Registering for Class
When registering for classes, there are several things to keep in mind. First, if you have a degree plan selected, review the requirements. If you have to have a specific science or math course and take another, you will still have to take the required course. Make sure that the courses you select are compatible with your degree plan.
If you do not yet know what you want to major in, stay with core courses required of all students. Taking general education courses will get them checked off your list and get you another step closer to graduation. If you have a choice, such as Early American History or Modern American History, it will not matter which you take. Be sure you understand how the core courses are tied together. In one university, students taking World Liturature I must also take Survey of Civilization I. Taking World Liturature II with Survey of Civilization I means that you have used up an elective and will still have to take World Liturature I. If you have any questions, be sure to discuss them with an advisor.
When talking with an advisor, make sure the advisor knows and understands the program in which you have majored. In one community college, students were required to take classes for four years to get a two year degree, simply because the advisor was not aware of the order and semesters in which required courses were offered. If you are not sure you have been given good advice, read the course descriptions to find out which semesters they are offered, then discuss your schedule with an instructor or the dean of the college.
Register as early as you can to get the best choice of class times and dates. If you are interested in an online class, it is important to know that they usually fill up long before the other classes. Select more classes than you are able to take, in case something you want to take is full and you cannot get into the class. Occasionally, an instructor will be able to approve students for admission to a full class. Other colleges require students to go through the division head or dean to gain that approval. Admission to a full online class is seldom allowed.
Once you have registered, pay attention to the date that the courses must be paid for. If you do not pay for your courses before that date, you will be dropped from the rosters of your classes. You may or may not be able to get back into the classes, since this is what students who were not able to get registered due to full classes are waiting for. If they get into the class before you can get re-registered, you may have to find another class. If you are using financial aid, this will not affect you.
Contact Student Services at your college if you need more information.