Preparing for the Registration Appointment

Registration can be a stressful time. You need to know what you should take and what you shouldn't. Being prepared when you meet with your advisor is the first step toward solidifying a great schedule. Here's how to do it.

Women at computer deskEvery semester you'll sit down with your academic advisor to discuss what classes you'll be taking in the next semester. This usually happens in  November for the spring semester and April for the summer and fall semesters.

Before the meeting, you should do much of the heavy lifting. By sketching an idea of what you'd like to accomplish during the next semester, the meeting will be more productive.

Before the appointment, have you:

  • Reviewed your general education requirements in the USM Catalog and Degree Progress Report?

  • Looked at the course schedule for next semester? You can find a schedule on MaineStreet or through the Registrar's website.

  • Developed a list of potential classes to discuss with your advisor?

  • Checked to see if you've met course readiness requirements?

  • Reviewed and updated your  Graduation Planner?

If you come prepared, here's what you can expect to do:

  • Confirm remaining requirements.

  • Make any changes necessary and receive your advisor's approval for your course choices and make any changes necessary.

  • Get your PIN, which is needed to register for classes on MaineStreet.

  • Discuss how your selected course load will enhance your skill set and resume.

  • NOTE: Some graduate programs may not require registration appointments or do not require PINs for registration, but it is still vital to meet with your advisor on a regular basis.