Schedule Assistant

Schedule Assistant is an application within Schedule Planner that students may use to search, select and enroll in their classes. Within Schedule Assistant you are able to:

  • Add courses that you want to take for the semester.
  • Add breaks into your schedule for work or extra-curricular activities to avoid time conflicts with your classes.
  • Generate all possible schedule combinations based on your class selections, allowing you to evaluate which one will work best for you.
  • Schedule travel time between classes. Perhaps you'd like 30 minutes commute-time between classes. You can schedule that through Schedule Assistant's Class Padding feature.
  • "Lock" a class such that it is always on your schedule and other classes are scheduled around, given what's offered during the semester in question.

After you have selected your preferred schedule, you may add it to your Shopping Cart and proceed with registration.

Below are some introductory videos and answers to some frequently asked questions about Schedule Assistant.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

HOW TO REGISTER IN SCHEDULE ASSISTANT

Open your browser, go to my.fsu.edu and enter your FSUID and Password.

Click the SC icon under MyFSU Links to go into Student Central and your Student Homepage.

Check the My Tasks tile on your FSU Student Homepage to see if you have any holds.

Click on My Tasks for more information on your holds and how to remove them.

Clear all holds impacting registration before proceeding with Steps 3-11.

Click My Classes on your FSU Student Homepage.

Click the link for Schedule Assistant.

Click the grey button to Open Schedule Assistant. The page will open in a new tab. If Schedule Assistant does not open, make sure the pop-up blocker on your browser is turned off and then try again.

Select your filter values for Term, Campus, Academic Career, and Sessions.

You may change the filters at any time by clicking the Change button at the top of the Plan Schedule page.

The Course Status filter should always be set to Open Classes Only.

Click the red +Add Course button.

Select one of the tabs to search for a course. You may use the tabs for search for courses by subject/course number, physical location or a Liberal Studies area. If you already know the subject and course number, the By Subject tab would be the best tab to use.

Click the +Add Course button for any course you plan to take.

Click Done when you are finished adding courses to return to the main page.

Click the Sections gear beside each course you selected to view the sections available.

Check for any sections on the list that have a Reserve Caps or Special Topic note. These sections may be reserved for students in a certain population or program, and only students in those programs will be eligible to register for these sections.

Use the check boxes on the left to deselect any section(s) that are reserved for other programs. You may also uncheck any sections that you prefer not to take.

Click the +Add Break button to add a break into your schedule.

Use the break tool to block off any days and times during the week when you cannot take classes.

Click Generate Schedules to view all possible schedules for the classes you selected. Schedule Assistant will generate a list of all the schedule combinations possible for the courses/sections you selected and that work around your breaks.

If you have a large number of schedule combinations to choose from, consider adding a break to reduce the number of options you have to review.

If you receive an error that no schedules are possible, you will need to either modify your break times or select alternative courses.

Click the View link to review details for a specific schedule combination.

You can use the arrow buttons in the top right to look at other schedule combination options.

When you find the schedule you want to take, click the Send to Shopping Cart button.

Review the classes in your Shopping Cart to ensure it is the correct schedule.

Click the Edit Cart button if you need to remove a class from the schedule.

Click the Register button to add all the classes in your Shopping Cart and finalize your registration.

A confirmation screen will appear letting you know if your registration was successful.

If a section was full or reserved, go to the Shopping Cart page and remove that section from your cart. Then click Generate Schedules again to find an alternate section.

 

Schedule Assistant FAQ

No, you may register through Schedule Assistant or through Student Central. However, it is recommended that students register using Schedule Assistant to make use of the schedule optimization features that are available there.

Yes, if the course does not appear when you perform the search in Add Courses, then either all sections of the class are full (the Course Status filter should be set to Open Classes Only) or the course is not being offered in that term.

To search for courses by Liberal Studies area, click the Add Courses button and then select the Search by Liberal Studies tab. Use dropdown fields for Attribute and Value to select the Liberal Studies area(s) you for which want to find courses.

