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Class Scheduling

Each year, the Office of the University Registrar works with college schedulers to build the course offerings that will be available for students to register in upcoming semesters. Course offerings are built one year in advance to allow sufficient time for classroom assignments and the release of the Schedule of Courses prior to the opening of course registration.

Class Scheduling Workflow

Class scheduling is a cyclical process with class details being entered into LionPATH and classroom assignments being created using the 25Live Optimizer. College schedulers, faculty, the Office of the University Registrar, and the Office of the Faculty Senate all play a part in the successful completion of the Schedule of Courses each semester.

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Step-by-Step Instruction Guides

The Scheduling and Curriculum department have created instruction guides, complete with screenshots, to walk college schedulers through the class scheduling process. Below is a list of all guides that are currently available.

Scheduling Periods and Semester Dates

Common Class Meeting Schedule

Course offerings must be scheduled for one of the approved standard scheduling periods during the fall, spring, or summer semester. The Office of the University Registrar maintains the standard scheduling periods chart.

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Maymester Standard Scheduling Periods

Due to the condensed length of the Maymester session during the summer semester, scheduling periods for Maymester are longer than the standard scheduling periods for other summer sessions.

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Semester Begin and End Dates

Listing of semester begin and end dates in LionPATH. To view when classes start or end, please consult the appropriate academic calendar.

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