Priority Registration


Priority registration allows a student to register for classes on the first day of the registration period each semester. This provides the opportunity to arrange a schedule (to the greatest extent possible) that is suitable based on their disability-related needs. Priority registration does not override any University of departmental policies such as the need to meet with an academic advisor, removal of any holds (e.g., Bursar), permission number requirements for specific courses, etc. In addition, priority registration does not guarantee the provision of classes at specific times.Students who may qualify for priority registration may include:

  • Students with mobility disabilities or those who work with personal assistants;
  • Students following a strict medication or treatment regimen;
  • Students with energy limitations who require a specific schedule;
  • Students who use sign interpreters or captioning services;
  • Students who are approved for alternate media for printed materials.

Procedure

  1. Check your UConn email address for a notification from the CSD with information regarding priority registration each semester.
  2. Prior to registering for classes, meet with your academic advisor to determine an appropriate schedule for the semester.
  3. Let your disability service provider (DSP) know if you would like them to contact your advisor ahead of time to share information regarding how your disability may impact your course schedule. Making your advisor aware of your accommodations and needs may assist them with course recommendations or assist you to develop a schedule that best meets your needs each semester. As an additional resource, please see Frequently Asked Questions tab.
  4. Check your status in the Student Administration System to ensure there are no holds (e.g., Bursar, Advising) that may prevent you from registering.
  5. Meet with your DSP prior to registering for classes to discuss any concerns.
  6. Register for your classes using the Student Administration System on the designated day. Important – while students will have continuous access to register for classes beyond the priority registration start date, choosing to register late may result in classes no longer being available.

Any questions regarding this procedure should be directed to Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or jennifer.lucia@uconn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Priority Registration and Academic Advising

Schools and colleges, as well as the Academic Center for Entering Students (ACES), assign advisors to help you meet your academic goals and complete degree requirements. Academic advisors are a valuable resource and provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services. Although your advisor will assist you to determine appropriate coursework each semester, you are responsible for your own academic progress.
Information regarding your academic advisor is available in the Student Administration System (also known as PeopleSoft) which you will use for various functions throughout your career at UConn. You can locate your advisor by visiting the following website: http://studentadmin.uconn.edu.
AdvApp is an online advising appointment system used by the schools, colleges and academic departments. You can schedule, look up or cancel an appointment with your advisor using the following website: http://advapp.uconn.edu. You may also call and/or e-mail your advisor to schedule an appointment.
You are encouraged to meet with and communicate with your advisor on a regular basis and at least once a semester before registration. Your advisor is a valuable resource and can provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services.
The CSD can assist with the academic advising process to suggest appropriate classroom accommodations. Meeting with your DSP gives you the opportunity to discuss the impact of your disability on your course schedule each semester. Your DSP can also contact your advisor to inform them about your approved accommodations and how they may impact your class schedule. Please note, however, that any recommendations from your DSP does not replace the need to meet with your academic advisor.

Maybe. Although you are not required to disclose your disability information to your advisor, it may be helpful to let your advisor know you are working with the CSD. Telling your advisor about your accommodations and needs may assist with specific course recommendations or assist you to develop a schedule that best meets your needs each semester. For example, tell your advisor if you need breaks between your classes in order to eat or rest in order to avoid scheduling classes that are back-to-back.

Telling your advisor how you learn best (e.g., visual learner, auditory learner) may help him/her make specific course or faculty recommendations, and provide you with information about other resources on campus (e.g., Writing Center, Q Center, Academic Achievement Center, CSD Beyond Access Program) that may be helpful.

It depends. In general, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full time. Some majors and programs may require enrollment in more than 12 credits each semester. However, depending on the nature of your disability, it may be appropriate to take fewer credits. You are encouraged to discuss this with your DSP at the CSD if a full time courseload is not feasible. Additional information regarding a reduced courseload is available on the CSD website at www.csd.uconn.edu/reduced-courseload/.
If your disability impacts your ability to travel across campus quickly, let you advisor know so that you can schedule an adequate amount of time in between classes to travel. Scheduling classes back-to-back may not leave enough time for you to arrive to each class on time. Talk to your DSP at the Center regarding transportation resources, including the Accessible Van Service.
Probably not. However, if you take medication which affects your ability to be alert during certain times of the day, it may be helpful to tell your advisor about times of day that are better than others so this can be taken into consideration when creating a course schedule.
Your academic advisor plays a key role in assisting you with selecting appropriate courses based on your degree requirements every semester. The CSD can also assist by meeting with you to discuss any courseload concerns either during registration or before the start of the semester. For example, if you have difficulty with reading speed or comprehension, try and avoid taking several classes that require extensive reading in the same semester. If you are challenged by math or other quantitative tasks, try not to schedule more the one Q (quantitative) course in a semester. If writing is a concern, spread out your W (writing) requirements throughout your academic career.
It is fine to ask your advisor if they have any information about a specific instructor. Your advisor may have information about the instructor’s teaching style, course structure, course assignments, or other information that may help you make an informed decision. Other students are also a valuable resource and may have information to share. You are also encouraged to reach out to instructors to seek more specific information regarding their courses. For example, e-mailing an instructor to request a sample of a previous course syllabus is a great way to get an early understanding of a course.
Sharing this information with your advisor may assist in creating a course schedule which allows you time throughout the day for your personal assistant needs.

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or via e-mail at Jennifer.lucia@uconn.edu.