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How Freshmen Course Registration Works

Course registration for incoming freshmen is a two-step process.  In June, following a student's completion of all of the tasks on the My Academics web portal, we register him or her in the first semester core courses required by the major department.  Some majors specify a full schedule of courses for the first semester; others only designate one or two courses in addition to math and writing composition courses.

Those students choosing the Summer Orientation option will meet with departmental and/or special program advisors during their time on campus.  After that meeting, students can add general education and elective courses, and make any other necessary adjustments to their schedule.  Students who choose the GEAR Online/Fall Orientation option complete their schedule online during the last three weeks in July, working with assigned summer academic advisors.  Department meetings with GEAR Online freshmen are held during Fall Orientation.

Regardless of which orientation option is chosen, students have the freedom to alter the core course schedule during Summer Orientation, GEAR Online, or Fall Orientation.

Freshman registration for the Undeclared (General Studies) student

There is no pre-established "core" set of courses for the undeclared student.  Instead, you will have the opportunity to select from a diverse array of courses.  This can be an over-whelming task, so we want you to first ask yourself which of the following statements best describes you.

  • Type 1:  I'm not sure about my major, but I have broad areas of interest that I'd like to explore.
  • Type 2:  I am deciding between two or three majors, but I'm not yet ready to commit.
  • Type 3:  I'm considering a career in a particular field, but I don't know how that relates to potential majors.
  • Type 4:  I'm really unclear about my academic or career interest.

We've developed a section of the Academic Interest Questionnaire for Undeclared students that is specific to each of the types described above.  We encourage you to review all sections, but you will be completing only one of the four.  On the basis of your responses, we will register you in classes which will satisfy your general education requirements while you explore a variety of disciplines.  You will gain a firm foundation in core areas as you narrow your academic focus and decide on a major.

This is your opportunity to tell us which courses you are most interested in taking during your first semester of college.  You will be able to speak with an advisor and make and make adjustments to your schedule during Orientation.  Just as is done for students who have declared a major, you will be registered for the math and writing composition course appropriate for your major.  If you last name starts with M-Z, you will take your writing composition course next spring.

Be sure to complete the A-IQ and all of the required placement tests before June 1st so we can reserve your seat in the high-demand classes.

Why do we register Freshmen in their core courses?

In the summer of 2010, the Office for Student Success partnered with Enrollment Services to create a new model for the registration and advising of new traditional freshmen.  The model was created in order to ensure parity in the registration process:  freshmen whose major requires them to take specific courses in their first semester are granted first priority for seats, regardless of when they attend an orientation.  Another benefit of the new freshmen registration and advising model is that it allows students to immediately engage in courses which are important for their major and which match their individual interests.

The Office for Student Success works with academic departments across campus to define the core courses for each major and develop specific questions that help identify a student's individual academic interest.  Information from the Academic Interest Questionnaire (A-IQ), along with scores from the student's various placement test, is then used by professional advisors who register the students for their core classes.  During orientation students may then add additional elective classes or work with their advisor to rearrange their core classes.

The Office for Student Success
(406) 243-2800
269 Lommasson Center
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
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