How will you register for your first-semester courses?
Carefully review the information on the How To Register
page, then submit the registration form (available on that page) with your preferred and alternate course selections by the deadline specified. After the deadline, the registrar's office staff will use your form to register you for fall courses. Schedules are not final until late July. An email will be sent with information on how to access your schedule and other information when schedules are ready.
How many courses will you be registered for?
First-year students will be registered for four full-credit courses. The normal course load is 4.00-4.50. If none of your courses have a lab co-requisite, your course load will be 4.00. If one or two of your courses has a required lab, your course load will be 4.25-4.50.
It is recommended that you also register for at least one PHED unit in addition to your four academic courses. PHED units do not carry academic course credit. Sign-ups for PHED units occurs at the beginning of the semester. Please see the physical education
web page for more information.
How do you indicate which lab section you prefer?
A number of courses (particularly in the natural sciences) have required laboratory sections. The labs are designated by the course number followed by an L (e.g., CHEM 101L is the required lab associated with CHEM 101) and, in most cases, carry 0.25 course credits. On your registration form, indicate your preferred lab section by entering the lab CRN in the "Lab CRN" field (fourth field on the same line as you entered the lecture CRN). If a course does not have a lab, leave the "Lab CRN" column blank. Please note that labs should never be entered on their own line (preferred or alternate). Your lab preference should always be entered in the Lab CRN column on the same line as the lecture.
What is a First-Year Seminar (FSEM)?
First-year seminars (FSEMs) are designed to introduce students to a variety of liberal arts topics, skills, and ways of learning, including the importance of academic integrity. The FSEM emphasizes all aspects of the learning process including the exploration of individual needs and strengths, interactions with classmates, and the multiplicity of resources beyond the classroom. Special emphasis is placed on improving writing skills and using the library's many resources. The merging of these elements into a single course provides a prime opportunity for the student to obtain a breadth of college-level experience and academic perspective. Some FSEMs may count toward fulfillment of requirements within the Common Core or for Areas of Inquiry requirements. FSEMs are listed on the First-Year Course Offerings web page.
What is a crosslisted course?
A crosslisted course is one that is offered under two or more subject codes. For example, ALST 228 and HIST 228 are crosslisted. Regardless of whether students registers for the course as ALST or HIST, they will be in the same classroom and complete the same assignments and exams.
If you are interested in taking a crosslisted course, you should register for either subject code, based on availability. If you need to change the designation later on (whether to have it count for a certain requirement or another reason), you may do so in the Office of the Registrar.
If you have any questions about registering for a crosslisted course please contact the registrar’s office.
Does my FSEM count toward anything else?
All FSEM course descriptions include a statement indicating what the FSEM counts toward. Many count as CORE courses, others fulfill the areas of inquiry, and some may count as a departmental course. Look for the statement that begins "Students who successfully complete this seminar will..." to determine what each FSEM counts toward.
When will you know which courses you have been registered for?
In late July you will receive an e-mail (to your Colgate email address) when schedules are available. Instructions on accessing your schedule will be included in the email.
Will you have the opportunity to change your course schedule?
You will be able to make schedule changes during the drop/add period in the fall. This will be after you've had the chance to meet with your FSEM instructor/adviser during orientation. You will receive an e-mail with detailed drop/add information before the start of the term. No schedule changes will be made during the summer.
What happens during the drop/add period?
During the drop/add period (at the start of the term), you will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule. Depending on the status of the course, you may make changes online or by obtaining the instructor's signature and bringing it to the registrar's office for processing.
More information regarding drop/add will be emailed, and available on the drop/add web page, closer to the fall term.
What if I want to take five classes my first (or second) semester?
As a first-year student, you are expected to take 4.00-4.50 course credits (four full courses) and may only deviate from this plan with the permission of your academic adviser (FSEM instructor). First-year students will not be registered for five courses during the summer.
What if a class is in the Catalogue, but not in the First-Year Course Offerings? Can I take the course?