Note to new students and their parents: Students are advised in person and register for courses at Swarthmore during Orientation, not ahead of time. Please feel welcome to familiarize yourselves with our web pages about Registration and Requirements, but please wait to ask your questions when you come to campus in August. (We want to help you, but many of us are not available to do so until then.)
First Year Student Advising & Registration occurs during
Fall Orientation August 27 to September 1, 2013
"Academic Advice: Here's the Scoop"
LPAC, 11:00AM, Wednesday
Karen Henry Dean of First Year
Diane Anderson Dean of Academic Affairs
Martin Warner Registrar
New Student Registration at a Glance
& Course Selection
Consider your placement results.
Keep in mind the Academic Requirements.
Select 6 to 8 courses (including alternates) you would love to take
plus several PE options (knowing you will only take 4 plus PE).
Visit the Department Advising Fair on Thursday.
With your Advisor, prioritize courses (including PE), plan alternates as might be needed, and get the Advisor's signature on the green form.
Pre-register for your top choices of 4 courses plus PE or PE dance.
Half credit courses are additional to the normal load of four
Understand the Lottery System
Swarthmore uses what we call "lotteries" to manage course enrollment in the few classes that have enrollment limits.
The lottery system makes (nearly) all pre-registrations equal, regardless of when during pre-registration you register, thus eliminating first-come-first-serve stress. The exception is large Economics course sections, which use "first-come, first-served" to fill the sections of its larger classes. This is still no reason to stress -- just be prepared to be flexible.
Departments each have different lottery rules and procedures, but in general, students should enter only one lottery per department.
For example, use "Classics" (not "Classical Studies") because the Swarthmore department is called "Classics"
your top priority
Meet With Your Academic Advisor
With your Advisor, map out your Fall semester. Discuss courses and alternates and PE or PE Dance.
Select six to eight courses (including alternates) you would like to take, plus options for PE or PE Dance, knowing you'll only take four academic courses plus PE or PE Dance.
Obtain your Advisor's signature on the green course advising form.
Be prepared bring the Green form to the Saturday meeting, indicating Academic Advisor approval of any actions on Saturday.
Students who do not get advised can have a "hold" placed on their pre-registration by their Academic Advisor. Students are informed by email of holds being placed, and can check for holds on the mySwarthmore web site. Students who discover they are withheld from pre-registration will probably miss pre-registration and need to register using paper on Saturday. If you miss pre-registration, you will have missed all lotteries.
Confirm your access to mySwarthmore. Any problem, ask ITS Client Services, or a friend.
Pre-register online from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. on Friday. Use the mySwarthmore web site. Finish early if you can.
No rush. Pre-registration provides equal access to courses and lotteries regardless of when you pre-register with the exception of large Economics course sections which use "first-come, first-served". Register for these first, but don't rush.
Students who need to be away from a computer through this time must obtain special approval (and the handout of instructions on how to get registered) from their coach or a dean.
Keep in mind that rules for lotteries are not enforced online, but will be enforced by departments. Read departmental web sites for lottery rules information.
If you miss pre-registration, you can still attend the Saturday Registration Follow-up meeting, but you will have missed all the lotteries. All departmental lotteries will be run off pre-registration.
Where to pre-register?
Options include your dorm room, dorm computer clusters, or McCabe computer clusters. Help will be available at McCabe and many dorm computer clusters. Ask for help from a CA, a SAM (in a dorm), or a Public Area Consultant (at the library).
Pre-register for the 4 academic courses plus PE (or PE Dance) that you actually plan to take.
The Pre-Registration Limit of 4.5 credits gets lifted for drop/add. The 4.5 credit limit during pre-registration is to ensure that every student has a fair chance at 4 courses. (Language courses are usually 1.5 credits.)
PE or PE Dance does not count in the 4.5 credit limit. Register for PE or PE Dance on top of your 4 academic courses.
One at a time or both parts at a time: Add or drop one course, one lecture-and-lab combination, or one language-and-drill combination at a time. Most science courses have associated lectures and labs; most language courses have associated language and drill sections -- for these, add or drop both associated parts at the same time. For most other courses, add or drop one course at a time.
Special instructions for the following subjects
Biology: Enroll for Biology 1 lecture AND your first choice laboratory section during computer Pre-Registration on Friday August 31. If the enrollment in any laboratory section exceeds 24 students, a random lottery will be held only for the over-enrolled laboratory sections. Lottery results will be posted by 6:00 PM on August 31, outside the Introductory Biology Laboratory (SC 204) and outside the Biology department office (Martin 201). Students who are lotteried out of an over-enrolled lab section will be placed on the waiting list for that section. First-year students who are on the waiting list for an over-enrolled laboratory section are encouraged to enroll *in person* in any other unfilled laboratory section at the Biology table at the Follow-up Registration meeting (11:00 AM Saturday, September 1), where sections will be filled on a *first-come, first-served* basis. Laboratory sections will meet during the first week of classes.
Chemistry: General Chemistry (Chem 010 and 010H),
computer pre-register for lecture and your first choice of lab section on mySwarthmore, then when you are done pre-registering, complete the REQUIRED supplemental lab pre-registration form to specify a second choice lab. Hand in the form to the Registrar's Office by 11:00AM. Fall pre-enrollment lab section assignments are tentative and are not finalized until late afternoon on August 31st.Final assignments to Chemistry 10 and 10H laboratory sections will be posted outside the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department office (Science Center 188A) by 6:00 pm on Friday, August 31st. Students who still need to resolve conflicts with their lab assignment should come to the Chemistry/Biochemistry table at the Registration meeting in Upper Tarble at 11:00 am Saturday, Sept 1st. Laboratory sections will be begin on Monday, Sept 3rd.
