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Preregistration Information

CompE/CSE, EE, and upperclass PR-ENGIN* majors with CMPSYS or ELECTRICAL subplans

(This is an overview of the preregistration process. For detailed registration notes, go here.)

Important Notice: Everyone will has a "service indicator (code-RAC)" on their SPIRE accounts, which prevents enrollment and which can be removed only by meeting with an advisor and turning in a signed Course Selection Form to Ms. Barbara Hastings in Marcus 207.

Advising Procedure:

Step 1: March 2019: Getting Started - Go to M5 (Marcus Hall, Room 5) to pick up your registration paperwork (a Curriculum Worksheet and a Course Selection Form), which are located near the main door to M5. You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor using UMass Apps. Your advisor should send you a link for scheduling an appointment. If you do not receive an email from your advisor, contact Ms. Barbara Hastings (Marcus 207, 545-2441, for assistance.

Step 2: Getting ready for your Advising Appointment - Print and/or review your SPIRE (unofficial) transcript and write each of the grades from your transcript in the appropriate box on your EE or CompE/CSE Curriculum Worksheet. Enter a grade of “TR”or “AP” for all transfer or Advanced Placement courses that are listed as being satisfied on your Academic Requirements Report (ARR). Review your ARR online, but please do not print out the report. When you have completed all of this, write out a draft of your academic plan for next semester.

Step 3. March 19 - March 29, 2019: Meeting with your Advisor - Go to your advising appointment prepared with your partially completed Course Selection Form, a copy of your SPIRE transcript (if printed), a completed Curriculum Worksheet and your draft of next semester's academic plan. You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Fall 2019, and you will both sign the Course Selection Form. If you need to change the agreed upon academic plan later (e.g., because you failed to meet a minimum grade requirement in one of your classes this semester), you must first consult with your advisor. Also, if you go to your appointment unprepared, don’t be surprised if your advisor asks you to reschedule your appointment.

Step 4. After your Advising Appointment - Return the signed Course Selection Form to Ms. Barbara Hastings, Marcus Hall, room 207. This is how you will get the RAC service indicator removed from your SPIRE account, which is the ONLY way you will be able to preregister for fall classes. In the event that Ms. Hastings is unavailable, please see Professor Leonard in Marcus 8B.

Step 6. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Fall 2019 classes beginning on the date and time of your Enrollment Appointment, as shown on your Student Center page on SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to the CSE (class of 2020), CompE (class of 2021 or later), or EE Major: In order for an undergraduate to be admitted to the CSE, CompE, or EE major, the student must: (1) be in good academic standing, (2) have a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher in the previous "regular" semester (fall or spring), and (3) have earned a C or better in each of the following seven courses:

ENGIN 112 (ENGIN 100, 110, 111, 113, 114, and 197E are also acceptable); ECE 122*; PHYSICS 151; PHYSICS 152; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112.

* For students who entered PR-ENGIN before September 2016, the requirement is COMPSCI 121 instead of ECE 122. If you entered PR-ENGIN in September 2016 or later, and you have credit for COMPSCI 121, please contact Prof. Leonard (

Note: A grade of C- in any of the courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the CompE, CSE, or EE major and must be repeated. If you have not met one or more of these requirements, and you are not sure exactly when to repeat a course, contact Prof. Leonard (