Academic Plan Instructions
The Academic Plan is a tool to assist advisors and students in determining the progress toward completion of BA Requirements. The official requirements can be found in the catalogue. You may also still use the checklists for BA Requirements and Majors and Minors. This feature is now available to students and advisors on Self-Service.
The system may show a “matriculation date” different from the year you entered Cornell. Your actual entry date was used to create your BA Requirements, your sophomore year catalogue was used to create your Major and Minor requirements.
The Registrar’s Office “customizes” each student’s plan as necessary. Writing courses, interdisciplinary courses, and all First Year Seminar courses are customized. If a “passed” course is listed in the unassigned section but it has a (W) at the end of the title, you can be assured that the writing requirement has been met but the customization has not been completed yet. If a “passed” course is listed in the unassigned section but it has a (FYS) at the end of the title, you can be assured that the First Year Seminar requirement has been met but the customization has not been completed yet.
Be sure to pay attention to Pending courses. Classes are selected by the system in the order they are listed in the plan; when a course is found that fills a requirement, the system stops looking for other courses to meet the requirement. This can cause a pending Biology course to be selected to fill the science requirement instead of a Chemistry course which was completed earlier in the year. If the student drops the Biology course, the system would continue down the list and find the Chemistry course and show that the requirement has been completed.