Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What questions will my student ask me?

Your student will have many questions as they embark on this new academic journey. As a parent, you can be invaluable to their experience and can offer tremendous amounts of help along the way. Here are some questions your student might ask you and how you can answer them.

Should I work while I go to school?

Many students find that they can work a part-time job (15 hours per week or less) and go to school full-time (at least 12 credit hours). Working while going to school can give your student an extra sense of responsibility and independence as they transition to adult life. However, depending on other school commitments (clubs, student government, athletics, etc.) some students might find working while going to school to be overwhelming. Talk with your student about expectations and priorities for their college experience before deciding to work part time while going to school.

You can direct your student to available on or near campus jobs here.

How many classes should I take?

It all depends on work schedules, other university commitments and how rigorous the course is. A full class schedule is 12 credits, and most students take 12-15 credits per semester. If a student wants to graduate with their Bachelor’s degree (120 credits) in 4 years (8 semesters) they need to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time. Talk with your student about their plans for their academic career, and make sure they speak with their academic advisor as soon as possible to work out a graduation plan that fits their needs.

How do I pay my tuition?

You can pay your tuition online here on your myDixie account. You can also pay tuition at the cashier’s office (cash or check only) on the bottom floor of the Holland Building.

Which major should I choose?

You can advise your student to meet with an advisor in Career Services. They offer several types of tests that will help your student narrow their interests and organize their priorities to help them with their decision. It’s recommended that your student declare their major as soon as possible, but they still have 60 credits (2 years) of general course work to fulfill before they can move on to their major emphasis classes.

How do I register for classes?

Students can register for classes through their myDixie account.

You can also visit this page from the Registrar’s office to see a video tutorial that walks you through the registration process.