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Registration for fall 2022 classes and a look at the IDEAs in Action curriculum

DTH Photo Illustration. Ahead of spring 2022 class registration period, UNC has changed several aspects of its undergraduate class enrollment process.
Buy Photos DTH Photo Illustration. Ahead of spring 2022 class registration period, UNC has changed several aspects of its undergraduate class enrollment process.

This fall, first-years and transfer students will sit in a UNC classrooms and study in University Libraries for the first time. Students will choose classes that interest them, and begin working toward their chosen majors and minors.

Following New Student Orientation, new students will register for their fall semester courses. Academic Advising will be available during the orientation period to help students understand course placements, registration and credits.

Here is a guide to fall 2022 registration and a breakdown of the new University IDEAs in Action curriculum.

How do I register?

New students can view their registration appointment in the Student Center of their ConnectCarolina portal. To enroll, students should place courses into their ConnectCarolina shopping cart and click enroll on selected sources during their appointment period.

Students will have the opportunity to waitlist up to four credit hours during wave 2 of fall registration.

In spring 2022, UNC enacted changes to its undergraduate class enrollment process.

The changes aim to improve teaching, learning and research at the University. These are the first structural changes to the registration process to be implemented since ConnectCarolina's 2009 rollout. 

Students will now register in two waves, and can register for up to 12 credit hours in the first wave and for up to 17 credit hours in the second wave. Waitlists will open during the second registration wave.

Sam Johnson, a former student assistant in the Office of the University Registrar, told The Daily Tar Heel that the new registration system will better support out-of-state students at the national and international level. 

“We think that we have been able to kind of more judiciously help the Honors program, while also maintaining the core hope of making the process more accessible and equitable overall,” he said.

Students are assigned a registration appointment day based on earned credit hours and a time based on their terms in residence.

Honors Carolina students will register during the 7 a.m. time slot on their registration day. 

What is the IDEAS in Action curriculum?

Following approval by Faculty Council in spring 2019, the University will launch its new IDEAs in Action curriculum this fall.

The curriculum, focused on undergraduate students, introduces new courses to help students discover common themes between different fields of study. 

Triple-I courses, for example, will bring together three professors from different departments within the University to teach a select topic from various perspectives.

Li-ling Hsiao, associate professor and associate dean for first-year curricula in the College of Arts & Sciences, told the DTH that the IDEAS in Action curriculum will offer UNC students a more broad education.

“It pays attention to a more holistic view and how you connect what you do in the classroom to your life,” Hsiao said. “It develops a student's abilities instead of just building knowledge. We want the students to be equipped before they go into the world.”

The curriculum will also support first-year seminars, first-year launch and first-year thriving programs.

Students will focus on academic areas like interpretive analysis, creative expression, ethical and civic values, global understanding and engagement, power, difference and inequality, and more — all as part of their general education curriculum.

Faculty members will also be able to propose and develop their own courses for the curriculum.

The IDEAS in Action Curriculum will first apply to students beginning their degree in fall 2022, and it is a four-year program.


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