Step #1: Know the Goals of New Student Advising

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

The very first class you register for at Dickinson is your First-Year Seminar.  Prior to your new student advising call, you will be asked to submit your top six choices (of more than 40 First-Year Seminar options). You will ultimately be placed into one of those six seminars. Prior to your new student advising call (which will take place between July 9-15), you should identify 4-6 other courses in which you are interested. During your new student advising call, you will consult with a member of Dickinson's new student advising staff on those courses. As soon as you finish your advising session, you will use Banner, our online course selection system, to request three additional courses. 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, 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 new student 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 zoom, email or phone. You can have confidence in your new student 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
  • An OPTIONAL . 25 (music) or .5 credit (dance) course 
 

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