Scheduling

Before and while you are on campus, you will need to schedule your courses. This area contains a lot of important information to keep in mind while you are working on what your coming year is going to look like.

New Student Registration Guide & FAQ Page — Education & Staff Ministry Program

Welcome to Martin Luther College! The information on these pages will help you register for the proper courses as you begin your preparation for ministry!

Please read through this entire document before beginning.

Scheduling Resources

Use this page as a “registration central” for your process. It contains important instructions and links to help you with this process. The Navigation panels on the left give quick access to important sections. Here are links to other helpful resources.

Getting Started

Watch the Scheduling Video

After reading everything, watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide on how to use the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.

Planning Your Schedule

Log on to MLC Portal using your MLC Account username and password which you set up earlier. Contact MLC IT Services if you have issues logging in.

Select the “Scheduling” tab and then choose:

  1. “Schedule Planner”
  2. Select “Preference” for personal preference choices (you do not need to do this, but it may be helpful with first planning).
  3. Select “Modify Courses” to select courses and the semester you desire. Courses are in the middle and are organized by course number. To put the course into a semester, click on the “Add” button pointing to the appropriate semester. To switch semesters, you must delete the course from one semester and then use the “Add” button to put it in the other semester.
  4. Select “Plan Schedule” to put the courses you have chosen into a weekly schedule. Be careful to note on the upper right the semester you are working with. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year. To switch between semesters in “Plan Schedule,” hover over 2023-24 Semester 1 in the upper right-hand corner and select 2023-24 Semester 2.
  5. Select “Make It Fit” to design your schedule automatically according to the preferences you set in step #2 above. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Clicking on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go back to “Modify Courses” to make changes, by either switching semesters or dropping a course and adding another one. Many first-year courses are offered both semesters.
  6. Note: to the left of your registration time, it will say "not approved." You can disregard that. Incoming new students do not need their schedules approved before finalizing.

If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk at 507-233-9156 ext. 279.

Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal.

Registration Day Procedure

You will be eligible to finalize your classes at your appointed time. Individual registration times can be found by selecting “Schedule Planner” under the “Scheduling” tab on the Portal. Times have been randomly assigned and are staggered. Registration for first-year students begins at 8 am on July 10. Reminder: to the left of your registration time, it will say "not approved." You can disregard that. Incoming new students do not need their schedule approved before finalizing.

Your registration time will remain open until you complete registration by finalizing your schedule. It is in your best interest to schedule at the appointed time.

IF YOU DO NOT FINALIZE YOUR SCHEDULE BY THE MAKE-UP DATE, THE RECORDS OFFICE WILL SCHEDULE FOR YOU.

Important Dates

MLC Scheduling Help Desk

If you have any questions during the scheduling process or about anything on this page, call the MLC Scheduling Help Desk. The people at the help desk are there to help you with your scheduling needs. 

MLC Scheduling Help Desk Availability

June 27 - July 8

July 11 - July 15

After July 15

FAQs

Always refer to your program plan when selecting courses! Following the program plan will ensure that the appropriate general education electives are taken. Pay close attention to courses that are only offered in alternate years. Note that some courses are offered both semesters and may be switched.

 

Are there specific things to keep in mind for my first year?

Many first-year students take these courses:

 Policies and other items to note:

APP - Advanced Placement Program

How do I schedule if I’ve taken AP courses?

If you have taken AP courses, please be sure that you had your scores sent to MLC. The courses you received credit for will be listed on your unofficial transcript on the MLC Portal by approximately July 8. The unofficial transcript is located on the MLC Portal. (After logging in, click “Grades” and select “Unofficial Transcript”). The AP courses along with the scores required are listed in the MLC Undergraduate Catalog.

If the AP courses you received credit for are freshmen courses, you can choose to take other courses in their place. If you need to schedule extra courses because your AP courses have fulfilled many of your freshman course requirements, you can look to schedule courses listed in the sophomore year of your program plan. However, it is best to not schedule sophomore EDU courses in your freshman year.

English

Why are there English courses already in my schedule planner?

If your English ACT score was 17 or below, you may be required to take ENG0001 Essential Skills for College Composition and ENG1303 Rhetoric and Composition concurrently during your first semester of studies. ENG0001 does not fulfill any of the English requirements for graduation. These courses will already appear in your schedule planner.

Consult the General Education Courses page on the MLC website to view menu options.

Fine Arts Elective

Which Fine Arts elective should I schedule?

