Howard University – Registration and what not…

4 07 2008

There is nothing worse than the feeling of not knowing which classes to take or if you will be behind but it is not as hard as it seems. 

Each school has a scheme that you should follow but remember that is also gives room for you to take classes that you would be interested in. Do not be afraid to email or call your advisors with questions. I can speak on behalf of the John H. Johnson School of Communications, our advisors are AMAZING! 

So how to pick your classes…

For those who were lucky enough to go to Pre-Orientation this is already done for you as well as the School of Business students. So again, if you went to Pre-O and have already registered, then you may skip this post or read it next for next semester when you have to pick your classes on your own. School of Business Students, you do NOT need to register for your classes. 

Those who aren’t so lucky, here is what you need to do:

Early Registration is July 10-16th- Online via Bison Web

If you miss this deadline, registration for ALL students is August 21st-29th.

  1. Take the Math Placement Test. I was placed in Calculus but my major only requires Algebra 1, so you better believe I took Algebra 1 instead of busting my butt in Calc. Don’t just put anything on test but don’t stress out over it. 
  2. Turn in your medical forms. Make sure that they are completed and make plenty of copies of the forms. Perfect place to put them is in your trusty, “I got my stuff on lock” binder.
  3. Check Bison Web to see what hold you do have on your account and call the office that can help you get it off after you met the requirements.  
  4. Visit your respective school’s website. 

College of Arts and Sciences – Newsletter for Freshmen MUST READ

College of Arts and Sciences Main Website

JHJ School of Communications Freshmen Website

Howard University School of Business

College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science

School of Education

More information on Academics at HU

  • How are the professors?

Well personally, I have already had my share of professors that I would rather have not taken but remember that at the end of the day…your main goal is that degree. Thus said, do what you got to do! is a god send. Sometimes you will not have the chance to take the teacher of your choice but it does give you an idea of what to look/not look forward to. 

  • How should I choose my classes?

Don’t think that just because your high school started early will mean that you will be able to wake up for an 8:00am class. If you are not a morning person, don’t do it to yourself if you have to opportunity not to. Some classes you will not be able to pick an optimal time but if you can, take that opportunity.  As a freshman, you basically get last dibs on all of the classes so some may not be available. You have the option of overriding the Bisonweb system when you get here. This should be a last resort because not all professors will sign your override slips. (You can get them from your advisor.)

  • How many classes are right for me?

I have had a full schedule since freshman year in high school. That doesn’t mean it will work in college. Yeah you have the academic part of school but remember that no matter what, it is still a major transition regardless of how “grown” you think you are. I say keep it cozy with 15-16 hours/credit. Most classes are three credit hours. Your physical education and orientation classes are usually one credit hours. Harder classes that are worth four credit hours can really mess your GPA up if you don’t do well so think about it this way, you need a life outside of school regardless of what anyone says. I make sure that i have time for me. Twelve credit hours is all you ned to be a full time student but if you want to drop a class with 12 hours, then you will be in some financial trouble. So keep that in mind. 

  • How do I know my schedule is okay?

Email your advisor your schedule just to make sure that you are taking the right classes for your major or at least going in the right direction for a timely graduation. 


  • You can’t register with a hold on your account. 
  • The later you register, the amount of classes available will have decreased significantly.
  • Ask questions.
Classes begin on Monday, August 25, 2008.



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