Registration

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What is the shopping cart?

Your shopping cart in DukeHub is a tool to help you plan your registration before your registration window opens. While doing a class search or when using Schedule Builder, you can place courses of interest in your shopping cart. You can add a selection of different courses or multiple sections of a single course in your shopping cart as you start to put together a fall schedule. When your registration window opens (your registration day) you’ll choose four courses from your shopping cart and enroll. You can see your registration window in DukeHub, under Enrollment, Enrollment Dates.

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When does the shopping cart 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 Planner tab of DukeHub. Your Planner is always 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. This summer, you will have two drop/add periods. The first will begin on July 20 and end on August 17, after you've registered for classes and had some time to make changes . Then drop/add opens again 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 15 or 19. Check DukeHub, Enrollment, Enrollment Date to see what day you register. If it's your registration day, there might be some other issue,such as missing enforced prerequisites or a time conflict. If there's a course that requires certain AP credit and  you don't have that credit listed in your record, you won't be able to enroll in the class (you can find AP credit listed under DukeHub, Academics, Test Scores). Refer to the Registration section of the Blue Book for help figuring out what the issue might be.

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What should I do if many of the courses I have in my shopping cart 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 show you classes that are still open. It is helpful to check your shopping cart the night before your registration window opens to see if there are still spaces in your preferred courses.

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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 them as soon as you can.

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When do I really register for classes?

The day that you will actually enroll in classes is July 15 or 19. You will see one of these dates in DukeHub, under Enrollment, Enrollment Dates.

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How do registration windows work?

The 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 which is displayed 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 they all teach the same basic information. And there are always many seminars at the 89S and <199 levels that are 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, at the bottom of the Class Detail. Not all classes have evaluations available.

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 throughout the summer. 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.

Once you enroll you should see Enrollment Results. You can also view your schedule under Enrollment, View/Drop Classes, or the Schedule Builder.

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Why can't I join a waitlist?

If there's a waitlist for a class you want, you can't enroll in the class in July, or add yourself to the waitlist,  because all incoming students must be enrolled in a full time schedule, which is four one credit classes. If you're on a waitlist, that class doesn't count as an enrolled class. Find four classes you can enroll in when you're initially registering in July. In August, after you've met with your college advisor, you could join a waitlist for a class, but it's always a bit risky as you need to have four classes, and might not get in. You can discuss this with your college advisor in August.

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How do I enroll in classes that have multiple parts (discussion, lecture, lab) like Chemistry?

Many classes have a required discussion or lab component as part of the lecture. For most of these courses, you will register for a discussion section, and will then automatically be enrolled in the lecture. If there is a required lab component, you'll also have to register for that seperately. You can see what the required components for any class are by looking at the Class Detail page, from Class Search.

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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 to choose from. Try to be flexible and use Advanced Search to look broadly for classes in different areas, like Social Sciences. You'll be surprised at what comes up.  You can also contact your summer advisor to discuss options and ways to search to for interesting classes or call the Academic Advising Center at (919) 684-6217 to speak with an advisor on call. They can often make great suggestions based on your interests.

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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 shopping cart 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 enrollment policies.

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I can’t access DukeHub. 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. You should be able to login here, at dukehub.duke.edu.

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Should I take a foreign language course in my first semester?

It's a good idea to begin your foreign language requirement early, especially if you're planning to study away or develop a high level of language facility. If you can enroll for the course you place into based on the the departments placement recommendations, it's a good idea to start in the fall. If the appropriate level class is full, you can postpone until spring, but you can also check the class later, before classes begin, to see if it opens up. Many language departments offer most options in fall and spring, but some less common languages only begin in fall, so check with the departments to see when classes are offered. You can find contact information for the language departments here.

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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 (use the Duke Directory to find their email information). If you still can't find contact information there, search for the department and their general contact information and try there. You can call or email and ask if they can tell you how to get in touch with the instructor. 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. You can try again when you get to Duke in August. You can't register for a course that requires a permission number without the number.

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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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How do I use permission numbers? Do all courses require them?

No, most courses do not require a permission number. If a class requires one, use this guide to see how to enter it.

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