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Tips from the Registrar - Registration Reminders

January and Spring term registration opens on November 1 at 10:00 a.m. Chicago time for doctoral students, BGTS students, and students who have applied to graduate in May. All other students can register November 15 at 10:00 a.m. Chicago time.

Summer and Fall term registration opens on March 15 at 10:00 a.m. Chicago time for doctoral students, BGTS students, and students who have applied to graduate the next year. All other students can register April 1 at 10:00 a.m. Chicago time.

**NEW THIS TERM**

NEW Registration Process

Starting with this registration period, student will see an improved Student Registration process in myGETS.

  1. All students will have access to planning features that will open about one month before priority registration. This will allow you to search courses, add them to a calendar view, and save them until registration opens. Once registration opens, you can choose Registration Checkout, confirm your choices, and register the pre-selected courses.
  2. Search functionality has been improved and can now search on part of a word. This means you can type any character string, and if it appears anywhere in the course title, etc, it will return as a result. For example, typing 'theo' in the Course Title field will return any course that has "theo" as a string anywhere in the course title. Students can also search according to course type (online, in-person, HyFlex, etc).
  3. Master's students who entered in Fall 2022 and going forward will find that the registration page defaults to an Academic Plan. This is a recommended plan for your program to help guide you through on time. This is offered as a general option, but you are not locked into it. You can work with your advisor to adjust the plan to shift certain requirements around in your program as needed.
  4. A new registration guide with screen shots can be found here: https://mygets.garrett.edu/ICS/Portlets/ICS/Handoutportlet/viewhandler.ashx?handout_id=616551b5-d5f9-421b-8624-1a072013e81e 
  5. An online tutorial will be offered for all students in November. It will be recorded and made available later. In the meantime, Jenzabar has made two brief videos available as an overview: Planning My Schedule (https://youtu.be/o4TzI_KWMU0) and Register for a Course (https://youtu.be/2U3Lt-0pA_I).

NEW Student Information pages

Based on feedback received from students, we are beginning the process of updating the Student Information pages. Work will continue through the remainder of the fall semester. You may notice new links, changes in titles, or new features as we work through the updates. We will share additional information about new site navigation and features toward the end of the Fall semester.

Update on Spirituality Requirement for Master's Students

As many master's students may have noted, there has been a TBA spirituality option in your program requirements. The guidelines for this courses has been clarified, and courses that meet the expectations for this requirement will appear on the schedules as SP-650. Different topics will be offered each year, presenting spirituality with different emphases and different perspectives from professors across the curriculum. We have two options planned for the remainder of this year:

  • Contemplative Spirituality with Dr. Nolasco during the January term
  • A Wesleyan Spirituality with Dr. Bryant during the Spring semester

Sexual Boundaries and Ethics workshops

All master's students and PhD students are required to complete a Sexual Ethics and Boundaries workshop as a part of their program. MDiv and MA students need to complete a workshop before participating in Field Education. PhD students need to complete a workshop before their first TA experience. Dr. Kate Ott has developed an updated curriculum for these workshops that includes online materials and a 5-hour live session. Students on an academic plan will see the recommended course appear in Student Registration and can add it alongside other classes. For other students, you can search for INT  003 Sexual Boundaries and Ethics.

This spring will see two offerings. In the future, there will be separate offerings in fall and spring terms.

  • INT-003A is intended for PhD and MTS students. The live session will take place on Friday, March 10, 2023, from Noon to 5:00pm Chicago time.
  • INT-003B is intended for MDiv and MA students. The live session will take place on Friday, March 24, 2023, from Noon to 5:00pm Chicago time.

