Registration

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What is bookbagging?

Your bookbag in DukeHub is a tool to help you plan your registration before your registration window opens. The bookbag is similar to the “shopping cart” feature found on many websites. While doing a class search or when using Schedule Builder, you can place courses of interest in your bookbag. You can add a selection of different courses or multiple sections of a single course in your bookbag as you start to put together a fall schedule. When your registration window opens in DukeHub you’ll choose four courses from your bookbag and enroll.

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When do bookbags disappear?

When drop/add ends, after the first two weeks of the semester. If you find courses that you’d like to remember for future semesters, save them in the My Planner page in DukeHub. Your planner always remains open.

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What is drop/add?

This is the time that follows the registration windows, when all students can add and drop classes as they wish. For this summer, you will have two drop/add periods. The first will last from July 13 to July 20. Then DukeHub registration closes for a few weeks so departments can look at enrollment numbers and placements. Then drop/add opens again (August 22- September 7) when you arrive for orientation. You’ll be able to adjust your schedule after meeting individually with your college advisor.

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What does "validate a schedule" mean?

It means that DukeHub will check your proposed schedule for missing prerequisites (for courses with enforced prerequisites) and time conflicts. If validation is successful, it means that you are eligible to enroll in those courses if they are open. Note that it does not necessarily mean you will be able to get into all your preferred courses. It is possible that a course will fill before or during your registration window, because many students enroll on each registration day.

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I’m validating my schedule but can’t seem to enroll. What’s wrong? 

You can validate your schedule on any day, but you can’t actually enroll until your registration window opens on July 10 or 12. Check your Student Center page to see what day you register.

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I tried to validate my schedule, but DukeHub wouldn’t allow ECON 201D in my schedule. Why not?

ECON 201D is an example of a course where there are enforced prerequisites. If a course has an enrollment requirement on the Class Detail page, then this course has an enforced prerequisite. This means that you can bookbag the course, but DukeHub will not allow you to enroll until the prerequisite course is listed on your Academic History on DukeHub. DukeHub will not allow you to enroll until it sees AP credit for MATH 21 and ECON 21 and 22. Wait until your AP scores have arrived, and then enroll in ECON 201D. This class almost always has available seats, so don't worry if you need to enroll in the class in August. For more on enforced and unenforced prerequisites, see p. 11 in the Registration section of the Blue Book.

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What should I do if many of the courses I have in my bookbag are full when my registration window opens?

Search for more classes. This is a good time to use the advanced class search on DukeHub. Check “Show Open Classes Only,” and DukeHub will only return classes that are still open. It is helpful to check your bookbag the night before your registration window opens.

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The preregistration steps were supposed to be completed in June, but I was traveling and didn’t complete them. Is it too late? 

No. Complete these as soon as you can.

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When do I really register for classes? I see dates in June and July on my.duke.edu.

The day that you can actually enroll in classes is July 10 or 12. You will see one of these dates on your Student Home page on DukeHub. The earlier deadlines are for preregistration information. 

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How do registration windows work?

The normal registration process works like this: Seniors register for classes on one day. Juniors register next, with two registration days/ windows. Sophomores register after that, also with two registration windows. First-year students register last, in two registration windows. You will be assigned to one of two registration days for your class. Assignment is based on the last two digits of your Student ID number and is displayed on your Student Homepage in DukeHub. Your registration window will change each semester. If you are in the second window for fall registration, you will move to the first window for spring classes. The Registrar’s website provides more information.

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Does being in the second registration window mean I won’t get an 89S seminar or WRITING 101 class?

If there is one specific 89S seminar or one WRITING 101 section that you want, then it may be full. These are small classes, and they tend to fill up quickly. However, be flexible and look for other sections or classes. There are many WRITING 101 sections, and all teach the same basic information. And there are always many seminars at the 89S and <199 levels that could be interesting and fun. Many WRITING 101 sections have course evaluations available for students interested in learning more about the instructor's teaching style and expected workload. You can find this information by clicking on the Course Evaluation section of DukeHub. Note that not all classes have evaluations available. This may be because the course hasn't been taught before by that particular instructor.

Remember that this is the beginning of enrollment and not the end of enrollment. When drop/add begins again in August, other courses may be available. Once you are on campus, you'll be able to speak with students, advisors and instructors about course choices. You should be able to find four interesting and useful courses for the fall, no matter what your registration window. Peer Advisors answer questions on their Facebook page. They're an excellent source of information and advice on course selection from a student point of view.

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How do I know I’ve enrolled in courses? I’m not sure I really registered.

