University Registration

University registration is the official recognition of a student’s relationship with the university and is the basic authorization for a student’s access to campus resources.

To become a registered student at Cornell University a person must,

  • Settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition
  • Satisfy New York State and university health requirements
  • Have no registration holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar.

Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration.

Checking Registration Status

To check your registration status, log in to Student Essentials and view your "Registration Status" at the top of the page.

  • If you are registered, your Registration Status will state "Registered" with a green checkmark.
  • The absence of a green checkmark means there is a hold preventing your registration.


There are several different types of holds - some are informational and must be completed for graduation, and some are immediate and prevent current semester registration. Your Holds are listed at the top right of the page when logged in to Student Essentials. Click on "more information" for complete details including steps to resolve a hold.

Due Dates

After the third week of classes, non-registered students will lose access to university services and be charged a $350.00 late fee, in addition to finance charges. Students who register after the sixth week of classes will be charged a $500 late fee, in addition to finance charges.

Students who are not registered by the deadline risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus service will be terminated.

Additional Information

See University Registration at for more information, including registration deadlines.