AB Course Advising Schedule and Helpful Tips for Freshmen
Dear AB Butler Freshmen,
The time has come to begin advising appointments for fall course enrollment. Please search for your adviser’s appointment times at http://wass.princeton.edu and schedule a meeting. The advising and course enrollment schedule is as follows:
April 10 Butler Wilson Advising Mall, 10:00-11:00pm, Wilcox Dining Hall. Get advice from peer advisers and other upperclassmen on majors, certificates, courses, and other academic questions.
April 10-25 This is your advising period. You must complete an Academic Planning Form (available online under Advising in SCORE), and bring two copies of it with you to your advising appointment. (Hint: use the print button at the bottom of the form to print out a well-formatted copy.) You will discuss your course selection and other academic plans with your adviser before “finalizing” your course selection.
April 25 2:00 p.m. -- Deadline for submitting a signed Academic Planning Form to your residential college office. Students who do not meet this deadline will be placed on Adviser Hold.
April 26 Freshman course selection period begins on SCORE. You may enroll in courses approved by your adviser beginning on this date.
May 3 Deadline for freshmen to select fall-term courses without charge. The penalty for late selection is $10 per day, and late freshmen must submit a signed Academic Planning Form in person to the Registrar’s Office.
May 20 – 24 SCORE website reopens during the second week of final exams to allow course changes. SCORE closes for undergraduates at 11:59 p.m. on May 24.
As you think about courses, here are a few considerations
Major. If you are an AB, you don’t need to decide your major until next April, but hopefully you are starting to home in on it. Over the next year, you should both explore remaining possibilities AND be sure that you are fulfilling prereqs for them. You can see the prereqs by going to the Undergraduate Announcement and clicking on “Academic Departments and Programs” or visiting the departmental website. The department pages on the Major Choices website are also an excellent source of insights on majors.
Distribution requirements. Normally, you should have no more than one or two distribution requirements remaining at the end of sophomore year. If you are averse to any particular distribution area, then that’s all the more reason to get those courses out of the way before you move on to your major and independent work. This is especially true of the STL, which can be more time-consuming than many other classes.
Course deficiencies. You should normally have completed eight courses by the end of freshmen year as an AB and nine as a BSE. If you are one below that, I recommend that you consider getting a credit over the summer. If you are more than one course below that, you must get summer credit before you can begin sophomore year. All non-Princeton summer courses must be approved in advance by completing the course pre-approval form.
Browse Course Offerings broadly. Check out courses in a number of different departments. You might be surprised by what you find. Here are a few tips on looking
Are you interested in business? Did you know there are lots of entrepreneurship classes appropriate for sophomores under EGR, like EGR 492, EGR 494, EGR 495, EGR 497, and EGR 498.
Do you want your coursework to relate to serve local community needs? Click the left-hand link on the Course Offerings page for Community-Based Learning Initiative courses.
Do you have specific interests such as health, education, or film? Find related courses by using the keyword search (also a link on the left-hand side of the Course Offerings page).
Are you interested in the arts? After you check out the creative writing, visual arts, or music classes you know you like, don’t forget to look at the Atelier courses,
Peer Advisers. Don’t forget that peer advisers are there to help. You should feel free to contact ANY peer adviser who may be knowledgeable about departments or programs that interest you, as well as the peer advisers who are connected to your zee group or faculty adviser.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.
Director of Studies