Colby Registrar’s Office
Class Scheduling Options

  • Fall and Spring Semester class meeting options are summarized in the Class Scheduling Grid and are described as follows:
    1. 50-minute meetings begin at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30 on MWF, or any four or five days (Monday through Friday)
    2. Twice-a-week 75-minute periods are:
      • MW or WF 1:00-2:15, 2:30-3:45, 7:00-8:15
      • TR 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15, 1:00-2:15, 2:30-3:45, 7:00-8:15
      • (MW or WF 11:00-12:15 may be possible for smaller seminars.)
    3. Longer meetings (seminars, labs) begin at 1:00 or 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
      Four-hour labs on T or R, particularly in multi-sectioned courses, might begin at 12:00 or 12:30 to avoid extending so far into the extra-curricular “zone” (4:00-7:00 pm M-F).
  • January courses:
    1. January courses should meet on at least three (not all consecutive) days per week, including a Monday or Friday, for a minimum of eight contact hours for a 3-credit course; six contact hours for a 2-credit course.
    2. Please indicate choices of: morning, afternoon, evening, or all-day sessions.
  • General notes and guidelines:
    1. Day designations: M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday
    2. Departments and programs should distribute courses throughout the day and week.
    3. Too many twice-a-week 75-minute classes can increase conflicts for students and make room scheduling much more difficult.
    4. 1:00-3:30 meetings place unusual pressure on the schedule. Suggestions to minimize the impact:
      • Do not ask for two on the same day (in one department/program).
      • Match a Monday seminar with one on Wednesday.
      • Match a Tuesday seminar with one on Thursday.
    5. If there are only two sections of a 4- or 5-day course, please don’t schedule them at 9:00 and 10:00, or 11:00 and 12:00; they create conflicts for students seeking to enroll in twice-a-week, 75-minute classes.


Last updated: 7/31/2016