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Registration FAQs


How do I register for my first-semester courses?

Your first-semester course schedule will be constructed for you by Academic Advising and Assistance, based on the information you provide in an online registration survey, as well as your academic profile and history.  To learn more, please visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/froshregistration.  For all subsequent semesters, you will register for courses through Zagweb, after meeting with your assigned academic advisor, whom you will meet during New Student Orientation.

Why can't I just plan and register for courses all on my own?

Part of our commitment to every entering student is that we will help you get on track for a four year graduation. An important part of this involves making sure you take courses that will give you the foundation necessary to complete advanced undergraduate work. We, together with your academic advisor, will continue to work with you to make sure the courses you have chosen are fulfilling your degree requirements, so ultimately, you complete your degree within 4 years, whenever possible.

Are there any required courses that I must take at Gonzaga, regardless of my major?

There are four quadrants which make up the Gonzaga degree.  For more information, click here.

What courses will I take if I am not sure about my major or my interests?

College is your opportunity for exploration, and finding the right major or career is part of the journey.  We don't want you to feel pressured into choosing a major right from the start.  If you are unsure about your studies, that's OK!  There are only a handful of majors and programs (engineering, health science related fields, special education, teacher certification) that require specific courses to be taken first semester, so being undecided won't put you behind. When you complete the registration survey, be sure to answer all of our questions accurately.  Your answers will inform our scheduling process, and ensure that we get you registered for courses that meet degree requirements, and expose you to areas of self-identified interest.  Pathways is a freshman seminar course that is highly recommended for students undecided on a major, as it will provide you with in-class presentations and discussions on career discernment, among many other topics.

How many credits will I be taking?

In order to complete a degree, Gonzaga requires at least 128 semester credits. Students who wish to complete their degree in four years must average at least 32 credits per year, or 16 credits per semester on average.  Students in engineering and special education programs should anticipate 18 and 17 credit semesters in order to complete those programs in four years. Each credit of in-class time generally requires at least 2 hours of out-of-class study per week, so a semester schedule of 16 credits will compose an average and balanced week of academic work. Full-time student standing is anywhere between 12 and 18 credits per semester. 

If I have taken a foreign language in high school, do I have to take one again?

All students who major in the College of Arts & Sciences take a foreign language or foreign culture (FC) course for at least one semester as a core requirement. Foreign language is not a core requirement of the Schools of Business Administration, Engineering & Applied Science, Education or Nursing and Human Physiology. However, mastery of a foreign language is a significant enhancement to a well-rounded education, so students in all disciplines with interest in languages are encouraged to include language study in their program.  Feel free to take a language other than the one(s) you studied in high school. Introductory courses are available in all languages taught at GU with no expectation of previous study, so be adventurous!

Do I have to take a math course right away?

All students must complete at least one semester of mathematics in order to graduate from Gonzaga. Many majors and/or areas of concentration require more extensive mathematics coursework as well. Depending on your chosen area of study, you will be placed in mathematics when and if it is necessary to the timely completion of your academic program.

Is taking English 101 a requirement?

English 101 (English Composition) is a University Core requirement, meaning all students, regardless of major, must complete this course. Students may earn college level credit for English Composition prior to enrolling at Gonzaga.  If you have taken any transfer credit work, please indicate this in your registration survey, which will be available in May.  

English 101 is part of the "Thought & Expression" (T&E) block, a core group of courses that also includes Philosophy 101 (Critical Thinking) and Speech 101 (Speech Communication). All first year students should complete the T&E classes at some point during their first year; however, due to scheduling complexities, these courses are not always taken together. 

I am thinking about studies abroad my junior year. Is there anything I should know that might effect my first semester schedule?

Yes! If you are thinking about going abroad, you should consider taking a modern language your first semester. Some study abroad programs require coursework in foreign language before travel, while others do not.  During the fall, have a conversation with your advisor about long-range academic planning. Every studies abroad program calls for careful academic planning, including appropriate coursework in the target language.

If you are interested in Gonzaga-in-Florence, please note: Italian 101 is not a requirement in the first semester for students planning to study in Florence junior year. This course is difficult to get into as a freshman and can wait until sophomore year, or even be taken while studying in Florence.  For more information about Gonzaga's Study Abroad opportunities, click here.

When will I get my fall schedule?

All freshmen will be e-mailed instructions on downloading their official fall schedules on August 1st. When you receive this e-mail, please read through all of the information carefully.  You will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule, during the allotted Schedule Change Times.  Please review all information regarding your schedule before contacting our office, in the event your question has already been answered.

If I don't like my schedule, once I receive it, can I change it?

Yes, perhaps. Once you receive your schedule, if you have questions or concerns, plan to either call, e-mail or visit our office during Schedule Change Times. We will listen to your concerns and review your schedule with you to see if changes are necessary and/or possible. Our first priority is registering you for a first semester that sets you on a four-year path to graduation. If that requires schedule changes, we will gladly make them.  For more information about schedule changes, please click here.

What if, when I arrive in the fall, I find that I must change my schedule?

We will be available for in-person schedule changes and advising during New Student Orientation.  Once classes begin, please consult with your Academic Advisor before requesting changes to your schedule.  These changes must be made during the "ADD/DROP" period, in the first few days of classes. The last day to add a course for fall semester 2014 is Wednesday, September 10th. The last day to drop a course for fall semester 2014 is Friday, September 12th.  The last day to withdraw from a course is Friday, November 14th (advisor signature required). What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing? See our General FAQs for information.

When will I meet my Academic Advisor?

On September 1st, during the Academic Day of New Student Orientation, you will meet your assigned academic advisor.  This advisor is assigned to you in August by the Academic Advising & Assistance office.  This person is not on-campus in the summer months, and has not taken part in the creation of your schedule. Be rest assured, your first semester schedule was created by a professional academic advisor at Gonzaga, and meets the requirements of your selected major and/or area of interest.

If I have any questions, who can I contact?

From now through September 1st, you will work directly with advisors in our office for all questions related to academic advising and registration.  Send us your questions and concerns to froshregistration@gonzaga.edu.

I have decided not to come to GU in the fall, what do I need to do?

If you have decided not to attend GU, please contact the Admissions Office at 509.313.6572.




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