Please refer to the following information from various common core math, science, and engineering departments regarding the latest updates on course add instructions.
BIOMG 1350 (Cell & Developmental Biology)
- If BIOMG 1350 fills, continue to check Student Center for open section times. Many students change their schedules during the Add/Drop period and some will drop BIOMG 1350. These spots are filled on first-come, first-served basis so it pays to check frequently during that time.
- If you are enrolled in BIOMG 1350 but would like to switch sections, you must do so through Student Center. Once the Add/Drop period starts, look in Student Center for an open section that fits into your schedule. Then use the "swap" option in Student Center to change your enrollment without dropping the course. If you drop the course and someone else takes your place, we will not be able to re-enroll you. If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All seats are currently reserved for incoming Engineering first-year students for Fall 2023. Current students will not be able to enroll in CHEM 2090 using Student Center. If you wish to be considered for placement in CHEM 2090 for Fall 2023, please add your name to the CHEM 2090 wait list at https://chemlabs.arts.cornell.edu/waitlist.cfm by August 20th, 2023. You may indicate multiple lab times (up to three) on your wait list entry and are encouraged to do so. Students who add themselves to the wait list are placed into CHEM 2090, after first-year student pre-enrollment in July, space permitting.
If you are unable to register for a lab section you need to sign-up on the Chemistry wait list accessible only at https://chemlabs.arts.cornell.edu/waitlist.cfm.
If an Introduction to Computing (CS 111X) is full, continue to monitor Student Center during the pre-enroll or add periods for new openings in classes. If the course is still full, make a request to enroll manually at email@example.com. It may be possible to add the course manually, using an electronic add/drop form.
See complete information on all Computer Science course enrollment rules and options.
ENGRI or ENGRD
If an ENGRI or ENGRD is full, continue to monitor Student Center during the pre-enroll or add periods for seat openings in those classes. A few of the departments that oversee ENGRI and ENGRD classes use a wait list. Consult the Class Roster for instructions, inquire directly with the offering department to find out if this is an option, or check the offering department's website.
First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS)
Only freshmen, sophomores, and first-semester transfer students are eligible to take the FWS. Students must enroll electronically through Student Center. Neither instructors nor Registrar Office staff can approve additional enrollment into any FWS. Caps on enrollment cannot be lifted. There are no wait-lists or forms to sign; do not ask an instructor about adding a seminar. Instructors will not allow any student not on the roster to sit in on a FWS.
To find open FWS courses:
- Go to Student Center
- At the search screen, click on “Additional Search Criteria"
- Choose “FWS Session” from the “Session” field. This will show you all open FWS classes (a FWS is open ONLY if it appears in this list. Check frequently, because the list can change).
If you are a junior or senior who still needs to fulfill the FWS requirement, a preferable alternative for you is ENGL 2880 (Fall) or ENGL 2890 (Spring), Expository Writing, which can substitute for FWS credit.
For more information, please visit the Knight Institute.
Visit the Math course enrollment rules and options for complete information.
Physics class pre-enrollment is completely online via Student Center. if you are unable to enroll in a class AND your pre-enrollment window is open, join the waitlist. Students may not join the waitlist before their pre-enrollment period has opened. Enrollment requests will be processed only through this waitlist link. All Engineering students on the waitlist for PHYS 1110, 1112, 1116, 2210, 2213, 2214 or 2218 will be placed in their required class prior to the start of classes - but potentially not in their requested sections. You should not join the waitlist if you were able to enroll in any open section of the class unless that enrollment prevents you from enrolling in a different class required to be taken this semester for your major.
PHYS 1110 is a required corequisite for PHYS 1112 & PHYS 1116. PHYS 2210 is a required corequisite for PHYS 2218.
PHYS 1110 is a required corequisite for PHYS 2213 & PHYS 2217 if PHYS 1110 was not taken with PHYS 1112 or PHYS 1116 (AP or transfer credit given for 1112).
The Physics Department will assist you if you are unable to resolve a conflict between your Physics course and another required course for your degree; however, if changing your FWS, PE class, or another elective is possible and will resolve the conflict, then you should resolve the conflict on your own rather than seeking an accommodation from Physics.
The SWAP function works perfectly for Physics classes. If a preferable section becomes open during the add/drop period, you may SWAP classes in Student Center without risk of dropping your current section. You cannot accidentally drop the class using the SWAP function. If you fail to follow the SWAP instructions and accidentally drop the class, you cannot be added back to the class unless you are able to re-enroll through Student Center.
Waitlist requests will be processed throughout the summer. Inquiries related to enrollment may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not inquire about waitlist placement prior to add/drop. Students will need to contact the instructor if a class requires instructor permission; read the notes listed under lecture instruction mode on the class roster.