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Registration FAQ

For any registration questions you may have please refer to the FAQ below, or contact Undergraduate Advising at nhadvise@syr.edu.

Frequently asked questions about Fall 2020 registration

  • What do I do if have an advising hold on my registration?
    • If you are currently a first-year student or a sophomore singly enrolled in Newhouse or dually enrolled in Newhouse and the School of Information Studies, you will need to fill out a Registration Advising Form and e mail it to nhadvise@syr.edu to be cleared for registration.

      This form must be e mailed to nhadvise@syr.edu at least 24 hours (not including weekends) prior to the time you wish to register so that we may declare you eligible and remove an advising "hold."

      If you are currently a junior or senior, you do not need to fill out this form; you are eligible to register. (The only exceptions are students on probation, all of whom are also required to be in contact with their academic advisers in Newhouse 3 316.) Of course, you should always see your adviser if you need assistance.

  • Where do I obtain a Registration Advising Form?
    • If you are currently a first-year student or a sophomore singly enrolled in Newhouse or dually enrolled in Newhouse and the School of Information Studies, you will need to fill out a Registration Advising Form and e mail it to nhadvise@syr.edu to be cleared for registration.

  • How, where and when do I register?
    • You will register online according to class: graduate students first, then seniors, then juniors. Sophomores and first-year students register together. You can find out your earliest registration time on MySlice, under "View My Enrollment Dates." You may wish to view the online registration tutorial or call the help line at 315-443-2422.  You may also view the searchable time schedule, Class Search, on MySlice.

  • What if I am closed out of a class in my major?
    • Newhouse classes often have limited enrollment, or have restrictions. If you are closed out of a Newhouse class during registration you will need to fill out a wait list form. The form will be available 4/7-5/1. Review of wait lists will begin after all students have had their intiial registration appointments, and students who can be accommodated will be sent a permission number.

      More information about wait lists at the Newhouse School>>

      If you have questions or concerns about staying on track, please contact your academic adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Office. We can lay out your semesters, showing you how you will progress in your major.

  • What should I do if the course is open and I am not able to register for it?
    • There are three common situations that may block you from registering for an open course:

      1) If a course is restricted, and you do not meet the restrictions, you will not be able to register for the course without seeking permission. Check the course restrictions in the online class search in MySlice. Many Newhouse courses are restricted by major. Some are also restricted by class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student) and by alphabet (last name A-K or L-Z). If you have not declared a major, you can remedy this situation by contacting your academic adviser to send you the electronic change of major form. Fill out this form and return it to nhadvise@syr.edu. If you wish to be considered for a class for which you do not meet the restrictions, you will need to fill out a waitlist form.

      We have a waitlist process, with an online form available April 7.

      More information about wait lists at the Newhouse School>>

      2) If a course has a prerequisite, you may not register for the class without having completed the prerequisite. The system will allow you to register for a fall class if you are currently in the prerequisite this spring, even though you have not passed it yet. If the course has a co-requisite, you may not register for the class unless you have taken the co-requisite or you register for the co-requisite in the same semester as the course, which lists the co-requisite.

      3) Unless you are in the Honors Program, you are restricted to a 19-credit schedule. The registration system will not allow you to register for more than 19 credits, even if the class is open and you meet the restrictions. Under these circumstances you must drop or swap a course in order to add a course. Juniors or seniors may petition to carry more than 19 credits. Consult Suzanne Maguire at semaguir@syr.edu for advice on this process.

  • What if I only get into two classes or can’t get a full schedule?
    • You can register and adjust your schedule through the end of the registration period, so all is not lost. There will be movement as students come off waitlists, change their minds, etc. The key is to keep checking MySlice. Seats in classes open periodically, so check at different times of the day: early morning, mid-day, late at night. The person that keeps at it—looking for openings in a preferred class right up until the day registration shuts down—is the person who gets his or her ideal schedule.

  • Where do I go for help if I am unable to complete my registration?
    • If you have not been able to register successfully, contact your academic adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Office. They will help you with options.