Now, I know that there are thousands of stories out there surrounding dealings with the Office of the Registrar and that every student has an impassioned perspective on the methods of getting into classes, but let me offer one specific experience that has proven to be a reliable and stable constant throughout my career as a registering student. Having courses transferred from another institution has been both the easiest process of getting through all the “red tape” at LMU and the most effective method of getting the classes I want. For like sixty bucks, I was able to fulfill some of those lame core classes that I’ve been putting off by taking online classes at SMC in three simple steps.
It began with looking up what courses could be transferred over and what requirements can be met with these classes. This is found under the Transfer Agreements section of LMU’s registrar website. Because SMC has such a high velocity of students to LMU, this articulation agreement can also be found on their website in a list form offering you what you can choose from. For example, I wanted to get my American Cultures out of the way (after wanting to shoot myself after taking a day and half of a woman’s class at LMU) and was able to find that an Art 72 at SMC would meet that requirement. There is also an Existing Histories database that can be viewed to see how courses from non-articulated schools have transferred in the past. It shows what students have been able to get away with.
Next, I filled out a Transfer Course Approval form with information about what classes I was taking and the LMU equivalency. I took it to Linda Jorgenson, my awesome Coordinator of Academic Services in the film department who has done 99% more than any advisor I’ve ever had, and she signed off on it right away. Then I dropped it off at the Registrar’s where nothing happened. I guess they would have contacted me if those courses were not transferable for any reason, but I just went ahead and took my summer school at SMC.
After getting my grades at SMC, I have to bring back my academic transcript (which is completely free for the first two official documents) so that it can go on my records. This is where a little problem came up. That Art class that I wanted to go to my AMCS ended going to into my Critical Arts are on my CAPP report. I talked with Jorgenson, and she said all I need to do was fill out a Petition for CAPP Adjustments. This was also rather simple. I took it to the Registrars and within a week, my CAPP report said that I had fulfilled my core requirement for American Cultures. Trust me, I know that the idea of taking a class or two over the summer may seem like punishment, but if I had to choose between taking an 8:00 AM class that was my third choice at LMU or an online class, I’d take the latter. The hassle is practically nonexistent compared to speaking with advisors and teachers into getting into a filled class during your senior year.
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