When is registration, and what goes on then?
Registration dates are May 20, 21, 22 and July 8. We strongly recommend that you attend one of the May registration dates for the full program of registration and orientation activities. A scaled-down version is held in the morning of July 8 for students who cannot attend one of the May dates.
At registration in May, after some introductory remarks, you will meet with your student advisor and faculty advisor (pre-assigned to you by the Academic Affairs Office). They will guide you and other students through the course selection and registration process. After this brief introduction, you will take a math assessment test; this is a test you cannot fail! The results are used exclusively to make appropriate placement recommendations, based on the assessment results and your intended major. You will receive your math recommendation over the lunch hour.
Next, students will attend a presentation titled "Registration 101" which walks them through the course selection and registration process, and explains the Learning in Common general education curriculum. Students will also meet with faculty representatives from their primary area of interest. Over lunch, students meet again with student and faculty advisors to select their courses. Registration begins promptly at 1PM.
I'm really worried I won't get the classes I want, but I was scheduled to come on May 22. Can I move to the 20th?
You may request a change of date for registration if you have a school conflict, such as a final exam. However, seats in classes appropriate for first-year college students are reserved in advance by the registrar and academic deans. The available seats are divided equally among the registration days, so there is no real advantage to coming on the first day instead of the last.
I'm worried about my schedule as a student athlete. Do you do preferential scheduling for athletes? How will I know how practices work with classes?
No, Moravian does not do preferential scheduling for athletes. We do, however, take the time constraints on student-athletes seriously, and work with them to help prepare schedules that will cause them to miss the least amount of class time possible. Student-athletes are never excused from classes for practice, and because practice is scheduled normally from 4-6PM, there should be no need to miss class.
At registration in May (or July), student-athletes, student advisors, and faculty advisors will have a list of the days and times student-athletes are most likely to have conflicts for games/matches and travel to games/matches. You should avoid scheduling classes during these times when possible. But, realistically, it is not always possible. Science labs, for example, are most often offered in the afternoon, and a student-athlete may have to miss lab if there is an away game on the same day as a lab. Your coach will give you the travel schedule at the beginning of the season; most faculty will be very cooperative and accommodating to student-athlete travel needs as long as the student communicates in advance of what classes could be missed.
Here's a helpful tip for ALL students: never ask your instructor, "Did I miss anything important?" That question implies that normally nothing important happens in class. Rather, ask "Can you tell me what I missed?"--or, better yet, "Can we meet to go over what I missed?"
What does a "normal" course schedule look like? How many credits should I take?
Moravian operates on a unit system. Most courses, though not all, are 1-unit courses. A 1-unit course is equivalent to a 4-credit course. You can tell if a course is NOT a full unit if it has a decimal point in the course number; so, for example, Music 310.2 has a decimal point, and is not a full-unit course. Courses with a .2 are worth one-half unit (2 credits); courses with a .1 are worth one-quarter unit (1 credit).
The exception are courses offered by the physical education department numbered anything EXCEPT PHED 107.2. Only PHED 107.2 carries any course credit (one-half unit, of 2 credits). No other physical education course carries course credit at all, nor do you receive a letter grade for the course. This is really important to note, because students sometimes make the mistake of counting a physical education course as part of their normal course load, and later discover that they are short on credits.
A "normal" course load is four one-unit classes. However, the two required courses of the first-year experience (LINC 100.2 and PHED 107.2) are taken on top of four regular courses, so first-year students will have 4.50 units in the fall and spring or 5 units in the fall and 4 in the spring.
I've looked over the course schedule I found online and I already decided what classes I want to meet my LinC requirements. What happens if I don't get those?
It's a great idea to browse in advance, and, in fact, we strongly recommend that you both review the Learning in Common section of the catalog and the required and recommended courses for first-year students. But with regard to general education and electives, we can't promise you any specific course. One of the benefits of being at a liberal arts college is that our education is based on a certain philosophy, not just on a body of content knowledge. You can, for example, fulfill the "ultimate questions" (M3) requirement in many different ways, and should not be afraid to try a course in an area about which you presently know nothing -- if in college you only intend to take those things you already know about, it'll be a pretty boring four years! So don't be afraid to experiment, to try something a little unusual or something you've never heard of before...these might turn out to be some of the most fascinating courses you take.
How do I even know what classes to take?
Although we will give you this information when you are on campus in May, we strongly recommend that you review the required and recommended courses for your major field of interest before you come to campus -- the more prepared you are, the smoother the day will go. Please click on one of the links below to see the required and recommended courses for first-year students in each of the College's major programs. Undecided? Not a problem -- undecided students will begin with Foreign Language (F3), Math (F2), and perhaps Writing 100 (F1); as for the rest of yours schedule....choose the LinC categories that sound the most interesting to you.