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Phase one of registration has begun and students are discovering that the classes they want have filled up as they refresh the pages of Classfinder, waiting until the glorious moment when they can finally register.  Often, students will register for classes they don’t want as placeholders for other classes they hope to get into.  But, how does a student go about getting into classes that have filled up before they registered?

Here’s some advice.

Lena Eriksen, a psychology professor who teaches the very popular Psychology 119 (Psychology of Gender), suggested watching Classfinder in case someone drops a class.
Ricky Konnerup, a peer advisor in the Academic Advising Center, also suggested watching Classfinder because people often drop classes and change their schedules during phase two of registration.

Stan Tag, a Fairhaven professor, suggested calling the Fairhaven main office to get put on the waiting list for classes.  Fairhaven professors may not take students in the order they are on the waiting list because seniors usually get priority.

Tag also suggested talking to the faculty members in person, by phone or by e-mail.  Professors may ask students why they want a particular class, so students should be prepared to answer.  Professors generally want eager students, Tag said. E-mailing professors before registration even starts is something to keep in mind, he said.  If you know you won’t get into a class, let the professor know; sometimes they can make accommodations.

“Do anything you can that’s legal to get into the classes you want,” Tag said.

Fairhaven classes are not only for Fairhaven students, Tag said.  Fairhaven students get priority, but non-Fairhaven students can take the classes as well.  Fairhaven’s Web site has more detailed descriptions of the courses than Classfinder does.

Konnerup also suggested calling the department that gives the class to explain why you need the class and to get an override.  Some departments, like the Communications and Journalism departments, have waiting lists for classes, so calling the department to get on waiting lists is a good idea.

Also, be aware that some professors have mandatory first day attendance policies, which means if a student doesn’t show up for the first day of class, they are automatically dropped from the course, which in turn opens up spots for other students.

Tag, Eriksen and Konnerup all had one piece of advice to give:  If you’re truly interested in getting into a class, go on the first day.