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Getting the courses you want at UT Arlington


Like I mentioned in my previous post What I wish I knew before I landed at UT Arlington your seniors are going to have the first pick of the courses nothing much you can do about that.

Get here early

International Orientation -> Departmental Orientation -> Pick classes!

You need to go in that order.

Pick the second last international orientation date (your dates shouldn’t clash with the departmental orientation).

So make sure you get here at least a week before your departmental orientation. Because you need to attend the International orientation and get your medical paperwork done before you can register for classes! I cannot stress this enough. You don’t want to be forced to take courses you don’t like (or those that don’t have much value). If you have prerequisites but you have already taken it in your undergrad, make sure you bring your mark sheets and your syllabus and waive it off.

bring your laptop

Before you attend the Departmental orientation pick the courses you want and add them to your cart. Bring your laptop along for the departmental orientation. As soon as your last hold is removed by the advisor. Open up your laptop and enroll yourself right then and there.


Check the UTA calender for enrollment dates

Get some coffee, your laptop (don’t forget to add the courses you want to the cart) and prepare to camp out in the library past midnight. You could do this from home but the computers in the library are a bit more reliable. If you do decide to use the libraries’ computer make sure you get there an hour early so you get a system (peak traffic the night before enrollment)

Try to stay logged into your MyMav account (a lot of people are going to be logging in so you might get kicked out). And keep trying to enroll yourself (Who knows you might get lucky?). Even if you get an email from the department saying enrollment starts at 7 AM in the morning, it’s probably going to open at Midnight. So don’t let your guard down!

What I wish I knew before I landed at UT Arlington

Registering for Classes

Most likely you’re not going to get the classes you want. Some of the more popular ones are going to have a wait list. The students who came in last semester are going to have the first pick; not much you can do about that.

To register for classes you first need to get rid of all your holds (you can see them on MyMav). So make sure you get here before orientation (at least a week before) and get all your medical paper work done. Pick the earliest international orientation date! and only then can you attend the department orientation and pick your classes.

You’re not going to get anywhere without a car

Public transport in Arlington is limited. You have a train which will take you to Dallas or Fortworth but you’re going to need a car to get to Centreport station. There is a rideshare app Via (use my code to get a free ride 😀 anna7j8j ) which has a $3 flat fare but the service area is pretty small.

Then there’s Lyft, which is cheaper than Uber.

Don’t buy stuff

Besides your groceries. A lot of people graduate every semester and give away stuff for free! Vacuum cleaners, furniture, books etc. They’re desperate to get rid of them so they can move out ASAP. Ask your seniors or keep checking the FB groups.


Companies start recruiting for summer interns the year before, so you need to start applying by August or September 2018 to get an internship in Summer 2019.

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