Fall Registration and Preview Day

March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

Michigan Tech's annual Preview Day will take place this Saturday, March 21.

Michigan Tech’s annual Preview Day will take place this Saturday, March 21.

I hope you’re all having a great week! As students have been coming back to campus from their travels during spring break, it’s obvious they have brought the beautiful weather with them! The warm temperatures and bright, shining sun have finally been welcomed back to Houghton to give students something to look forward to as we finish up the last five weeks of the semester. I hope the weather’s been just as beautiful in each of your hometowns!

There’s a lot to look forward to as we approach the final stretch of the year. Registration for fall 2015 courses has already begun and will last through Sunday, April 5. Students’ registration times are based on the number of credits they’ve earned at the time of registration, giving priority first to the students with the most credits earned and continuing through to the students with the least credits earned. Registering for the right classes at the right time is extremely important, and it’s absolutely essential to plan ahead. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned during my time here at Tech that your students can use to make sure they’re ready:

  1. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to make sure you’re taking the courses you need in order to graduate on time. I’ve heard horror stories about students who registered for all of their courses without consulting their advisor, and didn’t graduate when they expected to because they forgot to take a course or mixed up the number of credits they needed for a certain concentration. This is the most important thing to do when preparing to register!

  2. Try to register as soon as your registration time opens. It’s not smart to leisurely log on a half hour after registration opens for you and try to register. Make sure you know what you can and want to take beforehand so you’re ready when the time comes. It’s important to be savvy, prepared, and quick when you’re registering to make sure you can get into the classes you want to take.

  3. Pick as many back-up courses as possible, just in case there’s no more room in the PE course you really want to take, or the elective course you were counting on getting into. This is an easy tip to forget, but it’s really important if you want to get into the courses that interest you the most. If you don’t pick any backups, by the time you find another course that fits in your schedule that you want to take, it will probably already be filled.

To register, students must log onto Banweb, and click on Students, Registration, then Add/Drop Classes. To view the potential courses your students might want to take, they can follow the same steps but click Look Up Classes to Add instead of Add/Drop classes. As a parent, you may also be able to log onto your student’s account and access this information via Guest Access. Through Guest Access, your students can grant you access to their electronic bill notification, tuition bill and associated holds, emergency contact information, financial aid awards, unofficial academic transcript, midterm grades, term end grades, and class schedules. For info on how to be granted guest access to your student’s account, please visit the Guest Access website or contact the Registrar’s Office.

In addition to the fall registration, Preview Day is coming up this Saturday, March 21! Preview Day is an all-day event dedicated to students and their families who are already admitted to Michigan Tech to learn more about who we are as a university and see if we are the right fit for them. You and your student may have been to a past Preview Day yourselves! During Preview Day, students will attend informational sessions about academics, co-ops, internships, housing, financial aid, and scholarships; meet and talk with faculty, staff, and current students; and experience a taste of college life by exploring campus, visiting the residence halls, and touring academic departments. Preview Day is a great opportunity for Michigan Tech to show off what we have, and to draw in new students to study here.

In addition to these two events, the 23rd annual Copper Country Bowl for Kids fundraiser will also take place on Saturday, March 21 to help benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nation-wide mentoring program designed to provide children who are facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one relationships that help them realize their potential. Bowling sessions will start at noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at The Mine Shaft bowling alley. Individuals and teams are invited to register for this special event to help Big Brothers Big Sisters raise funds for local programs exclusively benefiting the youth in the Copper Country. This fun and meaningful event is a fantastic opportunity for your students to both get more involved in the community, and to help those in need. For more information about the Bowl for Kids fundraiser or about Big Brothers, Big Sisters, please contact bbbs@upkids.com.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about registration, Preview Day, or Big Brothers Big Sisters, please feel free to contact me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a great weekend. Until next week!

-Valerie