New Chrome extension aims to ease UT registration process, replace old extension

Madeline Duncan, Senior news reporter

UT students have created a new Google Chrome extension to make registering for classes easier. 

UT Registration Planner is currently free to download on the Chrome Web Store and allows students to create a mock schedule, access Rate My Professor and highlights course conflicts within the tab. In the upcoming update, extension developer Diego Perez said he plans to allow users to create multiple schedules and bookmark classes with different sections available. 

Undeclared sophomore Perez said he began working on the extension to ease the registration process after he struggled to create a course schedule for his freshman year.  

“I applied to UT as a (computer science) major, but due to overcapacity, I was placed as undeclared,” Perez said. “So I really struggled with registration my freshman year, I got last pick for everything.” 

Government sophomore Isaiah Rodriguez said the extension can replace UT Registration Plus, an extension developed to allow students to view detailed information about the courses available. Many current students use UT Registration Plus, but Rodriguez said the students who developed the app have since graduated and are no longer updating the site since October 2021. 

“We want to make a new extension where it’s gathering input from students who have ideas on how UT Registration Plus can be improved,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to have a lot more features than what UT Registration Plus currently provides.”

Rodriguez said the development team wants as many students as possible to give input on how to improve the registration process by filling out a Google form.

“We would wish that UT would solve the problems that we have with the current registration system,” Rodriguez said. “The Plus extension already solves a lot of problems, but there’s still other things that students would like to see, such as the backup schedules.” 

Raúl Díaz Millán, a transfer student from Texas A&M University, said he would like to see UT adopt a registration system similar to the one A&M uses. 

At a&m, they have an extension as well,” said Díaz Millán, a marketing and international relations and global studies senior. “Once your registration period starts, your mock schedule transfers to be your actual schedule, just click one button and then it adds all your classes, as opposed to having to add each class individually through the unique codes.”

Rodriguez said he has received many requests for the extension to identify low-cost materials for class, show grade distribution for classes and flag professors with sexual misconduct allegations. 

“Hopefully, we could be able to make that pop-up box show some kind of message so that students who click on a professor that has some kind of record in the sexual assault allegations database, students would be able to see that,” Rodriguez said.

Perez said he hopes the new extension helps students navigate a difficult registration process. 

“I know I’m not the only person struggling with issues like this,” Perez said. “I hope that by creating this tool and having it open so that anyone can use it will help make the registration process a little bit easier.”