Your New Student Advising Form is crucial as it enables the Krieger advising team to provide you with as much tailored guidance and support as possible as you transition to Hopkins! 

More information on what the profile is and how to access it is provided in the KSAS New Student Academic Advising Canvas course.

What to Take

  • Now is your time to explore academics at Hopkins via your First-Year Seminar course. There are dozens of First-Year Seminar courses to choose from, so create a list of perhaps 6-9 options which will match your availability. More tips on registration are provided via our Canvas site and at
  • In addition to your options for First-Year Seminar, choose approximately 10 other courses that appeal to you so you have a backup list of courses if you do not get into your first choices.
  • Create a mix of courses that allow you to break for lunch daily, accommodate athletic practices, and spread out your class attendance over the five days of the week.
  • Graduate programs, law schools, and medical schools all want to see diverse courses among your selections. Do not overload on any one area.
  • If you do not know your AP scores yet, make your best guess as to possible scores and register.
  • Register for 12-17 total credits.
  • Your academic advisor will review your schedule in the summer and provide feedback.

Finding Inspiration

  • Review past course evaluations for ideas.
  • If you are undecided about your major, take a few introductory-level courses in subject areas that interest you. Doing so could open the door to a major that you had never considered.
  • If you have a particular major in mind, see the sample first-semester schedules.

When to Register

  • Register on time! Popular courses tend to fill up quickly.
  • Look for courses that have open seats. You can put yourself on a waitlist, but your selections should not only consist of these courses.
  • There are some courses that will show open seats but have a waitlist. This could be one of two reasons:
    1. Seats have become available and people on the waitlist are being contacted to register for the course.
    2. The course has reserved seats for incoming first-year students.
  • Do not PANIC if the courses you want are full. The Course Registration section of our FAQ page answers the question of what to do if a course you want is full.