The Underrated Course Schedule
By: Student Worker #1
The University of Texas at Austin can provide numerous possibilities for students. After all, its slogan is “What Starts Here Changes the World”. With that said, the tangible layout of all of these possibilities can be found in one central, but yet under-appreciated place…the course schedule. Reading over the schedule can be very overwhelming. There are dozens of sections in the College of Liberal Arts alone. Despite this, the University of Texas has managed a very clean and organized way for students to look up classes that pertain to their major. The course schedule allows students to find which classes they need to take, who are instructing the courses, and what times are available. The course schedule allows students to map out an ideal schedule. This process is very simple. Regardless of this, I would argue that the course schedule found on utexas.edu site is under-appreciated and overlooked.
Students today tend to not even look at the course schedule and instead turn to myedu.com to decide their semester. This is not to say myedu is a terrible site—I use it myself—however, myedu has its limitations. Myedu is able to find courses for you with the professor that has the highest percentage of A’s and organize your class schedule through their website. This site allows you to rearrange your schedule perfectly. So, you map out that perfect schedule that does not have any Friday courses and the earliest class is 11am. You have a great feeling about this next semester thanks to myedu. Unfortunately, one thing myedu cannot tell you is when classes are closed, cancelled or waitlisted. Not knowing these three things about a course can have negative effects. When this occurs that perfect schedule you created is gone. You find yourself during registration signing up for 8am courses with a lab at 7pm. Your dreams are crushed. This is why the traditional course schedule is still essential. Along with knowing which classes are still available, the course schedule provides descriptions of the courses so we can actually see if we enjoy the course. This is more beneficial than picking a course because myedu says it looks easy. Unlike myedu, the course schedule provides important information about prerequisites and flags for courses. Therefore, students should use both the course schedule and myedu in order to ease the stress of registration.
If you still do not think that UT’s course schedule is useful I encourage you to take a look at the course schedule for Texas A&M and Texas Tech. From my research I have found that both sites are much more difficult to navigate. No surprise there.
So, be thankful that we at least have something that is very user friendly to help us explore all the classes for one of the greatest public universities in the nation.