If you know the subject area for the course you want to take, enter that value in the Subject field and then use the Course field to see the list courses available.

Alternately, you may leave the Subject blank and select the Course field to view a list of all courses offered in each subject. Select the course you decide to take from the list available and click Add Course.

Click the Add Courses button and navigate to the Search by Physical Location tab.  In the Attribute field enter Physical Location and in the Value field enter the physical location for the classes you want to take.   Search for the course by subject and course number/title and add the course(s).

Once you have added all courses, they will appear under the Courses area of the main page.  Click the Sections button. 

The only sections that will appear in the results are the ones that match the location that you selected in the Physical Location tab.  All sections in other locations will be Disabled.  Click Save & Close and continue with Generating Schedule options and registration.

If you need to change the physical location to find other sections, click the Advanced Filters button.  You may change the values in the Attributes box to add/remove other locations for the course for that semester.  Click Save Filters and continue with registration.

An alphabetical listing of the course subjects and their definitions is available in the Undergraduate General Bulletin. This list also includes the departments/programs that offer courses in that subject.

For incoming freshmen, a Freshman Interest Groups tab will be available to you under the Add Courses function. From this tab you can scroll through the list of FIG offerings from the drop down menu, add the FIG you want to take, and proceed to register.

Note: you cannot add a FIG through the By Subject tab as it will not include all the courses in the FIG cluster. You must select the FIG from the Freshman Interest Group tab for it to include all the courses.

Note that when you add the FIG, only the FIG description and HUM1920 colloquium will appear in the Courses area. To see the section information for all of the courses in the FIG, click the Sections button.

On the Sections screen you will see the section information for the courses in the FIG and can view additional details on each one by clicking the blue information icon. All sections will appear in your schedule options when you click the Generate Schedules button.

Just click the Advanced Options button to access the Class Padding drop-down box. Select from a list of five-minute intervals between 0 and 90. Do you need half an hour between classes? Select 30 minutes. (Remember, however, that most classes observe standard meeting times and already allow for 15 minutes between classes. If you add more class padding to your schedule, you might have to alter that choice if Schedule Assistant doesn't generate class schedules that work for you.)

Campus maps for both the Tallahassee and Panama City Campuses are available through the links bellow:

An interactive FSU Campus Map is available online here.

 

If you want to ensure that a particular section of a particular class remains on every schedule that Schedule Assistant generates, you click the Lock icon next to that class. However, remember that even if you lock a class, you still must import the schedule you select to your shopping cart to complete the enrollment process!

To drop a class, go to the Current Schedule tab and click the button for Edit or Drop Classes. On the next page, under the Actions column on the right check the box of the classes you wish to drop and click Save.

NOTE: You may only drop classes in Schedule Assistant while registration remains open and before the end of drop/add (midnight on the fourth day of classes). After drop/add has ended you may only request course drops with Student Central. Instructions on course drops in Student Central are available here.

Per University policy, students may not drop English Composition (ENC1101 and ENC2135), lower-level Math classes (MGF1106, MGF1107, MAC1105, and MAC1140), or any required preparatory classes without the permission of their academic dean. For most freshmen/sophomore students, your Dean’s Office is:

Office of Undergraduate Studies
UCA 3400
(850) 644-2451

Within Schedule Assistant, swapping a class may only be done as two separate transactions. First, drop the section you are already enrolled in and then add the new section you want to be enrolled in. NOTE: Remember that you may not drop English Composition, lower-level Math or preparatory courses on your own. If you are swapping sections of an English or Math class, use the alternative process below or contact Undergraduate Studies for assistance: (850) 644-2451. As an alternative, you may perform a section swap within Student Central. From your Student Central student homepage, navigate to the My Classes tile and click the link for Enrollment: Swap Classes. Instructions on how to perform the swap in Student Central are available here.

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