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Making course requests

The course request system for first-year students is now open and closes Monday, June 26, 2017 at Noon. While you are welcome to start exploring courses now, please mark your calendars for a general advising and course request webinar that will take place at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 23; you can join the webinar here. We will also offer a science and pre-health advising webinar at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 25, which you can join here. We recommend that you view the webinar prior to submitting your course requests. (Please note that there is no advantage to submitting courses early versus by the deadline, which is noon on Monday, June 26). 

There are three parts to the course request process: First-Year Seminar requests, course requests, and academic interests. Full descriptions of First-Year Seminars and courses are available through the links in the menu at the left. Course requests are processed together after the June 26 submission deadline, not as they come in, so there is no special advantage to submitting your requests early. Take time to read through the registration materials and remember that you can revise your course requests after you have submitted them, up to the June 26 deadline. Additionally, we will soon announce the dates of webinars we will be offering to explain course requests in greater detail.

1. First-Year Seminar Requests. You should choose 8 seminars you are interested in taking. The First-Year Seminar is a full credit course which counts toward the 31 courses required for graduation. Students in the Honor Scholar program do not need to complete seminar requests.Their seminars are already assigned.

2. Course Requests. The courses listed in Courses for First-Year Students are all appropriate for first-year students, though some do require prior study in the field. You should pick 10-15 courses you are interested in taking. From these requests we'll add two more courses to your schedule. 

3. Academic Interests. Use this form to tell us more about what you are interested in. Academic Interests are especially useful for explaining your course requests. Here are some common situations we encounter:

  • Uncertainty over which of several options to take. We see this especially with introductory math courses, where we offer courses in calculus, statistics and discrete math. If you tell us in your academic interests that you're interested in computer science, then we'll know to assign you to discrete math. If you're interested in economics, we'll know that calculus is the course for you.

  • Health Professions Interests: The courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and math that are commonly required for these fields are in high demand, so you need to list three or four of them among your top choices. But you don't want to be taking all math and science courses your first semester. If you indicate in your Academic Interests that you are interested in a health profession or a science major, then we'll know to put you in at least one and no more than two of these courses.

  • AP scores. You probably will not know the results of your AP exams when you complete the course requests. In most cases you don't need to worry much about this. When we receive the AP scores in July we'll check your schedule to make sure you are not enrolled in a course that you will be getting credit for through the AP exam. In the case of the Calculus A/B and B/C exams, your test score may qualify you for placement in a higher level calculus class. If you definitely want to take a calculus course but are not sure where your AP scores will place you, just include MATH 151, MATH 152 and MATH 251 on your course requests. We'll put you in the right level when the AP scores come in. Be sure to say on your Academic Interests that you do want to take a calculus course.
  • Language Placement. See the page on Language Placement.


In July we will be working on creating a schedule from your course requests. Your First-Year Seminar assignment will be available to you on July 6. Your other courses will be available on July 31. During orientation, you and your academic advisor will meet to review your schedule in detail, make any adjustments you feel are necessary and add a fourth course to complete your schedule.