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Spring registration begins Monday; With largest freshman class, students are worried they may not get their classes

Caitlin Claypool
University of Arizona students wait for their psychology class to start in a lecture hall on Thursday, March 31.

University of Arizona students can register for spring 2023 classes Oct. 31 through Nov. 21. With an influx of nearly 9,000 new students and 2,000 expected to come in the spring, some Wildcats worry they won’t be able to get the classes they need. 

“There’s been countless times where I try to sign up for a class and it already says the class capacity is full. Sometimes there’s no waitlist, and no other class to fulfill my degree,” Alejandra Matty, a social and behavioral sciences senior, said.

Class capacity and availability is a hot topic during every registration season. Students turn to apps like Coursicle to get third-party push notifications when a class seat becomes available to rush and sign up for it as quickly as possible. 

However, UA Registrar Alex Underwood said he’s not too worried, because there are 32,000 class sections on the spring schedule, which opens up opportunities for students scheduled for the spring 2023 term.

“We expect this number to grow as academic units continue to add sections for the upcoming term,” Underwood said. “Spring has less new students than the fall term, but will still welcome around 2,000 new Wildcats across the different academic levels and modalities.”

With over 48,000 Wildcats returning for the spring semester, students are concerned whether the university is adequately staffed to provide enough classes to meet the college population. 

“I’ve had classes before with barely anyone in them, and seeing friends in the same class section at max capacity, it just seems unbalanced,” education major Julieta Bustamante said.

Each academic department determines which and how many courses they will offer each term and identifies the faculty and instructors to support those offerings.

“I think all advisors, faculty and staff are all looking forward to this next registration cycle, and have a desire to work with each student on their individual goals, and help them find a set of courses that they will be successful in next term. There are so many options available,” Underwood said.

Students should keep an eye out for an email from the registrar this week that will include their enrollment appointment date and time. Enrollment appointments will begin on Monday, Oct. 31.

“The best tip I can offer for students enrolling in spring 2023 classes is to be prepared,” advised Underwood. “Before enrolling, students first should check their registration eligibility and review UAccess Student for any holds on their account. Next, students can use the shopping cart to choose their courses, check for prerequisites and identify alternative classes or sections, as some first-choice classes might fill up before you are able to enroll.”

 *El Inde Arizona is a news service of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.  

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