New Student Registration Spring 2020

Academic Support Center

Mid-Year Registration: Spring 2020

Start Your Preparation Here:

  • Assignment A: Activate your Gustavus accounts
  • Assignment B: Prepare for your registration appointment
  • Assignment C: Register for classes!

Assignment A: Activate your Gustavus accounts

  1. Follow the directions that were sent to the email address you used on your admission application to activate your Gustavus User Account. If you have questions, please contact the Technology Helpline: or 507-933-6111.
  2. Follow the directions that were emailed to you to activate your WebAdvisor account. WebAdvisor is the web-based system that Gustavus students use to access academic and financial information, register for courses, and check grades. If you have questions, contact the Technology Helpline: or 507-933-6111.

Assignment B: Prepare for your registration appointment

  1. Have your final transcript(s) sent to the Gustavus Registrar’s Office.
    • To determine transfer of credit and progress toward degree
    • To register for Gustavus courses accurately
    • To determine athletic eligibility
    • Your choice of courses for the semester you begin is directly related to the credits you are transferring to Gustavus. While you may have had preliminary conversations about your transfer credits with our Admission staff, your final transcript is the key to your course registration.
  2. Take placement exams if appropriate.
    • Are you planning to take non-English language, calculus, or chemistry during your first semester at Gustavus? If so, you most likely need to take a placement exam:
      • You do not need to take a placement exam if you already have college credit for a non-English language, calculus, or chemistry. Instead, you will register for the next appropriate course. *Please be sure we receive your final transcript(s).*
      • If you take a placement exam, save the results to show your registration advisor.
      • These placement exams are only for placement into the appropriate course. They do NOT fulfill the non-English Language, MATHL, or NASP graduation requirements.
      • Language Placement and Equivalency Exam Information
      • Calculus Placement Exam Information
      • Chemistry Placement Exam Information
  3. Identify possible majors and required classes.
    • Are any of the majors you're considering those that must be started right away?
      • Not all courses are offered every semester, especially science, math, music, and language courses. Be careful to start a sequence in the fall for majors in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, elementary & secondary education, math, music, non-English languages, nursing, physics, and sciences for pre-professional interests.
    • Are you planning to complete prerequisites for pre-professional interests?
  4. Identify other classes you would like to take.
  • Are there courses that you would like to take as electives? Which subjects interest you?
    • After choosing your main courses, fit in any lab times, physical activities (ACT) or personal fitness (FIT) from the Health & Exercise Science department (HES) around your academic courses. They have more than one time option.
    • Browse classes listed in WebAdvisor – Click on Guests (on the left) and then Search for Classes (on the right). Search for classes using the Term in which you're starting.
  • Do you have a special scholarship (art, music, theatre) that requires you to register for a course or lessons?
  • Are you planning to audition for music ensembles or take music lessons?
    • Register for the audition found in the MUS section of the Search for Classes screen.
    • Contact Mairin Bierer at in Music with questions.
  • Have you been in contact with a coach about playing on a varsity athletic team?
    • You can get credit toward your ACT (activity) requirement by playing. Register for that team (found in WebAdvisor in the HES-150's). Be sure your last class ends by 3:30 PM in order to leave time for practice.
    • Your final transcript(s) must be received and reviewed in order for you to participate in varsity athletics.

5. Search for classes using WebAdvisor.

  • Make a long list of open courses that interest you and plot them on the Weekly Planning Sheet to see how they fit by time.
  • Review the Academic Catalog for requirements, course descriptions, prerequisites, and level of difficulty.
  • Remember that you are registering for your entering semester only. Register for at least 3.75 credits but no more than 4.8. (one semester course credit = 4 semester hours)
  • Remember the Rule of Thirds: You need 34 credits to graduate: about 1/3 your major, 1/3 Liberal Arts Perspective (general education) and 1/3 elective courses – anything you want to take. 34 course credits come from 31 semester courses, 2 January-IEXs, .5 FIT from HES and .5 ACT from HES.

Assignment C: Register for classes

Please call or email the Academic Support Center (ASC) at 507-933-7156 or to schedule your registration appointment with an ASC advisor.

*Be sure to have completed Assignments A & B above prior to your registration appointment. This includes having FINAL TRANSCRIPTS sent to Gustavus by any previous colleges or universities. It is your responsibility to ensure that these transcripts are sent to Gustavus.*

An advisor will be available to advise you and help you register by phone or on campus (phone is preferred) on one of the following dates:

Monday, November 25
Thursday, December 12
Friday, December 20
Thursday, January 9
Friday, January 17
Wednesday, January 22
Friday, January 31
Friday, February 7

  • For this initial registration appointment, an ASC advisor will first review your previous transcript(s) with our Registrar's Office in order to assist you with class registration.
  • If you ARE NOT ready to declare a major right away, the ASC advisor will then assign you to a Gustavus professor who will serve as your faculty advisor until you are ready to declare a major.
  • If you ARE ready to declare a major right away, tell this to the ASC advisor who assists you with class registration. They will assign you to a Gustavus professor in the appropriate department.

Additional Information:


The Gustavus Campus Activities Office will conduct a brief new student orientation on Sunday, February 9. Orientation is intended to assist you with your transition to Gustavus and sense of belonging in the community. You will receive more information about orientation in the future. Please direct any questions to Andrea Junso at or 507-933-7598 in the Campus Activities Office. Move-in Day is Sunday, February 9, 2020. Classes begin on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Are you a student with a disability who may need academic accommodations?

If so, please consult the Accessibility Resources section of the Academic Support Center website about the services offered and how to contact staff with your questions. We welcome all students; it is the policy of Gustavus Adolphus College to provide appropriate accommodations for enrolled students who have disabilities.

Congratulations, and welcome to Gustavus!