Creating a new class schedule requires careful thought and consideration, but it doesn’t have to be a challenge! Here are some tips below on how to survive the upcoming enrollment period:
1. Know your registration date and time…and then actually register on your date and time…or close to it! If your registration date is on December 10th, don’t wait until December 11th to log onto eServices. Waiting a day – even a few hours – can make a big difference with your schedule. For example, the College Writing course that had 10 seats open this morning can easily fill up by the afternoon.
2. When you log onto eServices, is the word “HOLD” written boldly inside of a red hexagon? If so, that means exactly what it says…you have a “hold” that must be cleared before you can enroll into classes. Most likely, you forgot to complete the “Supplemental Enrollment Form” which must be updated every semester. If you have already submitted that form and you still see that darn hexagon, then you have another “hold” that must be cleared. It could be a library fine, a financial aid hold, a dismissal, or an overdue payment. If you need assistance, please go to the Admissions and Records Office located in Rodda North or to the eServices Lab in Business Building 153.
3. Be flexible with your schedule. Consider taking classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even the weekends. But, only enroll into classes that you know you can attend for the next 16 weeks! For example, if you decide to take a class at 7:00 in the morning, you must be able to make it to class on time…and then stay awake! And, as you consider all options for creating your schedule, be aware of how often a class will meet and in the format that it will be taught. Some classes are “hybrid” classes where there is both in-class and online learning. In this case, you will be required to use the internet to submit some assignments.
4. SCC’s main campus is beautiful…but don’t forget about the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center! Both centers offer a wide range of general education courses including Math and English. If you plan to attend both the main campus and one of the outreach centers, make sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time to get from one location to another. As you are browsing through the class schedule, you will see the words ”SCC Main,” “Davis Center,” or “West Sac” to indicate the location of the class. Don’t get lost on the first day of the semester because you can’t find the “Davis Center” on the main campus…you will have to actually drive to the city of Davis to find it.
5. Complete the ENTIRE enrollment process from Step 1 to Step 3. Sure, you put your classes into your shopping cart, but did you actually ENROLL into them?!?!? Unless the class is completely closed (including the wait list), there should not be any classes left in your shopping cart if you correctly completed every step from start to finish. Also, as you are searching for classes, it will be important for you to know what each color code means. For example, do you know the difference between a green circle, a gold triangle, and a blue square? (Log onto eServices and browse through the class schedule to find out what I am referring to!)
6. Pay your fees…or you will be dropped! Unfortunately, once you are dropped from your classes, you will need to start the enrollment process all over again…and the second time around is not going to be any easier! Even if you pay the next day, you will NOT be able to get your schedule back. As soon as you enroll into your classes, you will have 14 days to pay your fees. If you haven’t done so yet, visit the Financial Aid office to find out if you qualify for a fee waiver.
7. If you are on the wait list, check your status regularly. So, you lucked out! Someone didn’t read “Tip #6″ above and you got bumped up from the wait list into the actual class because that student got dropped! If this happens to you, you must be prepared to pay your fees or you, too, will be dropped. Check your wait list status regularly to see if you have moved up on the list or have been officially enrolled.
8. If you find an open class, make sure that you meet the prerequisite to enroll. So, your major is Civil Engineering and you just so happen to find an open class called “Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics.” Good for you! But, let’s talk about prerequisites. Did you know that Physics 430 (“Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics”) has a prerequisite of Physics 410 (“Mechanics of Solids and Fluids”) and a co-requisite of Math 402 (Calculus III)? And did you know that Physics 410 and Math 402 have prerequisites of their own and that those prerequisites have prerequisites of their own…and so on and so on…
Whew, that was explanation was exhausting!
9. Math and English courses fill up quickly, so consider taking other GE or major courses if you are planning to graduate or transfer. But, before you enroll into any class, make sure that you meet the prerequisite or that you are aware of the advisory. For example, some courses – such as Sociology or Psychology – may not have prerequisites, but those courses do require writing, reading, and critical thinking skills. Also, make sure that you are following the correct GE pattern since there are 3 different ones for graduation, for the CSU system, and for the UC system. If you need assistance understanding the GE pattern for your specific educational goal, please meet with a counselor.
10. Check your class schedule a few times before the next semester begins in case there are any changes. Changes do happen and, unfortunately, you will not get a personal phone call from the college to let you know that something has come up. For example, the math class that you enrolled into may have originally listed Mohr Hall as the location, but, two weeks later, it may have been moved to the Lusk Aeronautical Center. Also, check your schedule for anything that you may have missed the first time. Some students mistakenly show up at 7:00 p.m. for a class when it actually started at 7:00 a.m.! Don’t get stuck on the first day of the semester trying to figure out what went wrong with your schedule!