New Student Registration Information for Fall 2012
Although many campuses register new students in the summer before arrival, at Grinnell we place high value on in-person advising. Thus we wait until all of our new students (from Des Moines to Timbuktu!) are here on campus in the fall. Then, together with their adviser, each student completes his or her course registration. Here is how it works.
The Registration Process
ADVISING: New student advising happens Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, August 26- 28. You will have time on two of these days to meet with your Tutorial instructor, who is your adviser, for consultation.
SUBMIT REGISTRATION CARD: After you have met with your adviser, and your adviser has signed your card, bring the Registration Card and your New Student Arrival Confirmation form to the Registrar’s Office in the John Chrystal Center. The card must be turned in no later than 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28. Any student who fails to submit a card by 4:00 p.m. will have to add classes when the drop/add process begins on Wednesday afternoon, August 29, 3:00 p.m., in the Harris Center.
YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE POSTED: As soon as registration is completed on Wednesday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m., your schedule will be released and you may view your schedule via your PioneerWeb account. Your schedule will reflect the courses that were available at the time we entered your data. If there are any errors, you should visit the Registrar’s Office immediately. Please know that as of 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, all classes are under the direct control of instructors and the instructor’s or department representative’s signature will be required to add any course.
POST-REGISTRATION FORUM: On Wednesday, August 29 at 3:00 pm faculty will be available in the Harris Center so that students can make adjustments in their schedule. Drop/Add form – necessary to make changes – will be available in Harris, in the Registrar’s Office and online. The last day to add or drop a class will be Friday, September 21, but, realistically, nearly all students finalize their schedule within the first four class days.
Eligibility to Register
When you arrive on campus the Office of the Registrar will place an Arrival Confirmation form in your campus mailbox. The Arrival Confirmation form will list any holds that offices have placed on your ability to register for courses. Holds may be placed by the Cashier’s Office, Student Health and Counseling Services, Financial Aid Office or the Office of the Registrar in circumstances where you have failed to address an outstanding issue with that office (e.g., completing paperwork or providing payment). If your form indicates “none” on all lines, you do not need to do anything. However, if you have a hold, you should visit that office. Holds must be cleared before you will be allowed to register for classes.
Clearly, you should strive to not have holds on your registration upon arrival to campus, so communicate well with these offices this summer and it will streamline your registration process.
Although your adviser will explain how to complete your Registration card, the Registrar's Office offers some advice. If you have questions about any part of this process, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 641-269-3450 or registrar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.