Registration deadline for RS students is December 7.
We always like for you to come prepared to your advising and registration appointments. One of the ways you can be prepared is by bringing at least two planned schedules. We like you to do this because it may happen that your first choice of classes is not available when you are able to register.
In order to plan a schedule, you can try a few different methods:
1. Students can view the quarterly class schedule on the Pierce College Web site. You can look in the schedule to see what classes are offered each quarter. This is available online at the Pierce College web site, usually about three weeks prior to the start of registration. You can search by subject, campus, class type, days of the week, time of day, instructor, or keyword.
You also can combine search criteria. For example, if you are looking for English classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Puyallup campus, select English from the subject drop down menu, Puyallup from the location drop down menu, and make sure the boxes next to Tuesday and Thursday are the only ones checked in days of the week.
First, you will need to choose the quarter and campus you want to attend – Puyallup or Fort Steilacoom. You then also have the option of choosing specific days and times you want to attend, specific instructors, or subjects available. (Note that you don’t have to search by these criteria – they are just available if you want to use them.) The schedule is then organized by course type. For instance, all Accounting classes at the Fort Steilacoom campus will be located in the Accounting section. Each course that is offered will be listed, followed by a brief description of the course and a list of any prerequisites the course has. Below that, it will list, from left to right, the four-digit item number, the section, the number of credits, the instructor’s name, the days the class meets, the time the class meets, and the location. If the course is offered at more than one time, you will see other options listed.For detailed information regarding open seats in a class, exact start dates, and other information, click on the item number of the class. A separate window will open in your browser.
Remember that classes fill up quickly, so just because you see that a class is offered, it doesn’t mean it is open. You can use the Student Online Services to make sure the classes you want to take aren’t full.
2. Use the Student Online Services. There are a number of tools available at the Student Online Services page.
- Class Availability by Item Number – This works great for students who know exactly what class they want to take. Just find the class in the schedule, locate the four digit item number, and type it into the box. A window will open showing how many seats are available in this class.
- Schedule Planner – This works well for students who have specific times when they are available and have a pretty good idea of which classes they want to take. The Schedule Planner can help you find classes that will work with your schedule. You input the times you are available for classes and which classes you’d like to take. It will develop a sample class schedule for you to consider.
- Matrix – Search Courses by Discipline and Time – This tool works well for students who have certain times available to take classes and are flexible about which classes they want to take. First, choose which campus you want to take your classes at. It will then open a schedule that is organized by time and discipline. This helps in finding courses that fit the specific time you are available.
- eSchedule – Quarterly Course Schedule – The eSchedule is an online Quarterly Course Schedule you can use to search the current quarter for specific class offerings or to check class availability at a specific Pierce College campus.
All of the tools above will help you to choose the classes, days, and times you want to attend at Pierce College.
3. When viewing the class schedule and the scheduling tools above, you may see classes that look interesting, but you’re not really sure what they are about. There is another great tool available in the Student Online Services page that will allow you to learn more about the classes you are thinking of taking. It is the e-Catalog and it lists program information, course information (including course content and course abilities), and the current syllabi for most courses.
The above tools will help you to create your own class schedule. If you still have questions or are unsure about how to plan your schedule, always feel free to contact the Running Start office. Remember, one of the ways college is different from high school is that you are the one who will be deciding what times you will come to school and which classes you will take. Your Running Start advisor will help you to make decisions about which courses are best suited for your high school requirements and educational goals, but ultimately the responsibility of creating your schedule lies with you.