First-Year FAQs About My Schedule
This Page is Dedicated to Incoming First-Year Students
Your fall schedule has been prepared for you by an Orientation Scheduling team, which is comprised of members of the Office of Registration and Records and professional advisors who know the requirements of your intended major (if you have one), your placement information and high school preparation, and your First-Year Seminar choices. Most students will have 16 credits on their first semester schedule. The minimum number of credits that you need to be full-time is 12 and the maximum number of credits that you can carry is 18.
First-Year students are prohibited from carrying more than 18 credits in their first semester. Our overload policy is based on a student's grade point average, which prohibits a First-Year student from petitioning.
Scheduling Priorities – Order of Adding Courses to Create Your Schedule
- FIRST: Any required courses for the major that you indicated you would be pursuing. These should not be changed unless you change your intended major. To review the required courses for your intended major, refer to the Online Catalog . You are welcome to print a hard copy of the program requirements by selecting the “Print Degree Planner” link located in the upper-right corner of the program page.
- SECOND: A First-Year Seminar . The seminar is selected based on: a) how quickly you completed the online registration materials; and b) your highest ranked seminar that did not conflict with a major course (s) on your schedule. Seminars cannot be changed . Your First-Year Seminar Instructor is also your First-Year Advisor. Your instructor’s name and e-mail address are listed on the reverse side of this sheet.
Additional Core courses
were then added to create you a full schedule. The Core program is organized into eight thematic Areas of Understanding. On your schedule, you can see which courses count for core because the course titles start with an abbreviation for the area of core as follows: PLE (Power of Language – English), PLO (Power of Language – Ancient or Modern), MA (Mathematical Sciences), WCH (Western Cultural Heritage), NCH (Non-Western Cultural Heritage), HUM (Humanities), SSC (Social Sciences), NPS (Natural and Physical Sciences), and CE (Creative Expression).
Consult the online College Catalog or the Registration and Records Core and Signature Learning informational web page for more information on the Core Program . Some courses may double count for both a major/minor requirement as well as an Area of Understanding within the Core Program.
You MUST consult with your advisor before making any changes to your schedule. Keep in mind that there is limited activity at the College due to CDC Guidelines. This means that many issues related to schedules may not be addressed until you meet with your advisor during fall orientation . Schedule changes made without prior approval may create unintended consequences (wait listing) on your fall schedule. To ensure you do not accidentally lose a seat in a class currently on your schedule, members of the Office of Registration and Records would be happy to assist. Simply send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance. You can make changes to your schedule by logging into JayWeb using your username, password, and JayWeb instructions and in consultation with your advisor, or the Office of Registration and Records in the absence of your advisor.
Signature Learning Experiences : Elizabethtown College is committed to engaging its students in real-world learning opportunities that complement classroom learning and provide pathways to productive careers and lives beyond college. All Elizabethtown College students will complete at least two Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs) as part of their graduation requirements. In consultation with their academic advisor, students will select at least two of the following five Signature Learning Experiences: supervised research; community-based learning; cross-cultural experiences; internships, field experiences or practicums; and capstone experiences.
The College typically receives Credit through Examination (AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) scores in July. Students can review score minimums on the Registration and Records Transfer Credit website.
Transfer Credit for college courses completed while in high school requires the submission of an official transcript to the Office of Registration and Records at Elizabethtown College. The transcript MUST be official and come directly to us from the credit granting college or university. After the evaluation of the transcript, a member of the Office of Registration and Records will send you and your academic advisor a formal Notification of Transfer Credit to your etown.edu email address.
Students can review the award of transfer credits using your JayWeb account. ALWAYS discuss the effect of any/all transfer credits with your advisor to ensure that your fall schedule does not inadvertently duplicate or alter courses already on your fall schedule.
The Registration and Records Office uses students’ etown.edu e-mail accounts as their official means of communicating with students. From summer orientation until graduation, students must be engaged and manage their etown.edu e-mail accounts regularly. Registration and Records is NOT responsible for any missed communications due to improper management of your etown.edu account.