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Academics and Enrollment — Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in, drop or swap classes?

How to enroll in and add/drop classes is outlined on the Academics and Enrollment page.

Do I have to enroll, drop and swap online?

Yes, requests must be submitted online, with the possible exception of courses that require consent. If consent is required, you must obtain permission from the instructor or offering department prior to enrolling. Please check with your college registrar's office for any additional college-specific exceptions.

How do I enroll if I'm away from campus?

If you have an internet connection, you can enroll in classes 24 hours a day during your scheduled enrollment period or during the add/drop period.

If you will not have access to an internet connection during your enrollment appointment, please contact your college registrar's office.

What if I can't enroll in or drop classes?

If you are unable to enroll in or drop classes, first check for holds on your account by logging into Student Essentials, or checking the holds box on the Student Center home page.

  • If there is a hold, click on “Details” and then the “Hold Item” link to find out what you need to do to clear the hold. If you see a “No Enrollment in Classes” hold on your record, you must contact your college registrar's office before you will be able to enroll.
  • If there are no holds, check the Enrollment Dates box on the Student Center home page to be sure you have an active enrollment appointment. Your enrollment appointment is based on academic level. If your enrollment appointment is incorrect, please contact your college registrar's office.

How do I search for classes in Student Center?

The class search function in Student Center will provide the most accurate list of class offerings for the semester.

  • Click on the green "Search for Classes" button on the Student Center home page.
  • To narrow your search, click on "Additional Search Criteria."

Additional information:

  • When enrolling, the fastest way to add classes is to enter the Class Number for each class you want to take. The Class Number will be in the leftmost column of class search results in Student Center, and at the far left of each section in the Class Roster. You can find Class Numbers in advance of your enrollment appointment in both Student Center and the Roster.
  • Be sure to review Class Notes for requirements, deadlines and fees.

How do I add a course that requires consent?

If you need to add a course that requires consent, contact the department or instructor as applicable.

Are my enrollment requests saved when I exit Student Center?

Any classes you add to your shopping cart (Step 1) will remain there during your enrollment or add/drop period unless all three enrollment steps are completed. You are not enrolled or entitled to a spot in a class if it has only been added to your shopping cart. If you are ready to add the class to your schedule, make sure you finish enrolling (Step 3).

Can I change my schedule once I have submitted my choices?

Yes, you can make changes to your class requests as long as you have no enrollment holds and you have an active enrollment appointment. Credit hour changes must be made by the deadline to add courses (15th calendar day of the semester) and grade option changes must be made by the deadline to drop classes (57th calendar day of the semester).

How do I swap classes?

Swapping classes ensures the class you want to add is open before dropping you from the class in which you’re already enrolled.

  1. Go to Student Center > Add a Class > Enter Term > Swap Classes tab.
  2. Select the class from the drop down menu that you want to swap from.
  3. Select the class you want to swap to (either by entering the class number or searching).

For additional help swapping classes, see how to make changes to your class requests.

How do I add myself to a wait list?

A limited number of classes have online wait lists. If waitlisting is an option, you will see a "waitlist if class is full" checkbox on the "Select a Class to Add - Enrollment Preferences" page in Student Center. 

You can also determine if a class has a waitlist by selecting the class section details. Under "Class Availability", see the wait list capacity item. If there is a '0', there is no waitlist. A number indicates a waitlist is available.

How do I enroll in or add/drop my First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS)?

During the pre-enrollment period, there is a balloting process to record student enrollment preferences for First-Year Writing Seminars. To submit your preferences, go to: www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute/fws/index.htm.

During the add/drop period, you can change your FWS through Student Center. Click on the green "Search for Classes" button on the Student Center home page, then under “Additional Search Criteria” choose “FWS Session” from the “Session” dropdown. In order to change your FWS class, it is best to use the swap function since you can only be enrolled in one FWS at a time.

What is the deadline for course add/drop?

For regular session classes, the add deadline is the 15th calendar day of the semester and the drop deadline is the 57th calendar day of the semester. JGSM, Law and Vet students should check with their colleges. Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, and First-Year Writing Seminars may have different enrollment policies and deadlines.

Does My Planner automatically enroll me in classes?

