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About Registration - General Information

General registration information

At RISD, most departments preregister students into major classes and students then choose electives and Liberal Arts on their own using WebAdvisor. 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 the first day of classes.

When registering using WebAdvisor, students are limited to 15 credits. It is rarely advisable to take more than that. See the Maximum Term Limits page for more information.

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. WebAdvisor, as well as the Registrar’s Office website contain an electronic version of the Course Announcement along with additional information on registration.

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The Providence River and cityscape as seen from the southern edge of campus, behind the Industrial Design and
Architecture buildings.