With another semester coming to an end, many students are beginning to plan for the next enrollment period which marks the beginning of a new semester. Even if you are not in college yet, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the college enrollment process.

Contrary to most public high school’s (mine included), college students are expected to create their own academic plan, be aware of enrollment capacities, and be responsible for enrolling on time to avoid additional fees. Most undergraduates only get four years (eight semesters) to fulfill all of the major and minor credit requirements for their college.

Some courses are only offered in the Fall or Spring so if you miss it, you have to wait another year to enroll. With this in mind, and the fact that college is not free, it’s so important to make the most of the courses you enroll in.

DOs

*Speak to upperclassmen about which classes and professors to take

*Speak to a counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate

*Try to plan out at least 2 semesters in advance (recognize that this may change)

*Have a balanced schedule of difficult and easy courses

*Make sure to take an interesting class that fulfills a requirement!

*Consider a minor (only if you are already taking several courses that fulfill the requirements anyway)

*Utilize the add/drop period (typically the first few weeks) to drop a class if you feel you are not prepared

*Do take spring/summer classes ONLY if they are not at an additional monetary cost (i.e. scholarship) OR if you need them to graduate and cannot fit it during the year

*Do recognize that spring and summer semesters are faster paced

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DONTS

*Do NOT overload yourself with 18 credit semesters every semester

*Do NOT only take all your hard courses in one term

*Do NOT sign up for classes without asking around on opinions

*Do NOT take a class as an Easy A if you hate the topic- you will also hate doing work for the class and end with a B. College is not High School

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