Registration for Courses
During the summer, you will pre-register for your fall 2020 classes by using the electronic pre-registration form, which can be found on the New Students website. In order to complete this form, you will need to consult:
- 2020/21 Vassar College Catalogue
- The First-Year Handbook
- electronic schedule of classes available from the New Students website
- your Pre-Major Advisor
Please be sure to pay careful attention to the information given on the Schedule of Classes Information Pages, available as a link from the online schedule of classes.
The procedures for enrolling in your fall semester classes are as follows:
- 1. Summer Pre-registration
- 2. Registration during Orientation
- 3. Add Period (through September 8)
- 4. Drop Period (through October 16)
1. Summer Pre-registration
Over the summer, you will pre-register for your academic classes. You will complete your schedule with the help of your faculty advisor. List your first choice for a First-Year Writing Seminar, as well as three alternate First-Year Writing Seminars in case your first choice is unavailable. List other courses you would like to take, in order of preference. You may list as many courses as you like in this section. By the end of summer pre-registration, most first-year students will be enrolled in a First-Year Writing Seminar and three additional one-unit courses (or 1.5 units if electing elementary Chinese or Japanese). If there are no seats available in any of the First-Year Writing Seminars you have selected, the Registrar will attempt to place you in three of the courses listed on Part II of the pre-registration form. You will receive notification of the results of pre-registration during New Student Orientation.
2. Registration during Orientation
As indicated on the new students website, there are a number of events planned to help you complete your class schedule. During the week of July 27 faculty will post research presentations online and departments and programs will hold remote advising sessions as well as offer pre-recorded sessions. You will be able to consult with any department or program about appropriate course selections including advanced course placement or special permission. There will be special advising sessions devoted to pre-law, pre-health, teacher certification, English, art, and math and sciences. After gathering the necessary information and making additions and revisions to your course selections, you will meet with your pre-major advisor remotely and all first-year students will officially register for fall courses between Aug 3-14.
3. Add Period (through September 8)
Once classes begin, you may continue to add courses, up to a maximum of 4.5 units, to your schedule until Tuesday, September 8. Students need both their instructor’s and their advisor’s permission to add a class during the add period. Under no circumstances are first-semester first-year students granted permission to exceed 4.5 units. All students must be registered for the minimum of 3.5 units by September 8.
4. Drop Period (through October 16)
Students may drop courses (but not below 3.5 units) with their advisor’s approval until Friday, October 18. A copy of your final registration will be available online at Vassar’s website via Ask Banner for your viewing after October 16. Be sure to review it carefully and report any errors to the Registrar’s Office immediately. You will be held responsible for all courses listed on this schedule and will not receive credit for any course or section in which you are not officially enrolled.