Spring semester is coming to a close, but scheduling for fall classes has just started. LSU students and parents are frustrated with scheduling issues caused by a high enrollment numbers.
The overall enrollment at LSU is at an all-time high, making it harder for students to schedule the classes they need as course sections are filling up quickly.
Students who are unable to join a course usually join a waitlist and hope a spot opens up. For some students, including upperclassmen who need certain classes to graduate, this method does not work.
Several classes serve as perquisites for other required classes within a major. Students' inability to schedule these classes puts them at jeopardy of a late graduation.
The likelihood of getting off a waitlist depends on many factors like the structure of the course, seat availability and the number of students who are purged from or elect to drop the course.
Multiple LSU parents have expressed their frustration with the university and scheduling process on social media, begging for more resources and class opportunities given to their students.
"Spring 2024 is her last semester, and I'm terrified she won't get the classes she needs to graduate," Kathleen Joffrion Kruebbe said on Facebook.
Jennifer Dautrich, the mother of a LSU engineering student, said she is frustrated with the lack of resources.
"If I'm being honest, we've tried to talk her out of staying at LSU and going somewhere else where she can get the courses she needs and be done in the four years," Dautrich said.
Parents believe the university needs to hire more professors to provide more classes and opportunities for students to get required credits.
The Center for Advising & Counseling said students have several options to resolve the scheduling issues. They said students can see if an alternative section of a course is available, join the waitlist or schedule an appointment with an academic advisor via the Navigate student app.