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ConnectCarolina/Registration Questions Technical Questions Course Selection Questions
How do I search for classes? Problems with my Onyen What course(s) should I take?
How do I add courses to my shopping cart? Password not working What if I cannot find an open seat in a class?
How do I add/drop/swap/edit/waitlist classes? Browser Issues What if I already have credit for a class?
ConnectCarolina will not allow me to enroll in any classes. Page Errors How many credits should I enroll in?
I have a hold on my account preventing me from enrolling. Connectivity Issues I am enrolled in less than 12 academic hours.

Academic Advising Questions

How many credits can/must I take per semester?
12-17 hours now, 12-18 hours beginning August 7th.

  • In order to maintain full-time status, UNC-Chapel Hill students must remain enrolled in at least 12 academic hours in each fall and spring semester
  • During the early registration period, a student may enroll in up to 17 hours.
  • On Monday, August 8th, this credit limit increases to 18 hours.
  • If you are on a waitlist for a course, those credits are included in your limit.
How could pending AP/IB/SAT subject test credit affect my fall registration?

Try to avoid registering for courses for which you expect to earn credit. BE (by exam) credit may fulfill GEN ED and/or major requirements or may provide you with the prerequisite needed for another class.

  • To be considered for credit and/or placement, students must ask the appropriate testing service to send UNC Admissions their official test results. Credit for AP/SAT/SAT II/ACT has already been posted  IB scores have not yet been received by the Office of Admissions. Placement Credit Tables
  • Many courses have prerequisites which are set in ConnectCarolina and you may not be able to enroll in them unless you have that posted credit.  If you do not have that credit, you must wait until you have sent your scores in.  Students waiting for IB scores to enroll in Math or Chemistry courses can contact Advising on how to proceed.
Should I retake a Math or Science course for which I will receive by exam credit?

There is no standard answer to this question. Much of this depends on you.

Factors to consider include: intended major, importance of course for future studies, perceived quality of high school instruction, length of time passed since you completed the course in question, and your own comfort level. If you are confident, don’t retake it.

What are recitations and does every class have one?

Some large lecture courses have a required small group discussion section called a recitation.

  • Not all classes have recitations.
  • A recitation is not extra work but an integral part of a course, and you should not hesitate to take a course with a recitation.
  • If a recitation is required, the system will prompt you to select a paired recitation along with a course.
What are waitlists? Does every class have one?

Some, but not all, courses have waitlists. If an enrolled student drops a class, that seat is typically filled from the waitlist.

  • During registration, if a course is closed, you may have the opportunity to place your name on the waitlist.
  • You may waitlist for only one course.
  • However, you should use this option wisely as waitlists are no guarantee that you will receive a seat in the class.
  • Courses that you waitlist count toward the maximum number of hours for which you may register (17).
What do I do if I cannot find an open seat?

General Guidelines

  • Register for something else for now
  • Continue to check availability throughout the registration period.
  • Search for open sections that you may not have added to your shopping cart. You can also look on your First Year Advising Sakai site to see if there is an announcement posted with a list of open courses.
  • Check seat availability beginning August 2nd (at 10 am EDT) through the first week of classes.
What do I do if I cannot find an open seat in ENGL 105/105i?
  • Re-search for ENGL 105/ENGL 105I (rather than ENG, which is a common mistake). There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • Do not over focus on finding a seat in English 105/105I. You can take it in the spring. For now pick up one of your alternate courses.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 5th through the first week of classes.
  • English 105/105I is not one of the classes that you can attend on the first day or contact an instructor about being added to the course.
What do I do if I cannot find an open seat in a science course (e.g., Chemistry, Biology)?
  • Re-search for the course you wish to add. There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • For now pick up one of your alternate courses with a lab. If you are going to major in a science at UNC, GEOL 101 and lab or ASTR 101 and lab are good introductions to science at UNC.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 5th through the first week of classes.
  • There are on–campus placement exams given on the Monday before classes start. You may be able to take one of these. Alternatively, you may be able to find an open seat when students who pass this placement exams drop the course they no longer need.
  • If you are unable to find an open seat in your desired class before classes begin, you can attend the first class session to investigate enrollment options.
What do I do if Chemistry/Biology Labs are open but not the lecture.

You may not take the lab unless you are enrolled in or have completed the lecture. Keep looking for open spots. Spots often open after placement exams are given on the Monday before classes start.

What do I do if Chemistry/Biology Lectures are open but not the labs.

Sign up for the open lecture. Continue to check for openings in the lab once registration opens again. Labs don’t start until the 2nd week of class. Spots often open after placement exams are given during the first week of classes.

