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:

When do I know my day/time to register?

Based on your expected graduation date, you will receive a designated time to register in Student Planning.  To view your registration assignments you will need to use WebAdvisor.  Select the “My Registration Time” link under WebAdvisor’s Registration menu.  An e-mail notification is sent to students regarding information about registration and when assignment are available.

Can I register prior to this time?

A student cannot register for courses before this time, but can use the planning feature in Student Planning to plan their courses in order to save time and effort in the official registration process.

Review Tutorial 2 (link below) for information on preparing for registration.  It will go through steps for planning your courses.

How do I navigate registration?

A review of the Instructional Tutorials below prior to registration can answer many of your questions.

Instructional YouTube videos on how to navigate registration on Student Planning:

Watch the following short video tutorial series to familiarize yourself with the many features and benefits.

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

How many credits can I register for?

Students may sign up for no more than 16 credits in during web registration.  Web registration also allows  only 2 liberal arts classes initially. If you need to take three classes, you must wait until all student registration appointments are finished. A couple of days after that, the restriction limiting you to 2 liberal arts classes will be lifted and you will be able to sign up for a 3rd liberal arts class, provided that you don’t exceed 16 credits.

When do incoming graduate and undergraduate transfer students register?

In late summer, incoming graduate students and undergraduate transfers who were not fully registered by their departments may complete their registration for fall electives on-line using Student Planning. Passwords to access WebAdvisor are sent to your RISD email account by the Office for Information Technology (OIT).  The registration page for incoming graduate and undergrad transfer students also provides more details.

Do I receive a registration confirmation?  

Once you have successfully submitted your course request, Student Planning will immediately send a confirmation to your RISD email. It is important to check your schedule on-line immediately to make sure you are registered properly.

How does waitlisting work?

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 HAVC, 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.

What if I have a hold on my account?

Students will be unable to register for courses if they have a hold on their account.  If this applies to you, you should contact the Student Accounts Office at 401-454-6442

Are there classes that are not available for registration on Student Planning?  

Yes, the following class types fall into this category.

Written instructor or department permission.

For these classes, you must contact the faculty and/or department head who will approve or deny entrance into the course. Students who are unable to reach faculty or department heads should attend the first day of that course and ask for permission at that time. If permission is granted, an Add/Drop form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the Add/Drop period.

Independent Studies or Collaborative/ Interdisciplinary Studies.

Please follow instructions for these courses available here.  Refer to the academic calendar for the appropriate deadline dates.

Travel Courses (Wintersession)

Information on registering for off-campus study courses (travel courses) during wintersession is available here or in the Wintersession section of the current Catalog.