Advising & Registration for New Students

New Students for Fall 2021: Preparing for Advisement & Registration During New Student Orientation

Advising & Registration for New Students

New Students for Fall 2021: Preparing for Class Advising & Registration

We are so glad you have made the choice to join us at RWU. Welcome to our community of active and engaged learners! The following information will help you prepare to meet with members of our community during New Student Orientation in June to select your fall 2021 courses.   

During New Student Orientation, you will learn about the RWU curriculum, degree requirements, and academic opportunities.  You will meet with an academic advisor to select your courses for the fall and learn how to register for classes using our student portal, Roger Central.

When meeting with an academic advisor, we hope it will be a conversation where you can talk about your academic interests, goals, and strengths. Our goal is for you to leave Orientation with a class schedule for the fall semester that you are comfortable with and excited about! 

Since this is your first time participating in academic advisement, we ask that you prepare for this conversation ahead of time.  We would like your advising meeting to be a conversation, so please be an active participant. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we don’t expect you to know everything! 

To help prepare you for this first experience with academic advisement, we would like you to prepare a bit before Orientation.  We want you to be an active participant in the conversation, so here is a checklist of things to consider before coming to Orientation:  :

  1. Please be sure to complete the Class Selection Survey sent to you via your RWU email before Orientation. Completing this survey will help you identify things to discuss during advisement and help us guide you in selecting the courses you are most interested in taking.   
     
  2. If you have decided on a major, get to know the major(s) and the required courses. You can go to the RWU website and visit the pages for your major. Many majors will list requirements or direct you to the University Catalog for more information. The University Catalog will also allow you to read descriptions for any required courses. Once you’re feeling acquainted with major requirements, log in to Roger Central and look at the requirements for your major under the Progress Tab. If you are undecided/exploring, look through the requirements for majors you might be interested in or go to the department’s web page to get an understanding of the requirements to graduate. Our Deans and faculty have created videos which you will find helpful in learning more about your academic program.
     
  3. If you have not decided on a major yet, we encourage you to watch the videos the academic deans have prepared as a way to explore different options.  You can also make a list of potential majors or academic areas of interest.  Think about what classes you have enjoyed in the past or classes you hope to take in the future!
     
  4. Get to know the Core Curriculum. Review the information on the Core Curriculum. Specifically, you will want to look at the Core Competency Courses (Math & Writing) and the Five-Course Interdisciplinary Core courses as you all will be taking some of these courses in your first semester. Think about which Core (Core 101-105) you would like to start with for the fall semester. You can read about the courses and the instructors who teach them here
     
  5. Make a course wish list. Look through the offerings of courses for the fall semester and make a list of the courses you might be interested in taking after looking at the requirements. Generally, you will want to look at classes in the 100 level.  When talking with an advisor, you can ask about the courses required for your major if you have picked one. 
     
  6. If you have taken AP or IB exams or any college-level classes, be sure to let your advisor know.  RWU will not receive AP scores until some point in July and we may not yet have your official scores or transcript from a course you took. But, we can advise you to not take a course that you might end up receiving credit for. Please be sure you requested to have the AP or IB score reported to RWU. If you took a college course, please make sure we receive an official college transcript.

Questions and Discussion Items for Advisement During Orientation: ​​​​​​​

 

  • What are the requirements for my major or the majors I am considering? 
  • Should I be taking certain courses in a sequence?  Are there prerequisites for certain courses that I should keep in mind?  Are there certain courses I need to take in the fall because they are not offered in spring? 
  • Make a list of the academic areas that interest you.   
  • Make a list or mental note of the courses that were your strength in high school/secondary school.
  • Make a list or mental note of the courses that were a challenge for you in high school/secondary school. 
  • Ask about the Core Concentration?  If I will be taking an elective this fall, how might this work with a Core Concentration?  
  • What if I am undecided or still unsure about my major—what can I take?  Do you have recommendations to help me explore my options? 
  • If I would like to study abroad in the future, is there anything I should keep in mind in planning what I take? 
  • Keep in mind your personal strengths and weaknesses to prepare a balanced schedule. Think about what times you would prefer for your classes—but know that you always need to have a back-up plan should those classed be full. If you are a commuter, plan a schedule that takes your travel time into account. If you are an athlete, be sure to know when you are expected to be out of class for practice/games. If you will be working, be sure to allow time to get in the number of hours you need to. Be sure to let the faculty member working with you know whether you will need your schedule to be flexible for any of these reasons.  

Beyond Orientation: 

Every student at RWU is assigned a faculty advisor whose job it is to help guide you in your academic planning.  They are available as a resource for you and we strongly encourage you to get to know them. You will be required to meet with them at least once a semester during the advisement period to discuss your registration plans before you register.  Your faculty advisor is assigned according to your major and will be listed in Roger Central before the start of the fall semseter. If you are an exploring/undecided student, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who works specifically with exploring students. Once you decide on a major, you will be re-assigned a faculty advisor for your newly declared major. Exploring students will also be assigned a professional advisor in the Advising Office (part of RWU’s Center for Student Academic Success) who can assist you with the process of exploring majors.   

If you have any questions about your course schedule or would like to make a change to it over the summer, please feel free to contact the Advising Office at csas@rwu.edu or call 401-254-3456.