What do I do if I cannot find an open seat in math/statistics courses?
  • Re-search for the course you wish to add. There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • For now pick up one of your alternate courses.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 5th through the first week of classes.
  • If you are unable to find an open seat in your desired class before classes begin, you can attend the first class session to investigate enrollment options.
What do I do if I cannot find an open seat in Economics (ECON) 101?
  • Re-search for the course you wish to add. There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • For now pick up one of your alternate courses.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 2nd through the first week of classes.
  • If you are unable to secure a seat in ECON 101 prior to the start of classes, consider attending the first class meeting of a section of the course that matches your schedule.
  • It is OK to take ECON 101 in the spring. You will not be behind for Business or any other major if you do so.
What is I cannot find an open seat in a foreign language course?
  • Re-search for the course you wish to add. There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • If you are trying to get into a language course other than French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish you may contact the academic department for assistance
  • For now pick up one of your alternate courses.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 2nd through the first week of classes.
  • You can try to go to the first meeting of the class and ask the instructor if a seat might become available  (Exception:  the Department of Romance Studies [French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish] will not add students who are not officially enrolled through ConnectCarolina–do not show up for these courses.)
  • Consider using this semester to explore a different foreign language. UNC has many options.
What is the difference between SPAN 100/101/105/203/204?
  • SPAN 100 is for students seeking to fulfill the foreign language requirement who took Spanish in high school yet placed into first-level Spanish. (Note: Students will not earn credit hours for enrollment in the first level of their high school foreign language. Therefore, enrollment in SPAN 100 will count toward students’ hours of enrollment and GPA but not toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.)
  • SPAN 101 is for students seeking to fulfill the foreign language requirement and have not previously taken Spanish.
  • SPAN 105 is second-level Spanish for those who have placed into it.
  • SPAN 203 is third-level Spanish. Placement, credit or completion of this course will fulfill the foreign language requirement.
  • SPAN 204 is fourth-level Spanish. If you place into SPAN 204, you have fulfilled the Foundations foreign language requirement, and enrollment in SPAN 204 is optional.
What if I cannot find an open seat in LFIT?
  • Re-search for the course you wish to add. There may be open sections that you did not place in your shopping cart.
  • Search for all open LFITs. Broaden your options.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 2nd and through the first week of classes.
  • The LFIT requirement is one you should satisfy in your first year but not necessarily in your first semester.
  • Often LFIT seats become available during the first week of classes.
What if I cannot find an open seat in a first year seminar?
  • Enrollment in a First Year Seminar is an opportunity not a requirement.
  • Search for all courses less than or equal to 89. This should allow you to see all available First Year Seminars during your registration appointment. Broaden your options.
  • Continue to check seat availability beginning August 5th and through the first week of classes.
  • If you do not obtain a First Year Seminar in fall term, you will have priority registration for one in the spring.
  • Seats in a First Year Seminar can often be obtained during the first week of classes by going to the first class meeting.
What if I cannot find an open seat in a class fulfilling a General Education Requirement?
  • Enroll in one of your alternatives for now.
  • Keep the course in your shopping cart as seats may become available between August 5th and the end of the first week of classes. Use the swap function if a seat becomes available.
  • Attend the class on the first day. (The Department of Psychology will not accept walk-in students who are not officially registered through ConnectCarolina.”
How do I obtain a permission number to enroll in a class?
  • That language is part of the software package used at UNC. Our campus does not use permission numbers. 
The class I’m trying to add is open but Connect Carolina will not let me enroll.
  • Departments can restrict enrollment in their course offerings for many reasons. Common reasons: The class is reserved for certain majors only. The class is reserved for students with a prescribed class standing.
  • Classes with section numbers of 990, 991 or 992 are offered online classes and are not open to first year students in their first term.
  • Classes with a 951 section number are initially reserved for part-time UNC students.  Courses with this section number may open to full-time students in mid- to late August.
I’m pre-med/dent/pharm and I cannot enroll in a course I need.

Follow the general tips on course enrollment. There is no single course you must have your first semester in order to stay on track for medical/dental/pharmacy school.  

I heard about a class I’d love to take but a search for it does not return any class offering.
  • Not all classes are offered every semester. Some are offered in certain terms and some are offered only when certain instructors are available to teach the class.
  • Make sure your have typed the correct course acronym. For example, ENGL not ENG.
When can I make adjustments to my initial schedule?

 August 2nd, 10 a.m. EST

I’ve made an effort but I don’t have 12 hours of coursework.

Be flexible. Continue to search for open classes to add to your fall schedule. You have until the end of your registration period.  If you cannot find seats for all of your top choices, go to your back up list and add open sections to your schedule until you have at least 12 credit hours of enrollment. You can adjust your schedule between August 2nd, 10 am EST and the end of the first week of classes.

Can I get from one class on my schedule to another on my schedule in the time between them?

Most first-year classes are scheduled on North Campus and are within 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Once you have registered for courses, consult the map on the back of the last page in your Academic Advising Guide to determine the distances between your back-to-back classes. Adjustments can be made during your remaining registration time and beginning on August 5 thru the end of the first week of classes if you foresee a problem.

Who is my assigned advisor? How can I contact him/her?

Once assigned, your academic advisor’s name will appear in your Connect Carolina Student Center at the “Advisor” tab on the right beneath “enrollment dates.” Contact information is available on Academic Advising’s website at the “About Us” link at the top.  However, please do not email your advisor during your registration period; they will not be able to respond to individual emails.

If you did not find your answer above, you may contact the Academic Advising Program

  • Check Sakai for important updates and announcements about open/closed courses.
    Please do not email academic advisors; they are not able to respond to individual emails.

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