Pre-Registration for the following quarter occurs in eighth week of Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. To be eligible to take part in Pre-Registration, students must be free of any administrative or academic holds. Students planning to graduate in the current quarter, students who have scheduled a leave of absence, and students who will be abroad for the next quarter cannot participate in Pre-Registration. This process is only available for degree-seeking students in the College. See the College's website for details. Students at large (SAL), international visitor, and Graham School students may not participate in Pre-Registration.
Through Pre-Registration, courses are ranked in order of preference. Students are allowed to select and rank (1=most desired, 10=least) up to ten courses. During tenth week, students are "resolved" into classes. Students are automatically enrolled into certain sequenced courses; usually general education and language courses that continue to meet at the same time. Depending on the quarter, students may drop out of certain auto-enrolled courses before selecting and ranking other courses.
Pre-Registration is available 24 hours a day, between 9:00 AM on Monday of eighth week and 5:00 PM on Friday of eighth week. During this period, students may update courses and rankings as often as they choose. The date, time of day, and order in which students log into the system are irreleveant to the outcome.