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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I find course offerings?

    The Courses of Study contains a current listing of the university's more than 9,000 course offerings. In addition to providing current course descriptions, the catalog also contains enrollment information, and college and university requirements and policies.

    The Class Roster provides a list of all classes that are offered in a given semester, including meeting times and course descriptions. Use the Class Roster to create your schedule by searching on various criteria including field of study, time/day, credit hours, depth/breadth.

  • When will I receive more information about course enrollment?

    Most colleges post information about course enrollment on their websites by mid-June. In addition, some colleges may send instructions by email so activate your NetID right away and check your Cornell email address often.

  • I can't find or don't have an appointment on Student Center.

    When you login to Student Center beginning July 1, there are several information boxes on the right of the screen. Your enrollment appointment will be noted in the box labeled "Enrollment Dates." Click on "Details" in the lower right corner to view the entire appointment window. If you don't have an enrollment appointment noted in that box, please contact your college registrar's office.

  • How do I enroll in courses?

    You will use Student Center to request courses whether during the enrollment period or the add/drop period. Learn more about enrollment. Please note, the First-Year Writing Seminar ballot is submitted during the same window as enrollment, but at a separate site (through the Knight Institute).

  • My friend was pre-enrolled in several courses, and I wasn't pre-enrolled in any, is that a mistake?

    No. Each college manages the enrollment process differently. Some colleges and schools will enroll their students in one or more courses, while others may not pre-enroll their students in anything. Enrollment may even vary based on a student's major. It is the policy of the individual academic unit.

  • When can I change my schedule?

    Additions and/or changes will be made during the Add/Drop period just prior to the start of the semester.

  • Why can't I drop one of the courses on my schedule?

    You may not be able to drop a course you were enrolled in by your college. You'll be able to determine this if the check box in the Select column is greyed out or if you receive an error message indicating that consent is required to drop. Contact your college registrar if there's a problem.

  • What's Student Essentials?

    Student Essentials is a one-stop administrative portal that references several data sources (including Student Center) and provides easy access to information regarding registration, enrollment, and student financials. Students use it daily to:
    –Verify registration status, holds, class, and exam schedules.
    –View bursar balance and refunds.
    –Manage CornellCard, dining, laundry and other accounts.
    –View financial aid award and access your checklist.
    Update addresses or preferred name.
    –Access Cmail (Cornell email account).

  • What's Student Center?

    Student Center reflects the official record of your academic, finance and personal information at Cornell. You will use Student Center several times during the semester to check your enrollment appointment, enroll in classes, view grades, request official transcripts, and review financial accounts including financial aid.