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Continuing degree-seeking students are registered for courses in one of four ways: through Auto Enrollment, through Pre-Registration, during the “drop/add” period, or via Instructor Consent. Summer courses follow a different process – for further information, go to the Summer Session Registration and Housing page.

Registration Procedures

Event When it happens What you do
Pre-Registration Mon. Week 8, 9AM-Fri. Week 8, 5PM Select & rank courses
Pre-Registration Results Week 11 View results
Online Add Mon. Week 11, 9AM-Fri. Week 1, 5PM Add courses online
Online Drop Mon. Week 11, 9AM-Fri. Week 3, 5PM Drop courses online
Add via Instructor Consent Mon. Week 2, 8:30AM-Fri. Week 3, 4:30PM Add courses via consent

Beginning in Week 11, students may drop or add classes to their schedules via Students may add courses online until the end of Week 1 of the new quarter; drops may be made online until the end of Week 3.

During the “add” period, students may add courses for which they meet the prerequisites that have not reached preset seat limits and that do not require instructor consent. Online add/drop is processed in real-time, and works on a first-come, first-served basis. Courses may open or close instantaneously. The system does not permit students to be registered for more than 4 courses at once, nor does it allow students to register for courses that have time conflicts.

Courses may be dropped in the same manner until the end of Week 3. Drops made in sequence courses cancel the remainder of that sequence. Students may not drop below 3 classes per quarter.

Students who cannot register themselves for a course may be registered by instructor consent. Instructor Consent is at the discretion of the individual instructor and is not guaranteed. Consent forms for subsequent quarters are available through beginning the Wednesday after the end of Autumn and Winter quarters. Consent forms for Autumn quarter courses are available beginning the Wednesday after the end of Summer quarter. Professors may choose to use either the online or printable consent form. Note that printable consent forms will not be accepted by the Registrar’s office until Week 1 so signatures should not be solicited from professors until classes begin.

Approved consent forms are submitted in person to the Registrar’s Office through Friday of Week 3. After Week 3, students may not add any class except by petition to the Dean of Students in the College.

Many Core Curriculum and beginning language sequences are identified as “automatic registrations,” which means that students are automatically enrolled in the same course and section the following quarter provided that the section continues the same day/time meeting pattern. Students who are registered for an automatic registration course do not need to select or rank that course during the Pre-Registration process.

Students may drop out of certain automatic registrations during Pre-Registration. Students are restricted from dropping Humanities courses during Winter Quarter Pre-Registration and should discuss any section changes, drops, or adds with their College Adviser. If a student drops an automatic registration course and then wishes to re-enroll in it, they must select and rank that course.

Re-enrollment in any course is not guaranteed, however. Some sections may be discontinued or combined with other sections, or meeting times may be changed from one quarter to the next. Contact your College Adviser for questions about the course enrollment process.

The “W” (Withdrawn) grade means that the student has decided after Week 3 of the quarter not to complete the work of the course. Students who wish to exercise this option must request a W from their adviser by the Friday of 10th week or the day before the final project/exam is due, whichever is earlier. When made before the deadline, a request for a withdrawal cannot be denied except in cases of academic dishonesty. A withdrawal may not be granted after completion of the course.

Once a student requests a W, it may not subsequently be changed to any other mark. W grades do not confer grade or impact GPA; however, they will count against the completion rate needed to maintain good academic standing (see Academic Probation).

Students who register for graduate-level courses are subject to the policies governing graduate grading. Students should discuss the implications of these policies with their advisers before registering for courses numbered 30000 and above. NOTE: Grades earned in graduate-level courses contribute to a student's GPA as indicated earlier in this section.

Courses that are not auto-enrolled may be added to one’s schedule during Pre-Registration. During Week 8 of Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, students who are eligible for Pre-Registration may select and rank courses for the following quarter via the site. Classes should be ranked from most desired to least desired (a ranking of “1” indicates most desired). Students interested in multiple sections of a course may select and rank multiple sections of interest. 

During Week 10, Pre-Registration requests are “resolved” and registrations are added to students’ schedules. The Pre-Registration process does not guarantee enrollment in any course, and students should discuss their registration plans with their College Adviser.

To be eligible to take part in Pre-Registration, students must have satisfied any mandatory advising requirements and be free of any administrative or academic holds. First-year students are required to meet with their College Adviser in every quarter; before the end of Week 7, and fourth-year students in the autumn quarter before the end of Week 10. Second- and third-year students are not required to meet with their advisers, but are encourage to schedule appointments during spring and winter quarters, respectively.

Students planning to graduate in the current quarter, students who have scheduled a leave of absence, and students who will be abroad for the next quarter cannot participate in Pre-Registration. This process is only available for degree-seeking student. Students at large (SAL), international visitors, and Graham School students may not participate in Pre-Registration.

Reading Period

Two days of every academic quarter (Thursday and Friday of 10th week) are designated “College Reading and Review Period.” Instructors and/or teaching assistants may hold review sessions on these days. However, no new material may be introduced, assignments may not be due, and final examinations may not be given (except as necessary for graduating students) during the reading period.

Examination Schedule

Students should verify that travel arrangements do not conflict with their final examinations. View the Final Examination Schedule.

Students and instructors can arrange Reading and Research (R & R) courses when:

  • The material being studied is beyond the scope of a particular course
  • When students are working on material not covered in an existing course, or
  • When students would like to receive academic credit for independent research.

R & R courses (29700 or 29900) are graded on a Pass/Fail basis or with a quality grade in accordance with departmental guidelines.

Registering for an R & R Course

  • Obtain a “College Reading and Research Course Form” from the Front Desk of the Advising Office on the second floor of Harper Memorial Library, or download the electronic copy of the form here.
  • Determine the proper course and section number.
  • Ask the instructor to sign the form, or, if filling out the electronic form, obtain an e-signature or an email from the instructor for consent. Students registering for a B.A. paper with a faculty supervisor in a department outside of the student's major must also obtain the signature of the director of undergraduate studies in their major. For BIOS 00199 and 00299, the BSCD Undergraduate Research and Honors Chair signs in lieu of the program chair. A second signature is not required for BIOS 00297.
  • Submit the R & R form to the Office of the University Registrar by Friday of 3rd week. If using the electronic form, this may be emailed in. Note: If using an email from the instructor in lieu of a signature, this email must be attached along with the filled out form.

Guidelines for R & R Courses

  • First-year students may not register for R & R courses except by petition to the Dean of Students.
  • Students registering for extra-departmental R & R courses must receive approval (per the R & R form) from the undergraduate program chair of their major, rather than the chair of the department in which that course is offered.
  • Registration for more than one R & R course in the same quarter is permitted when the subject matter is different. In other words, students may not receive more than one course credit per quarter for a single project.
  • Petition the senior adviser of the division in which the student’s major department is located for approval and deliver a signed photocopy to a College adviser.
  • Students may not receive academic credit for paid work in a research environment or elsewhere, although an unpaid internship that has a significant on-campus academic component may be eligible for R & R credit. Consult a College adviser for more information about this option.

New incoming students to the College pre-register for courses during the summer prior to their first Autumn quarter. Students should consult with a College Adviser regarding course selection. For more information, visit the New Student Advising site.