Fall registration begins soon, and students will follow a new process to register in LionPATH. While LionPATH is still under development and it may take some time to get familiar with the new system, it features a number of tools designed to help you plan ahead and register for your preferred classes.
You may find the following features especially helpful.
From the Student Center in LionPATH, you can search for classes using the “Search for Classes” link. This option allows you to enter search criteria for the type of class you’re looking for, and then displays classes that meet those criteria. From here, you can add classes to your shopping cart, which you’ll use when you are ready to enroll for the semester.
The Schedule Builder is a great tool for students who are taking classes with a specific meeting schedule. You can see where different class sections would fit into your days and weeks, and compare schedule options with different sections. You can also enter break times when you would not want to be in classes, and search for class sections that meet at other times.
The Schedule Builder may not be as helpful for students who plan to take all of their classes online, but it may be useful if you plan to take a combination of online and face-to-face classes.
With the LionPATH planner, you can think ahead to courses you might want to take in future semesters. This may help you think about your degree program and which courses you want to take when, to meet requirements and also to manage your workload and fit in with other personal commitments you may have. Keep in mind that your academic adviser can be a valuable resource to help you plan future courses.
Similar to shopping carts used on many websites for online shopping, your LionPATH shopping cart allows you to temporarily save a selection of classes you wish to take, and then go ahead and enroll in those classes, if space is available, on your Enrollment Appointment Date. You can also validate the classes in your shopping cart to make sure you have not selected any classes you may not actually be able to take, such as classes you have already taken or classes with required prerequisites you have not completed.
LionPATH provides an automated wait list for classes that are full. When you are searching for classes, you will see the class status, which indicates if the class is open, closed, or accepting students on the wait list. You can choose to add yourself to the wait list if the class is full. If space becomes available in the class, students will be automatically added to the class in the order in which they joined the wait list.
You can also set up a “swap” so that if you are added to a class from the wait list, it will automatically replace a different class you are registered for. Note that you may not be automatically added to a class if you have a hold on your registration or if the class has controls or prerequisite requirements that you have not met.
Not all classes will have a wait list, and if you decide you are no longer interested in a class, you will need to remove yourself from the wait list in order to avoid being added to the class if a space becomes available.
Swapping a class allows you to drop a class and try to add a new one simultaneously, so that you can keep your space in the class you are enrolled in until you know that your swap and enrollment in the new class is successful. You can also set up a swap so that if you are added to a class from the wait list, you will automatically drop another class from your registration.
Remember that your Enrollment Appointment date will be your first date to register for classes.
Additional information and resources are also available:
- View the “Getting Started with LionPATH” tutorial
- Visit the LionPATH launch page
- View a glossary of terms you’ll see in LionPATH
- Contact Penn State World Campus if you have any specific questions