PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University students have a tradition of staying up until midnight to register for classes. However, the university has released a new system that’s changing that: the registration cart.
Matthew Millar, the registrar office student supervisor, compared it to “a shopping list on Amazon.”
Here’s how the cart works: students choose all of the classes they want to register for and place those in their online cart. Students must hit the submit button by 6 p.m. the day before their registration date. The cart then automatically adds their classes beginning at 6 p.m. Carts process one at a time and in a random order.
Millar said the idea has been in the works for more than a year. It came about after employees at the office noticed a lag in the system around midnight.
“The system was being overloaded with students. So with it running a couple hours before the actual day, it alleviates some of the traffic,” Millar said.
Millar said it’s not a perfect system, but he believes it’s a step in the right direction.
An informal survey of students on campus showed that most students know about the cart, and overall, they like it.