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Saturday May 28th

You survived registration! Now what?

Now that registration is *finally* over, we can all collectively take a nice deep breath.



Everyone good? Great! Now it’s time to figure out what the next steps are.

First off — if your schedule doesn’t look quite like you wanted it to, that’s totally okay. Most people have the hardest time getting into the classes they want during their first enrollment session, so the good news is the worst one’s over! The bad news is that you might be in classes you don’t really want, you didn’t get into classes you feel like you really need or maybe you’re not in enough classes at all. Luckily, you’ve got plenty of time to get things sorted out before the school year starts! Here’s how to troubleshoot some of the most common issues in the aftermath of registration.

I’ll bet anyone reading this a very small amount of money that you got one of the following error messages while trying to enroll: 


If you got this error, that means that even though the class appears to be open, you are not allowed to enroll in it right now because ConnectCarolina has saved some seats for certain groups of students, like those with a later registration time or students in a certain major. Open enrollment starts on August 6 at 12 a.m., which means all remaining seats in every class will have restrictions lifted and become available for everyone to try and enroll in. This is also when enrollment limits will be increased to 18 hours. If you got this error message, try enrolling in the class again when open enrollment starts if there are any seats left! You can see how many seats are open by going to the Class Detail page and looking under Class Availability as shown below.



You may have also gotten this error message:

If the course requires you to have instructor or department permission, you’ll need to reach out to either the professor of the class or the department the class is in to find out how you can get that permission. If you are allowed to enroll, you will typically either be given a permission code to enter when enrolling, or the department will have to enroll you. This is not a restriction that will be lifted automatically with open enrollment.


Just a few more important dates — all incoming first-years will be allowed back in to drop/add classes at 10 a.m. on August 1 (if you’re reading this on the day we posted it, that’s today!!!). You can keep dropping, adding and swapping until August 27, which is the fifth day of classes. 

The last day to add yourself to a waitlist is August 5. The last day you can be moved from a waitlist into a class is on August 28. After that, waitlists will be purged. Lastly, the last day to drop a class through ConnectCarolina with no penalty is September 4.

Check out our registration FAQ article here for more advice on handling ConnectCarolina-induced panic. If you have any questions we didn’t answer, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or send us a message on Facebook! Also, if you want to let us know what you’d like to see us cover next, check out this handy-dandy JotForm to tell us your thoughts

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