If your program plan calls for a Fine Arts Elective in the first year, MUS2201 Introduction to Fine Arts is available for you to schedule. If you wish to select a different course from the Fine Arts Electives in the MLC Undergraduate Catalog and postpone taking the Fine Arts Elective until a later time, you can choose to take courses listed in the sophomore year of your program plan. However, it is best not to schedule sophomore EDU courses in your freshman year. If you are considering a Music minor, you should postpone the Fine Arts elective until a later year and replace the course with a different course from your program plan.

Consult the General Education Courses page on the MLC website to view menu options.

Math

Which Math elective should I schedule?

If your program plan requires you to choose a math course, you are encouraged to choose a course based on your ACT score. Some program plans call for a “General Education Math Elective.” In this case, any of these courses can be selected. The semester these courses are offered are listed below:

Note: Students with an ACT mathematics score of 17/SAT of 470 or lower are required to complete MTH0003 Developmental Mathematics, which can be taken concurrently with MTH1012 Organizational and Personal Finance or before taking any other math courses. MTH0003 Developmental Mathematics does not fulfill any of the mathematics requirements for graduation. These courses will already appear in your schedule planner.

Music

How do I schedule music courses?

Complete the Music Experience Inventory form online as soon as possible, even if you have no music experience. If you indicate an interest in joining Wind Symphony on the form, Wind Symphony will automatically be entered in your schedule planner. You must add all other music courses to your schedule planner.

Schedule section 01 for piano, organ, choir, instrument and vocal lessons. After your Music Experience Inventory form has been reviewed and after your brief audition during student orientation week, your music course level may be adjusted in your schedule. You will also then be assigned an instructor for keyboard, instrument, and/or vocal lessons. Students registered for lessons will receive an email from their assigned instructor before the semester begins. It will include their assigned lesson time.

Students desiring to participate in a choir should register for section 01 of the course in one of the following ways:

  1. New students who are joining Wind Symphony, which meets fourth hour, should register for Chorale, MUS2048, which meets eighth hour.
  2. New female students who wish to sing in choir should register for MUS2038, Women's Choir. New male students who wish to sing in choir should register for MUS2048, Chorale.
  3. Note: if the male population can support an additional choir, it is possible that a 4th-hour option (MUS2039 Männerchor) may be opened up. Students will have an opportunity to declare interest in the 4th-hour option at their choir audition.

Your choir registration is a temporary registration until auditions are completed. After the auditions, the choral conductors will place you into one of the choirs or determine that a vocal class will serve you better. If you are accepted into choir, the conductors will, if possible, attempt to honor your choir preference you included on the Music Course Placement and Inventory Form you completed online. However, placement of students into these choirs is also affected by sizes of the choirs, balance of voice parts, and other considerations. All preferences may not be able to be accommodated.

If you have added choir, MUS 1103, or MUS 1104 to your schedule planner, an audition time will be given to you during orientation week.

For programs that have a vocal/choral requirement, this requirement can be met in the following ways (Choose one option):

  1. MUSxxx Choir (2 semesters) 
  2. MUS1103 Sight Singing Fundamentals and MUS1104 Vocal Skills 
  3. MUS1103 Sight Singing Fundamentals and MUSxxxx Choir (1 semester)
  4. MUS1104 Vocal Skills and MUSxxxx Choir (1 semester) 

 

Phy Ed Activity Courses

Can I take any PED11xx courses to fulfill my Phy Ed activity course requirements?

Yes, except if you have participated on a high school varsity soccer team, do not take this as an activity course.  PED1131 is to be taken by students with beginning or intermediate skill levels only.

Note: 

  1. To fulfill your PE activity course requirements, your PED11xx courses need to be different activities. You may not repeat the same activity for additional credits.
  2. PED1205 First Aid is not a Phy Ed activity course. All Phy Ed activity courses are numbered PED11xx.

 

Spanish

Spanish is a specialized course of study at MLC. Whether as a major, a minor, a language emphasis, or for free elective, you need to have taken the placement test offered by MLC. You may not register for Spanish courses on your own. After you have completed the placement test, MLC will add the proper course to your schedule planner. Depending on where you were placed, your first Spanish course may not begin until your second semester. Please do not schedule Spanish courses on your own.

If you have not taken the placement test and are considering taking a Spanish course, please contact Prof. Degner (degneriw@mlc-wels.edu). You may want to leave room for 3 credits open in your schedule for a Spanish course.

 

Specific Program Helps

 

Physical Education Majors

The Physical Education Teacher Education major courses or pre-requisites should begin in the first year. It is difficult to become a double major that includes PE, if you don’t start it as a first-year student.

Social Studies Majors and Social Studies/Elementary Education Double Majors

During your first year, it is best to take ENG1303 first semester, if possible. HIS2001 has already been added to your first-semester schedule. You should take SSC3210 in your second semester. Following these suggestions will allow you to take other classes in your program during your sophomore year.

