How to be a prereg pro

Mackenzie Odier (C'18) shares advice for navigating the spring preregistration process.

Looking through the numerous classes listed, trying to find classes that work fulfill requirements and attempting to fit everything into one schedule may seem like a daunting feat. However, with the right strategy and some tips and tricks, preregistration can be a breeze.

  • DO use the What-If feature. Located in MyAccess (Student Services>> My Degree), the "What-If" feature allows you to see the requirements and available classes for any potential major or minor. It is quite helpful to see what classes you already have completed that could go towards that major/minor, and what classes you can register for a new major/minor.


  • DON’T just sign up for a class because your friend is taking it. Interests, skills and areas of study range from one friend to another, and a class that may be beneficial or interesting for one of your friends may be difficult and useless for you. Instead, look at classes that count towards your core requirements or major. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people.


  • DO look for classes that overlap. Many classes overlap between departments, and can therefore count for both your core requirements and major. This is a great way to complete your pre-reqs and make space for electives or fun upper level classes.


  • DON’T rush. Preregistration is NOT first come first served, so take your time. Explore the course catalog for interesting classes and create a schedule that works for you. Don’t fill in four or five classes that happen to fit together and call it a day. You will be learning in these classes and doing work for an entire semester, so make sure that you are excited about all of your options. (This goes for alternate classes, as well!)


  • DO try something new. If you are a science major, why not try an art class? It is a great way to diversify the types of classes that you are taking to learn about something new.


  • DO start early. Each preregistration period typically gives you a week and a half to find interesting classes, make sure they fulfill requirements, and fit them together into a workable schedule. Starting early gives you time to chat with the deans if you need help (they will be available on a walk-in basis) and to fix any problems that may arise.

—Mackenzie Odier (C'18)

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Mackenzie Odier is majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. She is a Georgetown College peer advisor.