Course Selection & AP Credits

During Student Orientation you will have the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser from your department or school.  Remember – it’s your first semester – there’s no need to go overboard! There will be plenty of time to look into dual majors, minors, etc. As an incoming first-year student you can only declare one major, so we help you keep it simple during your first semester, by providing you a complete first semester schedule.  You will want to review the course catalog to help in selecting your humanities elective.

Planning Your First Year

By the time you attend Student Orientation, you will have your fall schedule of classes in hand! One of the sessions during Day 1 of SO includes meeting with an academic adviser from your intended major to discuss which HASS course you should be registering for after leaving orientation. In preparation for this meeting, you will be provided with a copy of Planning Your First  Year.  This booklet outlines the recommended set of classes for all majors and will assist you in designing a schedule for the year. Planning Your First Year also includes course descriptions for many of the classes that first-year students will take and information concerning AP, IB, and transfer credit.

You don’t need to wait until SO to explore your options and see what’s available! Using the Planning Your First Year booklet, take a moment to look through it and see what HASS classes you might be interested in taking. You'll have the opportunity to register for your HASS class within the 24 hours following Student Orientation.  Information and forms regarding transferring credits to Rensselaer are also included in this booklet.

To get ready for Math 1010: Calculus I,  it is advised that you take a look at “Ready… Set… Calculus.” The Math Department has prepared an online version and a sample quiz that you may want to take and review. It is strongly encouraged that you review this information.

Will I get the classes I want?

You will be pre-registered into classes based on the recommendation from your department and your major requirements.  All students are placed in to a full course load of classes that will count towards graduation.  Please note, these may not always be you first-choice classes, but will be classes that are needed for your degree.  You will not be able to make schedule changes unless you receive approval during Student Orientation (and only at Student Orientation).  There will be time to address your concerns at SO.

Advanced Placement/ IB Credits

Here are a few notes to keep in mind as you look over your AP/IB scores:

  • During Student Orientation, you will be meeting with an academic adviser, who will confirm your schedule and discuss any changes you may need to make based on your AP/IB scores.
  • When you arrive for SO, your SO packet will contain a letter stating which Rensselaer courses you have received credit for (assuming your scores were sent to RPI).
  • If you have received credit for a course, don’t stress out trying to figure out if you should take the next level course just yet! The individual schools have recommended advancement into the next sequence based on your discipline.  You will have a chance to discuss this at SO if you feel you should be in a different level.
  • Additional information regarding AP/IB scores can be found in the Planning Your First Year booklet and on the Registrar's website.