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Registration Tips and Course Planning

When making plans for which courses to take in the next semester, students should consult their Plan of Study, Degree Audit, and Academic Advisor.

Plan of Study

Students should be familiar with their department’s web page for the most up to date information about their major, such as courses required for graduation, admission criteria for the major, faculty contact information, career information, and plans of study. Plans of study map out what is required to graduate.

Click here to see a complete list of web links to CSCC Majors and Programs

Blank Semester to Semester Plan

Degree Audit Report (DARS)

The Degree Audit Report (DARS) allows students to see how completed and in-progress courses apply toward a degree or certificate, as well as what courses are still needed for graduation.

This report is located on the bottom left side in Cougar Web, and requires that you re-enter your username and password. Then, click "Run Declared Programs" and wait a minute or so for the report to be generated. DARS displays all of your academic records.

For most students, just reviewing or looking at their DARS usually assists them in developing a plan or schedule. An "X" next to something indicates that successful completion of that course is required. There is a Legend at the bottom of the audit which explains all of the symbols and abbreviations used.

Students may also use DARS to see how their classes would apply to other majors. Click "Select a Different Program” and use the drop down menus to identify your choice of programs.
If you decide to change your major, make sure to do so officially at the Registrar's Office, or over the phone by calling (614) 287-5353.

DARS (Degree Audit) User Guide

Number of Credits 

The number of credits students schedule varies based on their personal circumstances (jobs, family responsibilities, finances, etc.).
It is necessary to budget at least 3 hours per week for each credit on your schedule. For example, 12 credits will take about 36 hours per week. That is why it is considered full-time.

Students with an established GPA (above a 3.0) who have enough time available (at least 40 hours per week) to make school their full-time job, may be able to take more credits than those who have not attended college recently, work more than 20 hours per week, or have struggled in prior semesters. 

Be careful not to "over-schedule" by taking too many credits. This usually results in poor grades and/or the necessity to drop classes which impacts students negatively in many ways.
Successful students are realistic about how much time they have to dedicate to school and they schedule accordingly. It is better to earn higher grades on fewer courses than it is to struggle, and perhaps fail, by over-committing yourself.

Credit Hour Guide

Time Management Plan


Many courses require "prerequisites". Those are things that must be successfully completed before being allowed to register for a course. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Descriptions.

Course Schedules

When looking at the Course Schedules (days and times), you will note that some course sections may have few "seats" still available or may be filled altogether (zero or "0" seats will show) because of class size limitations. It is always a good idea to register as early as possible. Registration dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.

Register for Classes and Pay Fees

Registration Instructions

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Payment Options

Financial Aid Considerations