Some thoughts on first-year course selection

Happy end-to-the-week, Deac families. Finish strong!

One of the big tasks this summer for incoming first year students is registering for classes. As an academic adviser, I want to share a couple of bits of advice and resources from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

OAA will register students for their first writing course (WRI 105, 111, 210, FYS 100) based on the results of a writing course survey and survey concerning Living Learning Communities (LLC).  Here is the link to the LLC website, which includes the list of course offerings for Fall 2019.

Students should take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) before the due date of July 13. Remember that AP scores trump FLPT results.  The link to the FLPT is now located on the OAA website at:

Students interested in admission to the business school should register for either MST 111 (calculus) or ECN 150 but not BOTH.  If students register for both, the OAA will drop them from one of these courses during schedule review. (Course availability does not allow students to take both during the Fall.)  Students have their first 2 years to complete the prerequisites for the business school.

Students seriously interested in health professions MUST take CHM 111 and 111L during the Fall semester unless they have AP credit for it.  If they DO have AP credit for CHM 111, they will be invited to register for Honors Organic Chemistry. Once AP scores are received, correspondence from the Chemistry Department will be sent to students who qualify.

Engineering students should consult the WFU Engineering Advising Guide. Also, they must factor in travel time between the Reynolda campus and Wake Downtown (allow 30 minutes between classes between locations).

NCAA Student Athletes, ROTC students, cheerleaders and dance squad students will take HES 112, not HES 101. They also need to take HES 100 at some point.  

Students who already have a strong interest in a given major or minor may find the following Departmental Course Guides for New Deacs to be helpful in planning their schedules.

While I am sharing this information here, please remember that course planning and selection is a process best done by your students, not you. (I say that to you with love.) It works best all around if your Deacs are the ones doing the homework on what to take, and doing the legwork on planning. So feel free to share these resources with them and remind them to be visiting all sections of the Academics and Registration portions of the New Students website. But then take a step back and let them do all the work.

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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