Step Three: Creating a Working List of Courses
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
Early to Mid-July: APR becomes available for access by first-year students
Mid-July to Orientation: Create a working list of courses on APR
Step Three Process
By 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 for a complete fall schedule. These courses will come from a “Working List” of courses that you will assemble over the summer - a list of 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.
How does this happen? In early to mid-July, using your SLU network ID and password, you will be able to access our Academic Planning and Registration (APR) system through the eSaint Portal. APR is the on-line system that allows you to access your transcript, archive documents, review available courses, create working lists of courses, and register for courses. This summer, you will be using the system mainly to create your working list. You will find the instructions for how to use APR on the registrar’s Web site. Scroll down to the section entitled "Creating Your Working List to Prepare for Advising and Registration."
Those APR instructions will alert you to some issues to pay attention to as you choose courses, and here are some others to consider:
- As noted in Step Two, you are the last group of students to register for classes. That means that many classes are already full, and you will need to wait to take those classes in later semesters. It might seem unfair now, but when you are a senior, you will be happy about the seniority system.
- 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.
- 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 working list? You have several resources available to help you build that working list:
- 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 in the "Academic Resources" section of the New Student Guide.
- Contact the summer advising team. You can e-mail them at email@example.com 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 working list in place? By the time you arrive at St. Lawrence in August, you should have a complete working list. During on campus Orientation in August, when you meet with your advisor, you will be registering for your remaining courses for the fall semester. Remember: your working list is just a list of courses offered this fall in which you are interested. So, don’t worry about listing the “wrong courses” or creating a perfect list. Use the resources above and put together a list that seems reasonable to you.