How to Register

Registration for spring semester courses is open through January 8th. Prior to registering for classes, you must discuss your registration plans with your faculty advisor and gain their permission to register. The instructions below will guide you through WebAdvisor to make sure you are all set to sign up for classes!

Wondering about how you create a great spring schedule? What are general education requirements, and when should you take those classes? How placement exams, advanced placement, and transfer credit effects registration? Be sure to check out the First-Year Student FAQs.

For help with questions, and to talk about potential spring semester courses, email your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them). 

Course Registration

When do I register for classes?

Registration for incoming first-year students is open through January 8th. You will be registered for your Words or Number course automatically. Prior to registering for the remainder of your classes, you must discuss your registration plans with your faculty advisor and gain their permission to register. 

After January 8th, registration shuts down until the start of the add/drop period. The add/drop period begins on the first day of classes, January 19th, and ends at 4pm on January 29th (for more information on registering for classes during the add/drop period, review this page on the Registrar’s website). 

How do I find out what classes are offered in the spring?

The College Catalog lists all of the courses offered at Lewis & Clark; however, not all courses are offered every semester. The courses that are offered in a particular semester are listed on our registration website, called Webadvisor.

1. Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu

2. Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password. Select the Students menu.

3. Under the Registration heading, select Search for Sections.

4. From the Term drop-down menu, select CAS - Spring 2021.

5. Narrow your search to courses open to first-year students by clicking on the Course Type field (in the lower right) and selecting CAS: First year students in the drop-down menu. This will show you all 100-level courses and 200-level courses that have an F in the section number (it’ll be a long list).

6. Click Submit.

7. If you see a course you would like to learn more about in the Section Selection Results, click on the title of the course to open a new window and read a description, determine if there are any prerequisites, and to see complete scheduling information about when and where the course meets.

What courses can I take?

First-year students may register for all 100-level courses, for 200-level courses that have an “F” in the section number (for example, ENG 203-F1), and for 300-level language courses, if you place into them. Prior to registering for spring classes, you must gain registration permission from your faculty advisor.

You can find out if courses have prerequisites when you search for courses in Webadvisor, click on the course title to read the description, including prerequisites. For example, many math and science courses have a prerequisite of “QR 101 or equivalent” (an ALEKS score between 53 and 75 is equivalent to QR 101. Visit Placement Exams to learn more about equivalencies).

Deciding on what to register for means considering a few different factors: What class is most important to you? Is there a major that you are particularly interested in exploring? Are there many sections of the same class being offered, and how many open seats are still available? Are you a prospective Math, Science, Environmental Studies, or Music major? Is there a general education requirement that you would like to complete soon?

There is a lot to consider, but don’t worry: you don’t have to do this alone! When, after discussing your interests with your faculty advisor and reading over the College Advising Center’s First-Year Students FAQ: Creating a Schedule advice, you have questions or just want to double-check your plans, email your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them).

Something to keep in mind is that the later you register, the fewer course options you’ll have. Try to register for classes as soon as possible.

How do I register for classes?

You can use WebAdvisor to search for classes and save them in a Preferred Sections list, which is like a shopping cart. When you are ready to register, you can return to this list to easily complete your registration.

1. Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu.

2. Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password.

3. Under the Registration heading, select Register for Sections.

4. Choose Search and Register for Sections.

5. From the Term drop-down menu, select CAS - Spring 2021.

6. To search for courses open to first-year students, go to the Course Type field (in the lower right) and selecting CAS: First year students from the drop-down menu. This will show you 100-level courses and 200-level courses that have an F in the section number. You may also search for courses in a particular subject area by selecting the name of the subject. (You may search the course offerings of up to five subjects at once, but it is not necessary to fill in the entire search form. Subject-only searches will show all courses offered in that department, including classes that are not open to first-year students.)

8. Click Submit.

9. To learn more about a particular course, click on its orange section name and title. An new information window will pop up. If the course interests you, check if there are any prerequisites or restrictions.

10. Once you find a course listing that intrigues you, place it in your Preferred Sections list by returning to the search results, checking the box next to the section name, and title and clicking Submit at the bottom of the page. (You can remove a section from this list at any time by using the Action drop-down menu next to the course you wish to remove.)

11. Continue looking for courses to add to your Preferred Sections list by clicking on Search for Sections.

Follow these steps to register for classes:

1. Once you have discussed your spring registration plans with your faculty advisor and gained their permission to register for classes, log into WebAdvisor, go to your Student page and click on “Register for Sections.”

2. Next, choose “Register for Previously Selected Sections.” Check the availability of the courses on your “Preferred Sections” list. If any of your classes are closed (i.e., there are no open seats) or already have a waitlist, you may add yourself to the waitlist or remove that course from your list.

3. From the Action drop-down menu, select “Register” from next to the class(es) you are enrolling in, and hit “submit” at the bottom of the page.

