Weekly Update: what you need2know

You’re here!

And, yes, we are just as excited as you are!

You woke up early this morning to find a parking spot, you arrived to all of your classes on time, and you waited in the long lines of Counseling, Admissions, and the College Store to take care of business!

Now you get to do it all over again for 16 weeks.  And, though that may seem like such a L-O-N-G time from now, it will actually go by pretty quickly.

Surviving the first week of the semester takes a lot of courage, patience, and determination:  COURAGE because starting college can be overwhelming, PATIENCE because trying to add a class or find an open seat can be frustrating, and DETERMINATION because – above all else – you are not going to let anything get in the way of your success.

Whether you are new to SCC or a continuing student, there are certain things that will need to be done.

Many of these things need immediate attention (like getting officially added into your classes) and some you can do in the next week (like attending a Library orientation).  But, don’t wait too long because you will soon be busy with homework assignments, preparing for exams, and reading your textbooks.

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Important details about your class schedule:

Course:  The name of the course will be listed on the very top of the box.  The sample schedule above shows the class as “ENGWR 101 – College Writing.”

Status: Either you are ENROLLED in a class or WAITING.  Being “enrolled” means that you are officially on the class roster and “waiting” means that you are on the wait list.  Either way, you still need to SHOW UP on the first day.

Waitlist Position: If you are on the wait list, check your number…you may have moved up since you first got on the wait list!  If you are #10 (as seen above), there is still a chance that you may be given a permission number by the instructor and allowed to add the class.  Also, you may be #10 today, but, by next week, things can be different!

Units: This number could vary depending on the class that you are enrolled in.  For example, a science class with a lecture and lab could be 5 units while a fitness course could be 1 unit.  This class is 4 units.

Class number: You will need this class number when searching for your textbook on the College Store website.  For example, EngWr 101 is offered in different sections and taught by different instructors.  This 5-digit number will tell you specifically which textbook(s) are needed for this particular course.

Days & Times: Most classes meet twice a week, but there are courses that meet three times a week or meet every day.  This will tell you the days of the week that you will be meeting…and, yes, some students will be taking classes on the weekends.  This will also tell you the start and end times of the class.  Make sure that you know whether your class is in the “AM” (morning!) or the PM (afternoon or evening!).  If you are taking an online course, make sure that you attend the mandatory orienation.  You can find more information about the orientation on your instructor’s website or in the class schedule online.

Room: Make sure you know WHERE your class is located, especially if it’s at the main campus or not!  We offer many great classes at the outreach centers which are located in Davis and West Sacramento.  If your schedule shows “Davis Cntr” or “West Sac,” then your class is NOT at the “Main” campus.  Before the semester begins, take a look at the campus map (or visit the campus in person) to find out where your classes are located.

Instructor: All of your classes will be taught by an instructor!  Yes, even if the class is online, there is still an instructor who will teach and guide you throughout the semester.  Sometimes, you will find “TBA” (To Be Announced) listed on your schedule, but, don’t worry, there will be an instructor assigned to your class by the first day of the semester.

Start/End Date: A semester at SCC is 16 weeks long.  There are some classes (such as Computer Information Science) that are offered as “short-term” classes and lasts for only 8 weeks.  If you have a short-term class, make sure you know if it is during the “1st 8 weeks” or the “2nd 8 weeks.”

SIDE NOTES:

1.  EngWr 101 has a prerequisite of “EngWr 51 with a grade of C or better; or placement through the assessment process.”  Even though your class schedule will not list the prerequisite, this information can be found in the class schedule and SCC catalog.

New policy for English prerequisites:  You will not be allowed to enroll into any English course until your prerequisite is verified.  If you completed an assessment test in Los Rios, your prerequisite will be cleared to enroll into the course that you placed into.  If you completed the prerequisite for an English course at another college outside of Los Rios, you will need to submit the Prerequisite Equivalency Form to the Admissions Office along with an official transcript from the outside college.  (This policy also applies to Math and Statistics.)

2.  Yes, the semester begins on a SATURDAY, but you only have to show up if you have a Saturday class.  If not, then show up on Monday or Tuesday when your first class begins.

3.  If you DO NOT see your class schedule when you log into your eServices account, check if you have been dropped.  You may have been dropped from all classes if you did not pay your enrollment fees within the 14-day period.

