Frequently Asked Questions

When I click on the orange boxes to see the course descriptions, I see that these are sometimes accompanied by "course attributes." What is a course attribute and what do those G[#]s mean?
Those refer to the learning objectives within our General Education Curriculum. (Where these are described on the website, please note that the "Learning Objectives" correspond to the Course Attributes, so that Learning Objective #1, Reading Closely, is designated in the course description as "G1.") The General Education Program is intentionally broad and allows you to play to your strengths as you develop intellectual skills outlined as "learning objectives" (described on the General Education website). You'll note that there are no prescribed courses--you're no longer in high school wherein everyone had to take a (more or less) specific set of classes in English, history, science, math, and language. You'll get to diversify and explore possibilitiles--and take courses that are familiar--and others that offer new challenges. No student is expected to complete the general education program within the first year, let alone the first semester! You will spread these out over your first four semesters. As you fill out your form, try to include a few of these General Education (G#) courses in the mix, but it is equally important to select courses that really excite and interest you. We suspect you’ll find that these two guiding principles—breadth through General Education and strong and specific academic interests—are not in conflict.

What if I’ve been accepted into the FYP program?
In that case, your ranked FYP section preferences are already known to us. You don’t need to indicate them in your selections below, because you’ll be placed into the FYP section most compatible with your rankings, your academic placements and interests, and your other choices. Please complete the form with twelve other selections as instructed.

How should transfer students approach this form?
Transfer students will fill out a slightly different form than incoming first-year students. Your transcript will be evaluated over the summer, after which time we’ll learn how your credits will be applied. Because you have probably completed some of your introductory-level coursework, you will be choosing from a potentially broader array of courses. You'll fill out your form to indicate some primary interests, and one of the Academic Guides will contact you individually to help you choose other courses that will most usefully supplement the others you’ve taken elsewhere.

If I’m interested in a pre-health course of study, do I need to include the recommended courses in my selections, or will I be automatically placed in the classes I need?
You will not be automatically placed in these courses, so you should include the recommended courses (which appear below whichever pre-health selection you make at the top of the form) in your selections.

If I want to take Chemistry or Calculus, how do I choose which level to take?
Your responses to the checklist items for Chemistry and Calculus Placement have earned you hypothetical placements in these subjects (the Chemistry and Calculus placements are in our files), but these are not course selections. If you want courses in these subjects, you should just include the subjects in the twelve selections you make on your Course Selection Form. When we see Chemistry or Calculus on your list, we will place you in the appropriate section according to your placement.

How will my AP/IB credit be factored into my schedule?
If you’ve taken AP/IB exams, we congratulate you on pursuing coursework that will help prepare you for college-level academic work. We encourage you to review the Registrar’s explanation of how a satisfactory AP or IB exam score may translate into credit towards graduation. You will probably not know the final scores of your senior-year AP/IB exams when you fill out this form, but please do have these reported to Sewanee, as we will take them into consideration as we learn results. We also ask you to let us know whether you intend to take more classes in these subjects. We do this because, while high exam scores will usually satisfy a General Education requirement, individual departments have different policies about whether an AP score will allow you to skip a prerequisite in a given major. A few departments will count an AP score as an exact equivalent to a prerequisite introductory course and let you jump into more advanced courses, but many departments want you to have an introductory course in the major at the college level before allowing you into upper-division courses. Our Guides know how each department prefers to consider AP/IB credit, and will place you in courses that let you pursue your interests most expediently going forward. If you have not reported your AP/IB scores to Sewanee, and you anticipate a high passing score, we’d encourage you to have the scores reported, so that we can take them into account in building your schedule.

How will the Academic Guides get in touch with me if there is any question about my Course Selection Form?
We will only use the Sewanee email address, and we will not be sending email to non-Sewanee addresses from this point forward. Please check your Sewanee email regularly after you submit your form, or if you will not have regular internet access, tell one of the Guides how you may be reached if they have a question about your responses. We may need to reach you to clarify your preferences or resolve a conflict in your schedule.