New Student Registration Guide & FAQ Page — Pre-Seminary Program

Welcome to Martin Luther College! The information found on these pages will help you get registered for the proper courses as you begin your preparation for enrollment at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary!

Please read through this entire document before beginning.

Scheduling Resources

Use this page as a “registration central” for your process. It contains important instructions and links to help you with this process. The Navigation panels on the left give quick access to important sections. Here are links to helpful scheduling resources.

Getting Started

Watch the Scheduling Video

After reading everything, watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide on how to use the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.

Planning Your Schedule

Log on to MLC Portal using your MLC Account username and password which you set up earlier. Contact MLC IT Services if you have issues logging in.

 

Select the “Scheduling” tab and then choose:

  1. “Schedule Planner”
  2. Select “Preference” for personal preference choices (you do not need to do this, but it may be helpful with first planning).
  3. Select “Modify Courses” to select courses and the semester you desire. Courses are in the middle and are organized by course number. To put the course into a semester, click on the “Add” button pointing to the appropriate semester. To switch semesters, you must delete the course from one semester and then use the “Add” button to put it in the other semester.
  4. Select “Plan Schedule” to put the courses you have chosen into a weekly schedule. Be careful to note on the upper right the semester you are working with. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year. To switch between semesters in “Plan Schedule,” hover over 2023-24 Semester 1 in the upper right-hand corner and select 2023-24 Semester 2.
  5. Select “Make It Fit” to design your schedule automatically according to the preferences you set in step #2 above. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Clicking on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go back to “Modify Courses” to make changes, by either switching semesters or dropping a course and adding another one. Many first-year courses are offered both semesters.
  6. Note: to the left of your registration time, it will say "not approved." You can disregard that. Incoming new students do not need their schedule approved before finalizing.

If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk at 507-233-9156 ext. 279. The dates and hours it is open are below.

Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal.

Registration Day Procedure

You will be eligible to finalize your classes at your appointed time. Individual registration times can be found by selecting “Schedule Planner” under the “Scheduling” tab on the Portal. Times have been randomly assigned and are staggered. Registration for first-year students begins at 8 am on July 10. Reminder: to the left of your registration time, it will say "not approved." You can disregard that. Incoming new students do not need their schedule approved before finalizing.

Your registration time will remain open until you complete registration by finalizing your schedule. It is in your best interest to schedule at the appointed time.

IF YOU DO NOT FINALIZE YOUR SCHEDULE BY THE MAKE-UP DATE, THE RECORDS OFFICE WILL SCHEDULE FOR YOU.

Important Dates

MLC Scheduling Help Desk

If you have any questions during the scheduling process or about anything on this page, call the MLC Scheduling Help Desk. The people at the help desk are there to help you with your scheduling needs. 

MLC Scheduling Help Desk Availability

June 27 - July 8

July 11 - July 15

After July 15

FAQs

As much as possible, please follow the plan that has been laid out for your first year. Once you arrive on campus, your advisors will help you plan out your subsequent years and offer you guidance on which courses to take.

Can I schedule 1st-semester courses in 2nd semester and 2nd-semester courses in 1st? Can I move courses from one year to another year?  

Yes, but . . .

  1. some – especially the language courses – cannot and should not be moved.
  2. do not schedule ENG1303 (Rhetoric & Composition) and ENG130x (Literature Seminar) in the same semester.
  3. do not schedule more than one Biblical History and Literature course (THE1001, THE1002, THE2001) in the same semester.
  4. Maintain the sequence HIS2112 (Rise of the West) first, then HIS2113 (Modern West).
  5. Don’t move any elective courses into the first year; at this point you lack the prerequisites.

What are the (Gen Ed Menu) courses in my Program Plan?  

Some courses in your program plan appear as a grayed entry and do not specify a particular course. These represent general education courses required of every MLC student. Any course from a given menu can meet the Gen Ed requirement in that area. (Note that some areas require more than one course to fulfill the Gen Ed requirement, for example, Theology.) Here are a few notes about each area of the Gen Ed menus. (Note: Not everything here will necessarily apply to your individualized program plan.)

 

 

How do I schedule Music courses like Wind Symphony, Piano, Organ, or a Choir?

Complete the Music Experience Inventory form online as soon as possible, even if you have no music experience. (It’s part of your New Student Checklist.) If you indicate an interest in joining Wind Symphony on the form, Wind Symphony will automatically be entered in your schedule planner. You must add all other music courses to your schedule planner.

Schedule section 01 for piano, organ, choir, instrument and vocal lessons. After your Music Experience Inventory form has been reviewed and after your brief audition during student orientation week, your music course level may be adjusted in your schedule. You will also then be assigned an instructor for keyboard, instrument, and/or vocal lessons. Students registered for lessons will receive an email from their assigned instructor before the semester begins. It will include their assigned lesson time.

