Please follow the steps below if you're a visiting student (i.e, not currently registered full-time in a degree program at Cornell).

Registration instructions for visiting students

1. Select your course(s)

If you haven’t done so already, find your course and note your course number and title, which you will need to complete step 2.

Also, review prerequisites, credit limits, and instructions for selecting courses.

Choose from

  • Summer Session courses
  • Winter Session courses
  • Fall 2022 courses
  • Spring 2022 courses

    When selecting Fall/Spring courses, please note:
    • Courses marked with a red square are full and not available for enrollment.
    • Some courses may include additional required components such as labs and discussions. You will need to indicate your choice of required additional components when you submit your registration request.

2. Register online

The SCE Registrar’s office will process completed enrollments in the order in which they are received.

Contact us if you have any questions about this process.

A: For Fall/Spring students, request course approval

You must obtain permission from your instructor, department, or college registrar to join a Fall/Spring course. Note: This approval does not guarantee a spot in the class if it fills.

To determine from whom you need permission, see the list of required approvals by college.

Here is a sample of the email you should send:


Per instructions for Visiting Students wishing to enroll in Fall or Spring courses, I am requesting your permission to take the following class(es):

  • BIOEE 1781 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity, 4 credits, August 22-December 17, 2022

If you approve, please reply to this email at your earliest convenience with your okay. I will then forward your response to the registrar at the School of Continuing Education to complete my enrollment.

Please forward your permission email(s) to the SCE registrar at

B. For all students, register now

Register online

This form will submit your registration to the SCE Registrar’s Office.

Please keep in mind the registration deadline for your session:

C. Activate your Cornell NetID

You’ll receive email instructions from IT@Cornell for activating your Cornell NetID and setting up your Cornell NetID email.

D. Review COVID requirements and complete the checklist

As soon as you have activated your NetID, you must review COVID information for students, including the Fall 2022 pre-arrival requirements, masking updates, and COVID etiquette for students, as well as visit the Checklist page and complete the steps there.

3. Review your enrollment confirmation

Once you’ve completed the required steps and if there is space in your class(es), you’ll be officially enrolled, and the SCE Registrar will send you an email from confirming enrollment.

You'll also receive an email if your approved course is full.

Upon receiving an enrollment confirmation, please visit the Student Center to verify that you are enrolled in the correct class(es) and that the correct grading basis is reflected.

For most classes, you can purchase your required course textbooks and materials through the Cornell Store.

4. Pay your tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are due within two business days of your enrollment confirmation. (Your payment deadline will be included in your confirmation email.)

See tuition, how to pay. and payment deadlines.

You're responsible for the tuition associated with all classes in which you’re enrolled, whether or not you participate in those classes.

If you no longer wish to take a class, follow the steps on the Course Changes page to drop it immediately. If you drop after the refund period has passed (see Dates and Deadlines), you'll be responsible for the total cost of your tuition.

Summer Session students: If you're participating in more than one session, payment must be submitted for all sessions according to the applicable dates for the first session in which you are enrolling.

You'll receive an email if your approved course is full.

5. Complete your onboarding requirements

Before beginning your term, you must complete the steps on the SCE onboarding page.

These requirements include familiarizing yourself with important policies and determining if you need to enroll in Cornell's student health plan.


By submitting an online registration, you are recognizing your responsibility to read, understand, and abide by the rules and procedures outlined on this website, including the image release statement, and the policies under the "Students" heading on the Cornell Policy Office site. You further recognize that you will not be exempted from the requirements of those rules and procedures because of ignorance, negligence, illness, other personal factors, or contradictory advice from any source.

Course changes

If, after registering, you decide to drop your course, visit the Course Changes page immediately and complete the steps there. If you don't, you will receive a grade of F and will be liable for the tuition and any fees.