Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Before Your First Day at Scranton

Hey Scranton students!  The countdown is on until the first day of class!  We know that just as we in the CAS Advising Center are in a flurry of activity preparing for your arrival, you are likely absorbed in the exciting experience of preparing for your first days at the U of S!  As you prepare, we would like you to keep a few things in mind!


Check your schedule before the start of classes!

You may have selected courses in June and met with an advisor in July to pour over and adjust your schedule, but it’s possible that your classes may have changed! Over the summer, the advisors have been keeping up with departmental changes to curriculum, placement tests results and AP and transfer credits and may have had to change some of your courses.  Although we mailed you a copy of your schedule just a few days ago, it is possible that it is no longer current.  Rooms and professors might change up until the first day of class so be prepared!  

To check your schedule:
  • Log in to
  • Click the Self Service
  • Click the Student Services and Financial Aid Info tab
  • Click the Registration link
  • Click the Student Schedule or Student Detail Schedule link
  • Select the Fall 2014 semester not the special fall 2014 semester

Know that your schedule can change!

Your first semester of college is a big deal.  You are going to learn a lot about who you are, what you like and what you are good or not so good at.  You may have thought you wanted to take that biology course before you enrolled but you may change your mind after you sit in class.  Likewise, you may discover that your roommate is enrolled in an exciting course you didn’t even know was an option.  Keep in mind, you have until the end of the first week of every semester to change sections, professors, times and classes.  Every professor will give you a syllabus on the first day of class that will tell you his/her expectations and the kind of material you will cover (and typically at what pace).  Review these carefully during your first few days.

If you decide you want to change your schedule you can do so by calling the CAS Advising Center at 570-941-6323, emailing an advisor or stopping in the Advising Center, located in STT 209 on or before Friday, August 29 at 4:30pm!  After that day, you can still drop a course.  You will have until September 24 to drop a course without it appearing on your transcript.  However, you will not be able to add anything to replace it!

Know that we are here!

Starting college is exhilarating but it can be overwhelming too. Know that the advisors in the CAS Advising Center are here to help ease your transition throughout your entire first year and beyond.  I can promise you that if we don’t know the answer, we can find someone who does and we are prepared to listen to all of your concerns with open minds, positive outlooks and caring hearts.  Stop by even if it’s just to say hello!

Katie Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

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