You will receive an email with directions on how to find your completed fall schedule in June.

**Be sure to get into the habit of checking your Concordia email regularly. This is how the college keeps in contact with you and where you will learn more about any changes to your first semester schedule.

There are several things that could impact your fall schedule:

  • Transfer credit: If you haven’t already done so, you will need to request that your final official college-level transcripts and/or AP exam results are sent directly to the Office of Admission as soon as possible. This will ensure that you are not taking a course for which you have already taken an equivalent course.
  • Music lessons and ensembles: If you wish to take lessons and/or participate in ensemble(s) and they aren’t included in your schedule when you receive it, you can add them to your schedule the first week of the semester. Ensemble and private studio placements also happen at the start of the semester, so don’t worry if they’re not on your schedule initially.
  • World Language courses: All students are required to complete a World Language at the second semester level or higher, unless a student has college-level transfer credit that fulfills the requirement. For many students, it makes good sense for them to get started on their World Language core requirement within their first year. The Registrar's Office uses the First-Year Registration Guide when registering students for fall semester and will place you into a World Language if it is recommended for your major and/or if you have space in your schedule. The Registrar's Office will use your Student Registration Inventory and your Language Placement Inventory (if applicable) to place you into a World Language course. If you chose to take French, German, or Spanish, please be sure to take the Language Placement Inventory online here. If you place into a level that is not being offered in the fall but you wish to take the language, please contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.

Full-time status is 12 credits. Students pay the same tuition for 12-17 credits. A typical schedule will have a total of 15-17 credits, usually four full-semester courses. “Overloading,” or taking more than 17 academic credits, is not advised or recommended, especially within the first year. Any credits over 17 are billed an overload fee per credit. Music ensembles are worth 0 credits, but students are billed a fee for participation. Music lessons are 1-2 credits each and billed at a special rate.

All incoming first-year students will be registered for the following courses in their first semester, unless a student has transfer credit: a First-Year Seminar called the Engaged Citizenship Seminar (FYS 110) and either ENG 110: Writing to Engage or COM 110: Communicating to Engage. For the remaining two courses, the Registrar’s Office will use the First-Year Registration Guide, your responses on the Student Registration Inventory, and any official college transcripts or AP/IB coursework you intend on transferring to Concordia College to register you. The Registrar’s Office will contact you sometime during the summer, via phone or your Concordia email, if more information or clarification is needed to finish your schedule.

Concordia's First-Year Seminar, called the Engaged Citizenship Seminar, is a required course for incoming, first-year students. These seminars are unique courses that will:

  • Help students learn about collegiate expectations and effective ways to approach coursework that they can apply to other classes. 
  • Help students learn how to orient themselves when joining a new class or disciplinary community. 
  • Provide students with opportunities to develop a sense of belonging and/or purpose at Concordia College.
  • Allow students to grapple with what it means to be an engaged citizen and how the Core Curriculum and liberal learning will equip them to become engaged citizens.

You will have the opportunity to rank order the Engaged Citizenship Seminars on the Student Registration Inventory. Choose an Engaged Citizenship Seminar that appeals to your interests but not necessarily your intended major. These courses are truly designed for you to explore ideas through new perspectives. The students in your Engaged Citizenship Seminar will make up your Orientation Club.

In your first semester, you will also take a writing or communication course. If you have already taken a college-level writing or communication course, please make sure you submit your official college transcript to the Office of Admission as soon as possible. Your transfer credits will be evaluated for possible equivalencies and then added to your academic record at Concordia.

Each first-year student will take an Engaged Citizenship Seminar course (4 credits), either a writing or communication course (4 credits), and typically two additional 4-credit courses. A typical schedule is 15-17 total credits. The First-Year Registration Guide contains sample first-year schedules for all majors. Don’t worry about declaring a major right away if you are not sure. Many students even switch their major within the first year of college. The liberal arts and the Core Curriculum are designed to help you find the best major for you! Your Engaged Citizenship Seminar may even lead to a potential major.

