Carnegie Mellon University

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November 13, 2020

What's Next Academically?

By now, we hope your first-year student has settled into an academic routine, whether attending classes in-person or remotely. We wanted to share some of the academic experiences that your student is starting to prepare for as the semester winds down and provide you with some advice on how to support them. If your student is worried about any of their courses, they should contact their professor to discuss their overall performance and gain advice on how to proceed.

Spring 2021 Registration Week

All students should have registered for Spring 2021 semester courses from November 30 to December 4. Registration time slots were assigned by class standing, meaning first-year students registered on the last day, Friday, December 4. This is important to note because it means that our first-year students needed to be flexible and ready with options in case their preferred courses were full. We recommend they speak with their academic advisor to determine back-up courses if they are unable to get into any planned courses. Students will also be provided the opportunity to join a waitlist for a course in case any seats should open up.

Final Examinations

Final Examinations are scheduled on December 14-15, 17-18, and 20 with makeup final examinations on December 21. The Fall 2020 Final Exam schedule is available online. Due to reading days and scheduling needs, final examinations are often scheduled on dates and times different than the typical day or time a course meets, so it’s vital that your student refers to the final exam schedule and updates their calendar for their week of examinations.

The Student Academic Success Center will be offering a variety of support options for students as they prepare for final exams. Students can sign up to form study groups with the Study Partners Program or attend workshops on topics related to study skills. They will also be offering writing consultations and drop-in tutoring