How to Register
Now that we've touched upon what classes you should be taking, let's discuss how you will actually register for them. There are 5 main steps in registering for your fall semester courses, and seeing your first college schedule!
- Set up your Student Information System (SIS)
- Determine your Registration Date/Time
- Create a Mock Schedule in QuACS
- Clear your Financial Agreement Hold
- Register for Courses with SIS
This first registration period during July is the only time you will complete Step 1! Once you set up your SIS account, you will be good for each registration in the future. However, you will need to repeat Step 2 through Step 5 each semester, including the removal of your Financial Agreement Hold.
When will you register for your fall classes?
Summer registration for the Fall semester will start on July 19th and end on July 30th, 2021. More information on how to find the day and time that you will sit down to register will be found in Step 2 below.
You can always find more information on the Registrar's website.
Throughout the registration process, you can always email The Registrar's Office for support. Their email during your first registration period is: email@example.com
Step 1) Set up your Student Information System (SIS)
You will be given your Rensselaer Identification Number (RIN) from the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) ~6 days after you submit your deposit. In other words, you will have this number well before it is time for you to register for your fall courses. You will always use your RIN to log into the Student Information System (SIS).
The first time you log into SIS, you will use your birthday as the password (MMDDYY), and you will be immediately prompted to change your password. Keep all this information in a safe place!
If you need a SIS password reset, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are having issues with establishing a VPN connection, or with setting up your RCSID, you will want to submit a service request with DotCIO by clicking the button below.
Important note: Faculty and staff will commonly ask for your RIN, so always have this identification number on hand. You can find it on your Rensselaer ID card, and on your SIS account. It's useful to include in your emails to faculty and staff on campus so we are able to quickly pull up your information.
Step 2) Find your Registration Time Ticket
As mentioned, registration for the Fall 2021 semester will start on July 19th and end on July 30th. How do you know exactly what time you are supposed to register for your classes? The Registrar's Office will assign you a Time Ticket for your personal registration period.
SoE Hub Pro-Tip! The second your registration period begins (based on your Time Ticket) you should register for courses! During registration, hundreds of Rensselaer students are given access to register for their courses at the start of each hour. By delaying your personal registration you might miss the sections and courses you want to register for. Most first year students are planning to take the same courses, such as calculus and HASS. Do not wait to register for your courses, register immediately!
How do you find your Time Ticket?
Once you log into SIS, first select the Student Menu option, then View My Registration Status. Your time ticket is in United States Eastern Standard Time (EST) and is displayed in military/24 hour time. You may register any time after your assigned time slot during the registration period.
Special note: If you are unfamiliar with military time representation, times of 0000-1200 are equivalent to AM times. For times between 1201 and 2359, subtract 12 to get the equivalent PM time - for example a time of 1600 equates to 4:00 pm, a time of 1930 equates to 7:30 pm).
Be sure that you check your SIS account during the week of July 6th to find your Time Ticket information. Once you see the day/time that you will be registering for courses, put a notification on your calendar and block that time from other events.
If you know that you may have trouble accessing your SIS account to register for courses at the day/time listed on your Time Ticket, you may reach out to your Hub Advisor for support. Registering for your Fall 2021 courses should be made a priority!
In future semesters, your time ticket will be based on the number of credits you have earned.
Step 3) Create a Mock Schedule in QuACS
CRN = Course Registration Number
Turn up the volume or click the CC button! We will walk you through this crucial tool.
Important Note! QuACS pulls all course information from SIS; however, there is a delay in the information being transferred from SIS to QuACS. This means that the number of seats shown in QuACS is most likely inaccurate when registration is open as changes are occurring every second to the number of available seats. QuACS is unable to keep up!
Always confirm the number of seats left through SIS so you are not surprised if a section is closed. It's important to always have a Plan A, Plan B, and maybe even a Plan C when you are registering for courses.
Our advice is to have SIS and QuACS open at the same time, even side-by-side, when you are registering for courses (see image below).
SIS on left and QuACS on right
Step 4) Clear Financial Agreement Hold
You will have to remove your Financial Agreement Hold every semester before you are able to register for courses.
What are holds? Holds are Rensselaer's way of keeping you on track. If you have requirements from the Bursar, Registrar, Health Center, or other offices on campus that have not been fulfilled, you will have a hold on your account. Holds will prevent you from registering for courses once you are on campus. You should check SIS regularly for holds, especially in the weeks leading up to your future registration time tickets.
Step 5) Register for Courses with SIS
SIS = Student Information System
Turn up the volume or click the CC button! We will walk you through how to register for courses with SIS.