The Core Curriculum includes a group of courses all students take within the liberal arts, as part of the Concordia College degree requirements. You may have heard of them as Gen Ed or general education courses at other colleges or universities. The first semester is a great opportunity to take a Core course or two, especially if you are exploring different majors.

The foundation of a Concordia education is a strong curriculum in the global liberal arts. Across all disciplines, you learn to think critically, develop a broad global perspective, and consider creative responses to the world’s most important concerns, questions, and problems.

Professors draw on the principles of the liberal arts by challenging you to think deeply about what you are learning and to write and speak persuasively. No matter what their major, Concordia students become lifelong learners with the intellectual depth and agility they need to thrive in any circumstance.

If you change your mind about your major or anything you answered previously, please email registrar@cord.edu. That way, we can update your academic record and assist with any changes to your class schedule if needed.

Your fall schedule was carefully created based on the following information:

  • The answers you provided on the Student Registration Inventory, including information about transfer credit you have completed and your co-curricular interests.
  • Degree requirements and recommended courses for your area of study as noted in the First-Year Registration Guide.

Because your fall schedule has been tailored to your survey responses and your program of study, schedule changes should only be needed for the following reasons:

  • Transfer credit: If you haven’t already done so, you will need to request that your final official college-level transcript(s) and/or AP exam results are sent directly to the Office of Admission as soon as possible. This will ensure that you are not taking a course for which you have already taken an equivalent course. 
  • World language courses: If you take the Language Placement Inventory, we may need to adjust the course level to reflect your placement score. 
  • Change of major: If you change your mind about your intended major, we can update your academic record and assist with any changes to your class schedule if needed.
  • Academic Accommodation: If you have obtained an academic accommodation and the necessary documentation in consultation with our Center for Holistic Health that requires an adjustment of your class schedule, we can assist with needed changes.

If you need to change your schedule for any of these reasons, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@cord.edu.

Your fall schedule has been carefully created based on the information you provided in the Student Registration Inventory (SRI) and the recommendations in the First-Year Registration Guide.

The Registrar’s Office will assist with schedule changes during the summer months for these reasons: transfer credit, language placement inventory score, change of major or program of study, or an accommodation obtained in consultation with our Center for Holistic Health. Please email registrar@cord.edu if you need to change your schedule for these reasons, and we will be happy to assist you.

During Fall Orientation, you will meet with your First-Year Experience Advisor. This advisor will be able to assist with questions about your schedule once you arrive on campus. 

The Core Curriculum requires all students to complete a World Language course at the second semester level (ex. SPAN 112) or higher, unless a student has college-level transfer credit.  

You are required to complete the Language Placement Inventory if you studied Spanish, French, or German during high school and will be studying the same language at Concordia. The Language Placement Inventory will ensure you are registered for the appropriate course based on your proficiency level. The Language Placement Inventory is not available online for Chinese, Greek, or Latin. Students studying those languages should contact the World Languages and Cultures Department for placement information.

Students can also transfer in equivalent credit for a language course. If the equivalent is at a second semester proficiency or above (see Transfer Notebook) and meets the core outcomes, your World Language requirement will be fulfilled. If you wish to take a language not previously mentioned, please contact the Registrar’s Office to discuss your options.

For complete FAQs on the college's World Language requirement, please click here.

College Algebra does not fulfill the math core, but it will transfer as a math elective (with a grade of C- or above). Students should refer to the Core Curriculum for approved math core classes.

All students must take COM 110 - Communicating to Engage, unless they enter Concordia with college-level transfer credit for the equivalent course. If you’re unsure, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Students who enter Concordia with credit for a college public speaking or communication theory/relational communication course that is not equivalent to COM 110: Communicating to Engage have two options to fulfill the COM 110 requirement:

Option 1 is to enroll in COM 110: Communicating to Engage in either the fall or spring semester during the first year. 

Option 2 is to enroll in an advance speaking or communication theory/relational communication course, depending on previous coursework/transfer credit, preferably in the first year. The advanced communication courses may be taken either in the fall or spring semester, depending on when they are offered. Students who have earned credit for a public speaking course (noted on the transfer report with COM 101) may take an upper-level theory/relational course. Students who have earned credit for a theory/relational course, such as small group, interpersonal, or intercultural (noted on the transfer report with COM 102) may take an upper-level performance course. See the catalog for a list of qualifying courses.