The classes you add to My Planner serve as a guide for what you plan to take in the future. Adding courses to My Planner does not reserve a spot in the class. You can, however, use My Planner to expedite the enrollment process. The classes you add to My Planner are available by semester on the add page of the Enroll tab. Keep in mind that moving a course to a specific term in My Planner does have any impact on when the class is scheduled or available for enrollment.

Can I use My Planner anytime?

Yes, you can add or remove courses in My Planner at any time.

What is My Advisement Report?

With My Advisement Report and My Academic Requirements, you can track the completion of university and program specific requirements. In addition, through My Academic Requirements, you can see which courses will fulfill requirements that are not yet satisfied and add them to My Planner.

Why are my Academic Requirements not showing?

My Advisement Report and My Academic Requirements are only available to specific programs at this time. Refer to your program/college requirements, or speak with your advisor or college registrar's office to check on your academic progress.

What is Course History?

Course History is a feature under My Academics that lists all of the classes you have taken, received transfer credit for, are in the process of taking, or plan to take. This comprehensive list includes course name, term grade, units and status. In the event that My Academic Requirements is not be available, Course History may be a helpful reference for planning and advisement.

How do I find my advisor?

Under the My Academics tab is My Advisor. This provides contact information for your advisors and allows you to send them notifications.

What information can my advisor see?

Your advisor can view your Academic Requirements, Advisement Report and Course History. Advisors also have access to see courses that you have added to My Planner, as well any classes that are in your shopping cart.

Common error messages:

ERROR MESSAGE
WHAT IT MEANS
You cannot add this class due to a time conflict with class XXXX. Select another class, or drop the conflicting class and resubmit your request. You will not be able to enroll in two classes that meet at the same time. If you have an exceptional situation that requires enrolllment in conflicting classes, contact your college registrar’s office to determine how to proceed.
Available seats are reserved. You do not meet the enrollment group criteria to enroll in this class at this time. This class is limited to a certain population of students—for example, A&S juniors. If a course has a reserve cap in place and you don't meet the requirement, you will not be allowed to enroll.
Instructor Consent Required. You must obtain permission to take this class. If you have a permission number: go to Add Another Class, select the class, enter the permission number and submit the request. Contact the instructor of the class for permission to enroll.
Department Consent Required. You must obtain permission to take this class. If you have a permission number: go to Add Another Class, select the class, enter the permission number and submit the request. Contact the department offering the class for permission to enroll.
Class XXXX is full. You have been placed on the wait list in position number 3. The class you are attempting to enroll in has reached its capacity. You can check back to see if any spots open up, or contact the department offering the class to see if additional seats or sections will be made available.
Class XXXX is full. If a wait list is available, click Fix Errors to return to step 1. Click the class link, select the wait list option and resubmit your request. The class has reached its capacity. If no wait list is available online, you can contact the offering department to see if a departmental wait list is available.
Class XXXX is full. There are currently no seats available and the wait list is full. This class and its associated wait list is full. Students who are still interested in enrolling should contact the offering college or department.
You are already enrolled in this class.You may not enroll in this class more than once. You are currently enrolled in the class. If a course is not set for multiple enrollments in a term, you cannot enroll in it twice.
You are already enrolled in this class. Verify you are using the correct class number and term and resubmit the request. You have already enrolled in this class. Double check that you have entered the class number and term correctly. If you are concerned about your enrollment status, contact your college registrar's office.
The permission number entered is incorrect. Verify that the number you entered is correct and that the permission has not expired. Be sure you have entered the permission number correctly. Contact the instructor/department for a new permission number if the permission number has expired. Permission numbers cannot be shared.
Unable to add this class - term maximum exceeded. Adding this class would exceed the maximum number of units or courses allowed for this term. Individual colleges set a limit on the number of credits a student can take in a given semester. Some colleges may allow you to petition to exceed your maximum credits for a semester. Contact your college registrar’s office for petition procedures.
You are unable to add this class at this time. Adding this class would exceed your course limit for this session. There may be a limit on the number of courses you can take in a given session. For example, students may only enroll in one First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS) at a time. Contact your college registrar’s office with concerns.
Class Number XXXX: Not in Active Status. Cannot Enroll. The add transaction was not processed. The class to be added is not in 'ACTIVE' status for enrollment. You are attempting to enroll in a course that has been cancelled. Contact the offering department or instructor with any concerns.
If you receive an error message not included here and you don't know what it means, please contact the Student Center Helpline at 254-4795 or e-mail coursenroll@cornell.edu.

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