For the first time in school history, students at Southwest Texas Junior College will be able to start registering for fall and summer classes at the same time.
Registration begins April 1 for both summer sessions and the fall semester, according to registrar Luis Fernandez. The new registration date applies to both online and advisor-assisted registration.
"Traditionally we don't begin summer registration until the end of April and fall registration doesn't start until early August," Fernandez said. "We've been working toward this earlier registration for over a year and are ready to give it a try."
According to Fernandez, beginning registration early offers a variety of benefits to students and the college.
"One of the main things we hope this helps with is student retention," Fernandez said. "By offering students the chance to register for fall classes while the spring semester is still in session we believe we can get more of our students coming back in the fall."
The earlier registration also gives students a longer period to meet with advisors and plan a schedule that fills their needs. "With five months of registration, we can spread out the work load on our advisors and give them more time to spend with each individual student," Fernandez said.
In addition, students will have more time to secure financial aid and make payment arrangements.
"The college faculty and staff have worked hard to get ready for this new registration schedule," Fernandez said. "Now it's up to our students to come in early and get registered."
Qualified students can register online for fall and summer classes. Students are encouraged to get time permits to schedule advising time for advisor-assisted registration.
Schedules for fall classes, as well as both summer sessions, are available online at www.swtjc.edu
Printed schedules are available in the Flores Student Center in Uvalde and in main administration offices in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Crystal City.
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