Check DukeHub. Your fall courses will be listed on your Student Homepage and on your Academics page

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When I put a course in my bookbag and the class is full, I see a waitlist number. Does this mean I’m on the waitlist?

No. DukeHub is just listing what the next available waitlist number is for the course if someone asks to enroll. DukeHub will not allow you to be on a waitlist this summer. If a course is full, choose another class.

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When I try to bookbag CHEM 101DL, I get a notice that I need to enroll in another class. Is this two classes?

It is one course, but you enroll in the lecture and laboratory separately, e.g. CHEM 101DL (lecture/recitation) and CHEM 101L9 (lab).
You must enroll in both parts. You cannot just take the lecture/recitation.

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The courses I wanted to take are full. Can you help me?

Don't worry. There are still many good courses from which to choose. Be flexible. If you wish, you can contact the instructor of the full course to see if s/he would give you a permission number and allow you to join. However, there are two restrictions to watch out for: 1) WRITING 101 classes cannot enroll more than 12 students, and 2) seminars cannot enroll more than 18 students. Instructors will not give permission to enroll these courses beyond the limits. Call the Academic Advising Center at (919) 684-6217 to speak with an advisor on call. S/he can often make great suggestions based on your interests as expressed in your first-year questions.

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I can’t get into a chemistry or math course; the lectures, recitations and labs are all full. 

For chemistry, put the course in your bookbag and wait for instructions from the chemistry department. Or email dus@chem.duke.edu and explain the problem. The chemistry department may raise the cap on courses or add sections once they see what the demand is for a course. For math, see the department's instructions and enrollment policies.

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I want to major in biology, and both BIOLOGY 201L and 202L are full. What should I do?

Postpone your first biology course to the spring. This is typical for prospective majors. The biology department usually recommends that you begin chemistry and math before going into biology at Duke. There is also a new course, BIOLOGY 203, that will be offered in spring for students with AP Biology credit. Check with the Biology Department for more information.

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I am interested in Neuroscience, but the gateway course, NEUROSCI 101/PSY 106, is full. What are my options?

NEUROSCI 102 is also a gateway course for the major. It covers the same materials as 101 but is offered in a team-learning format. If seats are available in this course, you are welcome to take it. Postpone 101 or 102 until the spring- both are offered every semester.

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I can’t get access to DukeHub (dukehub.duke.edu). What should I do?

The server could be down. Check the top right corner of the Office of Information Technology site to learn of any outages or problems. Or, call the OIT help desk at (919) 684-2200. You can also email help@oit.duke.edu.

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What should I do if the language course I place into is full when I register?

Postpone the course. Most languages classes will be offered again in the spring. Watch course enrollments during the first week of classes; a seat may open up at that time. However, Asian and Middle Eastern studies languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean) and Greek and Latin are different. The first half of a language level (e.g., JPN 101) is offered only in the fall semester, and the second half of a language level (e.g., JPN 102) is offered only in the spring semester. If you cannot register for one of these language courses in the fall, contact the appropriate language program coordinator to find out whether you can enroll. 

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A class I want to enroll in requires a permission number. Should I contact the instructor now? Can I register for the course before I get the permission number?

You can try to contact the instructor (go to Duke.edu and enter the instructor's name into the search box to find her/his email address). If you still can't find contact information, go to Directory on the Trinity site and search by department for contacts (undergraduate studies office or a staff assistant). You can call or email and ask if they can tell you how to get in touch with the instructor. Note: Many instructors are not at Duke during the summer and may not have access to permission numbers. If you email an instructor and don't receive an answer, choose another course. Try again when you get to Duke in August.

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I want to enroll in a music course that requires an audition. Can I enroll now? 

No. Auditions will be held after you arrive on campus, so postpone enrollment until then.

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I see a place on DukeHub where a permission number can be entered. Does this mean I need a permission number for every course? 

No. Most courses do not require a permission number. If a class requires one, the “Permission Required?” column in your bookbag will read “Yes.” However, all classes have a spot in DukeHub where a permission number could be entered. This is because instructors may give you a permission number so you can enroll in a course that is full. A permission number is a guaranteed seat in the class and it overrides enrollment limits. And all course enrollments during the second week of the semester require permission of the instructor and a permission number.Permission numbers won't work if you are already enrolled in the maximum number of credits (4.5 for this fall, 5.5 in future semesters).

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I’m currently out of the country and I don’t have a Blue Book; I’ve apparently missed the housing deadline, and I can’t register. Can someone send me the information I need to have in the Blue Book?

The Blue Book is available online as a PDF.

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