As a college freshman, class registration can be overwhelming and nerve wracking. Luckily as a freshman, most of your courses will be pre-determined since you need to get pre-requisite classes out of the way. However, be sure to handle registration properly and efficiently by planning ahead. Here are the top 5 class registration tips for college freshmen.
- Meet with your academic advisor as early as you can. Often, right before registration time, students will begin to scramble at the last minute to meet with their advisor in order to make sure they are all set to get the classes they need. This means making an appointment will likely be very hard to do! To avoid the stress, go in as early as you can to talk about course offerings, get approval and double check that you are on track to graduate on time for your major.
- Freshmen will want to get core classes out of the way first so that you can take major-specific classes later on in your major. These core classes are often prerequisites to enter higher-level classes, and without them, you may throw off your entire course schedule for the next 3 years. Be sure to go over which classes you should take first with your advisor to take the guess work out of the profess.
- Ask around to learn about the best professors. Often a course will be taught by several different instructors, all of whom will have their own personality, expectations and knowledge to bring to the table. Ask upperclassmen for suggestions. You can also visit sites like Ratemyprofessor.com to get a general opinion of a teacher, just be sure to take all comments with a grain of salt. A professor can often make or break a class, so this is an important aspect of the registration process if choosing is within your control.
- Find out what the must-take classes are at school. Often a school has a few classes in particular that everyone finds motivating and fascinating. While it Is important to stick to your schedule, be sure to explore different areas of study as you are still determining your major. This is the time to be curious and test out different potential professions so take advantage of the opportunity whenever possible.
- Finally, look through the course catalog to find classes that jump out at you. Often schools will offer a unique class such as a Beatles History course, an English class centered on the Harry Potter series, or even a film course about Star Wars. Look for these “cool factor” classes that you otherwise would never have known existed!
Registration does not have to me a mysterious, luck of the draw process. Learn more about registration by reaching out to advisors and upperclassmen who can give you priceless insight and guide you through the process to ensure you are able to try new and interesting things while still staying on course to graduate in time. Meet with your advisor early, take pre-requisites first, choose classes based on professor reviews, take “must-take” classes, and try unique, fun classes as well.