AngieW in Texas Posted June 4, 2013 Share Posted June 4, 2013 We just got back from freshman orientation for my middle dd. She really benefited from her sister already going through it two years ago. We knew what needed to be done in advance this time. Here are my recommendations: I recommend keeping a folder with all of your essentials in it. This would have a copy of your transcript from high school and your transcript from community college (if you took classes there) along with your SAT/ACT scores, AP scores, and any important mail from the university (like a scholarship notice). Make sure you look at the degree plans for everything you are interested in before going to orientation. Come up with at least 10 classes you need to take that you can take (already have the prerequisite). Try to come up with a workable schedule for any 7 of the classes so that when your advising turn comes up, you can go first (and have a better chance of getting in to the classes you want). You should have class options that you are interested in written down and easily accessible for orientation. Your list should include the class prefix, course number, and section number. If there is another identifying number, it should be written down as well. You should also write down the day/time, teacher, and location of the class. If there is a particular teacher you want to avoid (see my ratemyprofessors note below), then be sure to note that. If you are planning on a state school, everybody has to take the core curriculum classes, regardless of major. Taking some of these (especially history and government) at ACC is a very good idea. Many universities teach these courses as huge lecture hall classes with over 200 students. UT Dallas will not allow freshmen to sign up for more than 18 hours and actually encourages them to take just 12-15 hours their first semester, although scholarship students have to take 15 hours each semester unless they get a waiver from the scholarship office. If you want to take a class that has a prerequisite you don't already have, you can email the teacher BEFORE orientation and ask permission to take the class as a corequisite instead. The worst they can do is say no. Be sure to look up all teachers on ratemyprofessors.com and read the reviews. The reason given for low ratings might be why that teacher would be a good fit for you or the reason given for high ratings might be why that teacher would be a bad fit for you. Many schools require you to take a placement test before you can sign up for any math class and another before you can sign up for any computer science class. You should generally get these completed several weeks before you are scheduled for orientation. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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