Priority registration & advising reminders | February 28

This email was originally sent to students with priority or Senior registration windows for Summer/Fall 2024 on February 28, 2024.

Advising Updates and Reminders: Registration begins next week.

Registration for the Summer and Fall semesters opens at the same time. Review the advising updates and reminders below and be ready to secure your seats in classes when your registration window opens.

This following registration windows are opening over the next few days:

  • Seniors with 110+ hours earned: Monday, March 4, 8:00 am Eastern
  • Priority registration: Monday, March 4, 8:00 am Eastern
  • Seniors with 90+ hours earned: Wednesday, March 6, 8:00 am Eastern

Your registration window opens on [date] at 8:00 am Eastern.

Other information and updates below:

  1. Meeting with an advisor
  2. General registration reminders
  3. Updates to policy on declaring minors

Meeting with an Advisor

Who is your advisor? If you are pursuing a primary major in the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, advising services are provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. Faculty or staff outside of this office may consult on your major requirements but cannot certify your graduation requirements for the College.

Scheduled Appointments:Schedule appointments through Campus Connect. Availability opens 3 weeks in advance but often fully books during the start of registration.

Virtual Drop-ins: All drop-ins are completed virtually through our moderated Zoom call in order to most efficiently meet with students.

  • Please be patient as advisors meet with students in the order that they sign in, as efficiently as possible.
  • Wait times may be lengthy to speak with an advisor will likely be lengthy and advisor capacity is often exceeded.
  • The first two weeks of registration have the highest volume advising of the semester.

General Registration Reminders

Review the information below and email any questions to

  1. The focus for advising during March is Summer and Fall 2024 class schedules.
    1. Dual degree petitions, Degree in Three plans, or prelaw advising will be required to schedule an appointment, if and as they are available.
    2. If you met with an advisor since drop/add to review your requirements, build a schedule off that advising sheet. Schedule checks can wait until peak registration has finished.
  2. Build a schedule, register, and secure your seats as soon as possible.
    1. You are not required to meet with an advisor before registering for classes – you can always adjust your schedule later.
    2. You do not have to have a complete schedule to register for classes – register for even one class if you know that it is required or a milestone for you in the next term.
  3. Use available online tools to build your scheduleaccess the Academic Requirements Report or previous advising reports in Campus Connect to build a preliminary schedule. The ARR does not always read all major requirements entirely correctly, but it will give you a starting point for reference and good guidance for remaining General Education and Liberal Studies requirements.
  4. Allow 2-3 business days for an email response from an advisor.
    1. If you send an email on a Thursday or Friday, do not send a follow-up message over the weekend as advisors do not check email outside of work hours.
    2. Do not email multiple advisors the same request as it can slow down response time.
    3. The best way to ensure a timely response is to email

Update to Policies on Declaring Minors

The College of Social Sciences & Public Policy policies for declaring minors. This change is being made to help streamline degree verification and reduce confusion for students about their remaining requirements.

Beginning March 1, COSSPP will only declare a minor on a student’s Student Center records if it is required for graduation/by their major.

  1. Optional minors not required to meet graduation requirements are not declared on a student’s account, though they may choose to complete coursework for such as part of any general elective hours for graduation.
  2. Previously declared optional minors will be grandfathered and remain as declared unless a student requests to remove them.
  3. COSSPP does not certify the completion of optional minors at the point of or after graduation.

Students are still free (and encouraged) to pursue optional or additional minors or other academic options if they feel it adds to the strength of their program of study.

  1. COSSPP academic advisors will still review and track requirements for an optional minor, if requested, on advising checksheets.
  2. Remember that in any case (required or optional), minors do not appear on diplomas or official transcripts after graduation.

To declare a required minor or a concentration (for those majors that require one), complete the online declarations formStudents must be upper-division (not pre- or NFA- majors) before officially declaring a minor or concentration.