Freshman Orientation Information
Why It Is Important to Declare a Major Soon!
It's a good idea to decide on a major as soon as possible. Some majors take a longer time to complete than others, and some have very specific General Education requirements: the sooner you decide on a major, the less likely it will be that you'll have to take extra General Education classes. For assistance with choosing a major, be sure to meet with your advisor during the fall semester to begin the career planning process.
How Many Classes Should YOU Take?
Most incoming Freshmen start with an English Composition course and a Mathematics course as determined by their placement exams. If you plan to attend full-time, you will need to select two to four additional courses. These are usually chosen from the General Education Program List of approved Courses.
Full-time students take a minimum of four courses and a maximum of six courses their first semester, totaling between 12 and 18 credit hours. If you plan to graduate in four years, you will need to complete a total of 30 credit hours of college-level coursework each year. This can be done by completing at least five classes, totaling 15 credit hours, each Fall and Spring semester and/or taking some classes during the Summer semester.
NOTE: MATH 090, MATH 091, MATH 092, ELP 090 and ELP 099 are NOT college-level.
Before deciding how many hours to enroll for each semester, think carefully about how much time you have for school and whether you will be working. DO NOT plan to work full-time and go to school full-time!