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The Piper's Quick Advising Guide

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by Dr. Michael Bucell

Basic information about S.C.O.T.S., General Education, the curriculum for your major,
and scheduling classes is provided for new and transfer students.

Additional and detailed information can be obtained in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

STEP 1 - Review the requirements for your major

Become familiar with the requirements of the curriculum for the degree program in which you plan your major course of study. Visit Records and Registration to obtain a copy of your curriculum requirement form or "curriculum sheet". In addition, a course sequence form is provided for most majors that details the order in which the faculty recommend you try to take the courses that will be required to graduate. You will want to print out these forms and refer to them as you plan or review your schedule of classes. Transfer students should become familiar with the degree evaluation tool in S.C.O.T.S. that will detail how the courses you have completed (and in which you are currently enrolled) satisfy the curriculum requirements for your degree program. You will find the degree evaluation link along with access to your academic transcript under the Student Records area in S.C.O.T.S

STEP 2 - Become familiar with the General Education Requirements

All undergraduate degree programs include basic course requirements known as General Education, which is explained in the 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalogue beginning on page 52. Check your "curriculum sheet" to determine whether your degree program has specific courses that must be taken as part of your major course of study when completing the General Education requirements. When none is indicated, you may select an approved course from the list provided. In the process of scheduling classes, you use the S.C.O.T.S. Registration area to "Look up classes" that are approved for General Education by selecting the Attribute feature. A wide variety of additional useful information is available from the by looking in the Scheduling Book.

STEP 3 - Become familiar with S.C.O.T.S.
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S.C.O.T.S. is the acronym for our Student Centered On-Line Transaction System. It includes areas for your Personal Information profile and Student Records, both academic and financial, as well as Registration for scheduling classes. You are able to access this information over the Internet from any computer using a Web-browser. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is recommended. Logon to S.C.O.T.S.from the my.Edinboro portal .

Before continuing, review the Using S.C.O.T.S. tutorial. It will show you how to login as a first time user. The remainder of the tutorial will familiarize you with the Registration component for scheduling classes.

STEP 4 - Talk to a faculty advisor before you schedule classes

This step is absolutely necessary for several reasons. The practical reason is that you need a special Alternate PIN in order to schedule classes using S.C.O.T.S. RegistrationThe Alternate PIN can only be obtained from a faculty academic advisor. It is provided when you meet with your advisor to discuss your academic plans for the upcoming semester or summer session. Planning should include the courses that you intend to schedule as well as alternate courses in case of course unavailability. The Alternate PIN for scheduling classes changes each semester, so you must meet with your faculty advisor regularly. Your faculty advisor will be able to provide a variety of helpful information to promote your success and satisfaction at Edinboro University.

What if your faculty advisor is not available? This can occur between semesters and also during the summer when only a few of the faculty are on contract to teach courses. Try to contact your advisor using e-mail or voicemail message. If there is no response in a day or two, you may contact the chairperson of the academic department which houses the academic program for your major. This is most appropriate for new transfer and returning students. Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses can be obtained using the Campus Directory.

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updated May 2013