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How to Use Webreg

September 30, 2011

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This will be the tip you should be looking at on or before September 1st. I’m gonna break down how exactly to use webreg when you need to add/drop classes. In case you didn’t see, Webreg is Rutgers’s registration site where you add or drop classes.

TO ADD CLASSES:

1. Go to https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/refresh.htm and log in.

2. So you’ll get to a page that looks like this:


You wanna click on “Fall 2011” and continue.

3. Once you do that, you’ll come to a page where it lists all your classes for the semester like this:

All of your current classes will be under “registered courses”. What you wanna do is click on the top left gray bar on this screen that says “course lookup”.

5. Once you click course lookup, it brings you here:

On this page, you can look up your classes. So say I were to look up General Biology as an example. I would click on the dropdown that says “010 – accounting”, and look for “biological sciences”. Once you find what you’re looking for, click on it, and click the red and gray button “show courses”.

6. This is what comes up once you click that:

Now if you see the 2nd gray bar there, it says general biology. You wanna click on that arrow, and from there you’ll see this:

These are just a few of the MANY sections of General Bio. Now during add/drop period, there might be sections that say “OPEN” instead of “CLOSED”. These are the ones you wanna add. TO DO THAT:
1. SEE WHICH SECTION FITS IN YOUR SCHEDULE (next to where it says closed are the days, times, campuses, and buildings those sections are in. You need to read them)

2. See any notes (some sections will say they’re for “discovery housing only” or “honor students only”. Again, you need to read them.

7. Once you know which section you want, you need to click on the left check box, scroll up and you’ll see a button on the left that says register. Click that.

TO DROP CLASSES:

It’s much easier. You wanna go back to this page:
 On the right side of your screen, you’ll see a gray bar that says “drop”. If you click that, it drops the class.

Also as a sidenote, on this same page is where you add special permission numbers. Whatever the number is, you type it in on the left side where it says “index” and click ‘add courses’.

**A VERY IMPORTANT WORD OF ADVICE: Always try to ADD before you DROP, just in case a class closes quickly, then you’re out of luck. There will be instances where you might be picking a class that happens at the same time as another that you wanna drop and you won’t be able to add it first. In that case, work very quickly and hopefully it doesn’t close on you.

To sum it up: Read this over carefully before add/drop period so you have an idea of how it works.

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Learning How to Use Degree Navigator

September 30, 2011

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This is something pretty important for once you get into classes and stuff, and I wanted to explain it now so you have an idea of what to expect when you get the email and are confused as hell about it. You don’t have to worry about it now, you can probably log into it now to check it out, but remember and make note of this tip for the future.

There’s this website. It’s called degree navigator. It’s something students can go on to check their progress toward their degree. In other words, you log in, you type in the major you want, you can see what your liberal arts requirements are, and what your major requirements are. A lot of people who are sophomores/juniors don’t even know wtf it is, and that’s why I’m here!You don’t need to know this until school starts like I said, but at least now you’re familiar with it and can pass on the info.

Here’s how it works:
1. Go to the degree navigator (DN) website (http://nbdn.rutgers.edu/for NB students)

2. On the left side you’ll see where it says “student login”. Click that.

3.  You log in with your net ID and it brings you to this page and on the left hand side it’ll have this bar:

The “2 programs” or whatever programs you’re listed under will be the school you’re in and their liberal arts requirements. The other program will be your “matriculating” or undeclared major. In other words, if you’re in SAS, when you click on the 2 programs, it’ll look like this:

The part under that where it says “my planned courses” is where you wanna go in and pick the classes you’re taking this semester, and if you know any other classes you’ll be taking in the future. If you were to pick courses for them, you click that, click add courses, and in the keyword, type in the class you wanna look for. Once you find it, you click the course number, and clikc “add to planned courses”.

4. To actually USE this site, you’re gonna wanna make use of the search bar. When you search, you can search for majors, courses, or school core requirements. On the top right, you’re gonna see this bar:

Click search, then whatever you wanna look up.

5. **EX= Say for instance, I wanna research SEBS’s core requirements. I would click on “programs of study” after hovering over the search bar, and type in “SEBS”. It’ll come up looking like this:

6. You wanna click on the general education requirements, and then it’ll bring you to this page:

7. Basically, if you wanna navigate this page, you have to read it. It’ll tell you what classes you’ve completed, how many more you still need, and how many you WILL complete based on your planned courses.

