Enrollment Guide

Spring 2023 Enrollment Calendar

Spring 2023 Class Standing Pre-enrollment period Add/Drop Starts
Graduate students and
professional students
November 1–3
January 17 (Tue),
9 a.m.
Seniors November 2–4
January 17 (Tue),
Juniors November 7–9
January 18 (Wed),
9 a.m.
Sophomores November 8–10
January 19 (Thu),
9 a.m.
First-years November 9–11
January 20 (Fri),
9 a.m.

Important Dates and Forms

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.

February 6 (Monday) — The last day to add a class or change credits for Spring 2023.

March 20 (Monday) — The last day to drop a class or change grading basis for Spring 2023. Starting March 21, 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 actual enrollment in Student Center. Take care to attend only the section that matches your enrollment in Student Center.

MATH 1106, 1110, 1120, 1910, 1920, 2130, 2210, 2220, and 2930 are all courses that may fill up briefly during pre-enrollment or the add period, especially on the first day for first-year students or sophomores to enroll. 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.

MATH 2940 Availability

Due to high demand and limited seating, enrollment in MATH 2940 is by permission of department for Spring 2023. Students already enrolled in the course can use Swap in Student Center to change their discussion enrollment provided the discussion they want is open.

Please add yourself to the MATH 2940 waiting list if any of the following is true:

  1. You need approval to add MATH 2940.*
  2. You are currently enrolled in MATH 2940 and need approval to change lectures.
  3. You are currently enrolled in MATH 2940, need to change discussions due to a conflict, and none of the open discussions fit your schedule. (Please check for openings over at least a few days before adding yourself to the waiting list.)
  4. You received a permission number to add MATH 2940 but none of the open discussions fit your schedule. (Please check for openings over at least a few days before adding yourself to the waiting list.)

The Math Department will prioritize whatever enrollments are required to keep students on track to meet their college and major requirements.

*If you are seeking approval to add MATH 2940, please read the following carefully:

Multivariable calculus, specifically MATH 1920, is a pre-requisite for MATH 2940. If you do not have credit for MATH 1920, you should not be taking MATH 2940 this term. (Taking the two courses simultaneously is not appropriate.) MATH 2210 is a good choice for non-Engineering students who need linear algebra, and it does not have a multivariable calculus pre-requisite. Enrolling in MATH 2930 and 2940 simultaneously is not recommended, as it often leads to an unnecessarily stressful semester and may result in poor performance.

Time Conflict Policy

A time conflict exists between two classes if the meeting times 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 January. 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.

Your schedule should be settled before the add deadline. If you check several times during the add period and still don’t find an opening in a course that is required for your degree, ask for help before the add period ends. Do not continue to sit in a class past the add deadline hoping for a seat to open up.

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 (if any) will be noted below as the need arises. 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 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 2940 (Linear Algebra for Engineers) — Please refer to MATH 2940 Availability above.

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.