Tips for Creating a Semester Class Schedule
- Have “back-up” classes selected in case any of your first choices are closed, cancelled or if you don’t have the prerequisites completed.
- Remember… For every credit hour you take, you can expect to have two additional hours of work associated with that course every week. Example: 12 credits = 12 hours in class + 24 hours homework = 36 hours total; 6 credits = 6 hours in class + 12 hours homework = 18 hours total; Don’t overload your schedule – take 12 credits instead of 15 if you are questioning how much time you will have for coursework.
Register early – save seats in the classes you want.
- Be aware that courses are offered during the days, evenings, Saturdays, and online.
- When traveling between Main Campus and Center City, please allow yourself a half hour.
- Be prepared for more challenging academic work than you had in high school.
- Don’t register for early morning classes if you are not a morning person. The same applies for evening courses.
- Take courses in the correct sequence. Be sure to complete any pre-requisites (courses that prepare you for a higher level course) if applicable.
- Know the course requirements for your program of study and enroll in classes that meet those requirements. The information is available in the College Catalog and on your program's curriculum worksheet. See your academic advisor if you need help with choosing correct courses.
- If you’ve never taken an online course before, it’s not recommended until your second semester.
- Full-time study and full-time employment is never recommended.
- If transfer to a four-year institution is something you are considering, be sure to register for courses that will transfer to the institution you have in mind. If you aren’t sure about the institution, connect with the Transfer Counselor (Elston Hall, Room 222) soon.
Want to save yourself time and register online during priority registration?
Click here (PDF) for an illustrated step-by-step guide to learn how to register online for your courses.