Speed ​​is King in Korean University Course Enrollment


After spending months choosing your college, applying, getting accepted, moving around the world, and rocking on campus, you’d be forgiven for thinking the stressful part is behind you. And then the course registration arrives.

In Korea, registering for a course is more than just browsing through a course catalog and selecting the courses you want. Class registration is formatted with a system of waiting numbers and a first-come, first-served policy that can seem as unforgiving as the rush to buy tickets to the hottest K-pop concert.

First come, first served

The waiting list system for course registration operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The first people to hit that “apply” button are the ones who get the class; others are assigned to a waitlist in the order they clicked.

With this in mind, two factors are most important: internet connection and clicks per second.

Korea has one of the fastest internet connections in the world and you might need it if you want to enroll in a popular course.

For internet connection, PC Bang is the best choice.

However, going to PC bang doesn’t have to be a must – some students never set foot there and still manage to get through their classes all at once. There’s luck in the process, but PC Bang could up your odds and give you more confidence on the big day.

When it comes to clicks, train that finger!

If you really want to improve your clicks per second, there are training games available on the internet. For some universities, mock course registration websites are also available.

For Yonsei University, websites such as moisugangsinchong (https://yeonan.github.io/sugangsim/main1.html) can help you train for the occasion. The site tells you how many milliseconds it took to click the “apply” button.

A millisecond can mean the difference between getting into a class or being waitlisted. Therefore, setting the Naverism clock to a corner of your screen is a must. Copy and paste the course registration site into the Naverism clock search bar, and the website will give you the time of this server down to the millisecond. Having the time from the server instead of relying on the time set on the computer will give you a more accurate estimate of when to click.

You can usually start clicking 200 milliseconds before registration opens, loading the page at exactly the right time.

Freshmen tend to spend all night in front of a computer to secure their place in time for registration.

It is not strictly necessary. While PC bangs near universities tend to fill up, those in a neighborhood often have plenty of space left over. If the PC bang in your neighborhood tends to fill up, take a bus or the metro a few stops away and you can find places there without too much difficulty.

How do I classify my courses?

When selecting which class to click first and which class to click last, there are two numbers to look at: how many people want the course and how many places it offers.

While looking at a class’s schedule or course registration details is enough to find out how many places it offers, knowing how many students want to apply is not that simple.

Everytime, a community mobile app for college students, is a tool you can use for an estimate.

Everytime allows you to create your schedule for class registration. Additionally, the app shows how many times the class has been added to a schedule, giving an estimate of how many people want to enroll in the class. However, the number is not completely reliable – students can create multiple schedules, counting for double or triple the number of applications, or students can choose not to use the Everytime schedule and not count from everything.

First click on the class with the most applicants and work your way down to the least popular.

What if I don’t come in?

Usually there is a waiting list and you can check which number you got.

Based on your number, you can estimate whether or not you have a chance of enrolling in the course without reapplying during Add-and-Drop.

The chance depends on your number on the waitlist and is relative to the class size. If your waitlist number is five in a class of 60 students, you will likely be admitted. If the course only accepts 20 students, being five on the waiting list is more risky. For anything over 10, the odds drop dramatically – that would mean more than ten students would have to drop out of the course before they could enroll.

In this case, it is better to prepare for Add-and-Drop.

Add and drop

If you need more credits or there’s a class you want that you haven’t been lucky enough to get, there’s Add-and-Drop!

The Add-and-Drop period allows you to drop or apply for courses with remaining places.

Be sure to attend the courses you plan to apply for during Add-and-Drop; it shows the teacher that you are enthusiastic about taking the course. Although you are not allowed to ask teachers to add you directly to their class, you can ask them to increase the class size for the Add-and-Drop period. The more places they add, the more likely they are to enter.

All previous advice applies – it’s a first come, first served waiting list system.

Finally, listen to the advice of the upper classes! Many of them have put together tips and tricks to help you with enrollment, from organizing your desk to efficient clicking to courses to aim for and courses to avoid.

BY LAURA SENIOR PRIMO [[email protected]]

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