Creighton students are scrambling to figure out their schedules for the upcoming semester, with registration beginning for some students as soon as Thursday.
Struggles in setting schedules ranges across all colleges and majors, from business to STEM to the fine arts. From schedule conflicts to the limited number of courses offered to simply figuring out which classes they should take in the coming semester, the troubles that come along with registration can seem limitless for some students.
“I do my best to schedule sections of lower-level courses at varying times during the week so students can also enroll in their major courses,” said Jeffrey Hause, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and head of the Honors Program. “It’s harder to schedule upper-level courses because I need to work out plans with the instructors’ departments.”
Many students end up requesting overrides to get into classes. Whether it be prerequisite overrides, class-capacity overrides or time-conflict overrides, there are many hoops students may have to jump through.
“About 15% of Honors Program juniors and seniors will ask for overrides each semester, and those requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis,” Hause said. “Every request for an override requires considerable inquiry!”
Many students also expressed frustration with the registration process. Within the fine arts, class conflicts often cause students to make difficult decisions in order to fulfill all of their major requirements.
“Basically, the dance classes and theatre classes are almost all at the same time, which doesn’t allow us to grow as artists in the best way we can,” said Camille Balbuena, a sophomore theatre major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chance Persons, a College of Arts and Sciences freshman, had similar concerns, attributing it to his double major.
“I’m the only [chemistry and physics] double major I know of, so the idea that it won’t conflict with both chem and physics isn’t something [the departments are] thinking of,” Persons said. “Instead, they’re avoiding conflicts with [chemistry and biology].”
In addition to the conflicting classes that often come up, some students struggle with knowing what classes to take. However, many resources are available for helping students manage these decisions.
“I used the Nest and Degree Works for that forward planning aspect for my major needs, and Coursicle is super nice for figuring out time slots,” said Jacey Greco, a freshman in the Heider College of Business.
Greco said her biggest issues were “just trying to figure out what classes I need to take now by the time that I graduate, thinking ahead about studying abroad or other forward planning that is stressful.”
Despite the issues, there are no easy fixes to the problem, said Hause.
“There are so many pressures on all parties (pressures on departments to staff courses and manage enrollment effectively [and] pressures on students to take certain courses at the most opportune times in their learning plans),” Hause said. “I understand the frustration on all sides. But there are no ready solutions that I can think of.”