Step Three: Creating a Course Plan on APR 2.0
Step Three Time Line:
Now to August: Review the information available on the New Student Guide & Forms website to help you think about courses for the fall
July 15 to Orientation: After receiving our July mailing with information about your FYP placement and the course(s) in which you are already registered, you will create a course plan on APR 2.0 to help you prepare for completing your fall course schedule during Orientation.
Step Three Process
By the time you receive our mailing packet in early to mid-July, you will know a lot about your fall semester - your FYP course, your advisor, your housing, your second course (or second and third courses for the pre-health, biology, biochemistry or Neuroscience tracks) - but you still have one or two more courses to choose to make up a complete fall schedule. These courses will come from a “course plan” of possible options that you will assemble over the summer - courses you are interested in taking this fall from among those available. You will create this list in our on-line registration system called APR 2.0.
How does this "course plan" happen?
In mid-July, using your SLU network ID and password, you will be able to access our Academic Planning and Registration (APR 2.0) system. APR 2.0 is the on-line system that allows you to review available courses, create a course plan, and register for courses. This summer, you will be using the system mainly to create your course plan for the fall.
You will find instructions for how to use APR 2.0 here. Those instructions will alert you to some issues to pay attention to as you choose courses for your plan. Here are some others to consider:
- Not all courses are open to first-year students. Many courses have prerequisites or are simply too advanced for new college students. Pay attention to those restrictions.
- As noted in Step Two, you are the last group of students to register for classes. This means that many classes are already full, and you will need to wait to take those classes in later semesters.
- Any courses designated as special topics courses [SPTP] are not offered regularly but can also fulfill various requirements and/or elective credits. Special Topics courses at the 100 and 200 level typically have course numbers in the 3XXX range. These courses are available to entering first-year students unless a specific pre-requisite is noted in the course description.
- Please note that all students who have not yet declared a major are classified by the system with a Multifield major. This is simply a placeholder to allow the program to track your progress in fulfilling general education requirements for your degree and will change once you declare your major, which typically happens in the sophomore year.
- All entering students in the Class of 2018 will have an "advisor hold" on their accounts in APR 2.0. This simply means that you are expected to meet with your advisor during August Orientation to discuss course planning, at which time the hold will be lifted so you can register for classes to complete your fall course schedule. This hold does not interfere with your ability to complete a course plan in advance of arriving on campus.
- Many courses have seats saved especially for incoming first-year students because those courses are particularly suitable for new students. So, there are still lots of courses to choose from. Have fun exploring!
How do you decide what classes to put on your course plan?
You have several resources available to help you build that plan:
- Familiarize yourself with the General Education and Graduation Requirements at St. Lawrence.
- Consult the Academic Departments and Programs courses page you will find in the "Planning Your Education" section of the NSG&F. You should feel free to contact the person listed for each department or program with questions about that specific department or program.
- Other information you might find helpful under "Planning Your Education" includes information on Pre-Health, Pre-Law and Other Pre-Professional Programs and International/Off-Campus Study.
- Review the Academic Advising & Resources page in the "Academic Resources" section of the New Student Guide.
- Contact the summer advising team. You can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-229-7397. They will be happy to provide some guidance and answer whatever questions you might have.
When should you have a course plan in place?
By the time you arrive at St. Lawrence in August, you should have a course plan ready that includes options to discuss with your academic advisor. You will be registering for your remaining courses for the fall semester shortly after you meet with your advisor during on campus Orientation in August. Remember: at this point your course plan is simply a collection of courses offered this fall in which you are interested. So, don’t worry about listing the “wrong courses” or creating a perfect plan. Don't even worry about conflicting class meeting times. Use the resources above and put together a plan with multiple options that seems reasonable to you; your advisor will help you to do the rest.