To sum it up: This website is really good for you to keep track of how you’re progressing with your major. It’s good to be familiar with it your freshmen year, but it’s gonna be important toward the end of freshmen year when you start really getting into your major. No, I don’t think any of you will look at it now, and yeah, I expect you to be confused as hell, but just read all of my steps and it’ll make a little sense when the time comes.

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Know What Special Permission Numbers Are

September 30, 2011

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So there might be a class that you really wanted to get or need to take and it’s closed. This happens to a lot of people, where you’ll need to get into a class and there will be no more openings. This is where what’s called a special permission number comes in. A special permission number is this specific 6-digit number that you can put into webreg in order to reserve you a spot in the class. Everyone gets a different one, and there are only so many that a professor can give out. There are 2 main ways that you can go about obtaining a special permission number:

1. Email the department of the class you wanna get into and they might give you one.

2. Go to the class on the first day it’s held, and talk to the professor AFTER class is over. That’s probably the most common way. You have to go the first day of class and ask in person though; that way, they’re more likely to give it to you.

Now be forwarned. Not all classes will have special permission numbers, or sometimes they’ll have been given out by the time you ask. I got lucky twice last semester because my quantitative methods and sociology lectures were both filled. Quant didn’t give out special permission #’s and my sociology professor gave out all of them the first lecture. The reason I got lucky is because I woke up early one morning, logged onto webreg and both classes were open, so I easily joined them without a number. If you can’t get a number, make sure you check webreg every day, multiple times a day. A class CAN open up when you least expect it, so make sure you check for it.

To sum it up: Know what a special permission number is before classes start so that if there’s a class you wanted/needed, you know another way of getting it.

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Don’t Expect to Get All The Classes You Chose on APA Day

September 30, 2011

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On APA day, you chose certain classes that you wanted to take. Just know that you might not end up with those classes. There are certain classes that are very popular and are only offered until they’re closed, so some people might get the classes, others may not. Don’t freak out if you don’t get the classes you want and you get ones that you really didn’t because come add/drop period, you can always try to add what you want. After being totally discouraged and scribbling classes I had no idea about, I didn’t get a class or two that I put on my paper at APA day. So don’t worry about it if you don’t, because even if you can’t get it online once classes start, you can always take it 2nd semester.

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Don’t Schedule Consecutive Classes on Different Campuses

September 30, 2011

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It sucks being a 1st semester freshmen because you don’t get much choice as to when your classes are scheduled. I will say this though, if you have a class that ends at… 5:15 on Douglass and another that starts at 5:40 on Livingston, I’d see how it is getting to that class, and if you can’t handle it, try to switch your section during add/drop period. Take it from me, it SUCKS rushing to class. My quant class ended at 6:20 on Busch and I’d have to rush back, catch a second bus, go to my dorm, get changed for my dance class, and walk to my 7:15 dance class. Now it seems like a good amount of time, but I used all my absences at dance the first month because it sucked rushing to class. Of course I had to stick it out the rest of the semester, but it was awful sometimes. So 2nd semester especially when you’re picking your classes, try not to make your classes too close together. Spread them out and give yourself some time to get yourself together before going to your next class. It helps if you have the ability to do so.

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Make sure you have over 12 DEGREE Credits

September 29, 2011

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I don’t want you guys to screw yourself like I did on registration night. I was in elementary algebra 1st semester and I had 14 credits; however, that class is a E-credit course, meaning those 3 credits don’t count toward earning your degree, just as being a full-time student at the university. So I knew this, but I didn’t full realize what it meant, so come Fall 2011 registration, I thought I was gonna register with 12+ credits, but those credits you register with are degree credits only, so I had to wait until the next day. I was so angry, like I had not been that angry in a long, long time. I kept thinking, “Well damn, if they count the credits toward getting financial aid and what not, why can’t it count for registering?” Well, it doesn’t. So if you’re taking elem/int. algebra next semester, make sure if you don’t count that class, you have over 12 degree credits. Even if that means dropping a 3 credit class for a 4 credit or taking a Byrne Seminar/FIGS for 1 credit, do it. It’ll make all the difference when you’re registering for Fall classes.
BTW, no, when you’re registering for Spring 2012, it doesn’t factor in your 1st semester credits, and same goes for Fall, doesn’t factor in your 2nd semester along with your 1st.

