Academic Advising Center
New Incoming Undergraduate Student Registration FAQ
Why am I being asked to choose so many classes on the registration form?
The Academic Advising Center will be putting together a year-long schedule for you based upon a number of factors, including: the choices that you indicate on the Registration Form, the requirements for your declared major, AP/IB credits, seat availability, and class times. Choosing a variety of classes allows the Academic Advising Center to put together the best possible schedule for you.
Why am I registered for both the fall and spring semester?
First year students greatly benefit from being registered for both the fall and spring semesters. Our goal is to ensure that students obtain a schedule with appropriate major and Liberal Arts requirements. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with their academic requirements, our registration system, and to discuss their academic goals with an advisor before they are eligible to register themselves for classes.
Where can I find a description of each course?
Course descriptions are found here.
What are my “major” courses?
The first page of the Registration Form outlines a typical first-year schedule for the major you have declared, with the “major” classes indicated in bold. More information about these courses can be found in the Course Descriptions. The Advising Center will place you in the appropriate courses required for your declared major, and will complete your schedule with the required first-year writing courses and Liberal Arts classes that you select on the Registration Form.
Please note that Honors students have an additional insert that outlines the typical first-year schedule for all majors (major classes indicated in bold).
Can I take more courses in my major in my first year instead of taking Liberal Arts requirements?
No. Each academic department at the College has outlined specific courses that must be taken in a sequential order for the majors. Please be assured that the Advising Center will place you in the appropriate first-year course(s) for your declared major.
How many classes will I take?
The normal course load for students is 16 credits per semester, or four 4-credit courses. Students within Performing Arts take between 16-18 credits made up of 4-credit, 2-credit and 1-credit courses. Additionally, any student participating in the optional Freshman Symposium will be registered for an additional 1-credit elective.
When will I be able to see my schedule?
You will be able to view your schedule on eCommon before your arrival at Orientation. An email will be sent to your Emerson address in late August explaining when and how you can view your schedule online.
Will I be able to make changes to my schedule?
We hope you will be happy with the course schedule we create for you, especially since it will be based on your choices! But, we understand you may wish to make changes. Students can make schedule changes throughout the first five days of the semester. Assistance will also be available at the Academic Advising Center during this add/drop period in September. You will learn more about this process when you meet us at Orientation.
I am playing a varsity sport at Emerson. How will my classes be scheduled?
Be sure to indicate on the First-Year Survey (last/back page of the Registration Form) that you are a student athlete. The Advising Center is notified by the Athletics Department when practices and games are scheduled. We will schedule your courses to the best of our ability in order to accommodate your athletic commitments.
What is a waiver?
Certain Liberal Arts requirements may be waived based upon particular examinations or experience. Students who qualify for a waiver are exempt from taking those courses/requirements. Note: you do not receive academic credit for a waiver; it simply exempts you from having to take a particular course at Emerson. The requirements that can be waived are Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) and World Languages. See Liberal Arts Waiver Information for details on what qualifies as a waiver.
How do I know if I received a waiver?
The Math and World Languages waivers will be applied by Admissions over the summer. These waivers will not impact your first-year course registration. You can check with Academic Advising during the fall semester to determine if you have received a waiver for Quantitative Reasoning or World Languages.
What score do I need to get on my AP exams to receive college credit at Emerson?
AP test scores of 4 or 5 will receive 4 credits in the area of the exam. More information about AP exams is available here.
If I am expecting AP credit for a Liberal Arts requirement, do I still have to rank it?
Yes. This will allow the Academic Advisors to have as many choices as possible when making your schedule. We will prioritize courses that fulfill requirements when we create your schedule, and only schedule requirements fulfilled by AP if there are no other options.
Should I wait to return my registration packet until after I receive my AP scores?
No! We have provided an area on the first page of the Registration Form to indicate any AP test scores you anticipate receiving. It is in your best interest to return the Registration Form as soon as possible, indicating all AP tests you have taken, even if you do not yet know your score. If necessary, adjustments can be made to your schedule to accommodate AP scores that arrive later in the summer.