Monday, March 24, 2014

Fall Registration

Welcome back Freshmen!  We hope you had a safe, fun and productive spring break and are ready to attack the rest of your semester with renewed enthusiasm! 
The CAS Academic Advisors are currently in the middle of pre registering students for the Fall and Summer 2014 semesters so I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you how to prepare for your appointment…

We're waiting for you!

When is my appointment?

You have been assigned an appointment based upon your major.  If you have not yet picked up your appointment letter, do so today! The date of your appointment DOES NOT impact the date and time of your registration.  Registration days are assigned based upon the number of credits you have completed and your registration time is randomly generated and assigned.   

What should I bring?

You should bring 1. A completed preregistration form (see the example form below!) and 2. A completed green End of Year Review you received with your appointment materials. 
This is what a completed registration form should look like!
If I'm not guaranteed these courses, what's the point of filling out the form?!
In the CAS Advising Center, we are dedicated to helping you graduate in four years!  When we sign the pre registration form, we are promising that, to the best of our knowledge regarding your history and academic goals, that the courses selected are good courses that will advance you toward graduation at the fastest rate possible.  When you sign it, you are promising that you will check in with us in the event that you change your schedule or your academic goals so we can help to ensure that this is still the case.   We can't promise the courses you want will be available but we can promise we will help you find alternatives if you get closed out!

I don't know what to take!!

For many students, selecting courses for the fall of sophomore year can be more intimidating because, in many cases, sophomores have more freedom in making selections.  Generally speaking, you can follow the four year plan for your major provided in the online catalog.  Here, you can look at major and cognate requirements and get some ideas about general education requirements.  You should also look at your CAPP to determine what progress you have made toward fulfilling graduation requirements.  If you don't know how to read your CAPP, you can get some help here!

I want to change my major!!!  

If you would like to change your major, you should refer to the catalog page for the new major to prepare for your appointment.  You can begin the process of changing your major when you meet with your advisor.  For some majors, your advisor may be able to process the change for you.  However, in many cases, you will need to meet with the chair of your desired major to make the change.  Either way, we can help you figure it out and determine if you are on track in your new major or what you need to do to get on track!

I still don't know what to major in!

Some students are still undecided at the end of their first year at Scranton.  While delaying a declaration of major may increase the likelihood that you will need to do some summer or intersession courses to catch up when you do decide, it's not the end of the world.  Your advisor will change your major to Exploratory and will discuss your options.  Choose courses from the majors in which you are interested.  It might be helpful to visit career services to take an interest assessment or to set up a job shadow.  Talk to your advisor about proactive strategies to help you decide on a major.

As always, if you have any questions, let us know!  We are here to help!

Katie Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

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