First-Year Advising and Registration

Please review the steps below to best prepare you to register for fall courses. 

If you have any questions throughout the registration process, please contact us at or the Advising and Learning Assistance Center 

Step 1: Prepare for consultation by: 

  • Completing Module 1 “Academic Overview”  (available June 18)

      Email with log in information will be sent to students in June

  • Attend or watch Your Road to Rensselaer Webinars 
    • Summer Kick-Off on June 18
    • Navigating Advising and Choosing the right major on June 26 

Step 2: June 24-July 9 Advising Consultation & Fall Course Planning   

Advising consultation is done in a group webinar format by major(s) or department(s). Your advising Hub/School adviser will connect with you via your Rensselaer email on June 17th to invite you to a group advising consultation webinar. These are recorded. You will review your curriculum template and courses as you build your schedule online. 

Copies of the first advising email from you school are available here

To prepare for online registration, we are asking you to review your schools advising page and become familiar with fall course options.   

Step 3: July 10-July 16 Course Registration   

The next step is to register online (at for the Fall 2024 courses you selected. You will receive an email from Rensselaer with instructions on how to view your time ticket. Students must register online for a full course load. The typical schedule is 16-17 credits (four 4-credit classes and an optional 1-credit class for Engineering and Science majors) and includes courses from your major and Science, Math, and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Build more than one schedule so you have options. QUACS is helpful student run tool where you can plan and visualize several course schedules.  If using QUACS to plan your schedule, keep in mind that the most up-to-date information for courses is in SIS which is where you will register for your classes. 
Note: Prior to receiving your time ticket, visit the Student Information System (SIS) to review the financial responsibility agreement, RPI Alert system, and to make sure you have submitted all required medical forms.  Also check out our video on how to register for classes through SIS!   

Step 4: Review Schedule   

  1. Review your schedule to ensure you are full-time status (more than 12 credits)   
  2. Review schedule to ensure you are within our recommended credit number (16-17 per semester)  

Step 5 :  Freshen up on your Math or Chemistry for the fall (if applicable)

Rensselaer has partnered with two companies to provide students with feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in Calculus and/or Chemistry topics. More information about this program will be sent to students mid-July.

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