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Do I need to see an Honors advisor one-on-one during orientation?

It depends. Students wishing to take a non-FYE Honors course must see an advisor to receive a permit. Students who only intend to take the mandatory FYE course in their first semester are not required to see an advisor, since registration for our FYE courses does not necessitate receipt of a permit. Our group advising session at 5:15 PM on Day 1 of RRO will cover all necessary information.

How do I know how many spaces are left in the FYE course I want to take?

After deciding which FYE course you wish to take by viewing our FYE course booklet, you may look up the number of spaces left in the course using the Section Search Tool on Raiderlink. The Section Search Tool is located under the MyTech tab, Advising Tools & Resources, under Explore Course Options heading. The LCG section associated with the FYE you have chosen will have the same number of seats remaining, as students cannot register for one without registering for the other.

Please make certain that the course you are looking at is the FYE section by double-checking the section number and CRN number against our FYE course booklet.

I want to take a non-FYE Honors course. The Honors College says the course is full, but Raiderlink shows space is available. Which is correct?

The Honors College online course listings are accurate. We control our course enrollments by giving permits for all (non-FYE) Honors courses – we only issue as many permits as there are spaces in any given course. Though Raiderlink does show the number of students actually registered for a course, it cannot show the number of permits issued for an Honors course. When you see empty seats on Raiderlink in a course that appears full (in red) in our online course listing, this indicates that students on the waitlist have been/are being contacted about those open spaces, but have not actually registered yet. Therefore, you should always consult our Course Booklet to see which courses are still available.

A further note: the open spaces shown on Raiderlink for our FYE courses are accurate, because they are filled without utilization of a permit system. Your FYE and LCG are the only Honors courses you will ever take for which you do not need to obtain a permit from an Honors advisor.

I can't get into an FYE that fulfills a degree requirement. Is it still mandatory?

Yes, all incoming first year must take a First-Year Experience course in order to retain membership and good standing in the Honors College. Each of our Fall 2019 FYE courses does cover either a university core curriculum requirement or a lower-level degree requirement applicable to particular majors. However, if you discover that the FYE courses remaining open to you offer credit that you already have through AP, IB, CLEP, or dual credit, you must still make an FYE course selection for your fall schedule. While we do not keep waitlists for our FYE courses, we encourage you to continue checking back on Raiderlink throughout the summer to see if spaces open up in your preferred FYE class, at which point you are free to switch your FYE/LCG selection. (You do not need permission from an Honors advisor to make this change.) We mandate participation in the FYE/LCG program for all entering first year because we know that the community you will build among your classmates and peers in the FYE and LCG classrooms will be integral to your successful transition into the Honors College, and we are sure that any FYE course you take will be a very positive first Honors course experience for you.

I cannot register for a non-FYE Honors course. What do I need to do?

In order to register for a non-FYE Honors course, you must speak with an Honors advisor to receive a permit for the class (or to be waitlisted, if it is full). Once you receive a permit, you will be able to register for that specific course. Permits for non-FYE Honors courses are given on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:30 AM on Day 2 of RRO, to students who have seen their primary advisors and who can present a valid fall schedule. Honors advisors will see students in our offices in McClellan Hall.

How do I successfully register for a non-FYE Honors course?

After you receive a permit for a non-FYE Honors course, you will register for that course on Raiderlink as you would any other course. Your Honors permit ensures that your allotted seat is saved for you, so if any errors occur when you attempt to register, please copy or take careful note of the text of the error message(s), then contact the Honors College offices to receive assistance from an advisor.

How do I build a fall schedule?

When we ask you to “build a schedule,” we do not mean simply provide a list of the courses you hope to take in the fall; we mean a schedule showing where the specific sections of courses which you will take will occur on their scheduled dates and times weekly. The reason that we need to see your schedule if you are requesting permits for non-FYE Honors courses is that before issuing a permit – which is a reservation for you in the class – we need to verify that our Honors course does fit feasibly within your weekly schedule, alongside your other planned courses. Your primary advisor should be able to assist you in deciding which courses you should be taking in the fall based on your degree curriculum and previous college credits earned, but if your advisor is unable to help you with this, you may make these decisions yourself by examining the sample degree curriculum for your major. Find your degree plan in the 2019-2020 TTU Undergraduate Catalog at http://catalog.ttu.edu. When you have determined which courses you will take in the fall, you may utilize Visual Schedule Builder (accessible from your Raiderlink/MyTech page) to compile your desired schedule, or you may choose to look up all available sections of each of your intended courses on the Section Search Tool (also accessible from your MyTech page) and manually place each course where you prefer to take it, making sure to schedule around your chosen FYE/LCG courses and any other non-FYE Honors courses you hope to take.

All of my pre-TTU course credit has not been posted to my TTU transcript yet. How will this affect my registration at RRO?

We recommend that you check your TTU transcript on your MyTech webpage prior to coming to RRO: use your eRaider username and password to log in at raiderlink.ttu.edu, then select “Unofficial Transcript – View online” under the “Transcript” link below the ‘Manage My Enrollment' menu in the Action Items box at the top left of the page. All of the collegiate credit that has been posted for you to date by the Registrar's Office will appear on your transcript, including AP credit, SAT/ACT score credit, dual credit, and transfer credit from any another institution. So if you do not see all of the credit you believe you should have listed here, you should investigate this with the Registrar's Office during Day 1 of your RRO session if possible. It may be the case that College Board score reports or transcripts from another collegiate institution have been sent to Tech on your behalf, but that these credits were not added to your student record at the time of their receipt if you were not yet registered for an RRO session at that time. This issue can be resolved quickly and easily by requesting the Registrar to look for documents that may have been received under your name and post any resulting credit for you. It may be important that you address this issue before Day 2 of your RRO session if you plan to register for any courses which have pre-requisite coursework for which you have credit prior to TTU enrollment. If you attend RRO before your senior year AP scores are published by College Board in mid-summer, it may be that you will have to register for a lower-level course for which you expect to receive AP credit at orientation, then exchange it for your desired higher-level course later in the summer after your forthcoming AP credit is posted to your TTU transcript. Please feel free to discuss these issues with any of your Honors advisors, or to request more information from your primary advisor at RRO.

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