By Michael Freeman, Managing Editor
With the fall semester coming to a close, students already can register for classes for the 2009 spring semester.
Registration for graduate students, Honors Program students and students at Study Abroad sites began Wednesday. Seniors, who have accumulated 90 or more hours, can register Monday; juniors, who have completed 60 to 89 hours, can register Wednesday. On Nov. 17, sophomores with 30 to 59 hours completed can sign up for classes, and on Nov. 19, freshmen with fewer than 29 hours will be able to register. New for this year is the 2009 summer registration, which will be Feb. 25, 2009 instead of in the coming weeks.
Registration for each date begins at 3 p.m., as long as no holds are on student accounts. If a student has a hold, he or she must go to the office or department that implemented the hold in order to have it resolved.
“We’ve had several students that had not checked and had holds on their accounts, and they couldn’t register,” said Stephanie Smith, administrative coordinator of the Honors Program. “But the Honors registration went rather smoothly.”
To register, students can log on to myACU and click on the Banner tab to reach the “Student & Financial Aid” button. After clicking the “Student & Financial Aid” button, click on the Registration button, which will display options to add classes, check one’s registration status and view semester schedules. Before signing up for classes, students must click on the “Select Term” menu option and set it to the Spring 2009 semester to view courses available for that semester. Also, students will be required to input an advising release code, which they can get from their academic adviser.
High server traffic could cause problems on registration dates, said Bart Herridge, registrar and director of academic records. The Registrar’s Office Web site suggests several methods to avoid Web errors and system “time-outs” during the registration process. Some methods include registering for only one class at a time, using a computer with a wired port instead of a wireless port and logging out of myACU and restarting the process if an error message appears.
“We’ve planned and arranged the technology where we were not going to have any major issues,” Herridge said. “I think there will certainly be a slower response time on the servers than during a normal day, since everyone will be on at one time. One thing that would be helpful is for students that aren’t registering on that day to limit their activity use on the network from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. to be respectful of the students who are registering.”
For more information, students can visit www.acu.edu/ registrar.