If you haven’t enrolled into classes yet, it is NOT TOO LATE!  There are still plenty of classes open in all disciplines – including math and English – as long as you are flexible with your schedule.  But what should you do if the course that you want is full?

Do this…Get your name on the wait list!

Putting your name on the wait list doesn’t mean that you are officially enrolled, but it does mean that if other students drop the course, then – depending on where you are on the list – there is a possibility that you may be added into the class.

Here is how it works…

If a class is already full, then students can place their names on the wait list if the limit hasn’t been reached.  Some wait lists allow up to 10 students to add their names and other wait lists allow up to 20 students to add their names.  (NOTE:  If a wait list is full today, that doesn’t mean that a spot won’t open up tomorrow.)  It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to log onto eServices EVERYDAY.  (If you can log onto Facebook a dozen times a day, you can certainly log onto eServices!)  You never know what can happen…in the last hour, someone may have dropped from a wait list leaving that one last spot open just for you!

Getting your name on a wait list doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the class, but, unfortunately, some students will be dropped for non-payment of fees, not meeting prerequisites, or because they simply changed their schedules.  If you are #2 on the wait list, you have a good chance of getting added into the class.  If you are #20, don’t lose hope…you still need to show up on the first day.  What if the first 10 students on the wait list don’t show up and permission numbers are being given out?  If you do not show up and your name is called from the wait list, the professor will continue onto the next student.

Wherever you are on the wait list, it is IMPORTANT that you continue to monitor your status!  If you are #3 on the wait list and three students suddenly drop, then you are in.  Once you are in, you NEED TO PAY TO STAY!  Unfortunately, no one is going to send you a text message that you have to pay…you just need to remember!

But, whether you are #1 or #20, you should still plan to attend class on the first day!  By the end of the first week, you should have a better idea whether or not you will be added into the class.   

Here are some tips to consider:

1.  Enroll today…like right now!  Even if you missed your enrollment date and time, it is NOT TOO LATE to enroll in classes for Summer and Fall.  But, don’t wait any longer…waiting another week – or even another day – can make a big difference with your schedule.  For example, the College Writing course that had 10 seats open this morning can easily fill up by the afternoon.

(NOTE:  If you are planning to attend SCC for Summer and Fall, enroll into courses for BOTH semesters.)

2.  When you log onto eServices, is the word “HOLD” written boldly inside of a red hexagon?  If so, that means exactly what it says…you have a “hold” that must be cleared before you can enroll into classes.  Most likely, you forgot to complete the “Supplemental Enrollment Form” which must be updated every semester.  If you have already submitted that form and you still see that darn hexagon, then you have another “hold” that must be cleared.  It could be a library fine, a financial aid hold, a dismissal, or an overdue payment.  If you need assistance, please go to the Admissions and Records Office located in Rodda North or to the eServices Lab in Business Building 153.

3.  Be flexible with your schedule.  Consider taking classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even the weekends.  But, only enroll into classes that you know you can attend for the next 16 weeks!  For example, if you decide to take a class at 7:00 in the morning, you must be able to make it to class on time…and then stay awake!  And, as you consider all options for creating your schedule, be aware of how often a class will meet and in the format that it will be taught.  Some classes are “hybrid” classes where there is both in-class and online learning.  In this case, you will be required to use the internet to submit some assignments.

4.  SCC’s main campus is beautiful…but don’t forget about the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center!  Both centers offer a wide range of general education courses including Math and English.  If you plan to attend both the main campus and one of the outreach centers, make sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time to get from one location to another.  As you are browsing through the class schedule, you will see the words “SCC Main,” “Davis Center,” or “West Sac” to indicate the location of the class.  Don’t get lost on the first day of the semester because you can’t find the “Davis Center” on the main campus…you will have to actually drive to the city of Davis to find it.

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Whether it’s your first or fourth semester in college, taking the right classes is critical to your success.

Although Sacramento City College offers a great variety of classes that would be fun to take, there are specific requirements that must be completed – especially if you are planning to earn an Associates Degree and/or transfer to a university.  This includes completing the appropriate general education pattern, major courses, and electives (if needed).

So, how do you know that you are on the right track?

Meet with a counselor!

SCC counselors are here to assist you with understanding the path you will take to reach your educational goal.  They want you to take the right classes, in the right sequence, and at the right time!

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