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 4 main steps in registering for your fall semester courses, and seeing your first college schedule!
- Set up your Student Information System (SIS)
- Create a Mock Schedule in YACS
- 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 4 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 13th and end on July 22nd. The Registrar's Office will email you a time ticket that will provide you the date and time of when you will register for your fall courses. This information should be emailed to you sometime before Registration opens for the summer, so keep checking your new Rensselaer email for updates!
You can always find more information on the Registrar's website. In future semesters, your time ticket will be based on the number of credits you have earned. You can find more information by clicking the button below!
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 have any issues logging into your SIS account, you can always contact Rensselaer's Registrar's Office. They will help you out! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important note: Faculty and staff will commonly ask for your RIN, so always have this identification number on hand. It's useful to include in your emails to professionals on campus so we are able to quickly pull up your information.
Step 2) Create a Mock Schedule in YACS
CRN = Course Registration Number
Turn up the volume or click the CC button! We will walk you through this crucial tool.
Important Note! YACS pulls all course information from SIS; however, there is a delay in the information being transferred from SIS to YACS. This means that the number of seats shown in YACS is most likely inaccurate when registration is open as changes are occurring every second to the number of available seats. YACS 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 YACS open at the same time, even side-by-side, when you are registering for courses (see image below).
YACS on the left, SIS on the right!
Step 3) 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 4) 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.