Empower your students to discover their best path to degree. Efficiently.


Do your students complain about a cumbersome registration and class searching process? Do your students have software that reads their requirements and finds all classes that will fulfill their needs? Are you looking to improve your time to degree and graduation rates?

With CourseLeaf FocusSearch® (FS), your institution will reinvent the course and class searching process with tools and features designed for every student. FocusSearch® modernizes your class search by providing the tools and features students need to effectively discover and plan their pathway to on-time completion, all while using a search interface that is mobile friendly and accessible.

Leading institutions use CourseLeaf’s student discovery module and the result is a satisfied student body who are aware of their degree requirements while discovering the courses that are right for them. With FocusSearch®, students have a personalized advisor helping them find their pathway each and every registration cycle.

"Brown’s version of FocusSearch (Courses@Brown) has transformed the way our students and advisors discover and select course offerings. Having a fully personalized search and course recommendation engine this robust is in alignment with current user behaviors and expectations that students have become accustomed to."

Robert Fitzgerald, Registrar
Brown University

Critical Features

Keyword/Parameter Search

Students will enjoy a comprehensive keyword search that allows them to find all references of their search criteria against the schedule of classes, including in the subject area, title of the course, course description, pre-requisite, etc. This ensures that students find all classes that match the criteria that they specify.

Customized Search Results

Students will be able to find the most pertinent information about every class from the search results because your institutional administrators choose the information students most need to see. No longer restricted to the format of your student information system, FocusSearch® can provide your students information regarding the textbooks required for the class, when final exams are held, and more.

Personalization/Student Aware Mode (SAM)

Upon log-in, this feature adds a layer of personalization to the search results by applying student profile information and student academic history information to further filter the returned course and section information.

Registration Pre-flight

While students are discovering the offerings that are right for them, registration preflight utilities keep them informed of any barriers (holds, pre-requisites missing, instructor permission required) that will prevent them from successful registration. Preflight information is visible in the search results returned for every class section, meaning that a student knows their registration status before placing the class in their CART.

Course and Registration Tool (CART)

CART is a feature that allows students to group classes and save them in their profile for future review and/or registration. It also gives students the ability to create additional CARTs to save courses and sections they want to serve as backups in case primary courses are not open at registration time. With multiple CARTs, students can easily keep track of all classes they want to register for, and label them in meaningful categories that prioritizes the classes in their primary CART.

Additional Services

In addition to the unique features provided with FocusSearch®, CourseLeaf offers extended services that can further enhance the discovery impact on your student’s degree progress:

  • Promoted/Recommended Courses When students log-in, they will be presented with courses to consider. When viewing the details of an individual section, they will be able to see what the students of that class also took, both in the same department as well as others.
  • Courses I Can Take Students can check a box to automatically filter out the courses and sections that they are not eligible to take based on Preflight. Students can rest assured that when they add classes to the CART, there won’t be any issues with registration.
  • Expanded Search Filters If your institution would like to provide new search criteria for students to truly enhance the discovery process, such as searching by curricular programs, requirements, pathways, or other data elements, we can enhance your solution of FocusSearch® to accommodate new data sources.

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