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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:00 pm

When the clock strikes midnight, it is no Cinderella story for Gonzaga students come registration period. With their eyes fixed on their computers, students anxiously wait to beat out hundreds of their peers to enroll in their desired classes. This year, the Registrar's Office is trying to relieve some of that pressure.

"The build-up to registration is the worst part because you know everyone is doing the same thing," junior Alex Power said. "I'm always nervous about getting into my classes because of typing in the wrong number or the Internet dying."

Powers' anxiety is a feeling most students have during registration. Over the next two weeks, students will be registering for spring semester courses.  Some worries that students face include not getting into a required course and not getting their ideal schedule with the best professors or preferred time slots.

"I'm more nervous as an upperclassman to sign into classes because there are less options for the classes you need," Powers said.  

Sophomores, juniors and seniors have grown accustomed to picking up their midterm grades, along with papers containing a release number that allows them to access the registration system. This year, however, the Registrar's Office has "gone green" to ease the registration process.

"[Release numbers] were getting expensive to print, and students kept losing them, and then it was hard to track down their advisers to get new ones," Graduate Program Specialist Carol Huston said.

With the new system, advisers will release the numbers so students will not have to enter them to register for their classes on Zagweb.  It may be good news for students who are prone to losing their belongings, but for people who are new to registration, the process is still stressful.

"Freshmen don't know anything about the process.  It's just confusing," freshman Andrew Gutierrez said.  "Advisers need to be more involved and there needs to be more e-mails or a tutorial explaining the process more clearly."

Preparation is the key to success during registration.  Huston advises that students can avoid problems by being comfortable with Zagweb and getting used to the way it asks questions.  

Here are some tips for a successful registration experience:

1.  Check your account to make sure you don't have holds.

2.  Check your schedule for time conflicts with other classes, jobs, extracurricular activities, etc.

3.  Look for both prerequisites and co-requisites that will keep you from registering for a class.

4.  Take classes that pertain to your declared major and take core classes if you are undeclared.

5.   Do a "Degree Evaluation" on Zagweb to see the areas where credits are needed.  If you're undeclared, you can click "What If Analysis" for different degree scenarios.

6.  Zagweb PIN numbers will be disabled after three tries.  Call the help desk at (509) 313-5550 to reset your PIN.

According to Huston, a bigger and faster registration server is being tested for more people to use.  The server will be launched next semester. 

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