4. Scroll down and click “submit” at the bottom of the page.

5. The next page is “Registration Results.” It has 3 parts. The first part shows the actions that were just completed. The second part shows everything for Soring 2021 that you are currently registered for. The third part shows courses that you are currently waitlisted for.

6. Double-check that your registration was successful by going to the Students menu, selecting Academic Profile, then My Class Schedule, and then choose CAS-Spring 2021.

Want some advice on how to put together a schedule? Check out the First-Year Students FAQ: Creating a Schedule, email your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them). 

Having trouble registering? Read these detailed Online Registration Instructions, contact the Registrar’s Office, and watch How to search and register for classes in WebAdvisor.

What should I do if a class I want to take is full?

If a course is already full, you can put your name on a waitlist using the same screen you would use to register (select “Waitlist” from the drop-down menu, and then Submit). After you place yourself on the waitlist, be sure to register for another course that is open.

If your name is on a waitlist and a space becomes available while WebAdvisor registration is still open (through January 8th), the Registrar’s office will email your Lewis & Clark email account and you will have 48 hours to register before the spot is offered to someone else. If a spot does not open up before classes begin, you can contact the professor and/or attend the first day of class, and the instructor will explain how they will be handling the waitlist. (Wondering more about how waitlists work? Read this information on the Registrar’s website.)

If you are unable to get into that class this spring, don’t be discouraged. We have small classes at Lewis & Clark and so some courses do fill up, but if you really want a course, you will have plenty of chances to take that class in subsequent semesters. Instead, this semester, you can start exploring your backup options or a hidden gem.

What is Registration Permissions in WebAdvisor? Do I need advisor permission to register?

In order to register for spring semester courses, all students are required to first gain their faculty advisor’s permission. You will be able to see advisor consent in the Registration Permissions section of WebAdvisor. Advisor permission is required because a close academic-planning partnership between students and faculty is at the heart of advising at Lewis & Clark.

 

Registration Tips and Troubleshooting

Registration is open, but WebAdvisor won’t let me register for classes. What can I do?

If you have created your L&C account, have logged into WebAdvisor, and are having trouble registering, it may be that you haven’t yet filled out your Emergency Contact information; without this information, WebAdvisor places a “registration hold” on your account. To find out how to submit this information, please check out your NSO Checklist.

If this isn’t the problem, here are a few other things to check out:

Is the class full?

After you Search for Sections, the Section Selection Results page provides details about the current number of spots available in a course (Avail), the maximum number of spots offered in the class (Cap), and how many students are on that course’s waitlist (Wait). If there are 0 spots available in a course, you can join the waitlist.

Is there a time conflict?

You will not be permitted to register for courses with time conflicts, no matter how small the conflict. To make sure you are seeing all the times that a course meets, click on the title of the course in the Section Selection Results and read what is listed under Meeting Information.

Have you checked the course prerequisites?

You will not be able to register for a course if you have not met the prerequisite. For incoming students, certain prerequisites can be met by placement exams, by AP or IB credit, or by transfer credit. Many 200-level courses, and most 300-level courses, are not open to students until they have completed the appropriate prerequisite courses at L&C.

To see course prerequisites, click on the title of the course in the Section Selection Results and read what is listed under Requisites.

Have you checked the course co-requisites?

Many science classes have co-requisite courses, which means that you must register for both lecture and lab sections simultaneously (in fact, WebAdvisor will not allow you to register for one or the other on its own). For example, if you are interested in taking General Chemistry, you can register for both Chem 110-01, a lecture section, and Chem 110L-03, a lab section (or any lecture and lab pairing that fits with your schedule).

Do you have advisor permission to register?

Use your LC email address and password to log into WebAdvisor. Click on “Student menu” and then “My Registration Permissions” on the left side of the screen. In the next screen, choose the appropriate semester. The next screen will indicate if you have advisor consent to register. This screen will also show any course permissions you have. If you do not have consent to register, contact your faculty advisor.

Need more help? Check out these detailed Online Registration Instructions and/or contact the Registrar’s Office.

Registration Tips

When choosing courses, here are a few extra things to think about:

There might be some general education requirements that you would like to take before too much time passes. For example, if you took a language in high school, and want to continue studying that language in college, we recommend enrolling in the appropriate level language class your first or second semester.

Try to keep in mind how the work you’ll be doing in your classes will fit together. When possible, we suggest picking courses that offer a variety of different kinds of “brain work” that strikes a balance between reading- and writing-intensive, quantitative problem solving, world language, or creative courses. You might love one particular subject, but too much of one thing is usually a bad idea! Remember, you will be registered for one reading and writing intensive course already, Core 120: Words, or one quantitative course, Core 121: Numbers.

As you think about your credit total for spring, remember that physical education and music performance classes are one credit (we recommend enrolling in 15 to 17 credits per semester). If you participate in varsity athletics, you can register and earn credit for your sport during season.

If you’d like advice on how to arrange your spring semester schedule, email your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them). You also might want to consider registering for one these hidden gems.