Let’s be clear about this, there is nothing enjoyable whatsoever about the whole admissions process. It can either be really bad, or not as bad as you expected it to be. AWC is one of the largest college’s in the region, it is ranked #19 in Arizona according to collegestats.org. With “over 12,000 people” enrolling every year, and around 7,000 full-time students, it’s best to register early in order to avoid ‘’the chaos’’.
If you are a freshman like we once were, sometimes you have no clue on what criteria you have to meet, what places you have to go to, or even what courses you would like to take. There are two different ways to register for classes at AWC and we will review both of them but first you will need to make sure you have met the necessary requirements stated in the AWC admissions site.
Get Professional Help!
If, like most new students you are unsure or have not completely decided what career you would like to prepare for, you can take advantage of the academic advisory team located in the second floor of the 3C building. They may be able to aid you in better understanding where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and help you better interpret your placement test results. In my personal experience I made good use of an academic adviser when deciding my schedule and which classes I should take towards my Ag. Science major. I also received useful tips on how to use WebAdvisor.
As expected, after speaking to several current students, we gathered that improper use of Academic advisers may sometimes hinder your progress, rather than aid it. One student, Harold (not his real name), an exchange student who is currently doing his major in Psychology said, ‘’Academic advisers are not very helpful.’’ So make sure that you have the right courses in mind, or that you have consulted your head of faculty prior to seeing an academic adviser.
On the other hand, better prepared students have even managed to cut down the length of their major by using the help of an adviser when choosing courses. Blanca (not her real name) who is a freshman in nursing pointed out that, ‘’ the academic adviser was very straightforward and showed much interest in helping out with my individual academic needs.’’
We would strongly recommend that you take into consideration the advice given by these experienced counselors, and if, after seeing them you are still not clear on what career path to take, or what courses to register to, visit the different faculty heads at AWC, provided that they are available to see you.
The Admissions Office is open throughout the summer and during the late fall months to register for the next semester. The Office is located on the top floor of the 3C building on the Main AWC campus. Although it is usually busy at times, as Elena (Admissions office employee) pointed out “during peak times the registration process is hectic, phones ringing off the hook, students coming and asking unnecessary questions, even online it’s busy because it’s registration time and we are open registration and everyone tends to do all of it at the same time” It’s recommended that you get in at an early stage so you have time to fill out the paperwork to get your classes or to register online rather than fight the crowd.
We are very fortunate at AWC to have a very up to date system/model when it comes to admissions. The ever evolving processes have been crafted over the last few decades to adjust to modern day student needs, so whether you are at home on your Laptop or at work messing around on your smartphone, you can always access the online admissions site of the college. During his High school class, Cody (now a freshman at AWC) took advantage of the online registration process, and he discovered that ‘’ it’s much faster and you save time and money due to the fact that you don’t have to travel to college and wait in line… It literally took me seconds to register for my classes. I was impressed, since I did it on my iPhone.’’According to Elena from admissions, she has “… been here eleven years and the change has been drastic; there weren’t online admissions, no online registration, only up until a few of years ago. There’s more things that we do online now that we did back then which is more efficient and more organized.” However most future students will still take advantage of the traditional process of enrolling, and they will be happy to discover that there are plenty of helpful options which can be consulted when necessary, which is fine, but don’t later complain about not being able to sign up for certain courses because someone has already beat you to it.
All in all both processes of registration have it’s advantages. If you get to college early and avoid the admissions queues, you will have plenty of help and you should be done in a couple of hours, so if you live close to college or have no access to a computer with internet, then this is your only option. If however, you choose to register online, you may find that it is at first difficult to understand the online registration process, however once you are familiar with it, you will get to laugh at all of the students queuing up for hours to register for two classes, only to find out that someone has already beat them to it.
You should take advantage of all the resources and aids offered at AWC, but make sure you don’t abuse them; after all they are there for that reason; to help students. So first decide what career you wish to take,take a good look at the online catalog, admissions and registrations site, prior to that you should make sure that you are familiar with the system. If you are unsure on what classes you should register to, then visit the academic advisers at the 3C building upstairs. One of the college’s mission is to help students to clarify any doubts, so you are not alone. Best of luck Matador.