It’s that time of year again! Yesterday morning, at 7 am, I awoke for my final Bannerweb registration at Middlebury College. There are many things I will miss about Middlebury, but I think it is safe to say that Bannerweb is not one of them. As a parting gift, I bring you five tips to help you get through registration.
1. Bannerweb is not the end of registration. Most professors understand that registration is frustrating and difficult and not always perfect. Aside from the extremely popular classes, you can expect a degree of movement from people testing out classes and dropping and adding as they go. If you feel passionately about a class and didn’t get in on registration day, email the professor, show up on the first day, make a good case for why you want to be in the class and you’ve got a good shot.
2. Practice. Bannerweb is all about who can type faster. Be prepared. Figure out your schedule and learn your CRN codes. Keep them in an excel spreadsheet for registration day, that way you can copy-paste like the champion that you are. If there’s a class you want to get into that is particularly crowded, you can put that one in first on its own, but that’s always risky.
3. Check your holds. If you have outstanding fines, tuition payments, or a variety of other holds, you may be prevented from registering. You can check your holds at Student Records & Registration -> Student Records -> View Holds on Bannerweb
4. Use Ethernet. I honestly have no idea if this helps, but getting on the strongest internet connection can never hurt. Better safe than sorry.
5. Remember that Bannerweb will always crash. Always. It has never not crashed. It doesn’t know any better. So when you hear the collective groan on your hall, the clicks as people refresh again and again, know that this is how it always is and always will be. Breathe and be ready when it finally comes online. (One time it was literally half an hour.) Patience.
6. BONUS. Navigate your way through Bannerweb beforehand. You can get pretty far into the website before 7 am until the site stops you. When the clock turns to 7:00, you’ll be set up and ready to go.