Registration at Occidental
If you will be taking any courses in mathematics, chemistry, Spanish, French, or German, you should take the appropriate online placement exam(s) during the summer prior to Orientation. Once you have taken the placement exam you will be able to pre-register into the course you have placed into by contacting the Advising Center. The Advising Center will have your placement results and can register you into the appropriate class. Limited summer registration closes Aug. 10.
The process for registration relies on both the web and on one-to-one communication between students, faculty and administration.
The registration process starts with advising. All first- and second-year students, prior to declaring a major, meet with an advisor in the Advising Center; juniors and seniors meet with their faculty advisor at the beginning of each registration cycle. This is the time to talk about not only the courses being taken next semester but your entire remaining schedule.
The next step is to choose classes and register online. At this point you should select a regular load (16 units, 4 units per course) of classes that you want to take next semester, keeping in mind that you need to meet both Core and major requirements and that there are many ways to accomplish this.
Occidental prides itself on small enrollments in our classes and a low faculty-to-student ratio. We accomplish this by limiting the number of students allowed to enroll in each class. This means that classes will close and students may not always get the courses they want within a given semester.
When you run into a closed course, you can add yourself to the wait list for that class during registration. Faculty seek to accommodate students as much as they can in a variety of ways. In cases where courses require special equipment or specialized assignments, the instructor may not be able to allow additional students. Other popular classes fill up quickly, and the professor will not be able to take everyone in order to keep the class at a manageable size.
The third step is to talk to your advisor or the Advising Center about alternatives to your schedule, if necessary. Students may need to take courses that are not their first choice for that semester. Keep in mind that you can continue to access online registration and revise your schedule through the last day to add classes (the end of the first week of classes).
The fourth step usually occurs when classes begin, and students drop and add courses for various reasons. This may open seats in some classes, so visiting your first-choice class and speaking with the instructor may improve your chances of getting in. Each semester, students, faculty and staff work together to satisfy everyone’s needs as much as possible.
See the Academic Calendar for all semester dates.
M-F 9:00AM - 5:00PM