The school has implemented a new course registration system starting from 2019 winter break courses. The course registration for the 2020 spring semester was the very first semester where all enrolled students used the new system.
One of the major changes was allowing students to change their chapel sessions before signing up for regular courses. With the former system, students were only allowed to withdraw from assigned chapel sessions during the wish list period. However, the renewed course registration system allows students not only to cancel but also to register for a chapel session at a different time before registering regular courses.
The school also introduced the waitlist system and the cancellation delay system. The waitlist system assigns numbers to students on a first-come, first-served basis for those who sign up for classes that are full without remaining seats. If there is any free seat open when other students withdraw from the class, those with the assigned numbers are automatically registered.
However, the waitlist system is not applied to every case. The registration period giving priority to certain major courses and the period for freshmen are not applicable for the system.
One major question students posed about the waitlist system concerned why the courses on the waitlist are counted in the full credits allowed per semester.
Ewha Voice contacted the Registrar to ask why the school decided to make such decision.
“If we do not count the waitlisted credits in the credits allowed per semester, it causes a more complicated problem,” the Registrar replied. “Say that a student signs up for 15 credits and has three credits on the waitlist. If the student is waitlisted on three different classes and gets into all three of them, she ends up registering more than the credits she is allowed to take.”
The Registrar further explained that it takes up a substantial amount of time cancelling classes if students exceed their allotted credits in the waitlist. Students have to choose which classes to withdraw during the short registration period usually lasting four hours for each grade. According to the Registrar, for this reason, most universities with the cancellation delay system do not allow students to be waitlisted over their credits allowed per semester.
Students also questioned whether it was effective to implement the waitlist system.
“I was waitlisted as number one on one of the business major classes,” said Park Chae-rin, a junior in the College of Business Administration. “However, I didn’t get in ultimately so I ended up taking only one business course.”
Park further commented that she felt in vain as she was holding onto something that she could never get into.
Ewha Voice also asked the Registrar about the average circulation rate of the waitlist of each course.
“It differs greatly depending on each course so there is no point in looking at the average rate,” the Registrar said. “For courses that are highly favored by students, barely any spots go to the ones waitlisted. For other courses, it does work as students change their classes to different ones.”
When asked about the system of professors opening up more seats, the Registrar replied that it is wholly up to the professors. The office commented that students should either directly contact professors or the administration office of each college regarding the matter.