One of the most exciting, and let’s be honest, terrifying parts of starting university is course enrolment. Don’t worry, we understand. This is probably a completely new system for you, and trust me when I say we were all in your shoes at one point.
To start off we use RAMSS (Ryerson’s Administrative Management Self Service). This is an online system that let’s us look up classes offered for the semester to help you create your schedule. It looks something like this:
Your “shopping cart” is the collection of classes that you’d like to have for the year, and during your enrolment appointment (a specific time for you to enrol based on your year) you press that enrol button, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
So before August 8 (6 a.m.!) hits, here are a few tips to help you master course enrolment!
YOU MUST PLAN IN ADVANCE
Never, under any circumstances, log into RAMSS for your course enrolment without having anything in your shopping cart. This is the worst mistake you can make and at the same time, the easiest to avoid. In the time it takes you to find a class you like I can almost guarantee it’ll be closed. Take time before your enrolment date to plan which classes you need to take and see what’s available.
HAVE LOTS OF BACK-UPS
There’s nothing worse than logging in to enrol in your classes only to see that evil blue square (meaning the class is full). Even if it might open up later, why take the chance of not being enrolled in any classes, right? Have a backup for your enrolment plan, maybe even a backup, backup. There’s nothing wrong with being over prepared!
BE FUELED AND READY TO GO
Consider having some sort of caffeine or snack ready. Enrolment times are usually in the early morning and you’re going to need to stay awake if you’re going to get those classes. Treat yo self to some Starbuck,s or maybe some David’s Tea, to help you get through the day.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SWAP IT OUT
One of the biggest mistakes students make is not planning their enrol, drop or swap properly. You can’t enrol in a new course if it conflicts with a course you’re currently enrolled in. So, instead of wasting time dropping the old course and enrolling in the new course, swap! Save you time and energy to move onto your next course battle.
WHAT YOU ARE ALREADY ENROLLED IN
If you have mandatory classes, you are typically automatically enrolled into these classes before enrolment even opens. Make sure you always check to see what classes are already on your schedule! You may not need to touch them at all (woohoo!) or you might want to swap times (if you can) or you may need to add the mandatory class yourself if it wasn’t added already. Check your program’s course calendar to be sure!
YOU HAVE TO PRIORITIZE
Before your enrolment day, make a plan about which courses are your top priority. This could be a class you’ve been waiting forever to take or maybe you need one last open elective to graduate. Make sure you know which courses you need to take by checking out your program’s calendar, and make those your most important classes.
Again, check your program’s calendar! This will break down each semester in your program and which courses you should be taking. Your academic advisor will usually send you the outline again closer to the enrolment date. When in doubt, make an appointment with them to talk about your upcoming course-selection date.
Here are some helpful links for you to check out:
Best of luck and as we say here at Ryerson, may the odds be ever in your favour!