Spring 2015 Preregistration Instructions
Monday, October 27 - Monday, November 3
This is a preregistration period. That means you should be requesting the 4 courses for the spring semester that you now intend to pursue. Departments will review course demand after preregistration ends and make decisions on any over- or under-enrolled courses. We expect all students who will be on campus for spring semester to preregister for spring courses by the November 3 deadline. You will have an opportunity later to change your course selections, but this is your best chance to enroll in the courses you want, especially courses with enrollment limits.
Emailed to you (on 10/23):
- Your Academic Progress Report.
Available on Registrar’s website at www.williams.edu/Registrar:
Before you register:
- First-year and sophomore students - meet with an academic advisor and have your advising hold removed.
- Use your Academic Progress Report to review your progress toward completion of distribution requirements as well as major and program requirements.
- Check the Petitions and Special Approvals section on this page to see if your registration requires any petition. First-year and sophomore students, review the Early Concentration rules listed under the Goldenrod Petition.
Please note that failure to complete the preregistration process by the end of Monday, November 3, decreases your chance of getting into any course with a limited enrollment.
- Juniors (Class of 2016) and Seniors (Class of 2015) do not have advising holds, however, you may wish to meet with an advisor in your major(s) and/or program(s).
- Sophomores (Class of 2017) must meet with your assigned Academic Advisor or an advisor of your choosing. The Dean’s Office will send you information regarding the sophomore advising requirement. Your advisor is responsible for removing the advising hold.
- First-years (Class of 2018) must meet with your Academic Advisor. Your advisor is responsible for removing the advising hold.
(More details on Academic Requirements)
- Divisional distribution requirements - by graduation you must complete 3 graded semester courses in each of the three divisions. The courses in each division must be from at least 2 different subjects. By the end of the sophomore year you must complete at least 2 courses in each division.
- Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement - by graduation you must complete 1 graded semester course designated as meeting the EDI requirement. Students are urged to complete the requirement by the end of the sophomore year.
- Quantitative/Formal Reasoning (QFR) requirement - by the end of the junior year, you must complete 1 graded QFR course.
- Writing Intensive (WI) requirement - by the end of the junior year you must complete 2 graded WI courses; 1 graded WI course must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. (You are strongly encouraged to complete both WI courses by the end of the sophomore year).
Early Concentration Rules for First-Year and Sophomore Students
- First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.
- may take no more than 2 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 3 in one department, in a semester
- may take no more than 3 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 4 in one department, during the full year.
- A student may take no more than a total of 5 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 8 in one department, during the first two years.
- Any exception to the above may be requested by a goldenrod petition to the Committee on Academic Standing filed at the time of registration.
Petitions and Special Approvals
All petition forms are available in the Registrar's Office or on our website under the Forms/Petitions link.
White Petition/CAS Petition:
Credit for one semester of a year (hyphenated) course.
Postpone completion of distribution requirements.
Major Declaration Form/Blue Petition:
Any Junior or Senior changing a single major or adding or dropping a second major.
Concentration Declaration Form:
Declaring or dropping a program.
Goldenrod Petition/Request for Early Concentration:
1. First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.
2. a. Sophomores may take no more than two courses with the same course prefix, nor more than three in one department, in a semester.
b. Sophomores may take no more than three courses with the same course
prefix, nor more than four in one department, during the full year.
3. A student may take no more than a total of five courses with the same course prefix, nor more than eight in one department, during the first two years.
4. Any exception to the above must be requested by a goldenrod petition to the Committee on Academic Standing submitted to the Registrar's Office before 4:30 pm, Monday, November 3.
Green Petition/Independent Study:
For Independent Study (298, 398, 498). Signatures of faculty sponsor and department chair required. If you are submitting an independent study petition to satisfy the WI requirement please use the turquoise/Writing Intensive petition.
NOTE that a petition for Independent Study should be submitted before the beginning of the semester in which the independent study will be taken.
No petition is required for the senior thesis course, essay or project (492, 494, 496), but departments may have their own forms for these courses.
Myths about Preregistration
Myth: Preregistration is first-come, first-served.
Fact: It doesn't matter whether you register at 9:01 am on 10/27 or 7:59am on 11/4, you will have equal consideration for the course. All courses are open at this point. You should read the enrollment preference in the online catalog description; that will give you an idea of your chances if the course overenrolls. Check the Registration Timeline for information on when enrollments are reviewed and how you'll know if you don't get in to your first choice of courses.
Myth: The only way to know you have a registration or advising hold is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You can check for holds, and should, anytime whether registration is open or not. Navigate Self-Service > Campus Personal Information > Holds. If you have a registration hold, take care of it as soon as you can. If you have an advising hold, you need to meet with your advisor (or remind you advisor to remove the hold).
Myth: The only way to know a course has a prerequisite is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You should check the prerequisite in the online catalog course description for any course you are considering. Not all prerequisites are enforced in PeopleSoft; if they are, you can see them on the Class Detail page of the Class Search or on the Enrollment Preferences page when adding a class . If you want the prerequisite waived, you should talk to the instructor.
Myth: It doesn't matter what you preregister for - you can always change courses later.
Fact: Preregistration is your best chance of getting in to a course you want. Many courses will be closed once preregistration is over.