Selecting first-semester courses is an exciting process. It is the beginning of your academic career at Penn. But it can also be overwhelming with a myriad of courses and academic opportunities from which to choose.
First-Semester Courses and Registration
This video will give you a look at the kinds of courses most students should consider for their first semester at Penn.
Preparing for First-Semester Course Selection
In preparation for this conversation, incoming freshmen will need to engage with Compass, the primary guide for incoming freshmen throughout the summer, where you'll be prompted to:
- Complete the Advising Questionnaire
- View the Registration Tutorial and review Registration Tips
- Browse the list of of entry courses to majors
- Use the Course Search and Mock Schedule functions on Penn InTouch to search for courses
- Identify and confirm any advanced placement credit
- Take any appropriate departmental placement tests during New Student Orientation.
There are many ways to explore course options. Below are some course types and resources for determining which courses to register for.
Prior to Advance Registration, incoming freshmen must have a discussion with their pre-major advisor about their academic interests and goals, and to plan a schedule for their first semester.
After being removed from registration hold by their advisor, students may enter Advance Registration course requests using Penn InTouch. Penn InTouch requires a student to log on using their PennKey and password. Students who have difficulty using Penn InTouch should call the College Office, 215.898.6341.
The Course Search, Mock Schedule and Registration functions on Penn InTouch allow students to browse courses of interest, plan their schedule for the following semester, and request courses for the fall.
Registration Tips includes notes on how the system works and how to improve your results.