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Registration and Course Selection

For your first semester, Bethel faculty and staff build your class schedule based on information you submit about your interests. For future terms, you will create your own schedule with your advisor’s help, and you will register yourself for classes using Bethel’s online system.

Current students will receive an email in late October or mid-March containing a Registration Packet and other important information from the Office of the Registrar. You should read the Registration Packet carefully, as it will help you determine when to register, how to register, and how to prepare for registration.

Registration season is a great time to check in with your overall academic plans, reflect on your goals, and record the experiences you’ve had so far in your R.E.A.L. Portfolio.

Before registering, you should:

  • Read the Registration Packet
  • Review the credits you've already completed (see your Academic Transcript) and those you still need to complete (see your Degree Evaluation)
  • Record, reflect, and define goals for your next semester using your R.E.A.L. Skills Chart
  • Create a draft of your Interim and Spring schedule
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plans and ask questions
  • Resolve all holds on your student record

See below for more details about common registration questions.

When Will I Register for Classes?

Registration for Interim and Spring terms opens in early-mid November. Registration for Summer and Fall terms opens in early April. View the Registration Schedule from the Registrar's Office for details. Before registering, you must meet with your academic advisor to have your advising hold removed.

How Do I Know What Classes Will Be Offered Next Term?

You’ll receive an email from the Registrar’s Office (cas-registrar@bethel.edu) at least a week before Advising Day. The title of the email will be something like, “Registration Packet Links for Summer and Fall 2017,” and it will include registration instructions as well as a PDF of all classes that will be offered in the upcoming term(s).

Once an upcoming term’s schedule is published, you can also look up courses through the Registration channel in MyBethel.

How Do I Know Which Classes to Take?

You'll be able to talk to your advisor about which courses to select before each registration cycle. Together, you and your advisor can look at the academic requirements for your major(s), minor(s), and general education (see the Academic and Degree Planning section of this website).

How Do I Register For Classes?

The Registration Packet you receive from the Registrar’s Office will contain step-by-step instructions for how to register through MyBethel. See the Registrar’s Office website for more details, especially the "Register For Classes" and "Registration Assistance" sections. Before registering, you must meet with your academic advisor to have your advising hold removed.

Common Registration Errors

Having trouble registering for a course? See the Registrar's List of Web Registration Error Messages to learn more about your hold and how to resolve it. In addition, you can see if one of these common registration errors might apply:

  • THE201 Christian Theology prerequisite error: Students must have earned 30 credits before registering for THE201 Christian Theology.
  • Biology labs corequisite error: For biology courses with labs, you must take lecture and lab from the same instructor. Check to make sure the lab and lecture sections you are trying to register for have the same instructor.