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During the first three weeks of each trimester, students at Caltech, the academically rigorous college in Pasadena, take part in a process known as shopping, in which they are allowed to essentially sample classes before being required to register. Rod Kiewiet, Caltech’s dean of undergraduate students, said many students stayed in these classes for the entire term, but they, like so many college students, sometimes procrastinated.
“A very large number of them already picked out their classes, and they’re going to the classes,’’ Kiewiet said. “They just don’t get registered until the deadline.’’
If students are not officially registered for enough classes during the three-week period, they can be considered part-time students, and part-time students are ineligible to compete in NCAA events.