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Creating Your Schedule

Precollege courses are listed in NYU Albert. Browse the listings to identify courses of interest, and note the four- or five-digit class number for courses you wish to take. The class number is what you enter in Albert when you register.

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Do Your Research

NYU has a wide variety of interesting and unique courses offered by many different academic departments, some of which may be completely new to you. Because of this, it is important to thoroughly read the course descriptions in Albert when choosing which courses to take this summer. Some courses may have similar titles, but will differ depending on the department offering the course and the topics discussed. In some cases, you can find sample syllabi for courses on the department’s website.

Browse the department websites below to research your courses and subjects before you register:

Creating a Balanced Schedule

Precollege students may find that they spend fewer hours in class each day than they do in high school, but they spend more time studying, using the library, and preparing for class. It’s important to keep in mind the following information when planning your course schedule:

  1. Class meeting time: Are you a morning, afternoon, or time-adaptable person? Pick class times that are best for your alertness level.
  2. Your commute: How long will it take you to get to campus? How much time must you allow to make sure you arrive on time? Keep this in mind when choosing your class meeting time.
  3. Balanced class days: Try not to take all your classes on the same days (e.g., Tuesdays and Thursdays). This increases the chance of multiple assignments being due on the same day. Most students who have tried this schedule find that they are less likely to study on their non-class days or participate in program activities.
  4. Study time: The amount and type of studying required in college is quite different from high school. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours studying for every hour you spend in class.
  5. Varied academic areas: In our experience, students who take two courses in the same subject area – for example, two journalism courses – find themselves getting tired of studying the same subject every day and wish they had more variation in their course work. If you know you are interested in economics, take one economics course and then explore a new academic area for your second course–you will appreciate the variety!
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Registering for a Waitlist and Course Swap

Summer courses fill up quickly, so use the Shopping Cart function in Albert to save your selected classes before finalizing your enrollment. Be sure to select back-up classes and make at least one alternate schedule to accommodate class availability.

If your preferred course is full, you can choose to be placed on a waitlist. Placing yourself on the waitlist does not guarantee that you will be able to enroll in the course, so we suggest that you explore the full list and find another course that may be of interest to you.

Here are some tips if your first-choice course is currently waitlisted:

  • Choose an alternative course, and enroll in that course first. Then, when placing yourself on the waitlist for you preferred course, be sure to use the swap function in Albert. If you do not use the swap function, it is possible that you will not be accepted into the waitlisted course due to enrolling in too many credits or time conflicts between the waitlisted course and one of your enrolled courses.
  • Wait listing is automatic. This means that Albert will roll the next person on the waitlist into the course if another student drops. No one, not even the course instructor, can grant you permission to enroll in a course if it has an active waitlist.
  • Students cannot sit in on a waitlisted course. Only students enrolled in a course are allowed to attend. This is due to the size of classrooms and the available seats.

Instructions on how to place yourself on a waitlist and/or set up a course swap are available in the Albert instructional video.

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