Students desiring to participate in a choir should register for section 01 of the course in one of the following ways: 

What is the MUSxxx Vocal Music (Pre-Sem Menu) course I see on my Program Plan? 

Pre-Seminary students are required to take a one-credit vocal music course. The options are listed on the top of p. 77 in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please note the following:

Why is my first non-biblical language course already scheduled?

Your first non-biblical language course is determined mainly by the results of the language diagnostic placement exam you took. You were automatically scheduled based on the results of that test. This may mean that your first course is delayed until semester 2. During the first two weeks of the semester (the drop/add period) you will have a chance to confirm or change that placement. If you feel you were misplaced, please contact the Deans Office. Do not schedule another non-biblical language course.

Why is THE1401 Early Ministry Experience I already scheduled in Semester E? 

This program requirement has already been scheduled for you. Early in the semester, our pre-seminary Director of Early Ministry Experiences will meet with you and explain what this is about.

Why are there English courses already in my schedule planner? 

If your English ACT score was 17 or below, you may be required to take ENG0001 Essential Skills for College Composition and ENG1303 Rhetoric and Composition concurrently during your first semester of studies. ENG0001 does not fulfill any of the English requirements for graduation. These courses will already appear in your schedule planner. If this applies to you, then you will have to take your English Literature Seminar course in semester 2. 

Why is there already a Math course in my schedule planner? 

If your Math ACT score was 17 or below, you are required to take MTH0003 Developmental Mathematics in your first semester. MTH0003 does not fulfill any of the Mathematics requirements for graduation. It can be taken concurrently with MTH1012 Organizational and Personal Finance (recommended) or before taking any other general education math courses.

Where do I find course descriptions?

See the MLC 2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog.

How many credits may I schedule?  

Students may not take more than 18 credit hours per semester. Pre-Seminary students normally take five (5) courses of 3 or more credits per semester.

May I audit courses?  

Yes, beyond 18 credit hours, students may audit courses up to 21 total credit/audit hours. Students often audit choir, wind symphony, etc., after they have reached 18 credits. (Audits do not earn credit. Refer to the 2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog (pg. 30) for audit policies.) 

Are my AP credits reflected in my Program Plan?  

In most cases, yes—though these credits are “pending” until MLC receives official notification from the College Board of tests taken and scores received. If you expect to receive AP credits, check your MLC Portal Unofficial Transcript after July 8. Once official notification of AP credit is received and processed, this will automatically show up in your Program Plan. Please be sure you have requested that your AP scores be sent to MLC. Our AP code is 6435.

Are credits earned from another college reflected in my Program Plan? 

In most cases, yes—though these credits are “pending” until MLC receives and evaluates an official transcript from the college from which you received the credits. If you expect to receive transfer credit from another college, please be sure you have requested that an official transcript from that college be sent to MLC. 

What if I need an additional course to reach five (5) content courses in a semester? 

Consider moving up one of the Gen Ed Science menu or Gen Ed Fine Arts menu courses to fill that spot.

Returning Student Scheduling

See the links below for scheduling information specific to your program. You can also watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide and this helpful video from Dean Clemons on setting up a schedule.

Dates to Know

Planning Your Schedule

  • Select Scheduling > Schedule Planner to begin the process.
    • Preference to make personal choices.
    • Modify Courses to select courses and the semester you desire.
    • Plan Schedule to develop a proposed schedule, being careful to note different semesters. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year.
    • Make It Fit to design your schedule. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Click on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go to back Modify Courses to make changes.
    • Help tab is included. If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the Records Office.

Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal. Your advisor is able to review your plan at any time.

SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO APPROVE YOUR SCHEDULE! Your advisor must click the Approve button between March 20 - April 8, 2024 before you can register for classes.

Note: Past due financial accounts must be paid in full before a student can complete course registration for the following semester unless an exception has been granted by the college administration. Past due balances include fines such as library and parking. Please direct any questions to the Director of Finance.

Note: Financial literacy requirements must be finished in order to complete course registration. Please direct any questions to the Financial Literacy Coordinator.

Registration Day Procedure

After your advisor approves your schedule, you will be eligible to register for classes at your appointed time (individual registration times will be posted under the Registration tab on the Portal).

  • Click on Register on your Schedule Planner.
  • Click on Finalize Registration. This finalizes the registration process.

Note: Any changes made to a final registration must be done through the Drop/Add procedure.

Scheduling Dates

Wednesday, April 17 – Friday, April 19, 2024    

Deans Office Documentation

Education & Staff Ministry

Pre-seminary