Claremont Colleges Move Fall Registration Day Earlier

The fall
registration time for the first-year class has been changed uniformly across
the 5Cs and will go into effect beginning with the class of 2019. Registration
has previously taken place on a Monday, but registration for the fall 2015
term will
take place on Sunday, Aug. 30.

Unlike
other class years, first-year students are required to wait
until they arrive on campus to enroll in classes for the fall semester. Changing the date from Monday, the day before classes start, to Sunday, is hoped to provide students with more
time
between class selection and the first day of fall courses. 

Pomona College registrar Margaret Adorno wrote in an email to TSL that having this extra time is important
for students. New students—first-year, transfer
and exchange students—will be able to use the day
after registration to make section switches, buy textbooks, respond
to approved permission-to-enroll requests (PERMs) and talk to students who have previously taken
those classes.

5C registrars
initiated this proposal of an earlier registration date. According
to an email to TSL from Charlotte Johnson, vice president and the dean of students of Scripps
College, the implementation was expanded to include the 5C registrars,
Academic Deans and Deans of Students.

“All
were supportive and some hope that the date change for registration can be
moved even earlier at some point in the future,” Johnson said.

The
extra day will give first-year students more time to settle into their new environments.

“It still won’t be possible for students to
know 100 percent which classes they might eventually get into, because faculty often
aren’t able to assess full demand for courses until at least the first class
meeting,” Adorno wrote. “But it will go a long way toward helping the dust settle a bit
before classes start.”

Reflecting on
her first-year experience, Saida Barka PZ ’15 said she supports
the change.

“I
think this change will benefit freshmen because when I was a freshman I felt a
bit overwhelmed,” Barka said. “I remember I didn’t
have the time to get all of my books before classes began. This extra day will
allow freshman to be more settled in a new college environment.”

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