Registration is the systematic process that reserves seats in particular classes for eligible students. It is accomplished by following the procedures announced in advance of each term’s registration period. Enrollment is the completion of the registration process and affords the full rights and privileges of student status. Enrollment is accomplished by the payment or other satisfaction of tuition and fees and by the satisfaction of other obligations to the University.
Registration alone does not guarantee enrollment; nor does registration alone guarantee the right to participate in a class. In some cases, students need to obtain the approval of the instructor or of a representative of the department that offers a course. Please check this bulletin and the registration instructions contained in the on-line Directory of Classes for all of the approvals required.
To comply with current and anticipated Internal Revenue Service mandates, Columbia University requires all students to report their Social Security numbers at the time of admission. Newly admitted students who do not have Social Security numbers should obtain one well in advance of their first registration. International students should consult the International Students and Scholars Office, located at 524 Riverside Drive (telephone: 212-854-3587), for further information.
According to University regulations, each person whose registration has been completed is considered a student of the University during the term for which they are registered unless the student’s connection with the University is officially severed by withdrawal or otherwise. No student registered in any school or college of the University shall at the same time be registered in any other school or college, either of Columbia University or of any other institution, without the specific authorization of the dean or director of the school or college of the University in which he or she is first registered.
The privileges of the University are not available to any student until they have completed registration. A student who is not officially registered for a University course may not attend the course. No student may register after the stated period unless he or she obtains the written consent of the appropriate dean or director.
The University reserves the right to withhold the privilege of registration or any other University privilege from any person with an unpaid debt to the University. Students are held accountable for absences incurred owing to late enrollment.
No Columbia College student may register for fewer than 12 points in any given semester without the express permission of the Committee on Academic Standing (see the Center for Student Advising).
Each Columbia College student must be registered for at least 12 points by the last day to drop a class (see Academic Calendar) in order to avoid being withdrawn from the College.
Registration and change-of-program instructions are announced in advance of each registration and change-of-program period. Instructions appear on the Registrar’s home page. Please consult those instructions for the exact dates and times of registration and change-of-program activities. Students must obtain all necessary written course approvals and advisers’ signatures before registering. The late registration fee is $100.
Registration for classes and change of program are by appointment on-line. Some classes have limits that are controlled directly by instructors or their departments. To register for these classes, students must first obtain the signature of the person indicated in the registration instructions. The student should then register in accordance with instructions provided by the Office of the Registrar.
No courses may be added after the last day of registration/change of program. The tentative dates for this year are:
August 31 for first year students
September 1, 4-7 and 10-14 for all students
November 12-16 for students continuing from the fall semester
January 15-18, 22-25, 28-31 for all students
April 15-19 for students continuing from the spring semester
Students may drop a course using the on-line registration system during the registration and change-of-program periods. With the exception of certain Core Curriculum courses, (see below) the final dates for dropping courses during the academic year 2012-2013 are October 9 for the fall term and February 26 for the spring term.
Columbia College students are not permitted to drop a course from their program of study after the drop deadline. In exceptional circumstances, students may petition the Committee on Academic Standing for permission to withdraw from a class after the drop deadline but by the end of the Pass/D/Fail deadline resulting in the mark of W. This is a permanent mark, and remains on the transcript even if the student repeats the course for credit. Students should be aware that they may not drop or withdraw from a course if it puts them below 12 credits for the semester.
Failure to attend classes or unofficial notification to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course. Students who stop attending class without dropping or withdrawing officially are assigned a letter grade by the instructor even if they have not completed any substantive work in the course. Any uncompleted work is averaged into the final grade as a “zero” or an “F,” and the instructor computes and awards a final course grade.
Students may drop a Core Curriculum course using the on-line registration system no later than September 14th for the fall 2012 term and February 1st for the spring 2013 term.
Students are not permitted to drop Literature Humanities, University Writing, Frontiers of Science, Contemporary Civilization, Music Humanities, or Art Humanities after these deadlines without the approval of the Committee on Academic Standing.
Students wishing to drop courses counting towards the Physical Education, Science, and Language requirements are bound by the general drop deadlines above.
Courses may be changed from regular grading to Pass/D/Fail or from Pass/D/Fail to regular grading up to and including November 15 in the fall term and up to and including March 28 in the spring term during the academic year 2012–2013.