The process of schedule development begins at Orientation and continues throughout your
academic career. You must eventually select a major academic field or program, which will
determine your degree requirements. The best source for all requirements is the Bulletin; the best
resource is an academic advisor.
You should read the following sections of the Bulletin carefully: “Academic Polices and Procedures”, especially the “General Education”, and the "Graduation" sections, which list university requirements. The introduction to the college you have selected lists college requirements; the entire description of your major department, including courses offered; and, if applicable, the subsection “Requirements for a Minor” under the department(s) in which you have chosen to minor. Even if you enter “undecided”, you should review requirements of possible majors and minors early so that the courses you take will count toward degree requirements in the college and field you eventually select.
The Role of Academic Advisors
Although colleges vary widely in their advising procedures, all recognize the importance of academic advising and each maintains an advising system. Information regarding the particular system is disseminated during Orientation and is available from a dean’s office. Academic advisors explain degree requirements and help students develop schedule projections. Their chief area of expertise is the academic program, but they also serve as general resources and refer students to other offices and services as necessary. Students may make appointments to see advisors at any time, but it is necessary that they see them during the Advising Period each semester in order to prepare registration worksheets. Although progress toward a degree is basically a student responsibility, advisors do monitor that progress and will advise students as to appropriate courses and sequential order. Most advisors have model program curricula or posting sheets, which outline all degree requirements and are a great aid in schedule development. Copies are given to students upon request so that they can successfully monitor their own progress and develop tentative semester schedules for advisors to check. Initially, advisors are assigned by a college or department, but, in most cases, students may request particular advisors as they become more familiar with the staff and faculty. Academic advisors are officially noted on student records and have access to and responsibility for maintaining their advisees’ counselor files.
Before meeting with advisors, you should obtain a copy of next semester’s Schedule of Classes through PAWS. After checking requirements in either the Bulletin, model curriculum, or CAPP, you should select from courses offered those appropriate for the coming semester. The initial selection should include alternate courses as well. The Bulletin should be referred to carefully for course descriptions and prerequisites. (Students without necessary course prerequisites will be dropped from class rolls prior to the semester beginning.)
After selecting courses, you should develop viable daily schedules by choosing appropriate sections. It is a good idea to draft three or four different schedules utilizing alternate courses and sections to prepare for the possibility of courses closing during registration.
Students should make appointments to see their academic advisor during the Advising Period. At the advising session, students should present a list of projected classes and alternates to be sure that all selections will meet degree requirements. Questions as to the appropriateness of courses, especially electives, preparation, proper sequence, particular mix of courses, and the ability to handle the number of hours projected should be discussed. It is not appropriate to involve advisors in section selections. Instructors and times are matters of students’ personal preferences. Remember, students who are prepared for advising sessions will make better use of their advisors’ time and expertise.
Registration is through PAWS. Students will enter course information during scheduled registration hours and receive confirmation of their course selection, fee and financial aid information. Tuition and fee payments may be mailed to the Student Accounting Office or payment may be made by credit card via the web. To ensure a successful registration, students should observe the registration check list, and the registration instructions.
Registration Appointment Time
All eligible continuing and returning students may register via PAWS prior to the beginning of each semester. All new students may register via PAWS after attending orientation. Students must access PAWS for their registration appointment times and holds. Students may not register before their appointment time, but may register anytime thereafter during the scheduled registration hours.
Payment of Fees
The schedule should be checked carefully for accuracy before payment is made. Registration is not completed until tuition and fees have been paid. After the registration is completed, any changes must be made during the drop/add period. Students with Disabilities
Disabled students should see the disabled student services coordinator in SC 270 as far in advance as possible in order to arrange for necessary special services. It may also be advisable for such students to meet with the instructors of proposed courses at this time in order to help them to prepare necessary accommodations for particular disabilities.
Adding or Dropping Courses
All changes in schedules, including changes to audit, must be made by the third day of the term, through PAWS. Students may drop courses without penalty provided the withdrawal occurs within the time limits listed in the official calendar. The grade of "F" or "U" is recorded for a course abandoned without an official withdrawal. Students who drop courses after the last day for refunds may continue to attend class.
Students withdrawing from all courses, even if they are registered for only one, may do so through PAWS within the time limits listed in the official calendar. Thinking of dropping a course? Your decision could impede your progress toward finishing your degree as well as waste monies spent on tuition, fees, and books.
Talk before you drop a course. Talk to your professor - you might not be doing as badly as you think. Talk to your academic advisor - the course might be taught only once a year or only every two years. The course might be a prerequisite to a required course. You might get out of course sequence thus delaying your graduation. Talk to a financial aid representative - you might put your scholarship, grant or financial aid in jeopardy. Talk to a Veterans Affairs Representative - if receiving VA benefits, you may risk and interruption of benefit payments. Talk before you drop a course!
Grades are available through PAWS at the end of each semester.
Readmission to the University
Students who have previously been enrolled in the University of South Alabama, and who have failed to attend for one or more terms should comply with the instructions as follows:
Students attending Spring but not Summer term do not need to readmit unless they were a transient student or were graduated, suspended, or dismissed. How to Apply for Readmission
An applicant should request the appropriate forms from the Registrar's Office. All applications, including the required credentials, should be filed with the Registrar's Office the publishers deadlines: at www.southalabama.edu/registrar/admission.