Registration Information

RAN # and Start Time

At the start of each registration advising period, your advisor will email you your Registration Access Number (RAN).  Your registration start date and time will be listed in AccessPlus in the “Current Stdnt Info” tab.

Registration Appointments

Unless you are currently in your first semester at Iowa State or a graduating senior, you are not required to meet with your academic advisor.  However, if you would like to set up an appointment, please schedule your appointment about ONE week before your start date, not several weeks ahead of time.

Scheduling Appointments


To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor open your Navigate Student app on your phone and click on the “Appointments” icon.

Next click, “Schedule Campus Appointment.” Under your options, select “Academic Advising” and choose a service (i.e. reason for appointment).

Finally, select a date to schedule your appointment and click “Find Available Time” to select a meeting time and schedule.

Checking In:

For in-person appointments (in Sweeney 2162), please check-in using the Navigate Student app and wait for your advisor to meet you in our waiting area.

For virtual video appointments, join your video meeting by using the link provided to you by your academic advisor.

For virtual phone appointments, please call your advisor’s office number at the start of your appointment time.

 Appointment Checklist

Make sure you come prepared for your registration appointment—use the checklist below.

  • Carefully review your degree audit on Access Plus before our meeting. Identify requirements that still need to be met. If you are wondering “What do I need to take?” please check your degree audit.
  • Make a written list of classes you would like to take. Use the flow chart, your degree audit, the undergraduate handbook, and the resources below to create a detailed plan for next semester.
  • Start researching social science/humanities (SSH) and technical electives now. You don’t have to make a final decision on what to take, but it’s a good idea to have specific names of courses in mind. Make sure you have several backup options.


Prerequisite Policies

  • Prerequisites for Chemical Engineering courses will be enforced according to this policy:

It is the policy of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to expect that students enrolled in ChE courses have satisfied all of the course’s prerequisite requirements. If it is discovered that a student has not met these requirements, he/she will automatically receive a final course grade of ‘F’, regardless of course performance.

  • If you do not have the prerequisites met for a ChE course, you will be dropped from the course.
  • For classes outside of ChE, permission to add a class without the prerequisite can only be given by the department or instructor. Your advisor can’t give this permission.

Basic Program

  • You must complete Basic Program courses before taking 200+ level Engineering courses.

The Basic Program includes Engl 150, Lib 160, Chem 177, ChE 160, Math 165/166, Phys 221, and Engr 101.  Plan to finish these courses ASAP in your program.

Closed Classes/Waitlists

  • If a course section is closed, it means there are no more seats available to anyone.

Your advisor can’t override this and does not have access to extra seats that you can’t see.

  • Even if closed, press “add” anyway to add yourself to the waitlist.

This list may be used to create more sections of high demand classes, but there is no guarantee.

  • You don’t get automatically added to a class, even if you are on the waitlist.
  • Check for open seats regularly and add the class when one is available.

Students who check regularly often end up with the class schedule they want, even if they have to wait a little while to find the open seat.

  • Permission to add a closed class can only be given by the instructor at the start of the semester.
  • Some courses are Restricted to allow only certain majors or learning groups. See the Schedule of Classes to easily find restrictions if you are not allowed to add a class with open seats.


  • You can add/drop courses as many times as needed on Access Plus until the start of the semester.
  • Plan out alternative classes to add to your schedule in case your first choices are unavailable. If a seat becomes available, you can add the course you want and drop your second choice.



  • Registration Video Tutorial

  • Schedule of Classes

  • Course Descriptions

  • Guides and Handbooks

  • Technical Electives