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Students who are not registered by the deadline risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Canvas, and bus service will be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

Provisions for Students Receiving Veterans Benefits

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Cornell adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.