Setting Up Your Initial Course Schedule
Every university does the initial freshman scheduling a little differently. But there are some similarities that might be useful for you to know.
- Many campuses do course scheduling in the summer prior to your fall enrollment. This generally involves a 1 – 2day visit to campus. Try to do the earliest possible date so that you will have a fuller selection of classes.
- Most majors will have a fairly established fall schedule. In most cases, you can expect to take
■ Composition and rhetoric
■ Freshman seminar/ orientation
■ A math class
■ A lab science class
■ One/two general education classes)
- Your math/science course may be determined by a placement test (See the Topic: Preparing for Placement Tests). Generally this placement test will be given during your campus visit.
- You may have a say in your class times and days, but in many cases, you will have a trial schedule already determined. While you may not like your initial schedule, changing it can involve a lot of work.
- You may have some activities that will influence your class schedule. These include athletic schedules, marching band/concert band/ chorus practice/ work. If these apply to you, you should let an advisor know so your schedule can be adjusted.
- Students tend to do better when they have a demanding schedule. That sounds counter intuitive; but when students have a lot of free time or easy classes, they tend to get lazy and grades suffer.
Finally, you should trust your university to set up a schedule that will allow you to be a success. A lot of incoming students will want to take classes in their first semester that may be too challenging for a first semester student. Trust your advisor until you get a better feel for how you will do in college. .