Preparation key to class registration

Drea Weiner

Students who are preparing for the upcoming fall semester, registration will begin on Friday, March 23.

Beginning March 23, students will be allowed to sign up for classes based on the number of credit hours earned.

“The first thing students should do is meet with their academic adviser to talk about course schedule, academic goals and plan out their time, so that they have a big picture and know what all of the requirements of their degree program are,” said registrar Kim Rotundo.

Students can find out who their adviser is by going to MyNMU and then to the Student Services tab. Click on “View General Student Record” and, in the next window, select the appropriate term and click submit. Their primary adviser will be listed under “General Student Record.”

If students have declared their major, their adviser will be within their department of study.

If the student is undeclared or on academic probation, he or she should have been sent a letter earlier this semester consisting of their adviser’s name and contact information.

“Lay out an ideal schedule but have several options so you have something to fall back on,” Rotundo said. “Be flexible (with courses and time), especially early on in your college career. Maybe take a course that wouldn’t be your first choice but you still some interest to fulfill requirements. Don’t limit yourself too much.”

If students have questions about general registration, the Student Service Center can help identify what holds are on a students’ account.

“Students should attempt to register as soon as they can,” Rotundo said. “If their registration time is 8:30 a.m., then they should be on their computer at 8:30 a.m.

“If the course is full, continue to check back as people drop and change schedules around. If the student is in their final year, speak to the instructor in person or over the phone. It works better with personal contact.”
A full list of courses being offered this fall can be found at

“I don’t schedule formal meetings [with my adviser], but I see him on a pretty regular basis,” said senior biology major Ryan Budin. “I’m making numerous mock schedules to make sure that I get all my major and minor requirements.”

If a student has questions about funding, the Financial Aid Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Every year, students need to fill out a FASFA, so get going with that process,” said director of Financial Aid Mike Rotundo. “We’ll be able to work with students while they’re still here. Thirty percent of students are selected by the federal government for verification, where we must audit a student’s FASFA information.

“Students can continue to look at scholarship applications in their discipline or private funding.”

The Financial Aid Office will start awarding students in the middle of June.

“Plan out your schedule from the beginning of your college career,” Budin said. “Know it’s going to change a lot. You need to go in every semester and tweak it, but you won’t be scrambling to get things done before graduation.”