Navigating the labyrinth of MavLink


By: Trent Ostrom

A new semester has begun, and while we read our syllabi, start our homework and hope for another strong semester, signing up for next year’s classes is just around the corner.

While juniors and seniors seem to have registering for classes figured out, doing so as a freshman can be difficult. Students need to know things like your primary registration date, what courses you can take based on pre-requisites and whether or not they have enough credits for each section of requirements in general education.

Matt Capoun, a senior studying architectural engineering at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, experienced the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to signing up for classes.

“My freshman year I didn’t have too much difficulty signing up for classes because an advisor walked me through it,” Capoun said. “Later on, I had trouble getting into classes because I waited too long, so I had to take the course I wanted to take another semester.”

How can a student avoid making mistakes when enrolling and ensure his or her spot in classes? Sammi Kaiser, Assistant Director of Academic Advising of the UNO’s Academic Career and Development Center (ACDC), explained best practices to enroll in classes.

“See your advisor and pay attention to your primary registration date,” she said. “Courses are posted October 16, so any time after that date is a good time to discuss your spring classes with your advisor.”

MavWeekly will also remind students when courses become available and will remind you to begin setting up an appointment with your advisor. Oftentimes a student will consider how many credits they want to take.

Generally, majors at UNO require 120 credit hours to complete an undergraduate degree. In order to graduate in four years, ACDC recommends taking 15-16 credit hours per semester. To assist you in the quest of completing an undergraduate degree in four years, ACDC offers a College to Career Resource guide that can be found in their offices and online. For more information, visit