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Scheduling Classes

College can be an exciting yet confusing time for many new students. From finding your way around campus to being away from home for the first time, it's no wonder that you may feel overwhelmed. One of the most crucial tasks that you will be faced with is the creation of your college schedule. Consider the following to help you map out a schedule that best serves your specific needs. The schedule of classes is available under the Current Students menu on the Athens Technical College Web page.

Program Requirements
Because Athens Technical College offers a wide variety of degree, diploma, and technical certificates, different students may be required to complete different courses for their program of study. You can find the program descriptions in the College Catalog. If you have taken courses at other colleges or universities, you may be able to transfer some core requirements. Transfer credit information will be available through your Banner student account after you have been accepted to the college.

Course Selection
College courses require more studying and homework than your high school classes. When planning your first semester college schedule, it is a good idea to balance the types of classes you are taking. Don't only take classes that require a lot of reading and writing; try to balance those classes with courses in math or science. Likewise, think carefully before taking two lab science classes or two math classes the same semester. Having a mixture of courses that includes reading, writing, problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on practice will keep you mentally stimulated and interested in learning.

Course Load
To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Try to balance your schedule so you are not too overwhelmed. Think about your commitments outside of school. Do you have children? Work responsibilities? Other activities that take up your time? Do not take more classes than you can reasonably expect to be successful in or you will risk lowering your GPA or losing financial aid. Manage your time wisely!

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