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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if my student cannot get into the courses they really want?

A: When new students sign up for classes during Summer Orientation, it is very likely they will not get into all the classes they want. However, Orientation is just the beginning of the course enrollment process. Some students have a better chance of admission into the classes of their choice when SIS (Student Information System, the online class enrollment system) reopens in early August. Once classes begin, space is more likely to open up as students drop and add to adjust their schedules. Students should also remember they have seven more semesters (as well as summers and January Term) in which to take classes.

Q: Why is my student's adviser not in a field of study they are interested in?

A: While the College does its best broadly to match students to an adviser in the same area of interest (e.g., social sciences, humanities, sciences), it is not uncommon to assign incoming first-year students to a faculty member outside their field of possible study. The University recognizes that students tend to change their minds about majors at least once during their first year. Faculty members who work with first-year students are trained to help create a balanced schedule, which fulfills requirements for a student’s first year. Faculty members and advisers also can educate first-year students on the numerous academic resources within the University. Finally, advisers working with first-years are not your student’s final adviser or her or his only adviser. They are just one of the many people who can provide guidance to your daughter or son.

Q: How does my student declare a major?

A: Your student must enroll in a major degree program by the last day of final exams in their fourth semester. In declaring a major, your daughter or son must create a program of approximately 30 credits/10 to 11 classes in a major subject, approved by a departmental adviser and presented to the College. Majors are declared by meeting with a faculty member from the major department.

Q: Why does my student have so much free time, yet is carrying a full load?

A: For each hour that students spend in class, they should spend at least two to three hours outside class studying and preparing. Time management will be a huge part of your first-year’s learning experience.