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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.