The following message was emailed to all incoming first-year students from the Office of Academic Advising.
July 8, 2015
Hello New Students!
The time has arrived: Round I of Registration begins Monday. To be ready, be sure that you have:
- checked your registration time in WIN by clicking “Check Your Holds & Registration Status” under Virtual Campus (see Forestry 101, p. 85). Note that all registration times are in Eastern Standard Time. You can register starting at the first time stated through July 16 at 11:59 pm.
- worked on your Course Preference Survey (CPS) through the page that tells you to STOP until you have completed Round I of registration. When you are at that point do NOT click the “Forward” arrow until after you have registered for Round I … just close out your browser (don’t worry: your progress will be have been saved up to that point). As you work on the CPS, please take the time to read directions closely. As indicated in the survey, the CPS is intended to help you prepare for Round I registration so you should do everything up to the “STOP” message before Monday. After you have completed Round I registration, a final review of the CPS allows you to make modifications taking into account the classes for which you registered in Round I. Please submit the final completed CPS to us as soon as you can AFTER completing Round I registration and no later than July 17. (If you do submit the CPS before Round I registration, we will be unable to make it available again for modification, but will still be able to use whatever was submitted.) The CPS in its entirety will help us complete your schedule, taking into account your preferences while also considering class availability and time conflicts.
- completed the Foreign Language Placement (FLP) test. You need the placement information from this test for your Course Preference Survey as well as for Round I registration. If you have any technical issues with the FLP, please contact the HELP desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.758.HELP. If you will be receiving credit via AP or IB (HL) for a foreign language class, and are wondering what class you should take next at WFU, please reference this chart: http://advising.wfu.edu/flp_table/, or the 2014-2015 AP Policy (http://registrar.wfu.edu/academic/ap/). [Please note that the chart at http://advising.wfu.edu/flp_table/ does not have information for those who will place via AP for Chinese and Italian.] If you have AP/IB credit for a foreign language and are wondering whether you should take the FLP, please see Forestry 101, p. 75 orhttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/planning-for-registration/. After consulting these resources, if you continue to have any questions regarding placement or foreign language courses, please reach out to the appropriate contacts as listed on the new student web site:http://newstudents.wfu.edu/planning-for-registration/foreignlanguage/.
- read instructions for completing registration in the Registration section of Forestry 101 (p. 81 and following), including the “Commonly Asked Registration Questions” that appear on pp. 99-102.
Here is a reminder of advising resources as you prepare for Round I of registration:
- Forestry 101 (sections on Academic and Registration) and the new student website; remember that if you do not have access to your hard copy ofForestry 101, the e-book version is at http://wfu.tizrapublisher.com/forestry-101/.
- OAA’s advising web site (http://advising.wfu.edu), which includes a page of FAQs for new students (http://advising.wfu.edu/first-year-students-faq/) and links to information for pre-health tracks (http://college.wfu.edu/prehealth/pre-health-professions/courses-for-pre-health-profession-students/first-year-students/what-should-i-take-in-the-fall-semester-of-my-first-year/) and other pre-professional tracks (see http://newstudents.wfu.edu/advising/ for links to all).
- For a professional academic counselor, email email@example.com or call (336) 758-3320 (for best response, do so before 5 pmEastern Standard Time this Friday, 7/10).
- For a trained student adviser, email askanSA@nullwfu.edu or have a google chat on July 12 or 13 (see schedule on Forestry 101, p. 72 orhttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/advising/). Note that this google chat option is available the evening before registration starts from 6-10 pm Eastern Standard Time.
It is perfectly normal for students to experience some worry or anxiety about registering for college classes. I want to reassure you that, especially if you prepare with the resources we’ve provided, your registration should go smoothly. For Round I, I recommend that you have a few course options as you sit down to register for your first 8 hours, so that if one option (for example, your first-choice writing class) is closed you can move on to a next-preferred option. I also want to reassure you that we in the OAA are here to help if challenges arise. We will be available by phone and email during business hours next week if you need assistance.
The OAA staff and other advisers will also be working hard during Round II registration to craft a full schedule that will meet your needs as a first-semester student. Does this mean you will get your exact first-choice schedule? Not necessarily. There are many factors that affect registration including time conflicts between classes and course availability. What it does mean is that you will have a schedule that fulfills academic requirements, that helps you begin important exploration of preferred academic paths, and that begins your WFU journey of obtaining a broad education in exploring the liberal arts. You chose Wake Forest knowing that WFU values and requires broad liberal arts exploration, so please keep an open mind about the courses that are of value to you in this first semester.
Please try not to stress too much about this process. Between your preparation and our help – as well as the fact that you can make adjustments to your schedule after you meet with your academic adviser during Orientation – I am confident that you will have an exciting and appropriate fall semester schedule. Our past new students report very high rates of satisfaction with their course schedules, and I am confident it will be the same for you.
In closing, note that July 17 is the deadline to sign up for Project Wake (http://newstudents.wfu.edu/summer-academic-project/) and several pre-Orientation programs (http://newstudents.wfu.edu/pre-orientation/)
Have a great week, and we look forward to your course enrollments next week!
All the best,
Christy M. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Advising
Professor of Psychology
PO Box 7225, Reynolda Hall 125
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109