You'll be making a class schedule before your orientation using the information on our website, including the information for new students. Think of this schedule as a first draft. At orientation, you'll be assigned an academic advisor who will help you make any necessary adjustments.
If you need help before orientation, several experienced advisers will be available during June for email or phone questions. (email is the best method since summer office hours are often erratic, with more time being spent in labs or libraries.) The names advisers and their contact information will be added to this page around June 1.
Our summer advisers are chosen for their general knowledge of the curriculum and of the needs of first-year students. At this point, you won't need an adviser in the department of your probable major or one connected to your professional aspirations. The first semester is really about general graduation requirements applicable to everyone.
If you do have a question you feel can only be answered by a specific department, departmental pages often have email addresses suitable for students with specific inquiries.
Your question may well be unique, so don't be hesitant to ask it. Included below are are the inquiries we receive most often.
You are allowed to transfer and count toward graduation a maximum of four course credits from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and joint enrollment courses (college courses taken during high school, including the summer after high school graduation). There are limits to how the pre-college credits may be applied and grade and score restrictions.
You are required to take four academic courses for credit, with few course load exceptions [link to 82.7.29 Course Load]. Having extra credits or participating in athletics or other activities does not reduce the requirement.
The Pass/Fail option allows up to three courses outside your major (but not more than one course per semester) to be designated as Pass/Fail after the course has been completed. The designation may be filed as late as the middle of the final semester of your senior year. A grade of C- converts to Pass. A lower grade converts to Fail. Pass and Fail are not computed in your GPA. The Pass/Fail Form (Word) provides more information.
You’ll find out your schedule at your orientation. (You’ll be able to make changes to your schedule at orientation too.) You can also find your schedule on Banner Self-Service after July 5.
This visual chart (PDF) [link to 82.5-webtree-visual.pdf] will help you visualize the process. It’s also very helpful to hear Davidson students explain it in this WebTree video [link to video at 82.4 Course Registration & WebTree]. You can also read a step-by-step breakdown [link to 82.4.4 WebTree Method], but most students find the chart and video the best ways to understand WebTree.
Don’t expect WebTree to be similar to your own college registration method.