(suitablyemoname) wrote in bad_service,

I recently got into university for a January start. This is the good news.

The bad news is that they don't have any courses that are only open to winter-admission students.

Now, that may sound whiny, but let me explain: because the courses I can now apply for have been open for enrolment since August (or whenever enrolment opens up for September-start students), most of them are full. This is especially true of classes that, say, are necessary for graduation, are halfway interesting, and that the average high school graduate is eligible to take.

Phrased differently, I'm about to waste a semester (and if I didn't have a waiver, waste a lot of money) on courses that don't especially interest me, likely won't count towards my graduation requirements, don't get me anywhere near my intended major(s)... ugh.

Moreover, they haven't assembled a list of available courses since October: while the book lists about fifty courses which have space, in practice, only about a dozen have room--and it's strictly guess-and-check to figure out which ones are open. Considering that the average class has at least three tutorials, I've done more than a bit of hunting for needles in haystacks--complicated by the fact that most of the time, there isn't a needle to be found.

I can appreciate why a university might not bend over backwards for the 300-400 or so students who enter in winter: there just aren't that many of us compared to the entire five-digit student body. But couldn't they at least hold a few spaces in the more popular first-year courses for January enrolment? (Not necessarily exclusively for winter-start students: just release them for enrolment in December instead of August.)

Admittedly everyone with admissions itself has been swell (especially the lady who helps sort out student ID cards), but it seems to me to be incredibly bad service to charge winter-start students thousands of dollars for their choice of a dozen courses, half of which require upper-level math in high school as prereqs (surprisingly few arts students take So Painfully Upper-Level That You'll Shit Polynomials For Years Afterwards math in high school.), and most of which--in most cases--won't actually help them get any closer to graduation.
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