Building First-Year Student Schedules

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As you work through the process of fall course registration at summer orientation, use the students’ Mercer Academic Profile, available under “Documents” in NEXUS, as a guide. This will tell you about any special programs that require certain enrollments, courses for which the student may receive credit, etc.

AP/IB Results

These are sent to Mercer in July and entered into NEXUS as quickly as possible. Remind students to have their scores sent to us if they haven’t done so already. Schedules can be revised accordingly once credit is received. Students have an additional opportunity to adjust their fall class schedules with their academic advisor durinng Bear Beginnings

CHM 111

Students wanting to schedule CHM 111 must be eligible for MAT 191 (MIDX of 980 or higher, or Math Placement Exam score of 15 or higher). See Math Placement criteria for more information.

Honors Program

All students should be enrolled in a section of HON 105.

Math Course Placement

Review the Math Placement criteria.

Placement Exams

Review the Placement Exam criteria.

  • New, first-year students should be provided with more information about the online math placement exam and foreign language exam during their Dean’s meetings. They can take the exams during summer orientation.
  • Same-day exam scores will be available in NEXUS, and are coordinated through the Math and Foreign Language Departments and the CLA Associate Dean’s Office.

Semester Hours

14-15 course hours is ideal for the first semester, although there will be exceptions. Many scholarships, loan providers, and health insurance plans require students to carry at least a full-time schedule for the entire semester.

Wait Lists

If at all possible, don’t place students on wait lists for courses with students already waiting. It is very possible we might not see additional seats or sections in classes already filled to capacity.