Enrolling in Courses

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We hope you now have a list of courses ready. Please take a moment to review the enrollment instructions on the university’s New Student Website, particularly the "Creating Your Schedule" page and FAQs. Remember that you will start the enrollment process on your Student Center

When Courses Are Full

Help! A course I want to enroll in is full:

  • Find another course that appeals to you and enroll in it instead. (You can plan to take your original choice in a future semester.)
  • Contact the department offering the course. If it is a course you feel you really need to take in your first semester, the department may have advice on how to proceed. Sometimes you should attend the first class meeting or add your name to a waiting list for that class. Be assured that the college's departments will do as much as they can to help you get into the course that you need.
  • Wait until the add/drop period starts at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24. As students make changes to their schedule, spaces will often open up in courses that were previously full.


If you have further questions, you may e-mail the college's academic advisors at as_advising@cornell.edu - we will be available throughout the summer. Please be aware that we will respond using only your Cornell e-mail address, so be sure to activate your account!