By Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19)
Each class level will now register for the fall 2017 semester starting at 9 a.m. during the April 18-21 registration period, according to the Registrar’s Office. So far, the administration has made no further changes to the process.
The change was intended to facilitate registration for students: Administrators can address students’ problems immediately since registration will take place at the start of business hours. According to Associate Registrar David Chenkin in an email: “The deans decided [9 a.m. registration] would be easier for students who needed more help from their advisors.” He added that “advisors and administrators would more likely be available.”
Whether this change will help or hinder students is yet unclear. Classes at Cooper typically start at 9 a.m., and some start as early as 8 a.m. Students who have morning classes may have trouble registering until much later in the day. Potential conflicts with the new registration time seem imminent for some in the engineering school; at least one test is scheduled for 9 a.m. during registration.
Previously, registration has started at 12 a.m.—a time when a majority of Cooper students seem to be available. The one downside to midnight registration is that students must wait until the next morning to resolve any scheduling problems.
So far only the engineering school’s class schedule for next semester has been released. The administration will likely send out a campus-wide email with more detailed registration instructions in the coming weeks. ◊