Broncos last week began  registering for classes for the first fall semester.

Zoe Lance, communication specialist for the Office of Student Success, encourages students to seek advisement to help navigate the first registration period under the semester system.

“There’s still some students who haven’t been taking advantage of the tools that we have for them, and that’s okay,” Lance said. “We’re trying to get everyone registered for the classes they need.”

Ericka Carrillo left, a customer service relations specialist representative and Felicia Avilla, a records specialist, had their hands full for the first week of registration. (Melissa Lopez | The Poly Post)

Cal Poly Pomona will be transitioning into the semester system in the 2018-19 school year.

Semester conversion finally begun when students registered for their 15-week courses last week.

Some students are still confused about how semester conversion will affect their progress as well as how to navigate through the change.

According to fourth-year mechanical engineering student Matthew Owens, the registration period for fall semester was a stressful ordeal.

“I’m still trying to get used to the numbers and it’s really hard to look up the classes I’m looking for,” Owens said.

There are several tools to help students transition into the semester system.

On CPP’s website, there is a registration guide that gives steps students should take when registering for the fall semester.

There is also a semester conversion guide on the website that includes important information such as unit conversion and curriculum changes.

Both the Registrar’s Office and the Bronco Advising Center have experienced a lot of traffic during this registration period.

According to Lance, there have not been any issues that have stood out in comparison to past registration periods.

“Regardless of whether it’s been quarters or semesters, every term there’s always students who run into registration issues that we try and solve,” Lance said. “So, it’s basically been the same as any other term.”

Unlike past registration periods, there are more students registering for the summer session because they have less than eight units they need in order to graduate before semester conversion.

According to Jennifer Andelin, interim associate registrar, the biggest change in the latest registration period was the communication amongst all the departments across the campus.

“It’s really a community effort to serve the student and to figure out which entity ends up being able to resolve the student’s questions,” Andelin said.

She stated her experience with helping students through the semester conversion process has been a revealing experience for her and her department.

“Semester conversion has kind of forced us to be very up-front and communication oriented with the students,” Andelin said.

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors in their department for questions they have about specific courses.

However, they can also visit the BAC or the Registrar’s Office for general information.  

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