Courses of Study 2012-2013 
    Sep 19, 2018  
Courses of Study 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Registration

University registration is the official recognition of a student’s relationship with the university and is the basic authorization for a student’s access to services and education. Completion of registration is essential to enable the university to plan for and provide services and education, guided by the highest standards for efficiency and safety. Unauthorized, unregistered persons who use university services and attend classes have the potential to use university resources inappropriately and to displace properly registered students. In addition, the university assumes certain legal responsibilities for persons who participate as students in the university environment. For example, policy states that New York State health requirements must be satisfied. Because these requirements are intended to safeguard the public health of students, the university has a responsibility to enforce the state regulations through registration procedures.

The policy on university registration is intended to describe clearly the meaning of and the procedures for registration for the fall and spring semesters so that students can complete the process efficiently and be assured of official recognition as registered students. With the clear communication of the steps for registration, it is hoped that compliance will occur with a minimum of difficulty.

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must

  • settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition;

  • satisfy New York State and university health requirements;

  • have no holds from their college, the Office of the Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar.

In addition, all students must complete course enrollment within the first three weeks of classes.

Students who do not become registered by the deadline risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes and services such as (but not limited to) student employment, library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus service will be terminated.  Students will be assessed a late registration fee if they become registered after the deadline.

  Fall 2012 Spring 2013
Last day to complete registration requirements September 14, 2012 February 8, 2013
Last day to complete course enrollment September 14, 2012 February 8, 2013
$350 late registration fee assessed to students who register after September 14, 2012 February 8, 2013
$500 late registration fee assessed to students who register after September 28, 2012 February 22, 2013


The university reserves the right to require unauthorized, unregistered persons who attend classes, live in residence halls, or in other ways seek to exercise student privileges to leave the university premises. The university does not permit retroactive registration and does not record courses or grades for unregistered persons.

Students wishing to take a leave from their college are required to apply for a voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA) with an expected return date. Students who do not apply for and receive approval for a LOA will be automatically withdrawn from the university following the fifth week of the semester and may be required to apply for readmission. Withdrawn students and students on a LOA may not enroll in course work with the university (e.g., extramural studies, summer/winter session). Students on a LOA are not eligible for privileges afforded to full-time registered students, including housing, dining, library, and transit privileges. Students may withdraw from the university at their own discretion. In addition, a college may withdraw a student who fails to return at the end of a period of authorized leave. Medical leaves are granted by the student’s college upon recommendation by Gannett Health Services.