One key to ensuring student success and timely graduation is having the right course schedule. For first-time students who are enrolling with fewer than 15 accepted credits, advisors and faculty members work to create your student’s first-semester schedule to ensure they get a good start to their JSC career.
Here are the answers to some common questions about registration for first-year students.
When will my student be registered for classes?
First-year students and transfer students entering JSC with fewer than 15 accepted credits will be assigned an initial class schedule by academic advisors. Each student’s first semester class schedule is developed by a team of academic advisors in consultation with faculty members and academic departments. (After the first semester, student work with academic advisors to create course schedules.)
In planning your student’s first semester schedule, we are committed to placing him/her in the appropriate first-term major and general education courses. Every class your student is registered for will count toward degree requirements, and will be based on the information he/she gives us on the Class Selection Survey, an information-gathering tool that your student will access via the New Student Checklist.
Transfer students entering JSC with 15 or more accepted credits will register for classes with an advisor in the Advising & Registration Center. This may be done by appointment and can take place in person or over the phone.
Once we receive your student’s official transcripts, we will evaluate them for transfer credit and record their applicability toward degree requirements on his/her Program Evaluation. The Program Evaluation is a tool that helps your student track progress toward graduation. Your student should look at Web Services (located on the MyJSC Portal) to be sure that we have included these units on his/her record. Please keep in mind, though, that sometimes it takes several weeks after the end of the grading period for a school to mail out transcripts.
Will my student be able to change his/her schedule?
Academic advisors are available to assist your student with scheduling adjustments to include elective coursework or to reflect a change of major should the need arise. You will receive more information about this at orientation.
Why do you pre-assign students a course schedule rather than letting them choose their own courses for their first term?
In pre-assigning course schedules, we aim to:
- Ensure all first-semester students’ schedules contain courses relevant to their degree plan and interests.
- Guarantee that courses taken in the first semester will be counted toward general education and/ or major requirements.
- Provide equity in course selection. In years past, students coming to the first registration day often filled the most desirable sections.
- Ease the anxiety of first-semester students. Knowing that their course schedules start them off on the right foot toward completing their JSC degree, first-semester students should be able to turn their focus on preparing for life at JSC without fear of “getting into” a needed course.
- Provide all incoming students with “fair” schedules; no students are privileged with better schedules to the detriment of their peers.
What factors contribute to the selection of courses for first-semester students?
Your student’s schedule utilizes the following information that he/she provided on the Course Selection Survey:
- Ranking of First-Year Seminar preferences
- Indication of General Education subject interests
- AP scores and other transfer credits if applicable
- Intended major
- Athletic practice times, if applicable
Additionally, the schedule was developed with input from Advising & Registration Center staff and the respective academic divisions.
What if I have concerns about my student’s pre-assigned schedule?
If we have created a schedule that is not viable based on misinformation or information we did not have, we have academic advisors available by phone to assist your student with schedule changes.