What Classes to Choose?!

With so many classes which ones should you pick??

College is an exciting place with an almost infinite number of classes. So as an incoming freshman how do you know what classes to take? Here is a (hopefully) helpful guide on which classes to pick.

First off look at the number of the class, is it a 100, 200, 300, or 400 level class? As a freshman try to stick with 100 to 200 level classes, there are exceptions of course but just remember the 300 and 400 level classes are generally meant for people who have prior experience with the material presented.

Use the tools that are available. I am a huge fan of checking  professor and class ratings online. Some tools that you can use to decide if a class is right for you:

  • www.ratemyprofessor.com - Here you can check how your peers evaluate your professor based on criteria such as clarity, easiness, helpfulness, and even hotness (please do not base any class decisions based on hotness of your professor).  
  • www.courserank.com - Here you can see how your peers evaluate the difficulty of a class by sharing their grades and ratings of professors.
  • http://gradedistribution.registrar.indiana.edu - Here you can see the official IU grade distribution in each course. You can use this tool to see how many people got As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs in each course.  You can use this to evaluate teachers as well as courses themselves.

However when using these tools make sure to only use the info you gather as advice. Don’t let anything you see on these sites stop you from taking classes that you want to take. just use it as a tool to decide which professor is best for you and use these tools to help you balance your course load. Also, while websites are helpful, don’t forget there are a bunch of advisors at IU that are there to help you and they can help make decisions about which courses are right for you.  

Balance your course load. There is no such thing as an easy class at IU, all classes require you to put in a lot of time and effort but you can try to balance your personal schedule. If you struggle with chemistry and math try to balance out those classes you find more challenging by taking classes that you might be more comfortable with and may find easier. Don’t forget that if you are worried about how hard your course load is you can always take less credit hours or take a recreational class. The recreational classes tend to be one credit hour and require less rigor and are less focused on academics, these can be nice GPA boosters if you are willing to put the effort in.

Good luck picking your classes and you don’t have the best schedule ever your freshman year don’t worry you still have plenty more semesters to get it right. And don’t forget that picking out your classes is only a fraction of the battle, and that to do well it requires time and effort. It’s easy to get caught up with how awesome IU is but remember you are there to study and do well!!!!!!


About The Author
Harriet LeishmanInternational Studies and Political Science/Philosophy Major


I'm Harriet Leishman and I'm an International Studies and Political Science/Philosophy major at IUB. I'm a FASE peer mentor and I love going to school at IU. I was born in Sandwich, Kent in England until I moved to Carmel, Indiana in 2005. Even though I may still sound British I'm pretty much American now and consider myself a hoosier! 

I love going to IU and I had an awesome freshman year. I'm excited to continue having fun and studying in Bloomington and I'm looking forward to blogging.