Registration for the spring semester has begun, and there's a new system to sign up for classes. To access the system, students use Gibson Online, a new gateway to multiple online university services.
"Students can use the Gibson Online portal to access the self-service area," says assistant registrar Lourdes Mega. "It includes not just registration, but with a single sign-on, students can access the schedule of classes, financial aid and accounts receivable."
The ability to access multiple services is much more convenient, says Colette Raphel, assistant vice president for enrollment management and special programs.
"The students used to have to remember their e-mail name, password, Tulane ID and their PIN number," Raphel says. "Now all that students need is their Tulane e-mail name and password to access student services."
Registration began this week with graduate students on Monday (Nov. 9) and undergraduate seniors on Thursday (Nov. 12). While Mega says the new registration process is "very similar" to the old way of registering, the priority registration period has been expanded to two weeks, instead of the usual one week, to account for the learning curve.
"We wanted to make sure that the students were comfortable with the system," says Mega. "We didn't want them to feel like they were being rushed."
Students who want extra help navigating the system can head to the Lavin-Bernick Center today (Nov. 13), and all next week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"We're at the LBC with 12 laptops if students feel that they would be more comfortable registering one-on-one with someone from the registrar's office," says Raphel.
There is also a short video tutorial located on the Gibson login page, which walks students through the new registration process and provides information about whom to contact if they have any problems.