Freshman Scheduling Tips

  • Now is your time to explore! Register for a course which has a special topic of interest to you. It does not have to fulfill a requirement!!
  • Choose around 15 courses that appeal to you. It’s always great to have a backup list of courses if you do not get into your first choices.
  • Try to create a mix of courses that allow you to break for lunch daily, accommodate athletic practices, and spread out your class attendance over the five days of the week.
  • If you do not know your AP scores yet, make your best guess as to possible scores and go ahead and register.
  • Register on time! Popular courses tend to fill up quickly. Registration begins at 7 AM, Thursday July 6th.
  • Consider registering for a Freshman Seminar course.  You can find freshman courses by selecting “Freshman Seminars” in the "Department" field at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes/.
  • If you are undecided about what major you would like to go into, use your first semester as a time of exploration. Take a few introductory level courses in subject areas that you have a particular interest in. Who knows? This could open up the door to a major that you had never even considered!!
  • If you have a particular major in mind, go to the Majors/Minors page for a sample schedule.
  • Register for 12 –17 total credits.
  • You should look for courses that have open seats. If there is a course you want that is waitlisted you can put yourself on the waitlist but your selections should NOT only consist of these courses.
  • There are some courses that will show open seats but have a waitlist. This could be one of two reasons:
    1. Seats have become available and people on the waitlist are being contacted to register for the course
    2. The course has reserved seats for incoming freshmen students
  • Relax! Your academic advisor will review your schedule in the summer and provide feedback. We’ll let you know if there are any changes that you need to make.