Creating a Workable Schedule

When creating a reasonable and workable schedule, consider all extracurricular demands on your time:

  • athletics
  • intramural sports
  • house activities
  • clubs
  • community service
  • other activities (family, friends, religious activities, etc).
  • employment: you are limited to 19.5 hours of employment per week during the academic year. Students seeking a waiver should petition the Dean of Students in the College.

A workable schedule leaves you time for meals and transit time to/from school, as well as a reasonable amount of time for sleep. Classes at 8:30 am are probably not a great idea if you’re a night owl, and afternoon or evening classes will not always work for athletes.

You may want to use the Weekly Time Schedule, Four-Year Plan, and Degree Program worksheets to arrange both a quarterly class schedule and long-range academic plan.

Other Considerations

  • full-time study is either three or four courses per quarter
  • tuition/fees will be the same for three or four courses
  • students who enter the College with no credit (such as Advanced Placement credit) can graduate on time in 12 quarters having spent half their time taking three courses per quarter
  • seniors looking for employment, applying for graduate school, and writing theses often take three courses that quarter
  • sequences, prerequisites, or study abroad might require four courses in a single quarter
  • the scheduled 10-minute break between classes is sufficient to get across campus

Note: Registration for only one or two courses is considered less than full time and affects your eligibility to live in the residence halls and for financial aid. Read the Part-time Study Policy before deciding whether to switch to part-time status.

Choosing Your Courses

In selecting your courses, please keep in mind the following: course prerequisites, major and minor requirements, scheduling labs and discussion sections, additional tutorials, and language lector sessions.

Resources to consider as you select courses are: College advisers, departmental directors of undergraduate studies, College Catalog course descriptions, and fellow students. Other valuable sources of information can be the course syllabus (available on Chalk or through the instructor), and the Evaluations website.