Freshman Outlook: New procedure for registration requires some practice

    Pick out the course you want, make an appointment with your adviser, get greenlighted, clear all holds, find your registration date and after all that, register — the process seems endless. Many Rider students know that course selection is one of the most stressful times of the school year. There have been many horror stories regarding registration, whether it’s being closed out of an important class, not being greenlighted or any other complications that would cause someone to sprint in the pouring rain to the registrar’s office.
Recently, Rider has stirred the pot even more. The normal registration method on MyInfo was changed to the brand-new program on myRider. Some students believe that after experimenting with myRider and learning how to use it, that the change wasn’t that bad after all. However, other students agree with the age-old saying: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Looking at it for the first time, myRider’s course selection program seemed more complicated than necessary. MyInfo was simple; you could select your classes and save them in a “shopping cart” so one button would have to be pressed on the day of registration and you were set. However, that feature is now gone and each class has to be registered individually. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly annoyed by this.
Being a freshman, I was already confused. I had just learned how to register on my own through MyInfo, and now I had to learn a new method. When I expressed my concern about the new program, I was offered a class to learn about the new system by participating in a mock registration.
After attending the class I felt much better about myRider. Upon sitting down and taking the time to actually learn how to use it, I realized that myRider was helpful and beneficial. There were ways to work around the fact that there is no “shopping cart.” There was a secret to the program: five little numbers known as the CRN number. I learned that by finding these numbers for each class, I could type them in and automatically register for that class with one click of a button on registration day.
Knowing these little tricks made my experience with myRider better than many other students. However, I believe that Rider should have taken the adjustment to the new program in a more constructive way. More classes, information sessions and mock registrations should have been offered to teach students and help them out with myRider. It would have made the transition process much easier for everyone. Even after attending a class, I still ran into two problems on the morning of my registration, which resulted in an angry trip to the registrar’s office. I could only imagine what happened with the other students who had no help at all.
MyRider’s registration program was not as bad as I thought it would be. Once I learned how to use the program, I found it easier than MyInfo. Maybe if Rider keeps working at it, we can eventually get a registration program that is quick, easy to use and can finally put an end to the continued horror stories and frustrated trips to the registrar that students go through every single year.
-Danielle Gittleman
Freshman journalism major

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