Choose Your Courses

Start by learning Schedule Planning basics.

Your academic success depends largely on your choice of courses. Think about your abilities and interests as well as:

This is an important process that requires research and planning. Work with your adviser!

The checklist below can help you prepare for your advising appointment. It can also help you plan your schedule if you cannot meet with your adviser before your first day to register.

☐ 1. Find your first day to enroll in classes for next semester

To determine the first day you can register for the next semester, use the Registration Timetable. You can also look on page 1 of your degree audit or in the Enrollment Dates box in LionPATH.

☐ 2. Identify courses for the upcoming semester

On your audit, identify requirements you have not completed (look for minus signs in the left margin) and make a list of these courses.   

TIP: If you can choose from several courses to meet a requirement, use the Course Catalog to help you select ones that interest you.

Find courses recommended in the first four semesters that you have not completed (use the courses on your list as a guide). Star these courses on your list.  

Use links in the RAP or use the Undergraduate Bulletin to determine if the courses you starred have prerequisites. Note these prerequisites next to the courses on your list.

Find one or two interesting General Education courses in areas you have not completed and write them on your list.

☐ 3. Enroll in courses

For summer 2016: Working from your list, look up each course in the Schedule of Courses for the campus you plan to attend and choose the section you prefer.  Then follow the process for Adding Courses and use Registration information as needed.

For fall 2016 and beyond: Use LionPATH to identify available courses and enroll. The Registrar provides A Guide to Fall 2016 Registration with LionPATH.

If you plan to be a full-time student, schedule at least 12 credits. A typical credit load is 14–18 credits.

NOTE: During the transition to LionPATH, courses that you schedule for fall 2016 will not appear on your eLion degree audit.

☐ 4. Meet with an adviser

If possible, before your first day to register, review your plan with an adviser. Contact your college/campus advising center for an appointment.

☐ 5. Remember

Your first day to enroll is not the last day to work on your plan but it is an important step in accessing appropriate courses. You can continue to refine your schedule through the semester drop/add period.

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