Tips on Registering for Classes
Registering for Classes
Step 1. The first important step is to find out when your registration appointment is. This is done under the "Enrollment Dates" tab. This will tell a student when one can actually register for classes. Please note that although you may not enroll until a certain time, steps should be done prior to this time to ensure that one is best prepared to get their classes when their registration appointment occurs.
Step 2. Check your degree audit report under the student services tab. Click on the "Degree Audit" option in the middle of the page. In the blue box go ahead and make sure the options read "Pepperdine University" and "Advisement Transcript." The click "Go." This will bring you to an unofficial transcript that shows you the classes you need to take to complete your registered degree and also the classes you have completed (with their grades). Most core classes need to be taken before one can really explore the electives offered. The Degree Audit Report (DAR) will directly list out your options for classes you need to meet your requirements for graduation. Print this screen out for reference.
Step 3. Under the student service tab, make sure there are no registration holds on your account that will prevent you from adding your classes at the given time. The "Hold" tab on the right side of the screen will show you if you will have trouble registering. If nothing is there, you are good to go. Now it is time to search for that class schedule that suits your academic and personal needs and desires. This process can be long but certainly has the potential reward of "the perfect schedule." Before you start searching for exact class matches, you must determine what classes will fit best into your schedule. Typically a business school class is a four-hour block, taught once a week. They are offered starting times of 8 am, 1 pm, or 6 pm (Monday through Thursday). It is certainly possible for a student to cram all of their classes onto two days of the week, but that will lead to very busy days.
Alright, now that you have your DAR and an idea of what time of the week you want your classes to fall on, click on the "Student Services" tab. In the upper right hand corner, there is an option "Search for Classes." Click this. You will be directed to a screen that will allow you to search, add, and drop classes. Start of by making sure your options read the right term and school for which you are intending to register. With your DAR, you are able to search for these required courses you need for completion of your degree.
Obtaining Course Syllabi
Now that you have enrolled for your classes, you have the opportunity to obtain the course syllabus for a class before it has started. This will allow you to see the required textbooks (in case you want to buy them online far cheaper than the bookstore) and even get a head start on your reading. Go to the "Academic Resources" tab on the left column of the screen. Somewhere in the directed page, there will be a "Course Syllabi" option that will allow you to search by class for pre-posted syllabi. Note that not all teachers are timely on posting the syllabi ahead of time, but for a majority of the classes, this is a useful tool.
You can use what is called a "Wish List" to add all of your classes to a preparation folder before your enrollment period. Say, for example, you want to take Marketing 605, section 14. You can "Select" this class and then push next. This will be added to your wish list. The wish list enables you to save all these searches so when your enrollment appointment is open, you do not need to start this process over from scratch.
Once you have your classes in the "Wish List", all you need to do is wait for your online appointment. Once your appointment has begun, go to the student services tab and click on the "Wish List" tab. Your classes should be listed there. All you need to do is select your choices, and add the classes.
Warning: Many classes will fill up before you get a chance to enroll. Be sure to have a back-up plan.