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

  • Fall 2023 courses
  • Spring 2024 courses
  • 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. Request registration

A. Submit registration form online

Register online

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

Note: If you will have graduated from high school but you will not have turned 18 by the time your Cornell course starts, contact the SCE registrar’s office before you register and request a Precollege Registration Code. You will need this code to use the registration system.

Please keep in mind the registration deadline. Students are enrolled (Step 3) in the order they registered, so it is to your advantage to register early.

See the Fall/Spring Study calendar

B: 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. See the sample email for course approval.

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

C. Activate your Cornell NetID and sign into Student Center

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

To finalize the activation, you must sign into Student Center.

D. Complete Term Checklist

The Checklist will appear in your "To-Do List" in Student Center the day after you've fully activated your netID by logging in the first time.

Detailed instructions will be sent after your registration form has been processed.

You will not be enrolled in classes until all requirements are met.

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.

Learn about course materials, textbooks, and course expectations.

4. Pay your tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are due within four 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.

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.