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Enrolling in Courses

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Enrolling in Courses

You have now finished our enrollment tutorial and we hope you have a list of courses ready. Please take a moment or two to review the instructions on the university’s New Student Website, particularly the "courses and colleges" link. The "Creating Your Schedule" page on that website will give you access to Student Center, which is where you will start the enrollment process.

We hope that the New Student Website and Student Center will answer any remaining questions you have about the technical aspects of enrolling. One concern that is not addressed on these sites is what to do if you find you are unable to enroll in a course you want because it is full. If that happens, you have a few options:

  • Find another course that appeals to you and enroll in it instead, but 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 might have advice on how to proceed, such as attending the first class meeting or adding your name to the 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 courses you need.
  • Wait until you arrive on campus in August. During Orientation, you will receive further guidance about course selection and you will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule during the add/drop period, which starts at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24. Often at this time spaces open up in courses that were previously full. You might therefore be able to add the course you want during add/drop.

The College of Arts and Sciences allows you great flexibility in designing your curriculum.  Generally speaking, there are no recommended sequences of courses in the humanities and social sciences. The introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, for example, can be taken in either order. Other fields, such as the sciences, math, and foreign language, require students to take courses in sequence. Be sure to check the course descriptions in Courses of Study as some of these sequences start only in the fall. 

If you have further questions, you may e-mail the college's academic advisors using the format below - 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!