In CWRU History: Class registration

Cleveland College students line up to register for classes in 1946; Image 00665D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesA student registers for classes in 1951; Image 00566D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesCleveland College students register for courses in 1937; Image 00747D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesStudents line up to register for courses sometime in the 1930s; Image 01482D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesStudents register for classes at Adelbert College—photo believed to date back to the 1940s; Image 01587D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesA student registers for classes in 1972; Image 01614D1, Case Western Reserve University ArchivesStudents wait to register for classes—photo believed to date back to the 1930s; Image 01261D1, Case Western Reserve University Archives

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When students signed up for their spring semester courses last fall, the process was likely much more streamlined than students of the past experienced. Up until 1999, registering for classes meant standing in long lines.

In order to register, students of the past (much like today’s students) needed to meet with an adviser or dean to plan out a schedule. Then, their registration date was based on their last name. On the designated day, students would report to a registration location—and that’s where they were often met with lines.

After many efforts to improve the process over the years, the university first implemented an online registration option in fall 1999. After meeting with their advisers, students received a PIN to enter into the SOLAR – Student On-Line Academic Registration System, though students still had the option of registering for courses in-person at that time.