Enrollment Guide

Fall 2022 Enrollment Calendar

Fall 2022 Class Standing Pre-enrollment period Add/Drop Starts
Graduate students and
professional students
April 20–22 (Wed–Fri) August 15 (Mon)
Seniors April 25–27 (Mon–Wed) August 16 (Tue)
Juniors April 26–28 (Tue–Thu) August 17 (Wed)
Sophomores April 27–29 (Wed–Fri) August 18 (Thu)
Continuing first-years April 27–29 (Wed–Fri) August 19 (Fri)
Entering first-years July 19–22 (Tue–Fri) August 19 (Fri)

Important Dates and Forms

September 5 (Monday) — The last day to add a class or change credits for Fall 2022.

October 17 (Monday) — The last day to drop a class or change grading basis for Fall 2022. Starting October 18, withdrawal from courses is by petition only. If approved, a "W" will appear on the official transcript.

See also: 2022–2023 Key Academic Dates

For college-specific dates and forms, consult the College Registrar Directory and follow the link provided for your college.

Selecting the Right MATH Course

For guidance in selecting an appropriate entry-level course, please consult First Steps in Math. Members of the undergraduate advising committee — Jim West, Ed Swartz, Michael Nussbaum, Tim Healey , Xin Zhou, and Camil Muscalu — are also available to help you sort through your options.

Enrollment Overview

For the most current information on course availability and your enrollment, check Student Center.  If you are using Scheduler or another scheduling tool for planning purposes, take care not to use your plan as a personal calendar unless you first update it to match your schedule in Student Center. You should only be attending the section that matches your enrollment in Student Center.

During the continuing student pre-enrollment period in April, many courses at the 1000 and 2000 level have low enrollment limits to save space — in all sections — for entering first-year and transfer students. These limits will be raised before first-year and transfer students pre-enroll in July and some may be raised again slightly in August to allow students to make schedule changes.

MATH 1110, 1120, and 2220 are expected to fill up completely during the first-year pre-enrollment period, but spaces will open up in August due to drops. Look for openings after the first-year add period starts.

MATH 1910, 1920, 2210, 2310, 2930, and 2940 may fill up briefly during pre-enrollment or the add period, especially on the first day for first-year students or sophomores. If this happens, more spaces will be added to enable students to self-enroll on Student Center and meet their math requirements. Check back later in the day for openings.

Time Conflict Policy

A time conflict exists between two classes if the meeting times as published in the Class Roster overlap. Time conflict petitions that involve a MATH class will be denied if (a) either class is in person or hybrid or (b) the student is a freshman, sophomore, or junior.  If the MATH class has other sections that don’t create a time conflict but are full, contact Heather Peterson for assistance.

Seniors and graduate students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a faculty advisor and avoid choosing classes that conflict; however, if a conflict with a MATH class appears unavoidable, contact Mikki Klinger (mmk8@cornell.edu) and include your name, college, class standing, and details of the two conflicting classes and how they contribute to your program of study.

This policy applies to Spring 2021 classes and beyond.  All time conflict petitions involving a MATH class require department approval.

When a Class is Full

If you are unable to pre-enroll in a course initially, check again at least once before your pre-enrollment period ends. Spaces may be added (as described in the Enrollment Overview above) or students may change their pre-enrollment to another class and leave an opening. If you are unsuccessful during pre-enrollment, try again when your add period starts in August. Students make a lot of changes to their schedules during the early part of the add period. Sections may open and close several times a day due to adds, drops, and section changes. There are usually some drops after the first class meets. If you don’t find an opening after checking a few times (over a few days if during the add period), you should ask for help if the course is required for your degree. Your schedule should be settled before the add deadline.

If you are interested in a specific time, you may find an opening if you check several times throughout the add period. You may also need to adjust your schedule to make room for an available math class or reconsider taking an early morning, late afternoon, or evening class if they are available. If it's possible to fit an available section into your schedule, then you should do so. If not, ask for help, but understand that you may not get your ideal schedule.

Limits and Waiting Lists

We do not keep waiting lists for individual sections of a course, and most MATH courses will not have a waiting list because students will be able to self-enroll in Student Center with a little patience. Exceptions are included below. Check back for updates.

NOTE: If you have a time conflict, please review our time conflict policy before adding yourself to a waiting list.

MATH 1300 (Mathematical Explorations) — Arts & Sciences students may pre-enroll in MATH 1300 directly in Student Center up to a limit of 24 students. After that, enrollment in the course is by department consent, and students who wish to enroll must add themselves to the MATH 1300 waiting list (not in Student Center). As spaces in the course become available, permission codes will be issued to waitlisted students who are approved to enroll, and they will use their codes to add the course in Student Center. There may be drops during the first week of the add period and after the first class or two meet; however, MATH 1300 is a small class with limited availability. Many students on the waiting list will not get in, so all students on the waiting list should have a back-up plan. The next offering of MATH 1300 will be fall 2023.

MATH 1710 (Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World) — Enrollment is limited to 25 students per discussion. There will not be a waiting list. If you are unable to add MATH 1710, you might consider another introductory statistics class, such as AEM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, or PAM 2100.

MATH 4220 (Applied Complex Analysis) — Students who were unable to pre-enroll in MATH 4220 are invited to try again during the add/drop period. We've increased the size of the class due to popular demand.

MATH 4710 (Basic Probability) — Students may pre-enroll in MATH 4710 directly in Student Center up to a limit of 75 students. After that, enrollment in the course is by department consent, and students who wish to enroll must add themselves to the MATH 4710 waiting list (not in Student Center). As spaces in the course become available, permission codes will be issued to waitlisted students who are approved to enroll, and they will use their codes to add the course in Student Center. There are often drops during the first week of the add period and after the first class or two meet, but we may not be able to admit everyone off the list. The next offering of MATH 4710 will be spring 2023.

Who to Contact for Help

Course instructors cannot give you permission to enroll unless the course is listed in the catalog as “permission of instructor.”

Contact Heather Peterson for assistance with most 1000-/2000-level courses or Mikki Klinger for assistance with MATH 1300, 1340, and all courses numbered 3000 and above. If you send email, please include your name, college, class standing, and any other details you think may help us prioritize your request.

The Mathematics Department will assist you if you are unable to resolve a conflict between a required math course and another required course for your degree. If changing your first-year writing seminar or PE class is possible and will resolve the conflict, then you should resolve the conflict on your own rather than seeking an accommodation for your math class.

Independent Study

Students who wish to enroll in MATH 4900 (research) or MATH 4901 (reading course) must fill out an independent study form after meeting with the proposed faculty supervisor to discuss the goals and expectations of the project. The form will be available when the add period begins but not during the pre-enrollment period.

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