Spring 2015 Registration Instructions

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Getting Started

Before you register for classes, you must meet with your adviser and obtain their approval to begin registering. That approval will come in the form of a four digit PIN given to you by your adviser--the PIN allows you to register for classes once your start day and time have come. Instructions on how to register in 1600grand are located at the bottom of this page.

Registration Dates

  • Fall 2014 Registration Begins April 21 (see #2 in the student section below)
  • Fall 2014 Registration Ends May 2
  • Classes Begin on September 2!
  • Drop/Add Period is September 2 - 12
  • Grading Option Deadline is September 26

Things to Remember

You will be charged a $100 late fee (and have to wait until the start of the new semester) if you don't register by May 2, so pay close attention to your registration start time and the registration deadline.

You will need the PIN that comes from your adviser anytime you want to change your registration on the web--save it. The PIN must be four digits for registering for Fall.

ACTC Courses must be registered for in person at the Registrar's Office with a blue cross-registration form.

All tutorials (601-604), independent projects (611-614), internships (621-624), preceptorships (631-634) and Honors independent projects (641-644) must be registered for in person at the Registrar's Office with the appropriate signed form. The signatures of the sponsoring professor and the department chair are required for all independents and tutorials. Internships and preceptorships require learning contracts. For internships, the contracts are available at the Internship Office and registrations must be signed for by the Director of the Internship Program, Michael Porter. Preceptorship learning contracts are available at the Office of Academic Programs, and registrations must be signed for by the Director of Academic Programs, Ann Minnick. Not all departments grade these the same way--check in the college catalog.

You cannot register for more than 18 credits via the web. If you want to register for more than 18 credits, you must do so in person in the Registrar's Office. No student can register for more than 20 credits. You may find fee information in the college catalog.

If you are having trouble getting registered, please give us a call at x6200 or stop by the Registrar's Office.

Fall 2014 Class Schedule and Registration

1600grand is where the spring class schedule and registration can be found.

We have prepared documents to help students get registered and help faculty with their advising.


If you prefer, you may view abbreviated instructions below.

1600grand How to Register

  1. See your adviser. Before you can register for next semester you must meet with your adviser. When your adviser is satisfied that you've met your advising obligations, they will give you a PIN (four digits for registering for fall and six digits for registering for spring). You will need the PIN when you begin registering and also to make changes to your registration, so hang on to it.
  2. Find your start time. Go to the Registrar's Office page at macalester.edu/registrar and click on “Registration Times” to determine the first time you can register. If your registration start time falls during a class, you should register following your class. You have from that start time until the last day of registration to register and make changes. Once registration ends you will not be able to make changes until the new semester begins.
  3. Search the class schedule. Go to the Registration Tools channel and click on “Look Up Classes.” Select the term you want to search within and click SUBMIT. You are now in the query screen for the search. There are many options you can limit your search by. To see only English classes, select English from the Subject box (holding the CTRL key will let you select multiple choices). Now click CLASS SEARCH at the bottom of the page.

    To see the entire class schedule do not limit any options and then in the Subject box click on American Studies, drag the slider on the right of the box down to the bottom, and then hold the shift key while clicking once on Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This will select all of your options.
  4. Add Classes. There are a few different ways you can go about this. One option is to click the check-box to the left of the courses you want to add and then at the bottom of the page click REGISTER—there will be a “C” next to the course instead of a check box if the course is closed. You will then be taken to the Add or Drop Classes screen. Under Current Schedule you can see what you have successfully registered for.

    In the Add or Drop Classes screen you can add classes if you have their CRNs. Use the worksheet at the bottom to enter the CRN (a number unique to each section of a class or lab) or you can click CLASS SEARCH and repeat step three. Keep in mind the courses you've already added so you can avoid schedule conflicts. If you need to drop classes, you can do so by selecting the “Dropped via Web” option from the Action box next to the course you want to drop.

Once you are inside Registration (adding/dropping courses or searching the course schedule), you can click on the RETURN TO MENU option in the top-right corner of the page to be taken back to a menu where you can switch which function you're using. You might want to do this if you are searching the class schedule but need to go back and see what you've already added.

Common Errors

As with any other system, if you do something that this one doesn't like, it will tell you about it.

Closed: See Instructor/Dept– If the instructor of the course you've tried to add is keeping a waiting list, you will need to contact them directly. If not, the department may ask the Registrar's Office to reopen the course.

LINK ERROR: B1 REQUIRED –You tried to add just a lecture section for a course that also has a lab section. Add the lecture and the lab during the same add attempt.

LINK ERROR: C1 REQUIRED – You tried to add just a lab section for a course that also has a lecture section. Add the lab and the lecture during the same add attempt.

PREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR – This course has a prerequisite that the system can't see that you have. If you are using a course that is not traditionally used to fulfill the prerequisite for a course, obtain the permission of the instructor online or with their signature on an add/drop form that can then be brought in to the Registrar's Office.

TIME CONFLICT WITH xxxxx – Instead of xxxxx you will see a CRN. In this case it is saying that the class listed next to this error was not added because it conflicted with the course with the CRN xxxxx. If you would have preferred that the other course be added, simply drop the conflicting course from the list above and then go back and add the other course.