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Getting Ready for Registration

  • Check the status of your student account on myGETS. Clear any holds that will prevent you from registering. Not sure if you have a hold? Login to myGETS, and go to Student Information. A message will appear under the Registration heading in red indicating a hold if one is active. To discover the type of hold and how to clear it, click on the Planning or Registration buttons. A red Hold button will appear under Add/Drop courses. Clicking that will give you more information about any holds and how to clear them. You can also contact the Registrar’s Office to find out at registrar@garrett.edu.
  • Meet with your advisor to talk about the courses you want to take to make sure they fit into your degree curriculum. After you have registered, be sure to notify your advisor; classes are not finalized and you will be unable to access Moodle until your advisor approves the registrations.
  • If you have taken a leave of absence and are planning to return, please contact the registrar about your plans to return from leave and continue your studies. This way we can renew your registration status in time for you to register.
  • Planning to cross-register?  Review the Association of Chicago Theological Schools’ website. If you hope to fulfill a required elective with a cross-registration course, be sure to seek approval from the faculty in that field first. Submit completed ACTS Cross-registration forms to registrar@garrett.edu
  • If you have accessibility needs related to your participation in classes, you can find information about options on the seminary web page. You may also contact Dean Karen Mosby at karen.mosby@garrett.edu to discuss next steps.
  • Limited housing is available on campus for those planning to attend courses during intensives. Additional information about living spaces and housing forms can be found on the seminary web page.

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Registration Deadlines

Last Day to Register

  • Fall semester
    • August intensive - two weeks before session start
    • Regular term - first day of classes
  • January intensive - last day of Fall semester
  • Spring semester - first day of classes
  • Summer intensives - four weeks before course start

Last Day to Drop Without Notation (no refund after this date)

  • All intensive sessions - end of first class day
  • Fall and Spring semesters - end of second week

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How to Register

A Quick Guide to Planning and/or Registering for Courses

  1. Go to https://mygets/garrett.edu/ics and login using the firstname.lastname portion of your Garrett email account as the Username
  2. Once logged in, click on Student Information
  3. Under the Registration heading in the right column, select the term you would like to plan or register for and click Planning or Registration.
    1. Plan – Students can begin searching courses and plan out their schedule in advance. Planning opens approximately 1 month before registration. The planning process is nearly identical to the registration process, except that you are not enrolled in classes yet.
    2. Register – Students can register for classes once registration begins. The search process is identical. Whether you select courses through Planning or Registration, you will need to select the Registration Checkout button after registration opens, confirm your course selections, and then click Register.
  4. Under Add/Drop courses, you may again choose Plan or Registrar, or you may choose Course Search to search upcoming courses.
  5. On the My Schedule screen, you will find several options for selecting courses.
    1. For Master’s students who entered in Fall 2022 or later, a section will appear called My Academic Plan. This area will show the program requirements recommended for completion that term. Clicking a requirement will show you available courses in that term for meeting the requirement. Click the Plus button next to the course you want to add.
    2. All students may also use the Course Search option to select courses according to other criteria. Unlike previous versions, these fields are more intuitive and can find courses based only on part of a word. Even so, the more options you enter, the less likely you are to find exact matches.
    3. For student who are on an academic plan, you should also be able to select Future Requirements to select a course on your plan that is currently planned for a different term.
  6. If registration has not yet opened, your course selection will remain on hold. You can use this opportunity to meet with your advisor to review your plan for the term.
  7. Once registration opens, you will need to follow steps 1-3 above to return to the My Schedule screen. Click on the green Registration Checkout button at the upper right of the calendar-view. You will be asked to confirm your courses. Then click on Register to finish the process.

Registration Error Messages

Most registration Warnings can be ignored and will not fully block registration.

Most registration Errors will block your registration and will not allow you to proceed. They usually say something like ‘Unable to add this course.’

If you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@garrett.edu.

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Planning to Graduate?

Students who are intending to graduate are able to register as part of the priority registration group, which opens two weeks before general registration. In order to be included in this group, you must complete a graduation request. The graduation request is also our flag that you are planning to finish your studies so that we may double check your progress and help you plan the rest of your time at Garrett.

To be included in the priority registration group, you must complete the graduation request form at least 3 days before registration is scheduled to open. This assures we have time to change your registration group before registration opens.

To assure we have time to complete the necessary degree reviews before graduation, students should apply no later than the end of the Fall semester for spring graduation. Student who wish to receive the diploma in mid-fall must apply by the end of July and complete all program requirements before the end of September. Commencement is held only once a year at the end of the Spring semester.

Apply here for Graduation

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