All students must take ENG 110 - Writing to Engage, unless they enter Concordia with college-level transfer credit for the equivalent course. If you’re unsure, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Students who enter Concordia with credit for a college composition course that is not equivalent to ENG 110: Writing to Engage (noted on the transfer report with ENG 101) have two options to fulfill the ENG 110 requirement:

Option 1 is to enroll in ENG 110: Writing to Engage in either the fall or spring semester during the first year. 

Option 2 is to enroll in an advanced writing class, preferably in the first year. The advanced writing courses may be taken either in the fall or spring semester, depending on when they are offered. See the Catalog for a list of qualifying courses. 

  • To transfer credits to Concordia, courses must be taken from a regionally accredited college or university and a standard letter grade of C- is required (grades of “P” or “S” are not accepted unless it was the result of a COVID-19 pass/fail grading policy). A final official transcript from the previous institution must be sent directly to Concordia. An official transcript is a complete summary of a student’s academic record from a previously attended institution. Hard copy transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly to Concordia College in a sealed envelope from a previous institution, are printed on official paper, and are marked with enhanced security features.  Electronic transcripts are considered official when they are securely delivered through a digital credential service such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse.  
  • Once your official transcript is received, transfer credit (with C- or above) will be entered to show all “S” grades (Satisfactory) and you will receive an email (via your Concordia email) from the Registrar's Office with instructions on how to check your transfer report. When you view your transfer report, be sure to check this report against the classes that you are registered for to make sure there is not an equivalent course that you transferred in on your fall schedule. While the Registrar’s Office performs multiple checks and balances to reduce the possibility of registering you for equivalent courses, it is your responsibility as a student to ensure that transfer credit is accounted for and that your course registration is accurate.

Yes, you can receive college credit for earning a Bilingual Seal.  If you have earned a Bilingual Seal, and it is listed on your high school transcript, if is your responsibility to inform the Registrar's Office. 

  • All transfer courses in which you receive(d) a standard letter grade of C- or above will be transferred to Concordia as “S” grades (Satisfactory), not the grade you received at the other institution. You cannot pick and choose which courses transfer in and which do not. Grades cannot be removed or deleted off an academic transcript.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses work a bit differently. If you took AP courses while in high school and took the exam(s), you can elect to NOT send or transfer those credits to Concordia. 

The Registrar’s Office works closely with Athletics and the Music Department to be aware of athletic practice and music rehearsal times. Whenever possible, the Registrar’s Office accommodates athletic practice and music rehearsal times. However, sometimes a required course for your major or the only open section of a class conflicts with the start time of practice your music rehearsal. In these rare situations, please work directly with your coach or music instructor for accommodations. If you are unable to resolve the conflict, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Typically, music ensemble rehearsals start at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, which coincides with the end of the last class period. Music ensemble auditions and music lesson registrations will happen in the fall after you arrive on campus.

As a first-year student, it is an exciting time to explore different academic paths that match your interests and passions — and it is OK to be undecided! The Concordia Four-Year Graduation Guarantee states that you must declare a major by the end of your second semester on campus. Read full details on the Four-Year Guarantee.

Your academic advisor is a faculty member specifically chosen to work with you as a first-year student. This First-Year Experience (FYE) Advisor will meet you during Orientation and connect you with other first-year students they are advising. They will check in with you shortly after the fall semester has started and throughout the year. They can help you with future course planning, assist with degree completion plans, identify opportunities in your academic interest area, or explore new ideas. They will also help you navigate the college experience and encourage you to seek opportunities and resolve challenges as they arise. You will have an FYE advisor for the entire first year. During the spring semester of your first year, you will be assigned to an academic advisor in your declared area of study. You are encouraged to reach out to your FYE Advisor with any questions or concerns.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions about your fall schedule that are not answered in the FAQs above, please reach out to the Registrar's Office and we will be happy to help you.

Contact

Office of the Registrar