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Registration

Being registered with the university and the College of Engineering and completing course enrollment are two different things. To be registered with both the university and the College of Engineering, new students must have

  • obtained their ID card,
  • paid their bursar bill,
  • submitted all required health forms to Gannett Health Services, and
  • attended a first-year or transfer briefing.

Students who have not followed this procedure must register with both the University Registrar (B7 Day Hall) and the Engineering Registrar (158 Olin Hall) and then meet with an advisor in Engineering Advising (167 Olin Hall) to receive and discuss course registration materials.

Continuing students are automatically registered after the due date of the tuition fee payment, provided the above criteria have been met and no academic or judicial holds prevent registration. The Student Center, an online student service, will provide students with information regarding their registration status at the beginning of each semester.

The Course Add/Drop Form

Early in the semester, students can use their Student Center online account to make most course-enrollment changes. Some “permission only” courses may require students to submit an add/drop form, obtainable at the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall.

The add/drop form requires the following information:

  • Student Identification Number, semester, and year of study, and full name.
  • The four to five-digit course identification number (CID), the department/course name, and the number of credit hours for the course a student wishes to change. (This information can be found via the Student Center or in the Course and Time Roster, which is also available online.)
  • Approval from the department offering the course. Because each department keeps a running tally of the numbers of students enrolled in each lecture, section, or laboratory, students must receive departmental approval before making formal changes to their schedule. (The location of departmental offices can be found in the campus directory or Courses of Study.)
  • The student’s signature and the date.

Submit the completed add/drop form in person to the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall. There, a staff member will process the changes and return one copy of the form. It is important that students keep this record of the change and check their schedules on Student Center periodically during the semester for accuracy.

Adding a Course

Students may add courses to their schedule at any time before the end of the 15th calendar day of the term, using Cornell’s electronic add/drop system or an add/drop form mentioned in the previous section for “permission only” courses.

To add a course after the deadline, a petition (available in the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall) is required in addition to the add/drop form. Like the add/drop form, the petition must be endorsed by the student’s advisor. Submit the completed petition and add/drop form to the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall.

Dropping a Course

Students may drop a course any time before the end of the 57th calendar day of the term, using Cornell’s electronic add/drop system or an add/drop form mentioned earlier for “permission only” courses.

Beginning after the 57th day, students may continue to drop courses using a petition and an add/drop form (available in the Engineering Registrar’s Office, 158 Olin Hall). The petition must be signed by the student’s academic advisor. Submit the completed petition and add/drop form to the Engineering Registrar’s Office, 158 Olin Hall.

Courses dropped after the 57th day are marked with a grade of “W” (for withdrawal) on the official transcript. “W” is a matter of record: its removal cannot be petitioned.

The deadline for withdrawing from a class with a petition will be published early in the term in “Dates and Deadlines”.

Changing a Grade Option

During the first 57 calendar days of the semester, change a grade option (on courses where a choice between letter or S/U grade is offered) using the online add/drop system, or with an add/drop form for “permission only” courses. If an add/drop form is used, permission of the faculty advisor and course instructor or departmental representative must be obtained. Submit the completed add/drop form to the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall, by the end of the 57th day of the term.

Important: After the 57th day of the term, the grading option may not be changed, nor will students be permitted to add a course in which they were previously enrolled (in the current semester) under a different grade option. This deadline is strictly enforced. (For more information on the policies for the S/U Grading Option, see “Grades and Credits” in this handbook.)

Changing Credit Hours

Certain upper-level courses in the Engineering curriculum are offered with “variable” credit hours. Students decide the number of credits they wish to register for when they enroll, in consultation with the instructor and their faculty advisor. (For example, a course listed as “variable to 5 credits” can be taken for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 credits.)

During the first 15 calendar days of the semester, change credit hours (on courses that offer variable credit) using the online add/drop system, or with an add/drop form for “permission only” courses. If an add/drop form is used, permission of the faculty advisor and course instructor or departmental representative must be obtained. Submit the completed add/drop form to the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall, by the 15th day of the term.

After the first 15 days of the semester, variable credit hours may not be changed except by petition (see previous section on “adding a course” for instructions).

Course Pre-Enrollment through CoursEnroll

Each semester, there is a period (usually near the middle of the semester) during which students electronically request courses they plan to take during the next semester, using the online service Student Center. It provides the most accurate, up-to-date listings of course offerings for the coming semester and is available at http://studentcenter.cornell.edu.

Each semester, the University Registrar’s office assigns each class (first- through fourth year) a designated time period during which class enrollment will be accessible through the Student Center. This access schedule is published in written form by the University Registrar’s office and in the weekly email newsletter, The Sundial.

To request courses through Student Center:

  • Determine your pre-enrollment access period by reading The Sundial, by contacting the Engineering Registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall, or by checking your Student Center account.
  • Check the online Course and Time Roster or view classes via the Student Center.
  • Decide which courses you want to take the next semester, keeping in mind the requirements for the Common Curriculum and your intended Major program.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor prior to the pre-enrollment period to discuss the proposed course schedule and make changes as necessary.
  • Use Student Center to enter your course choices.

This completes the pre-enrollment process.

Maximum Number of Credits per Semester

The college permits (but does not encourage) students to take up to 23 credits per semester— excluding physical education courses, supplementary courses, and other courses that do not count toward the degree. Those who wish to take more than 23 credits must complete the appropriate petition. Add/drop forms that result in a schedule of more than 23 credits will not be processed without a petition endorsed by the student’s faculty advisor and approved by a representative of CASPAC in Engineering Advising.

Research for Credit vs. Pay

Students who conduct research in the college may have the opportunity to receive academic credit or pay for their efforts. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and research mentor to decide which option is available to them and best for their educational goals and for the project. If receiving academic credit, students should contact the department’s undergraduate coordinator for additional information. Those who receive credit for research may not receive pay for the same work effort on the project.

ROTC Courses

ROTC courses may be used to satisfy engineering degree requirements as follows:

  1. Up to 6 credits of ROTC courses numbered ≥ 3000 may be used as approved electives;
  2. Selected ROTC courses may be used to satisfy the liberal studies requirement. (For details, see: www.engineering.cornell.edu/apps/liberalstudies/index.cfm);
  3. ROTC courses that are co-listed by another department (e.g. NAVS 3050: Principles of Navigation). Some Majors further restrict the use of particular courses co-listed with Military Science. Check with the undergraduate coordinator office to find out whether such courses will count toward graduation.