Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3415 Maintain accurate records Your dorm room or apartment can be a mess, but your academic re- cords should not be. Create an academic file, and in this file, keep a hard copy of all transcripts and course descriptions from previous colleges. Also keep contact information for professors and instructors at your previous school (in case you need to contact them regarding courses they taught). Don’t rely strictly on online records – computers crash, files get cor- rupted, and academic websites get revised. Understand registration procedures Your new college’s registration procedures may be very different from those at your previous school. It is, therefore, important that you under- stand the registration process well in advance of the registration period. You’ll most likely be assigned a registration eligibility date and time, based on your student status or the number of credit hours you’ve com- pleted. Talk to your academic advisor and to “veteran students” (including your RA if you live in a dorm) about the ins and outs of course registration. Know course withdrawal procedures and ramifications In most cases, course withdrawal should be a last resort. It is, however, always wise to have a sound “exit strategy,” just in case. Reasons to withdraw from a class: You realize you’ve taken too heavy a course load. Despite your best efforts, you’re getting poor grades or failing. You have a legitimate medical or personal reason for lighten- ing your course load. You learn that you have registered for the wrong class, or that you don’t need the class to fulfill your requirements. Withdrawing from a course can be a major hassle. If you’re anticipat- ing having to withdraw from a class, be sure to speak to your academic advisor and to your course professor. Policies and procedures often vary from department to department. Don’t wait until the last minute to drop a class. You may not get the paperwork completed in time.