Online Web Registration

Online web registration is held before each semester using Student Planning, the self service academic planning tool for students and advisors.  Login to Student Planning directly at this link:

Registration Time

Based on expected graduation date, students will receive a designated time to register in Student Planning.  Students will receive their appointment times via email. Registration appointments will also be listed in WebAdvisor.  Select the “My Registration Time” link under WebAdvisor’s Registration menu.

Using Student Planning

A review of the Instructional Tutorials below prior to registration can answer many questions and prevent errors. Review both the “Preparing for Registration” and the “Registering for Classes” video to be fully prepared.

Tutorial 1: Introduction to Student Planning & Registration
Tutorial 2  Student Planning: Preparing for Registration
Tutorial 3: Student Planning: Registering for Classes

Credit Limits (Fall and Spring)

Students may sign up for no more than 16 credits in during Fall and Spring web registration.  Web registration also allows only 2 liberal arts classes initially. Students wishing to take a third Liberal Arts course must wait until all student registration appointments are finished. Once the restriction is lifted, students may sign up for a third Liberal Arts course provided that they don’t exceed 16 credits.

Incoming Student Fall Registration (Graduate and Undergraduate Transfer students)

In late summer, incoming graduate students and undergraduate transfers may complete their registration for fall electives on-line using Student Planning.  The registration page for incoming graduate and undergrad transfer students also provides more details.


Some classes which reach full capacity are set up to allow for waitlists in Web Registration.  Waitlisting is available for most courses in Liberal Arts, namely courses with a subject code of THAD, LAS, HPSS, SCI and LAEL, and for some studios.

Students will be able to place their names on waitlists. If a seat becomes available, the next person on the waitlist will be notified via RISD email that he/she has permission to register for the class.

The email recipient will have two days (48 hours) to register for the class. At the end of the forty-eight (48) hours, if the student has not registered, the opportunity to register will be removed and offered to the next person on the waitlist.  Web registration waitlists shut down about a week before classes begin.

Registration Holds

Students will be unable to register for courses if they have a hold on their account.  Affected students should contact the Student Accounts Office at 401-454-6442 or may pay their balance at

Courses Not Available for Web Registration

Not all courses may be registered for online. Students should read the course description in its entirety to ensure they meet all the specific requirements of a course (eg class level, major) as these restrictions could prevent registration into a course via web registration.

Common Registration Issues

Students are highly encouraged to watch the YouTube training videos above, as many issues students encounter can be avoided by using the system properly. Some common issues can be found here, on our Troubleshooting page.