Physics & Astronomy: For Physics 3 and Astro/Physics 5,
computer pre-register for lecture
and your first choice of Physics lab section on mySwarthmore, then when you are
done pre-registering, complete the appropriate REQUIRED supplementallab preference form and return it to the registrar's office
by 11:00AM on Friday. You will be assigned a lab section according to your expressed preferences, and that assignment will be posted outside the Physics and Astronomy Department office (Science Center 143) by 9:00 AM on Saturday.
Astro 5 and Physics 5 share the PHYS 005 labs. For an Astro 5 laboratory, register online for your first choice of PHYS 005 lab, and complete the supplemental form.
Math & Stats: Certain Mathematics and Statistics courses have a REQUIRED supplementary pre-registration forms. Courses requiring such a form are Math 15, 25, 26, 27, or Stat 11. Maths/Stats supplementary forms are due at the Registrar's Office by 11:00a.m. Friday. This is required to confirm your enrollment in a section. In the event that your first choice for a section is over-enrolled, the information you provide here will be used to re-assign some students to different sections. Thus it is important to report accurately any scheduling conflicts you may have with any of the sections. Students who fail to submit this by the 11:00 a.m. deadline will be re-assigned randomly if their section is over-enrolled.
Prerequisites: Students must be sure that they have fulfilled any pre-requisites for courses they wish to take, or obtained the permission of the instructor.
Auditing: New students should NOT audit in their first semester. See the catalogue for other rules on auditing.
Music 48: Sign up for Music 48 at the Music Department after classes start (not on the Green form or an Add form).
Friday afternoon after pre-registration:
Patience during Lotteries
Departments "lottery" over-enrolled class lists after pre-registration. Most are done Friday evening at 8:00pm, some Saturday morning, and rarely one or two might happen after the Saturday follow-up meeting.
Late lotteries: Any class or lab with a supplemental form, either a supplemental lab form or the supplemental Math/Stat web form, can take a long time to lottery. Be prepared for these classes and labs to be late in announcing their lottery results, perhaps even doing so after the Saturday meeting.
Saturday at 11:00am in Upper Tarble:
Follow-up Registration Meeting as needed Don't be late!
Most lotteries are completely finished by Saturday at 10:00am. After that time, you should consider registrations in mySwarthmore approved.
Keep in mind that classes and labs with supplemental registration may be late in announcing their lottery results, perhaps even doing so after the Saturday meeting.
The Saturday meeting is for students who did not get into 4 courses. (If you do not need to go to the Saturday meeting, your Green Form can be discarded.)
The Registration Meeting starts at 11:00am and finishes quickly! (probably shortly after 11:30). Come at 11:00am. Students will be admitted as quickly as possible, seniors, juniors and sophomores first, then first year students. Don't be late!
SAMs will be there to help. Thank you SAMs!
Bring your Green Form to show Advisor approval of what you do on Saturday.
Look for Open First-year Seminars list (online and on paper at the meeting). On Saturday the list will show which first-year seminars have openings after lotteries.
To Add a course, use the Add/Drop form to obtain instructor signature. First add any Computer Science or Economics courses, as some sections fill on a first come first served basis. Blank forms will be available at the meeting.
To Drop a course, indicate it on the Add/Drop form, and complete a Pink Withdrawal Card and immediately hand the Pink Card in at the departmental table. Forms and cards will be available at the meeting.
Hand in Add/Drop and Green Form at the Registrar's table.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday...
You are required to attend the first class or laboratory meeting to confirm your enrollment. All classes and laboratories meet the first week of classes. Contact the professor directly to ask that your seat be held if you
can't make the first meeting.
Set up your Moodle account (linked from the Dash). Moodle is Swarthmore's course management systems, and are used by many courses to post syllabi, homework assignments, discussions, etc.
For Moodle supported courses, you need to hand in the Add/Drop form the day you make the change, in order to get your name on the list as soon as possible.
Students are required to complete an Add/Drop
form for all drops & adds, but the instructor of a class has last word about
who is enrolled.
In the first week of classes, you are encouraged to check classes you were lotteried out of to see if seats have since become available.
Some course "shadowing" may be appropriate in the first week of classes, but not in the second, when most classes are well underway. Shadowing is attending a class of interest for which you are not registered. If space opens, ask to add the class.
Look again for the "Open First-Year Seminars" list, showing which first-year seminars have openings and how many, this time after the Saturday meeting.
Remember that the liberal arts experience includes serendipitous discovery. Be open to it.
Full Time Enrollment Required: All students must
register for at least 4.0 credits per semester, unless they have obtained
special permission to do otherwise.
Normal progress is four semester course credits per semester, plus PE until PE is done. Students that do not manage to complete and pass at straight C or better at least three credits per semester will have their records reviewed by the Committee on Academic Requirements and could be required to take an academic leave. Note that INC grades, Withdraw grades, or shadow grades of less than straight C do not satisfy this minimum expectation.
Students should also be mindful to maintain satisfactory progress toward fulfilling their degree. Normal progress is four semester course credits per semester. Over the semesters, at a minimum, students should earn 6 to 8 credits by the end of the first year, 14 to 16 credits by the end of the sophomore year, and 22 to 24 credits by the end of the junior year. Students not achieving satisfactory progress will have their records reviewed by the Committee on Academic Requirements and could be required to take an academic leave.
Students who have not satisfied their financial obligations will not be permitted to attend classes, live in campus housing, have a meal plan, register via add/drop (or any other method) for any classes, enroll for the following semester, participate in the room lottery, obtain a transcript, or be permitted to be graduated.