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Each semester, you will be enrolling in a new set of classes for the upcoming term. This process can be easy or stressful, depending on how you prepare. Here are some tips to make your scheduling process go smoothly as you move through your curriculum!

Tips for Scheduling

Remember that scheduling is an ongoing process, not a one-time thing. Departments add more sections of classes and students add and drop courses from the start of scheduling all the way through the first Friday of the term. When you are able to schedule, enroll in the classes you need. If the class you need is full, add yourself to the waitlist and contact an advisors. Check your OSU email and the OSU class search regularly, as new seats may open up in other sections that you would like to add.

Check course requisites before scheduling a class. If you sign up for a class, you are verifying that you will have met the course requirements by the time the class starts. Your instructors will assume that you have mastered the content from any prerequisite courses and will build upon that material.

Always choose to enroll in an open class over waitlisting a full class. While departments try to accommodate all course demand, waitlisting a class does not guarantee that you will be able to enroll in it. If you see an open seat in a class, even one at a less desirable time, take it!

Do not schedule courses back-to-back. Make sure you have 10 to 15 minutes between classes so you can get to your next class. If you schedule your classes back-to-back without any travel time, you risk putting yourself in a situation where you have to arrive late or leave early from a class. This could lead to losing time for exams, missing points for assignments, and adding stress to your interactions with fellow classmates and the instructional staff.

Schedule Planner

The OSU Schedule Planner is a fantastic online tool to help you build your schedule and sort through your course combinations. To view instructions on using OSU Schedule Planner, click here.

Waitlisting a Class

If a class you want to take is full, you will have the option to add to the waitlist. Students are added to the waitlist in numerical order, based on when they schedule. When someone already enrolled in the course drops it, the person who is in position 1 on the waitlist is automatically enrolled in the course if there are no time conflicts with other classes and if the class does not exceed the 18 credit hour limit. Then, everyone behind them moves up one place. You are not guaranteed a spot in a class you are waitlisted for. Therefore, if there is an open seat at another time that fits into your schedule, it is recommended that you choose that time instead in order to get a seat. Prioritize getting into a class you need over getting the exact time you want.

The waitlist process will only add students as seats become available through the first Friday of the term. After the first Friday, the waitlist process stops enrolling students. During the second week of the term, you can only add a class if the professor gives you permission to add the class by signing a Course Enrollment Permission form, or if the department's central course office gives you permission. For example, permission to enroll in foundational math courses which are closed is granted only by the Math Course Office, not the individual instructor. Instructions on enrollment in a closed math course during the second week can be found on the Department of Mathematics website. After the second week of the term, you cannot add with a Course Enrollment Permission form signed by the professor.

Make sure to keep the time you are waitlisted for a class open in your schedule! If you have a time conflict with another class, the waitlist will not add you. You will be skipped and the next person on the waitlist will be added.

Auditing a Class

When you audit a class, you pay for all tuition and fees and participate in the class, but do not earn a grade or any credit for the course. In addition, after you audit a class you cannot take it during a future term for credit or a grade. Auditing a class typically only makes sense when you want to review a course for which you already have credit but don't want a grade to impact your OSU GPA. For example, if you completed Math 1151 then took two years away from college coursework, auditing Math 1151 may be worthwhile to review the content before moving on to your next math course. If you have questions about auditing a course, contact your academic advisor. The deadline to register to audit full-semester classes is the 4th Friday of the semester.

Taking a Class Pass / Non-Pass

You can opt to change the grading basis of certain classes to Pass / Non-Pass. This means that your final grade in the course will be either Pass or Non-Pass. Neither mark affects your OSU GPA. Courses in which you earn Pass will count towards earned hours. Courses in which you earn Non-Pass will not count towards earned hours. You cannot take any courses Pass / Non-Pass which are being used to fulfill a degree requirement. This includes major requirements as well as General Education courses. Taking a course Pass / Non-Pass typically only makes sense if you want to complete a free elective that is not being applied to your degree and you don't want the grade in the course to impact your OSU GPA. If you have questions about taking a course as Pass / Non-Pass, contact your academic advisor. The deadline to register to take a full-semester class Pass / Non-Pass is the 4th Friday of the semester.