Five Tips for Using the New Course Schedule

Two sample class schedules.
April 2, 2019

Fall registration is the week of April 15! Wellesley’s new course schedule reduces the current compression of courses and the overlap on the Wednesday “swing day,” expands course options for students, cuts down on crowds in dining facilities in the middle of the day, and complies with federal guidelines regarding credit hours. It was designed through a highly collaborative, four-year, faculty-led effort.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when scheduling your classes this fall:


1. Course start and end times are a bit different—take notice, and plan accordingly!


A clock tower


2. Community time is now Thursdays from 12:45 to 2:10 p.m. Don’t look for courses during this time; there won’t be any!



3. Remember the Wednesday course overlap problem? We’ve got it covered. Three-day-a-week courses will still meet on Wednesdays, but that meeting will now be 50 minutes (which means that most courses don’t overlap!).



4. As you build your schedule, keep in mind not only the courses you want to take, but also your daily and weekly commitments. When will you eat lunch? What is your work or practice schedule? When will your org meet? With the new schedule, you will have a lot more flexibility.  



5. If you don’t get into a course you want, don’t panic! You will either add your name to the waitlist or, if there is no waitlist for the course, send an email to the instructor and express your interest (he or she will let you know what to do next). If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your schedule, remember that you are not alone. Your RA, ASC, faculty advisor, and class dean are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them!



Additional resources for understanding the new course schedule:

With reporting from Sophia Harrison ’21.