January 4, 1973.
On this day, IUPUI students could begin their preparations to make changes to their schedules to start classes in the Spring Semester starting January 11.
In the old days, students had to register for classes, make payments, drop or add classes to their schedules, and do other administrative chores in person. According to an announcement in the December 11, 1972, edition of the IUPUI Sagamore, the student newspaper, beginning January 4 students who had registered for classes in advance had two and a half days to pay their fees and adjust their schedules. Temporary payment stations would be set up in Lecture Hall and Cavanaugh Hall to be staffed by bursar's office and registrar's office staff. Then, on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9, regular registration would take place. Drop-Add of classes would take place on January 19.
Pre-computerized, manual systems of registration and drop-add entailed lots of careful planning and waiting in lines by students to register for classes or change their program of study. As well, registration required lots of time of faculty, who often staffed the registration tables for their academic units. Automation of registration processes in later years greatly reduced the frustrations and anxieties of signing up for classes.
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