Course Registration Instructions

Course registration is done online through SIS. Students will gain entry to a course on a first come, first served basis. Once capacity is reached, a waitlist is implemented. Each course is capped at the room capacity or by the academic dean after consultation with the Academic Council and the course instructor. When a space becomes available, the next student on the waitlist automatically gains entry. No lotteries will be conducted.

Online registration opens for continuing students (second years) and MA/LLM students entering their second semester first. Online registration for incoming students opens second.

Course Registration in SIS

Log into SIS. Your customized SIS homepage will open. If you do not know your Tufts Username or Password, go to http://tuftstools.tufts.edu/.

Use the CLASSES tab to view your current term classes. Clicking the back arrow allows you to view your classes and grades from previous terms.

Holds are flags placed on your record indicating an outstanding obligation. You must resolve the obligation in order to remove the hold. Some holds will restrict you from performing certain activities such as registering for courses and requesting official transcripts. Please visit the “Holds” page for more information on removing specific holds.

 Finding and Registering for Classes (filling the cart)

To register for a class, the first step is to get the classes you want into your Shopping Cart:

  1. Select Classes > Shopping Cart or Classes > Add. The Shopping Cart page opens.
  2. The next step is to move the classes you want into your Shopping Cart. There are two methods to move a class into the cart: by Class Number (the quickest method) or using the Class Search.
  • By Class Number (this is the SIS class number, not the Tufts course catalog number)
    a. If you know the class number (e.g., 21218) for the class you’d like to add, enter it in the Class Nbr field and hit enter. The Select classes to add page appears with the class listed.
    b. Double-check the section and times and click “Next.”
    c. If applicable, decide if you want to be placed on the Wait List if the class is full.
    d. Click “Next.” The class is added to your Shopping Cart.
  • Using Schedule of Classes
    a. To search the Schedule of Classes, select the “Class Search” option and click “Search.”
    b. Enter search criteria such as Course Career, Course Subject, or Course Number.
    c. Optional: you may narrow your search using Keywords or Instructor. After you click “Search”, other filters will display such as Attributes (e.g., foundation or distribution requirements), Class Meeting Time/Days, Campus, etc.
    d. Click “Search.” The Search Results page appears with more filtering options.
    e. After searching, a list of courses that meet your filtered criteria will appear. By clicking on each course, the course details will appear and contain the course description, the scheduled date and time, and the number of available spots in the course.
    g. If you are logged in you can add the class directly to your Shopping Cart. Click the appropriate select class button. Click “Add” to add the course directly to your Shopping Cart. The Select classes to add page appears with the class listed.
    h. Double-check the section and times and click “Next.”
    i. Decide if you want to be placed on the Wait List if the class is full.
    j. Click “Next.” The class is added to your Shopping Cart.
Enrolling in Classes

When you are able to enroll in classes during your enrollment period, be sure to check out of your Shopping Cart:

  1. Select Classes > Shopping Cart.
  2. Select one or more classes.
  3. Click “Enroll.” Review the Confirm Classes page that will appear.
  4. Click “Finish Enrolling.” The view results page will appear indicating either “Success: enrolled” or “Error: unable to add class”.
  5. As necessary, resolve errors and click “Add Another Class” to repeat. The class appears at the base of the Shopping Cart window.
Waitlists

When enrolling in a course, you have the option to be added to the waitlist for the course by selecting the “Wait list if class is full” checkbox. You can view your waitlist position by going to Classes> Enrollment Summary. If on a waitlist for a course, you may still enroll in a full course load.

It is highly recommended that students set up a Future Swap who want to be on a waitlist in case a spot opens up in the course. Students will not be immediately notified if a spot opens up in a course and a Future Swap will help ensure that you are able to claim your waitlisted spot should your number be called (please see below for instructions on how to set up a future swap). If you are already enrolled in a waitlisted course, please keep a spot available on your course schedule in case a spot opens up. Otherwise, you should set up the future swap before you enroll in the waitlisted course. If an error occurs and the waitlisted spot was not able to be claimed due to a hold on your account, a time conflict, or enrollment in too many credits, you will receive an email notification within 24 hours of the error. Please note that if the waitlisted spot could not be claimed, SIS will offer the spot to the next student on the waitlist and you will not be able to enroll in the course. There is no way to amend this error should it occur and it is your responsibility to ensure that there is a spot for the course on your schedule.

After the enrollment period (i.e. the last day students can add courses themselves in SIS), all waitlists will be cleared and all waitlisted courses closed. Students should ensure that they are enrolled in a full course load by the end of the enrollment period. No late adds will be permitted for waitlisted courses.

Swap (Add then Drop)

The swap function does not let you drop a selected class until the new class is successfully added. You can only use the swap function for classes that you are enrolled in, not waitlisted for (please see below for instructions on scheduling a future swap).

  1. Select Classes > Swap (Add then Drop). The Swap a Class page displays.
  2. Select the class you wish to swap (drop) from your schedule.
  3. Next, select the class you wish to add (from your Shopping Cart, by searching the class schedule, or by entering the course number). When applicable, always choose an open Section.
  4. Click select or enter.
  5. Confirm the “Swap This Class” information with “With This Class” information.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Finish Swapping.
Future Swaps

The swap function also has a second purpose that allows you to set up a future swap for a course you would like to drop, should you be rolled from the waitlist of another course. Please follow the below steps before you register for the waitlisted course in SIS. Follow these steps to set this up:

  1. Select Classes > Swap (Add then Drop). The Swap a Class page displays.
  2. In the “Swap This Class” area, choose the course from the drop down that you would like to drop if you are rolled into another course from the waitlist.
  3. In the “With This Class” area, use the class search to find the course you would like to waitlist for and add that course remembering to add yourself to the waitlist (check the “wait list if class is full” box on the next page).
  4. Complete steps.
Drops

To drop a class that you are enrolled in:

  1. Select Classes > Drop. The Drop Classes page will appear.
  2. Select the class(es) you wish to drop.
  3. Click Drop Selected Classes.
Registering for More than 4.0 (MALD/LLM/MA/MATA/EXCHANGE) or 5.0 (MIB) Courses for a Total of 4.5 or 5.5 Courses

Please see the page on course registration overload for more information.

If you are doing a course registration overload, you cannot also set up a Future Swap for a waitlisted course as the system will not be able to swap the course should a spot open up as it will give the error that you are enrolled in too many credits (i.e. if enrolled in 13.5 credits and SIS tries to conduct a swap, one course will be dropped, but the newly opened course will not be able to be added as this will put you over 12.0 credits again). Please do not email the Registrar’s Office for the course registration overload until the end of the course registration period (i.e. the last date enrollment is allowed in SIS). On the last day of the enrollment period, students should definitively know their course schedule and at such time, should resign to the fact that they will not get into their waitlisted course if the swap has not yet occurred and email the Registrar’s Office their preferred course schedule. The Registrar’s Office will then add the course overload.

After the enrollment period, all waitlists will be cleared and all course schedules finalized.