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About Registration - General Information

At RISD, most departments preregister students into major classes and students then choose electives and Liberal Arts on their own using WebAdvisor. Information on the First Year Program in Liberal Arts is available here. A few academic departments, mainly Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture, preregister students into some major classes and then organize their own mini-registration systems, held just before classes begin, for selection of advanced studios. Students must learn their department’s registration methods and use WebAdvisor, the on-line student information system, to make sure they are in the right classes. 

RISD operates on an early registration system. The Academic Calendar provides dates of registration. Classes for Fall are chosen in April/May. Classes for Wintersession are chosen in early November and classes for Spring are chosen in early December. However, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design conduct some of their course selection just prior to classes beginning. 

Information on registration procedures is posted on the Registrar’s Office website. In WebAdvisor, the information is in the “News and Information” section of the registration menu. The Registrar’s Office website contains electronic versions of the Course Announcement and the Wintersession Catalog along with additional information on registration.

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Furniture Design students walk along the riverfront, carrying their projects to class.