As a new student, we will work together to develop your class schedule for the fall semester. Unlike the class registration process for returning students, you will not be picking specific classes and times. Rather you will be identifying your major and course preferences and we will build a preliminary schedule for you that takes into account your needs and interests, course and major requirements, placement levels, and class availability. You will review this preliminary schedule with your advisor when you come to Summer Orientation.
How will you get a schedule? It is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Here is what you need to do by May 30th!
- Read "Academics" (below) to learn about the classes you will need to take and some you just want to take. This information provides a foundation for understanding the Wilkes University curriculum. As you read through this information, you will learn about the academic requirements and opportunities at Wilkes. The “Academics” section will cover all of the information you need to think about in order to identify course preferences for your fall schedule.
- Tell us your course preferences. Log in to Orientation Station - This site will ask a series of questions about your major and course preferences. We will use the information you provide to build your schedule. Courses for your intended major or area of interest will be scheduled first and then FYF and General Education preferences are added. In addition to your interests and preferences, placement levels and course availability will be considered when creating your schedule.
- Take the Required Placement Tests and/or surveys. All students in science, engineering, math, or nursing, or who are undeclared and interested in those fields, must take a mathematics placement test. Business majors must complete two surveys. A full listing of requirements by major can be found on the Orientation Station site.
FAQ's about Scheduling:
How many courses/credits will I take my first semester?
The answer to this question will depend on what your major is and the requirements for that major. Most first-year students take 15-16 credits. Depending on the number of credits per course this will be 4 or 5 classes. The minimum load is 12 and the maximum load any student may carry is 18 credits per semester.
Will I have enough time to do my work?
For most courses, each credit represents 1 hour of in-class time per week. A 3 credit course would meet for 3 hours every week. Most science courses meet 4 hours per week and a 1 credit lab will meet either 2 or 3 hours. With this considered, a student with 15 credits will have in class or lab time anywhere from 15 to 21 hours per week. There is vastly more out-of-class work required from a college student since they are expected to work more independently. Study demands are high, as it is recommended to spend three hours outside of class for each hour spent in class.
How and when will I get my schedule?
Once you complete and submit the information in the Orientation Station site, we will create your schedule. Your schedule will be based upon your course preferences, anticipated major, placement test results, academic background, and course availability. Depending on your major or career path, there will be some courses which you are required to take. If you complete your course preferences and placement tests by May 30th, you will receive your schedule when you meet with your academic advisor during summer Orientation.
What happens if I don’t complete these requirements by May 30th? Students who do not meet the deadline will have fewer choices, because many classes will close. If you complete the placement tests and course preference form on time (Due May 30th), you are in the best position to get a schedule that meets your preferences. You should make every possible effort to submit the materials on time.
Who is my advisor and what will he/she do?
Your advisor will be assigned to you based on your intended major interests. He/she will guide you during your transition from high school to college, be there to support you and answer questions about the curriculum, career plans, or other problems that may arise. If you have chosen to be undeclared, an advisor with special expertise in guiding you will be assigned until the time that you decide on a major.
What about AP or advanced standing?
If you have taken the Advanced Placement test for any subject, notify the College Board to send the results to Wilkes University. If you earned a sufficient score (usually a 3, 4, or 5), credit will be awarded for the corresponding course at Wilkes. You should inform the university on the Student Survey if you believe you will be awarded credit for any subject. The official results usually arrive to the student and the University in mid to late July.
Please email email@example.com for more information about advising, fall course scheduling or placement tests.