is open, you need to correct your schedule in Voyager to ensure you have Canvas access.  You also  must be in the correct section to be graded for the course. If you desire to change classes after the class change period (first five days of classes) of the term, you will need to submit a petition to do so (see registration instructions). If you encounter an issue with Voyager, you should notify the helpdesk or the Registrar's Office before the end of the class change period. Instructors, advisors, and others cannot register you for a class. Only you can add/drop courses to your schedule. If you need assistance, email or visit the registrar's office.  

Review your Degree Audit in Degree Works Regularly

Review your degree progress in Degree Works regularly and particularly at the end of each term.  If courses do not apply to the expected requirement in your major/minor, contact your advisor and request they submit a request for exception within the Degree Works system.  The exception will then be reviewed and applied by the registrar's office.  If one of your general education requirements is not showing correctly, contact degreeaudit@lawrence.edu. Students and advisors can you the Degree Works Student Planner to create a path to completion.  Advising meeting notes can also be stored in your DW Audit as reminders for students, faculty, and staff across campus.    

Plan ahead

Plan to add courses that may need approval with plenty of time for instructors to approve.  Also, if you have an advisor hold, meet with your advisor early to ensure your hold is lifted prior to your registration time.  

Take advantage of available resources

Use the resources on the Lawrence website to learn about requirements, policies, procedures and find class options.  Be familiar with the catalog.  The catalog can clarify degree requirements, academic polices/procedures, registration opportunities, graduation requirements, honors, etc. 

Know your deadlines

Read the Important Term Dates and Deadlines prior to the term start date.  Check Registration Times & Status in Voyager to be aware of registration start/end times.

'Submit' your changes

When you make changes on the Voyager "Add/Drop Classes" page, including selecting the waiting list option, always click on the "Submit" button to send your changes to the data system. Review the results on the screen carefully and take action on any errors.

Review your schedule carefully

Check your schedule in Voyager each time you make a class change, at the beginning of classes each term, and on the last day of the add/drop period (fifth day of the term). Be sure to look at meeting times and instructors to ensure you are in the intended section. If you are on the waitlist for a course it will appear on your schedule with a rank number. Being on a waitlist is NOT the same as being registered for a class.

Courtesy counts

While we use technology in many ways, Lawrence is a place that values face-to-face exchanges and conversations. Not all of your registration and other business can be conducted by email or Voyager. You may need to meet with faculty advisors and instructors. Be sure to introduce yourself. Be sure to give your name and ID to an instructor if you are asking for approval to register for a class, even if you've had a class with the instructor before; make it easy for them. If you need to find a professor's office, phone, or email use Find.