CNR Student Services

CNR Advising
phone: (208) 885-5018
toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
fax: (208) 885-5534
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142
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Steps for New Students

Welcome to the College of Natural Resources! Below is a step-by-step guide to assist you with selecting courses and registering online. Please read this information thoroughly.

We do not expect you to register for every class listed below. We suggest registering for 15 to 16 credits. However, you must register for Math and English courses first semester for sequential purposes.

Follow the steps to select & register for classes:

Step 1–Review and/or print the sample registration plan. These courses are recommended during the freshman year.

Step 2–Print off a blank registration worksheet. Use this worksheet and follow Steps 2 through 7 to draft your schedule. View a completed sample of a registration worksheet.

  • Step 3–Determine your math course
    • Math placement is based on SAT/ACT test scores. Refer to the math placement chart. If you have a choice between Math 108 and Math 130 select Math 108. 
    Challenging math placement: If you're not satisfied with your ACT/SAT test scores and want to place higher in math consider taking the COMPASS test. 
    Polya Mathematics Learning Center (Math 108 & Math 143) 

  • Step 4–Determine your English course
    • English placement is based on SAT/ACT test scores. Refer to the English Placement Chart.
    • If your ACT/SAT test score places you in English 95, you must register for ENGL 95 (First-Year Writing Tutorial, 0 credit) and ENGL 101 (3 credits)
    • Challenging your English placement information (COMPASS test).
    • English wait list information. Information on adding yourself to a wait list. 
  • Step 5–If you are bringing credits to U-Idaho

    If you have Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits bring this to our attention. Once you have completed the tests, and score accordingly, this may change math or English placement.

    If you are currently taking dual-enrollment college credits (Running Start), bring this to our attention. This will affect your course selection.

  • Step 6–Other course choices

    All first-year students are required to take an Integrated Seminar (ISEM, 3 credits) course to meet core requirements. This class must be taken 1st or 2nd semester.

    Humanities (Choose one. Meets humanities core requirement.)
    • AMST 301 Studies in American Culture (3 cr) *prereq is Eng 102, junior standing OR permission
    • ART 100 World Art & Culture (3 cr)
    • ART 205 Visual Culture (3cr)
    • ART 213  History and Theory of Modern Design (3 cr)
    • ART 302 Modern Art & Theory (3 cr)
    • ART 382 History of Photography (3 cr)
    • ART 407 New Media (3 cr)
    • DAN 100 Dance & Society (3 cr)
    • ENGL 175 Introduction/Literary Genres (3 cr)
    • ENGL 257 Lit of Western Civilization (3 cr)
    • ENGL 258 Lit of Western Civilization (3 cr)
    • ENGL 342 Survey of British Literature (3 cr)
    • ENGL 344 Survey of American Literature (3 cr)
    • ENGL 345 Shakespeare (3 cr)
    • ENGL 375 The Bible as Literature (3 cr)
    • ENGL 481 Women’s Literature (3 cr)
    • ENGL 484 American Indian Literature (3 cr)
    • FLEN 313 French/Francophone Literature in Translation (3 cr)
    • FLEN 324 Topics in German Lit in Translation (3 cr)
    • FLEN 394 Latin Amer Lit in Translation (3 cr)
    • IS 370 Africa’s Calling: Culture/Ghana (3 cr)
    • MUSH 101 Survey of Music (3 cr)
    • MUSH 111 Intro Music Literature (3 cr)
    • MUSH 201 History of Rock & Roll (3 cr)
    • PHIL 103 Ethics (3 cr)
    • PHIL 201 Critical Thinking (3 cr)
    • PHIL 240 Belief & Reality (3 cr)
    • PHIL 351 Philosophy of Science (3 cr)
    • PHIL 361 Professional Ethics (3 cr)
    • THE 101 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr)
    • THE 468 Theatre History I (3 cr)
    • THE 469 Theatre History II (3 cr)
    • WMST 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr)
    Free electives: for example, physical education (PEB), foreign language, or any other class that interests you. 1 to 3 credits. 

    Student Athletes must register for:
    Men - PEB 107-01 TEAM - Men's Team Conditioning
    Women - PEB 107-02 TEAM - Women's Team Conditioning

  • Step 7–Reading the Class Schedule

    Details on How to Read the Online Class Schedule.

    • Find your selected courses on the Web CLASS SCHEDULE (login is not required), click appropriate semester (Fall/Spring), All Courses. Look up each course that you have selected. Add class registration number (CRN), days and time information to your registration worksheet. The CRN is the unique number for each class that is input during the registration process.
    • Courses can be found using the same abbreviations listed above (example: math = MATH, English = ENGL). Be sure you select courses that do not create a time conflict.
    • Days are listed as MTWRF, and R refers to Thursday. For example, if you see TR, this means the course is offered on Tuesdays AND Thursdays.
    • IMPORTANT Wait List information.

    When possible choose classes that have Open Seats. You cannot put yourself on a waitlist for a class that you are registered for.

  • Step 8–Advisor Hold

    The purpose of an advisor hold on your account is to ensure that each student connects with their academic advisor to review and discuss the courses he or she intends to enroll in.  Your academic advisor is a valuable resource in being aware of all of the “layers” involved in identifying courses including meeting prereqs, course schedule conflicts and semester offerings, and the demands of particular combinations of courses.

    You will not be able to register until your advisor's hold has been removed. Provide your advisor with the list of courses that you have selected. Your course selections will be reviewed and discussed. Once your schedule is approved, your advisor's hold will be removed and you can register for classes. Each semester students must meet with their advisor prior to registration to have their advisor hold removed.

    You will not be able to register until your advisor's hold has been removed. When academic advising times begin, you will receive an e-mail from your academic advisor, indicating the process for scheduling an advising appointment with them.  After your course schedule is approved, your advisor's hold will be removed and you can register for classes.
  • Step 9–You are now ready to register, Vandal Web required
    Detailed instructions can be found at Vandal Account Set-up. To log in you will need your ID# (example: 111-99999). This was provided to you from the Admission's Office. You will also need your PIN#. Initially your PIN number will be your birthday; however, the year will be zero zero (example: mmdd00). You will be asked to change your PIN number. Be sure to choose a PIN number that you will never forget and/or write it down.
  • Step 10–Proceed with class registration
    After you are logged in, click Student Information/Registration Menu, Registration Menu, Add/Drop Classes, select correct term (Fall/Spring).  Type in the CRN numbers of each course within each blank, square box.  Be sure to click on the “Submit” button after you enter the CRN numbers!

    • The screen will refresh, scroll down to look at the entire screen. The system will display your registered classes. If a class has already met its enrollment limit, you will be given an option to add yourself to the wait list. You must click Submit again to be added to a wait list. The system will NOT automatically add you to a wait list.
    • After you have completed Step 10, go back to the Registration menu (you will still be logged in) and select Student Schedule by Day and Time. This will display your weekly schedule and also indicate if you have any time conflicts in your schedule. If you have time conflicts, you will have to go back and select a different time/days for the appropriate class(es).
    • You have now completed the registration process. Please contact the Student Services Center if you have any questions.  Telephone number: 208-885-5018  Email: 

    NOTE: Login will become automatically disabled after five attempts are entered incorrectly. Before you get locked out click Reset PIN.

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