A registration or change of registration becomes
official upon being recorded by the Registrar's Office in accordance
with the regulations and procedures explained below.
Enrolled students register in the spring for all nine terms of the
following academic year. Students admitted or readmitted at the start of
the fall semester register on campus during orientation for their first
three courses, and in October for the remainder of the academic year.
Students admitted or readmitted after Term One register either by mail
or telephone unless they are able to come to campus. After registering,
students may drop and add courses as described under ``Adding and Dropping Courses.''
Registration in the spring and October is not on a first-come,
first-served basis. Instead, students are given a certain number of
points and bid for their courses. In theory, the more important a course
is to a student, the more points he or she will bid for that course.
Students whose bid is too low to admit them to a course or whose course
is canceled or who neglect to register for any course or a vacation in a
given term will be registered with the notation ``No Course.'' Students
who have one or more ``No Course'' notations on their schedule must
re-register during the special Accommodation Session held soon after
Registration, or as otherwise directed.
Failure to register will be interpreted as a tacit declaration of
intent to withdraw from the College, and the student will become
ineligible to return to Cornell for the next academic year and to
qualify for College housing or Cornell financial aid.
Full-time degree candidates must register for eight or nine terms
and must earn at least seven term credits every academic year during
their first, sophomore, and junior years in order to remain in good
standing. Seniors need take only the number of terms required to
complete their degree programs. Students who enter after Term One must
register for all the terms remaining in that academic year in order to
be considered as making satisfactory progress and may not take a
vacation term. For an exception to this rule, see ``Reduced Programs.'' This paragraph does not
apply to Continuing Education students.
Students must register for vacation terms, off-campus programs,
independent studies, and internships in the same way that they register
for regular courses.
A few courses are taught over two consecutive terms (36 class
days) under the Parallel Format, which permits students to carry two
courses concurrently or to take one Parallel Course along with an
independent study or a vacation term. No credit is given for completing
only the first term of a Parallel Course. The regulations and procedures
for registering for Parallel Courses and for changing such registrations
are the same as for single-term courses with the exceptions noted
under ``Adding and Dropping Courses,'' item
9. It is not possible to combine a Parallel Course
with a single-term course.
Other courses may be taught in an alternate format, e.g., two courses offered concurrently and as co-requisites or two courses taught consecutively with related topics. Registration information for these courses will be available at the time of registration.
Before registering for and entering any course, the student is
responsible for reading the description of that course in this
Catalogue or in its supplements. If there is a prerequisite, the
student must satisfy it before the course begins or must obtain the
permission of the instructor before entering. Instructors have the right
to drop a registered student from their course if he or she has not
satisfied the prerequisites.
Independent study courses and
internships numbered in the 200s and 300s, whether on or off campus, are
open only to students who have completed the required minimum number of courses in the same department/interdisciplinary major, and for Individual Projects, a writing-designated course. Off-campus programs numbered in the
900s have special prerequisites and limits. (See Independent Study Courses and
Students are not permitted to enroll in or to receive credit for a
lower-level course if they have already passed or been given credit for
a course in the same department for which the lower-level course is an
expressed prerequisite, unless written permission is granted by the
department and filed with the Registrar.
A student who is registered for a course must be present at all
class meetings during the first three days of the term or risk being
dropped from the class and having her or his place given to another
student. Students who are unable to be present should be in touch with
the instructor in advance to see whether he or she will hold their
places. Instructors are not, however, required to hold places or to
admit students at the door.
If, at the close of registration, a student is unable to gain
admission to a course and the instructor and department chair are
willing to extend the course's enrollment limit (cap), the student may
be admitted to the closed course. Permission will be granted only in
cases of genuine hardship and provided the extension of the cap does not
exceed four. The student must demonstrate that the course is needed to
fulfill a degree or major requirement for which there is no alternative
in the same or a different department, and that the course or its
alternative cannot be taken in a different term or in a later year.
Courses are normally capped at 25. Some courses have lower caps. A
list of such courses is available from the Registrar's Office.