College Survival Guide: Registering for Classes

You are about to embark on one of the most exciting times in your life: college. Now you have to register for classes, but you are not sure what to take or do. Consider the following tips when taking this step.


First, make sure that you know the exact procedure for registering for classes. In a lot of schools the different classes can fill up, thus you might want to register as soon as you can to give yourself the best chance of getting the classes that you want. Also, make sure that you fully know how to do so to ensure that everything goes through.

Consider your pre-requisites

At many colleges, you have prerequisites and classes you need to take at the beginning. You may want to take these so that you can keep on track. A lot of schools will have very standard schedules for at least the core classes.

Consider the classes carefully

Think about each course (that isn’t required). You should be sure to read the course description fully. You also might be able to get an idea about the classes and the teachers from friends that have been at the school already. If you are not sure what you want your major to be, then you can try to take classes across several areas that you are interested in. Remember that some majors are very intensive and you have to jump right in such as if you want to be a physician. Try to get a good balance between core classes and electives.

Do not be afraid to seek help

At some schools, you will work with a guidance counselor to schedule the classes of your first semester. At almost every school you will have someone available to help you make these important decisions if you need the help. If you are not positive on what you want to do, then accept this help. They have probably helped many others get the class schedule that is right for them; chances are they can help you.

Do not overload yourself

You might look at that class schedule like it is a feast and just want to jump right into your program. If you overload yourself, however, then you might stretch yourself too thin, and your grades might suffer. College classes are far different from high school classes. The school will often recommend a certain amount of credits per semester.

Registering for classes might seem like a daunting task, but with preparation, you can do it successfully. Consider the above tips to help get you started.