Registration FAQ

Common Registration Errors

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  1. How do I know if I need to take a language course?
  2. Do I need to take a Writing & Rhetoric course if I have AP credit?
  3. Which Moreau section do I sign up for?
  4. I would like to take a course in my major. Can I do that?
  5. How do I know if a class has prerequisites or corequisites?
  6. How are time tickets determined?
  7. I won’t have internet access on the day I am assigned to register. What should I do?
  8. I’m having trouble logging into NOVO. What should I do?
  9. When I’m registering for classes, do I need to go back into my plan in PATH Class Search if I want to change my course selection?
  10. What if I can’t get a full schedule or can’t get into a course that I need?
  11. Where do I go for help while I am registering?
  12. Why are there so few seats available?
  13. Why are some courses restricted?
How do I know if I need to take a language course?

If you’re planning to major within the College of Arts & Letters, Keough School of Global Affairs, or the College of Science, you are required to take courses through the intermediate level of a language other than English. Review College Requirements and Language Credit and Placement and then check with your First Year Advisor about how to determine which level of a language course is most appropriate for you.

Do I need to take a Writing & Rhetoric course if I have AP credit?

If you have eligible AP Exam Credit for English Language and Composition or eligible IB HL Exam Credit for English, you will only need to take a University Seminar (USEM) course in your first year. Depending on availability, you may take your USEM in the Fall or Spring semester. Learn more under the "Advanced Credit for Writing & Rhetoric" section of the First-Year Requirements page.

Which Moreau section do I sign up for?

In the Fall semester, students choose a Moreau section based on their campus neighborhood / residence hall assignment. Information about which sections to choose will be shared ahead of fall registration. In the Spring semester, students may choose any Moreau section they would like.

I would like to take a course in my major. Can I do that?

If you have room in your schedule and there are no restrictions on the course that prevent you from registering, you may do so.

How do I know if a class has prerequisites or corequisites?

They will be listed in the detailed description of the course within PATH Class Search.

How are time tickets determined?

Time tickets are randomly assigned by the Office of the Registrar.

I won’t have internet access on the day I am assigned to register. What should I do?

Contact your First Year Advisor ahead of your registration time to let them know of your issue. While it is in your best interest to register as close to the beginning of your time ticket as possible, your registration access will remain open for a period of time so you will still have access to register.  

I’m having trouble logging into NOVO. What should I do?

First, try opening your browser in a private/incognito window. If that doesn’t work, contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help Desk, 574-631-8111 or oithelp@nd.edu

When I’m registering for classes, do I need to go back into my plan in PATH Class Search if I want to change my course selection?

No. Once you’re in NOVO to register, you can search and register for alternate courses without returning to PATH Class Search.

What if I can’t get a full schedule or can’t get into a course that I need?
Email your First Year Advisor. They will follow up after registration has ended and ensure you are registered for all the courses you need. Remember to have plenty of alternate class options and their CRNs readily available on your registration day so you can be as prepared as possible to register for a full schedule.
Where do I go for help while I am registering?

When registering for Fall classes, each college will have a Registration Help Zoom Meeting in which First Year Advisors and Peer Advisors will be available to answer your questions and help you get registered in real-time. You will receive an email with the link for your college's Registration Help Zoom Meeting before your time ticket becomes active. When registering for Spring classes, you can email your advisor during your registration time with issues or questions and they will respond as soon as they are able.

Why are there so few seats available?

Approximately 2,100 first-year students register for classes during the first-year registration period. To ensure all students have equitable access to classes, some seats may be initially held back and released throughout the registration period.

Why are some courses restricted?

Some courses are designed for certain populations. Restrictions are placed on these courses to manage enrollment.

Common Registration Errors

College Restriction Not Met: Student is not in the College (Arts & Letters, Business, etc.) offering or requiring the course

Classification Restriction Not Met: Course is restricted to students with a different classification (sophomore, junior, senior)

Closed Section: The course is full. There is not a waitlist option and advisors cannot create seats in full classes

Corequisite Not Met: Student must register for all parts of the course (lecture plus a lab, tutorial, dialogue section, etc.) at the same time and is missing one or more corequisite 

Degree Restriction Not Met: Student is not declared in the degree program offering or requiring the course

Departmental Approval Required: Permission from the department offering the course is needed before registering. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in that department

Department Restriction Not Met: Student is not declared in the department offering or requiring the course

Duplicate Course: Student is attempting to register for a course that is already on their schedule or for which they already have credit (usually AP or IB credit)

Level Restriction Not Met: Student is not in the year (i.e., sophomore, junior, senior) for which the course is designated

Major, Minor, Concentration Restriction Not Met: Student is not in the major, minor, and/or concentration offering or requiring the course

Over the Semester Credit Hour Limit: Student has reached the maximum number of credit hours they are allowed to register for in that semester

Prerequisites Not Met: Student does not have the appropriate language placement exam score or credit for a course that must be taken before they can register for the current course

Program Restriction Not Met: Student is not declared in the program (i.e., college, school, institute, etc.) offering or requiring the course

Time Conflict: Course selected conflicts with another course already on the student’s schedule

Learn more about Common Registration Errors on the First Year Guide to PATH Search: Error Messages video.