Spring 2012 Registration Moves Online

Brian Canavan, Associate Registrar

Registration Day for the Spring term had a different feel this year as the registration process moved to a digital format. On Monday, January 30, 2012, Online Registration opened to all full time MIT students, advisors, and administrators. Initially piloted with 7 departments in Fall, 2011, this was the first full rollout of the application. Early indicators suggest the system was a success. Some interesting statistics:

  • 17% of eligible students submitted their registrations before Registration Day on Monday, February 6.
  • At the end of Reg Day, 76% of eligible students registered online with 5,815 students registering on Reg Day itself.
  • The online registration application experienced 962,000 hits that day, with all of the underlying technical architecture absorbing a high volume of activity with minimal impact on performance.
  • By 5:00 PM on Friday, February 10, which was the deadline to register without penalty, 10,107 students (96% of those eligible) registered.

Chart on Comulative Percentage of Eligible Students who Registered by Date within the  Registration Period

Other interesting facts:

  • over 500 students submitted their registrations using a smartphone.
  • Academic advisors tended to use the system from 8AM – 6PM, while students submitted registrations throughout the evening and into the early morning.
  • 922 students changed their address information when online registration was open, while 2,407 emergency contact records were changed.
  • WEBSIS class lists were populated with registered student data on the evening of Reg Day, two days earlier than prior terms.

Chart on Registration Activity by Hour

One administrator commented that, “The new online system is wonderful!” Another suggested that it was, “…the easiest registration day ever!” Similar comments were received from advisors and students.

In partnership with Information Services and Technology, DUE looks forward to continuing the process of identifying and building enhancements to Student Systems through the Education Systems Roadmap. Current projects which will enhance registration include classroom scheduling, digitizing forms and petitions, enriching intelligent messaging, exploring the concepts of enrollment management and pre-requisite enforcement, and considering early warning systems beyond the first year. Questions about the roadmap can be directed to Mary Callahan, Registrar and Eamon Kearns, Associate Director for Education Systems (IS&T).