How to Use Webtree

All students register online using the WebTree site

Watch this video for an easy-to-understand overview of how to use WebTree. This chart (PDF) also does a great job explaining it. The video and chart are going to be your best friends if you are using WebTree for the first time.

Here's a detailed breakdown of how to use WebTree.

Step 1: Prep

Your goal is to create a schedule with four academic courses.

Make a list of courses you want to take. Choose around seven. (You'll need alternates because it's unlikely you'll get into all four of your top picks. Don't let that stress you. Just stay flexible and breathe.) Prioritize the courses by considering which are most important to you and which will fill up the fastest.

You'll need the department name and number of the course and its section name (e.g., MAT 112 C), its five-digit Course Reference Number (CRN) and the times it meets.

Include different sections of the same course on your list. WebTree won't automatically give you a different section of a course if the first one you chose is full.

As you choose your courses, remember to look at the "Notes" column in the catalog to make sure you're eligible. For example, "PRM" means that the course requires permission. "PRQ" means that a course has a prerequisite. Footnotes using the numbers 1, 2, 3, or 4 designate which students (1 = First Year, 2 = Sophomore, 3 = Junior, 4 = Senior) may register for the class.

Don't worry about non-credit courses (physical education, applied music, military science) now. Don't use WebTree to register for them.

Remember that all first-year students are registered for Davidson 101 automatically. Don't put this course on WebTree.

It's helpful to fill out a worksheet before you go to WebTree.

Step 2: Login to WebTree

Enter the WebTree site. You'll be asked for your User ID and PIN number.

Your ID is your Davidson ID. (It will begin with 800 or 801). If you are on campus, you receive your PIN from your adviser. If you aren't on campus yet, your PIN is the last four digits of your Davidson ID number.

Step 3: Fill in the Tee Number One

Fill in Tree 1 by putting one course in each of these slots: 1, 1A, 1B, 1AA, 1AB, 1BA, and 1BB. Use the course's CRN, the 5-digit number found in your course schedule.

  • Slot 1: Put your highest priority course here.
  • Slot 1A: Assume you have the course in Slot 1. Put your second priority course here.
  • Slot 1AA: Assume you have the courses in Slot 1 and Slot 2. Put your third priority course here.
  • Slot 1B: Put the course you want if your Slot 1A course is full here.
  • Slot 1AB: Put the course you want if your Slot 1AA course is full here.
  • Slot 1BA: Put the course you want if your Slot 1B course is full here.
  • Slot 1BB: Put the course you want if your Slot 1BA is full here.

Keep an eye on the times of the classes you're requesting so you don't double-book yourself. The courses in Slots 1A and 1B can be at the same time, since you won't get both of them. For the same reason, the courses in Slot 1AA and 1AB can be at the same time, as can the courses in Slot 1BA and 1BB. Think of it this way: that horizontal time conflicts are okay; vertical ones aren't

There can be duplication between the courses in Slot 1AB and Slot 1BA or Slot 1BB if you choose, because WebTree will only move on to Slot 1AB if Slot 1AA is full, and it will only move on to Slot 1BA or Slot 1BB if Slot 1B is full. It's not possible to get the course in Slot 1AB and the course in Slot 1BA. It's not possible to get the course in Slot 1AB and the course in Slot 1BB.

Confused? If you haven't watched the video [link to video at http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x6714.xml ] or looked at the chart [link to 82.3.0.2.5 WebTree Logic], we highly recommend that you take the time to view both items since they are very helpful in understand WebTree and course registration.

Step 4: Fill Out Tree 2

  • If you didn't get the course in Slot 1, WebTree moves on to Tree 2. It won't jump, for instance, from Slot 2A of Tree 2 to Slot 1B of Tree 1.
  • Put your top alternate to the course in Slot 1 in Slot 2 (top of Tree 2). This is a good place to put a different section of the course you used in Slot 1. Remember, WebTree won't automatically give you a different section of a course if the one you chose is full.
  • If the course doesn't have multiple sections, choose a specific alternative for it--another course in the same or a similar field, for instance.
  • Now fill out the rest of the tree from Slot 2A to Slot 2BB using the same steps you did for Slot 1A to Slot 1BB of Tree 1. It's fine to have duplicate courses in Tree 1 and Tree 2 (except for the top slot).

Step 5: Fill Out Tree 3

  • If you didn't get the course in Slot 1 or Slot 2, WebTree moves on to Tree 3.
  • Put your second alternate to the course in Slot 1 in Slot 3 (top of Tree 3).
  • Now fill out the rest of the tree from Slot 3A to Slot 3BB using the same steps you did for Tree 1 and 2. It's fine to have duplicate courses in Tree 1, Tree 2, and Tree 3 (except for the top slot).
  • Remember to consider different sections of the courses you want.

Step 6: Fill Out Tree 4

Tree 4 has different rules than the other three trees. Here's how it works:

  • Slot 4A: This course is your fourth pick. Your ideal schedule is Slot 1, Slot 1A, and Slot 1AA from Tree 1 and Slot 4A from Tree 4.
  • Slot 4B, 4C, 4D: WebTree pulls courses from these three slots when it hits a dead end in any of the first three trees. Think of these three slots as players on your bench. They get called in as needed.

Step 7: Submit

  • When you're satisfied with the way you've filled out all four trees, click "submit."
  • You may print a copy of your selections at any time during the registration process.
  • You do not need to send a printed copy to anyone.

Step 8: Remember the Deadline

You must submit your WebTree registration before midnight on the last day. If you do not, anything entered on WebTree will be processed, even if you have not clicked "submit."