The end of October and the beginning of November mark a transitionary period for students into the holiday and midterm season. To make the burden even greater for Baruch students, it also marks the beginning of registration season.
First and foremost, this means that the academic advisement office, located on the fifth floor of the Newman Vertical Campus is bombarded with students. The students in that office are either about to change their major, confused about what courses to take or have no idea where their life is headed in terms of academics and need the best advisement possible.
There are probably other reasons too, but these are the most prominent. Unfortunately, the academic advisement office at Baruch is inefficient.
The academic advisement office is offering walk-in hours during the weekdays that consist of a one-on-one session with an advisor for 15 minutes, which is nowhere near long enough to fully ponder a DegreeWorks audit. Baruch’s academic advisors needs some serious reinforcements. The ratio of advisors to students is appalling and needs to be handled immediately. No student wants to be in college for more than four years because they found out at the last minute that they were missing a required class.
When it comes to actually registering, things may get even more difficult. Seeing that a class has been completely filled is worse than stubbing one’s toe or running to the train and missing it by a millisecond.
With over 13,000 students enrolled, trying to get into classes can be extremely competitive, especially in core classes. Students will find that courses like BUS 1000 or BIO 1011 fill almost immediately. If there are any classes that are open for those courses, it means the professor is one that popular wisdom would advise to avoid.
It is extremely vital that students check their CUNYFirst account to see if there are holds on their account that will prevent them from enrolling and viewing grades at the end of the semester.
CUNYFirst holds should be taken care of as soon as possible because the financial aid office or transfer services will take their time to fix the issue. This can cause a delay in picking courses which results in classes being full and being stuck with a 7:25 a.m. class with a professor who has a rating of a 2.4 on ratemyprofessors.com.
Registering for classes is stressful and requires much thought and effort. It is unfortunate that it is during midterms week when students are already stressed. Regardless, Bearcats are constantly fighting for afternoon classes, professors who do not count attendance and for entry into pre-requisite courses.