Do I have to enroll, drop and swap online?
Yes, requests must be submitted online through Student Center, 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Electronic Student Add/Drop Enrollment Request Form (Form will be available during Fall Add/Drop period) should be used for all changes after the deadlines if you are unable to submit the request online through Student Center. The form is only to be used for adding and dropping classes, NOT to be used for time conflicts, permission codes or course petitioning. This form would not be used if your College has a separate process and/or form for time conflicts and petitioning. If you have a permission code that allows you to add or drop the class in Student Center, you do not need to use this form. For all other questions on appropriate use cases - please contact your College Registrar's Office.
- Instructions for Electronic Student Add/Drop Enrollment Request
- School of Continuing Education students: The Electronic Student Add/Drop Enrollment Request Form should be used for all changes BEFORE the deadlines. This form can be used for requests to add/drop, change credits, and change grading basis (where possible). Once the deadlines have passed, all course changes require a petition. Please contact us at CUSCE@cornell.edu with questions.
Can I add classes to my shopping cart prior to my enrollment appointment?
Yes, classes can be added to your shopping cart prior to your enrollment appointment. However, this does not save you a spot in the class or guarantee that you will be able to take the class. Keep in mind also that class details may change after the class is added to your shopping cart. Once your enrollment period begins, make sure you complete all steps to finish enrolling.
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).
If you need to add a course that requires consent, contact the department or instructor as applicable.
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).
Swapping classes ensures the class you want to add is open before dropping you from the class in which you’re already enrolled.
Go to Student Center > Add a Class > Enter Term > Swap Classes tab.
Select the class from the drop down menu that you want to swap from.
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.
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.
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. Johnson, Law, and Vet students should check with their colleges. The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, and First-Year Writing Seminars may have different enrollment policies and deadlines.
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.
Yes, you can add or remove courses in My Planner at any time.
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.
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.
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.
Under the My Academics tab is My Advisor. This provides contact information for your advisors and allows you to send them notifications.
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.
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