In the Know: Course Registration during the Free Drop/Add Period

For some college students, course selection and registration is a positive experience. After having limited choices in high school, they may feel excited by the opportunity to take a class in a subject they’ve never been exposed to and grateful  they can develop a schedule that is consistent with their preferred sleep habits. Other students feel overwhelmed by the wide range of classes available, disappointed that they have to take more general education classes, or anxious about securing a seat in a popular course that filled before they could add it to their schedules. Although there are limits on how much choice you have in course selection, students do have the option of making changes to their Fall 2017 schedules beginning
Tuesday, August 1 using the WebReg system.       

Your academic advisor can not enroll you in a full course or a course that a department has reserved for specific populations. If you receive an error message when you try to register for a class, read the corresponding note and follow the instructions provided.

CHOOSING A MAJOR

Summer is a good time for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores to take steps toward identifying a major in which they will be academically successful and personally satisfied.

⇒ Complete the online workshop, Choosing and Declaring a Major, at http://www.udel.edu/AEC-workshop/major/index.html.

⇒ Go to the UD catalog at http://academiccatalog.udel.edu and review the requirements for at least three majors that interest you.  Consider whether the majority of the coursework is more likely to interest or bore you. Are the types of classes required mostly consistent with your strongest skill set?

Student-to-Student Advice

I thought I had to decide what I wanted to do right away or I’d never graduate on time. But meeting with my advisor helped me understand how I could be undeclared and take classes in a lot of different subjects until I figured out what I want to do, and I can still finish my degree when I’m supposed to if I plan it right. – UST Sophomore

I started out at UD as a biology major and really thought I wanted to be a doctor. But after the first semester, I realized it just wasn’t my passion and I’m too young to make that kind of commitment. I went to see an undeclared advisor and asked her what other options I have. She was very helpful and now I feel a lot less stressed.  – Sophomore Health Behavior Science major with Disability Studies concentration

I don’t think most people know what they want to do. Even people I know who came here with a major are always saying,, “Oh, should I study this? Am I going to get a job if I major in this?”  I’ll never be 20 years old and in college again. I want to learn about everything while I can. I can dedicate myself to a career later. – Junior History/Philosophy double major with Sociology and Theater minors

 

Meet the UST Advisors

Margie Kiter Edwards is a first-generation college student who completed her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Rutger’s University. She held a variety of jobs during college, including working as a substitute elementary school teacher and a community education coordinator for the American Cancer Society. She completed the M.A. in Sociology at UD and was awarded a research assistantship  at the Disaster Research Center, where she had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States studying how communities prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

Margie worked for in the non-profit and state government sectors as a program evaluator and social services administrator before returning to UD to complete a Ph.D. in Family Studies.  She has been a member of the faculty at Shepherd University and Temple University, and now serves UD as an academic advisor and instructor. A lifelong learner, Margie has continued to take graduate classes that enhance her knowledge of human development and family systems, and she will complete the requirements for the graduate certificate in Health Coaching over the next year. The core theme running throughout her career has been a commitment to serving vulnerable populations by sharing information and other resources that may enhance people’s lives.