Let me start by clearing up some common misconceptions: your enrollment appointment is when you can begin enrolling-not a time slot you need to enroll during, NTID and Honors will still register early, and if a class fills up before your appointment begins, you can still go see an advisor or academic department for help.
At a university as large as ours, it is easy for the system to become overloaded during registration morning. With the old SIS, we are very familiar with the negatives this brings, such as the very unhelpful countdown, the constant refreshing, the many tabs and multiple browsers. There is a solution, however: stagger when students can begin enrolling. For this first go round (fall enrollment), students will be able to begin enrolling in 30 minute intervals starting at 7 a.m. and going through 5 p.m. This is to ensure that if you run into any problems that the institute will be staffed to help assist you. The times are still split by year level, like they are now, but within that the order will be determined randomly. Yes, we know this isn't ideal, but it is the fairest way for the RIT student population as a whole. Also, most other universities our size use enrollment appointments successfully.
The Genesis team looked into deciding this order by credits, GPA, or by other criteria. The issue with doing this is that it will often be the same students that are getting priority registration. What if you're the student who messed around freshmen year, got bad grades, but now you want to be a serious student? Why should that student continually fall towards the bottom? At the end of the day, random was the most fair to the entire student body.
Will enrollment always work like this? Not necessarily. This is our first launch of the system, feedback is being collected and changes will be made once all information is prioritized. We also are being extra careful not to overload this system for the first enrollment, so the amount of students per appointment may change in the future.
This is a big change for RIT, and honestly it will make RIT a little more of a real tech school. Give the system a chance, in the long run this will improve student's lives. Having all services use the same system will reduce confusion and create a better system for overall student profiles. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave your input in the comments. RIT is doing its best to make this transition as smooth as possible, and we, student co-op's, are here to help in any way we can.