Step #1: Know the Goals of Summer Advising

YOUR GOAL: CHOOSE COURSES THAT FIT YOUR INTERESTS FOR A SCHEDULE THAT TOTALS 4 OR 4.5 CREDITS

Now that you are enrolled in a First-Year Seminar, you are ready to begin preparing 4-6 courses for your Summer Advising Call. You'll consult with a member of the faculty between July 10-14, and you will use Banner, our online course selection system, to request at least three additional courses between July 17-24. A total of four, one-credit courses represents a standard, full-time schedule at Dickinson. (Some students choose to take an extra quarter (music) or half-credit (dance) course and/or a non-credit course in physical education, but those are optional.)  

In any case, your first priority is to think carefully about your interests and goals. You’ll also decide whether to take a foreign language in your first semester (about 95% of students who aren’t already fluent in a second language choose to do so) and/or a natural science (about 50% of students choose to do so). All students interested in pursuing a natural science should take a lab science course in their first semester. Double check the 'Lab Science Advising Guide', to help you make this decision. Foreign language and natural science study are required at Dickinson, and these are probably the only college requirements with which you need to concern yourself now. Instead, you should focus on your sense of intellectual purpose: what do you want to learn about in college and why?

Please plan to invest a reasonable amount of time preparing for your summer advising call. Choosing your courses is important. Because these choices represent decisions about your interests, the process of making them should be fun! We’ll be available to answer questions whether by phone or on the Dickinson Class of 2021 Facebook page. You can have confidence in your summer advising experience: 99% of new students arrive on campus with full course schedules.  

SAMPLE SCHEDULE #1 SAMPLE SCHEDULE #2
  • First-year seminar
  • First year seminar
  • Course in a subject you want to pursue or explore
  • Course in a subject you want to pursue or explore
  • Course in a foreign language of your choice
  • Second course in a subject you want to pursue or explore
  • Course in a natural science with lab
  • Course in a foreign language of your choice
  • Physical Education course &/or . 25 (music) or .5 credit (dance) course (BOTH OPTIONAL)
  • Physical Education course &/or .5 credit music or dance course (BOTH OPTIONAL)

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