Registration Notes

This information is for students eligible for online registration via AARC ONLY in Simmons Connection. If for some reason you are unable to register via AARC - or if you have been instructed to do otherwise - please contact and provide details on your specific situation. Students who have been instructed to use paper registration forms should go to the Paper Registration Information page.

Registration takes place at different times throughout the year - please see the SLIS Academic Calendar for specific dates (they are posted there as soon as dates are made available by the Registrar's Office). Individual registration day/time assignments are posted in AARC several weeks before registration is due to take place; since some classes fill up quickly, it is highly recommended that students register for classes at the posted time.

Course schedules are available in AARC and on the SLIS Course Schedules page.

All forms noted below are available from the SLIS Forms & Policies page.

Any questions can be directed to

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Directions for Registering Online

Students will register for subsequent semesters on their own. (Note, online registration does not have to be done on campus.) We hope that the following instructions are helpful; students who have questions or run into any issues during the registration process should contact


  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your username and password. Please note: this is the same log in information that you would use for your email. If you have forgotten your username and password, you will need to call the Simmons Help Desk at at 617-521-2222 (x2222 on-campus). You will need to have your Simmons ID number handy before you call, as they will need that information to assist you.
  3. Look for the tab near the top of the page that says AARC. Click on AARC.
  4. Now you'll need to click on Registration. If you'd like to view your registration time for upcoming semesters, click on My Registration Start & End Time. If you know you are eligible to register, click on Register for Sections and then on Search and Create Preferred Sections List.
  5. This will bring you to a search screen. You will need to fill in the term (e.g., Fall 2010) and the subject (Library Science). Special note: although it is tempting and against all things learned in Library School search-wise, we advise that you refrain from putting in many more additional details. Although it is sometimes helpful to put in a course number (e.g., 453), putting in a section number often ends up with incomplete or misleading results as does putting terms into other search fields. In this case, less is definitely more.
  6. Once you find the course(s) you want, check the box on the left and then hit "submit." This should bring up a list of the courses you've chosen, on a page titled My Preferred Sections List. To the left of each course you've chosen is a drop-down menu with options to Register, Remove From List, and Waitlist. Choose the relevant action for each class and then submit.
  7. Once this process is complete, we recommend going back to the main student page and check the link under the "Registration" tab that says "My class schedule." If this doesn't look the way it should, then repeat the process and make any necessary changes.
  8. As always, if you run into any issues, please contact

Additional AARC Tips

AARC has many additional functions available for you, including viewing your academic profile, viewing your grades, and changing your address on record. Log in to AARC and try all the different functions AARC has to offer!

If you have any additional questions about using AARC, call the Registrar's Office at 617-521-2111 (x2111 on-campus), or email

For your specific registration date and time, please login to AARC approximately one week prior to the registration start date.

Some things to keep in mind as you register each semester:

  • Some courses are offered only once a year: try to plan ahead using the links below.
  • Occasionally a course will not be offered as planned because faculty are not available to teach it in a given semester. For example, a professor may go on sabbatical or an adjunct may be unavailable.
  • Registration priority is determined by the number of credits you have completed and have in progress. Students with more credits register first.
  • Taking four courses during fall and spring semester is possible but is not generally recommended for new students. Please take a look at the Maximum Credit Load Policy on the Forms & Policies page for more specific information.
  • Archives and SLTP students should keep in mind that internships and practica are part of their program requirements, and should leave time for these work experiences.
  • All SLIS students are strongly encouraged to find internships and jobs to gain experience while they are in school, so you may want to consider this in planning your coursework. See the Career Resources section to get started.


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Important Notes

  • Any non-degree student who has been admitted to the Master's program as a new student for the upcoming term should complete a paper registration form and submit it to the SLIS Office.
  • Students can take courses at either the Boston or Mount Holyoke campus.
  • Students who would like to register for LIS 500 (Independent Study) must fill out a proposal that will be signed by the faculty sponsor and submitted to Assistant Dean for Student Services Em Claire Knowles. She will then send an email to, providing the information listed in the directions on the Independent Study Form. You will not be enrolled in an Independent Study until after your proposal has been submitted and you have received confirmation from the Registrar.
  • You are allowed to register at or after your assigned time.
  • Doctoral students must get Professor Schwartz's approval. Please be advised that if you are not registering for a course during the fall or spring semesters, you must register for LIS 600 to remain in the doctoral program.
  • School Library Teacher Program students who wish to enroll in LIS 498 (Elementary Practicum) or LIS 499 (Secondary Practicum) or LIS 495 (Practicum Equivalent Experience, for those students working full-time as the school library teacher of record in a Massachusetts public school) must attend an informational meeting relative to the practicum experience with the Director of the School Library Teacher Program and submit an application form to the Director of the School Library Teacher Program. The dates and times for these mandatory meetings are distributed to students in the program via the SLTP listserv. Students need to attend one of these sessions in the semester prior to their completing their elementary and secondary practicum. You must have also satisfactorily completed all of the Requirements for Scheduling Practicum Experiences which can be found in the current edition of the School Library Teacher Handbook. It is important to note that once the Director has approved your practicum site, the Director registers you in the course. You do not register yourself. If you have any questions about the practicum, please contact the Director at

Add/Drop Policy and Schedule Changes

All add/drops can be made via AARC through the end date and time listed under "My Registration Start and End Times." To drop a class after the end date, please see the instructions on the Registrar's Office website at

Graduate students are permitted to change course registrations without financial penalty prior to the second class meeting, provided that the change does not result in an increased or reduced class load. No student may enroll in a class after the second meeting has occurred. For changes after the posted dates but prior to the second class, contact the Registrar's Office at 617-521-2111.

Registration is binding, both financially and academically. Should a student decide not to attend a class, s/he must drop the class off her/his schedule via AARC or contact the Registrar's Office. The date on which the drop occurs determines the refund (if applicable) provided to the student.

Tuition Refund Policy

Information regarding the course refund policy is available at Short term and audited courses will be refunded 100% if dropped by the last business day prior to the start of class. There are no refunds after that point.

Maximum Credit Load Policy

Students are generally limited to taking no more than four classes in a fall or spring term, and two classes during a summer term. See the Maximum Credit Load Policy

Future Plans Form

If you will not be attending Simmons in the upcoming term, it is essential that you complete the future plans form and return it to the SLIS Office of Student Services. Upcoming registration dates and details for subsequent semesters will be emailed to the SLIS_Info list. You will not receive notification via any other method.

Name and Address Changes

Any student who needs to make changes to their personal information may do so via AARC. Once logged in, click the link for "Student Personal Information."