April 5, 2010 by Alexia Severson NMSU Round Up
Not something students should put off
The time has come for students to register for the summer and fall semesters, and New Mexico State University advising personnel say students should not put it off until the last minute.
Advising Coordinator Rebecca Diemer said some students will wait to register until the day before classes start in August, making it difficult to get the classes they need or the schedules they want.
“We recommend that students get in as soon as possible to see their advisers,” Diemer said.
Diemer said some classes she can expect to fill up quickly are the Viewing a Wider World courses, as well as the English 111 courses for first-year students.
Although many students may see getting advised before registration as a hassle, Diemer said advising is required so students can make sure they are on the right track, and taking the right courses for their major.
“We don’t want students to get to what they think is their last semester and realize that they have additional requirements to complete,” Diemer said.
Diemer said although summer classes are not nearly as full as classes in the fall semester, students interested in taking summer classes should sign up as soon as possible.
Some students may believe summer classes are an easy way to fulfill a requirement, but Diemer said summer classes are by no means easier than others.
“It’s a full semester course crammed into a five week session,” Diemer said. “Which is why students are only allowed to take 12 credit hours over the summer instead of their regular 18.”
Valerie Groth Pickett, director of the Division of Enrollment Management Office of Admissions, said she expects a high turnout of new students attending NMSU for the Fall 2010 semester.
Pickett said NMSU has experienced new enrollment growth for the past several years, and during the past four weeks, more than 250 families have visited the NMSU campus.
“We have seen a large increase in the number of students visiting from out of state,” Pickett said. “Especially from Arizona and California.”
Diemer said the last day to register is two weeks after classes start.
“Obviously we don’t recommend that,” Diemer said. “You want to see an adviser before you leave for summer break.”
Alexia Severson is a staff writer and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.