Within Montana, there are many different colleges and universities that one can attend from a small private school to a large public university. The way in which one enrolls into these institutions are similar but each of them has their own specific expectations. The city of Billings is a host to MSU-Billings, Rocky Mountain College, College of Technology, and online courses. The University of Montana is also within close proximity to Billings. In general, to enroll in any college class, one must first be accepted. After one is accepted, depending on the declared major, one can begin to enroll or look at classes pertaining to that specific degree. Once one has decided on their classes, it is up to the individual to sign up for those classes online through the university or college. If one is having trouble deciding or enrolling in any of their classes, there is an advising staff that will assist with ones problems. Enrolling in classes in college is a very individual activity, but can be done with someone wherever they decide to go.
There are many controls affecting students that enroll in classes at MSU-Billings, MSU-Billings College of Technology, MSU-B Online, Rocky Mountain College, as well as for those students that wish to transfer credit from either MSU-Bozeman or the University of Montana. Some of these controls include: students must enroll in classes before the last acceptable date, enroll in classes that are not already full to capacity, and students must not take upper division classes without taking the specific course pre-requisites. Also, students are not allowed into classes set aside only for those with a specific major. Students also must enroll in classes that do not conflict with one another that will fulfill general education requirements for the college. If these controls are not followed it can lead to a number of different consequences. If a student fails to enroll by the deadline date he or she may not be able to complete the course during that semester. If a student attempts to enroll in a class that is already full to capacity he or she will not be allowed into that course. When he or she has not met course pre-requisites a student often will not be allowed to enroll in a class. Some courses are set aside for students with specific majors and admission into these classes will be restricted unless the student shares that major. Most often when trying to enroll in courses that cause a schedule conflict, the universities system will simply not allow a student to enroll in these courses. If a student attempts to enroll for more than the maximum number of allowed credits, the universities system for registration will not allow permit it. Lastly in the duration of college for a given student they must enroll in and successfully complete the general education requirements outlined by their college. For all of these controls exceptions to the rules can apply. Many times with consent from college administration or course professors these controls can be overridden.
Enrolling in college classes can present a burden for those involved. The burdensomeness of enrolling in college classes can result from various factors. Such factors may include: expenses—tuition expenses and cost of living expenses associated with living a “student life”, social feelings and attitudes about college, as well as many other factors not listed here. Tuition expenses create a large burden for those enrolling in college classes. For example, private schools in Montana like Rocky Mountain College may cost on average $16,000 to $17,000 per year for residents of Montana. Public universities like Montana State University-Billings may cost considerably less at around $8,000 per year, but can still pose a burden on those currently enrolled and those who wish to enroll in the future. Paying for tuition expenses can be extremely burdensome because, for many, it causes students or families to apply for financial aid or take out loans to pay for such an education. Financial aid and federal loans allow students to attend college now and pay for tuition expenses in the future. The burdensomeness represented here is having to pay interest on tuition expenses incurred when one was a student after graduation. This may increase with the more schooling one undertakes (e.g. graduate school), leaving some to pay off loans for decades. Cost of living expenses can also be burdensome for those enrolling in college classes. Often times students must find a way to pay for living expenses while attaining their higher education. Living expenses can be quite extensive and “tough times” may be experienced while trying to live off of lower-wage incomes. For example, one may ponder whether or not it is worth the struggle to take college classes and live off lower wages when a better job isn’t even guaranteed once he or she graduates. Such dilemmas may weigh one one’s mind while enrolling in college classes. Various social factors may also create a burden for those enrolling in college classes. For example, social standing may have a bearing on how one is perceived in college. Some students may be perceived in a negative light by others as a result of what they wear, who they interact with, and which activities they are involved with. Depending on the situation, it may cause stress to that individual, who in turn may be involved in groups that they do not belong, or even drop-out of school. Young adults have the potential to be influenced greatly by their surroundings. This social stigma of young adults is greatly affected by the burdensomeness of enrolling in college. Burdensomeness may ultimately exist in many other areas affecting the enrollment in college classes. It is the above discussed burdens that present the greatest potential problems for students when enrolling in college classes.
If you wish to attain a higher level of education by enrolling in college classes you will inevitably be faced with burdens as a result. Even though it is not possible to completely avoid the burdens which come with enrolling in classes in college there are resources available to ease the process. The most obvious means of escaping the burden of enrolling in college classes would be to choose not to enroll in college classes at all. If this is not a viable option for you then there are people available to aid prospective students in the enrollment process. All current and potential students are required to meet with a student advisor. Advisors can aid students in a number of ways. An advisor will outline the classes which all students are required to take. Once a student has chosen a major an advisor will advise them in enrolling in the classes required to attain their chosen degree. The guidance of an advisor is a great help to students enrolling in college classes. Their assistance greatly eases the stress which you would encounter by trying to go through the process without any guidance.