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Registration Tips and Course Planning
When making plans for which courses to take in the next semester, students should consult their plan of study, Degree Audit, and Academic Advisor.
Plan of Study
Students should be familiar with their department’s web page for the most up to date information about their major such as courses required for graduation, admission criteria for the major, faculty contact information, career information, and the plan of study. Your plan of study will map out what you need to take each semester in order to graduate.
Click here to see a complete list of web links to CSCC majors and programs.
Degree Audit Report DARS
The Degree Audit will allow you to see how completed and in-progress courses apply toward a degree or certificate, as well as what courses still remain for that need to be finished.
This report is located on the bottom left side in Cougar Web, and requires that you re-enter your username and password.
Then, click "Request a New Audit" and wait a minute or so to allow the audit report to be generated. It displays all of your academic records.
For most students, just reviewing or looking at their audit usually assists them in developing a plan or schedule. Please note that any course which has a "minus" (-) or "X" indicates that you need to take and successfully complete that course to complete the degree. There is a Legend at the bottom of the audit which explains all the symbols and abbreviations used.
You may run the audit as a "what if” to see a scenario of other majors. Click on that selection within the audit menu and select your choice of program from the drop-down menu.
If you decide to change your major, make sure to do so officially at the Registrar's Office, or over the phone by calling (614) 287-5353.
There are additional resources about DARS listed below.
Number of Credits You Should Schedule
The number of credits students schedule varies based on their personal circumstances (jobs, family responsibilities, finances, etc.).
Budget at least 3 hours per week for each credit on your schedule. For example, 12 credits will take about 36 hours per week. That is why it is considered full-time.
Always consider your academic strengths and weaknesses. You may be able to take more credits if you are a very good student, are confident, and have proven you can handle it. If you have been away from school for some time, have struggled in prior semesters, or lack confidence, be careful not to "over-schedule" yourself by taking to many credits. This could result in poor grades and/or the necessity to drop classes which impacts students negatively in a variety of ways.
Be realistic on how many credits you can schedule and be able to complete successfully! It is better to earn higher grades on fewer courses than it is to struggle, and perhaps fail, by over-committing yourself.
Sometimes students need to take a certain number of credits for Financial Aid, insurance coverage, international student visa regulations, athletic status, etc. Make sure to consult with the Financial Aid Office or the insurance carrier etc., for guidance in such areas.
Many courses require "prerequisites" (a course or courses that you need to have successfully completed before being allowed to register for a course) which are listed in the course description.
Looking at Upcoming Semester Schedules
When looking at the semester schedules (days and times), you will note that some course sections may have few "seats" still available or may be filled altogether (zero or "0" seats will show) because of class size limitations. This will also play a role in the courses that you select. It is always a good idea to register as early as possible.
Good luck with your future studies!