Frequent Asked Questions about Enrolling in a First-Year Seminar

Where can I find the most current information on First-Year Seminar offerings?

For current information about seminar offerings, see the online LSA Course Guide.

How can I find out what seminars are still open?

All seminars remain closed until Summer Orientation. Then the FYS office tries to post online a weekly list of all OPEN seminars as of a specific date. For real-time information, refer to the Time Schedule. Most spaces are open for general enrollment, while others are reserved for participants in a Michigan Learning Community. Be sure you meet the criteria for enrolling. Some spaces are designated as “enrollment management,” which is simply a tool for keeping some a number of spaces closed until later in the summer.

What if only certain sections of a course are open?

Be careful to enroll in specific sections and class numbers. For almost all first-year seminars, each addresses a distinct topic taught by a different instructor.

What if a seminar is closed and has no wait list?

Just keep checking! Spaces are opened incrementally during Summer Orientation to save spaces for students who register later in the summer. Wait lists don’t begin until the class is fully enrolled. Many students enrolled in FYS may drop and add even after classes begin! The goals of the FYS program make it essential to limit maximum enrollment to 18.

Can I take more than one first-year seminar?

Students registered for more than one FYS will be advised to drop all but one. As an exception to the rule, a First Year Writing Requirement (FYWR) seminar will not be counted in the policy restricting students to only one FYS per term.

How many seminar spaces are available each term?

Do an advanced find in the online Course Guide for First-Year Seminars. Typically about 75-80 are scheduled in Fall term with approximately 1300 available spaces. Another 55-60 are offered in Winter term with approximately 850 spaces. While students may not be able to enroll in a seminar they especially want, most are able to find space in another.

Why does the FYS Program not include some courses or sections listed as "first-year seminars" in the First-Year Course Guide?

The FYS Program lists only seminars that conform to specific guidelines concerning factors such as faculty rank, enrollment restrictions, class format, and size.

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