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Registration, Webreg, and other Academic Things

September 29, 2011

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These are a few things specific to the university that you should remember as far as registration/academics:

Add/drop
At APA day, you probably wrote down a few classes that you were eligible to take. I remember I didn’t get all the ones I wrote down on my actual schedule; if that happens to you and you wanted a class you didn’t get, don’t stress it. On Sept. 1 when classes start, the university has what’s called an add/drop period. You go on webreg, and you can look up the courses you wanted to take and see if they’re still open. Two imporant pieces of advice about this: 1) Always ADD a class before you DROP IT, just in case it fills up fast. I’ve had to take the risk of adding a class after I dropped something before only because what I wanted didn’t fit into my schedule, so when you do that, proceed with caution. 2) Make sure you do this relatively early. I think webreg opens at like 6. I’m not saying get up at 6 (unless you want to, if I was paranoid, I’d be crazy and do it), but don’t wait until like, the last day to add a class you want (add/drop lasts for 2 weeks). If there’s a class you’ve gone to in the first week and you’re worried about it, don’t wait to drop it. Seriously.

Taking a W vs. an F
After the add/drop period ends, you can only drop classes with a W. What that means is that you’re “withdrawing” from the class. Unlike add/drop, this will show up on your transcript. When you drop a class during add/drop, it won’t show up on your transcript. Now if you decide to go with a W in a class you can’t handle, it’s the same as receiving an F, but it’s not factored into your GPA. At Rutgers, if you get an F, you have the option to retake the course and whatever grade you get will replace your older one if it’s better. It’s really up to you how you wanna go about that if you get caught in that position. If you think you just messed up and believe you’ll end up doing better if you took it again, take the F. If it’s a class that you think you simply can’t handle, take the W. If you’re confused, talk to your advisor, but hopefully you won’t have that issue!

Academic probation
Rutgers gives academic warning to students who earn less than a 2.0 GPA after your first semester. That warning turns into probation once it happens for a whole year. In order to get off probation/warning, you have to get about a 2.0 the following semester. Again, hopefully none of you will be in this position, but I had friends who went on warning after 1st semester. Honestly, there’s really no reason you can get to this point unless you deliberately don’t do your work/don’t go to class/do papers extremely late, and that’s exactly what they did. So don’t put yourself in this position.

To sum it up: Know what you have to do beforehand. If you wanna add a class, be prepared to add it asap, same if dropping one if you’re 100% sure about it. And don’t screw yourself enough to put yourself on probation, it’s not worth it.

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Do What YOU Want to Do in College

September 29, 2011

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Dwayne Hoover said it best…

I just had a conversation with my mom about my plans after graduation, since my dad wants me to be something more like a lawyer, rather than go for counseling or my ph.D like I want. My mom reassured me though that it’s my life and I gotta decide what the hell I want myself. So… as you go into college and you either know what you want or have no idea still, don’t worry. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, what anyone else WANTS you to do; do what makes you happy. It’s your life and what you’re gonna do with it is all on you, so don’t make your decision just because someone else wants you to do it. Now, granted… you have time. It’s not like you HAVE to know as soon as you get to Rutgers; you don’t. At all. When it comes time for you to decide, find what you’re interested in and go for it. I have friends who still have no idea what they wanna do and are still trying to decide. That’s okay. But when you figure it out, make sure it’s something you’re gonna be happy with. Whether that’s a ph.D or an artist or some type of scientist, whatever the hell it might be, go for it. It is your life.

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Register for Class Times You Actually Want

September 23, 2011

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It’s possible that 1st semester you might really get screwed over with your class times. You might have 8:40 classes every day, or back to back classes one or two days. Everyone gets at least one thing in their first-year 1st semester schedule that you really want to change. You learn quickly what times you feel you learn the best. For me, anything before 11:00, I’d rather not have. So for 2nd semester, pick what you want. If, after first semester, you hated getting up at 9 every morning for class, don’t pick a class that early. You can do whatever the hell you want as long as the classes are open. If you’re a morning person, go for earlier classes, if you hate mornings, take later classes. It doesn’t matter.

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Register For a Class You Want to Take

September 23, 2011

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Your second semester or even 1st semester once you can add/drop classes, you may seem so overwhelmed that you need to focus on just calculus or just chemistry or biology or whatever you’re taking. When it comes to picking electives for your humanities and stuff, take what you want. Don’t feel obligated to take the stuff that’s easier or whatever.
1st semester, I knew I wanted to be a dance minor so I signed up for modern dance. That obviously had absolutely nothing to do with my former exercise science major or the psychology major, but I took it anyway because I love it. Second semester, I signed up for sociology just for the hell of it and because I was interested in it, and after taking the class and learning about it, I realized I might want to do a sociology minor. So take one class you want to take, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with your major or anything. You might find, if you’re undecided, that you have a real interest for it and you might wanna pursue it.

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