Registering on WebAdvisor

Online registration is held before each semester on WebAdvisor.  The academic calendar has the designated dates listed.

When do I know my day/time to register? Based on your expected graduation date, you will receive a designated time to register on WebAdvisor. Registration assignments can be seen by selecting the “My Registration Time” link under WebAdvisor’s Registration menu.  A notification goes out by e-mail to the student to let them know when this information is available.

Can I register prior to this time?  A student cannot register for courses before this time, but can pre-register in order to save time and effort in the official registration process, using the “Register for Previously Selected Sections” link under the Registration menu.

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 WebAdvisor:
-How to Search for Sections
-How to Add Preferred Sections
-How to Register for Courses
-How to Drop Courses

How many credits can I register for?  Students may sign up for no more than 15 credits on WebAdvisor. Another WebAdvisor rule during registration is that you may take only 2 liberal arts classes. 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 on WebAdvisor 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 15 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 WebAdvisor. 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, WebAdvisor will immediately send a confirmation to your RISD email. Since you can view or print your class schedule at any time, paper confirmation forms will not be sent to your campus box. 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 on WebAdvisor.  WebAdvisor waitlisting is available for most courses in Liberal Arts, namely courses with a subject code of HAVC, LAS, HPSS and LAEL, and for some studios.

Students will be able to place their names on waitlists for up to three classes. 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. The
transaction for adding classes is done via “Manage my Waitlists” on WebAdvisor. 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.  WebAdvisor 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 WebAdvisor?  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.

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.