Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jan 20, 2021  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Registration

University registration is the official recognition of a student’s relationship with the University and is the basic authorization for a student’s access to campus resources. Completion of registration is essential to enable the University to plan for and provide education and services, guided by the highest standards for safety and efficiency. The University assumes certain legal responsibilities for persons who participate as students in the University environment. As a result, specific requirements must be met in order to become a registered student.

All students must be registered, including those studying off-campus or in absentia. To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must:

  • settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition

  • satisfy New York State and University health requirements

  • have no registration holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar.

University Registration Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Last day to complete registration requirements: September 20, 2019 February 7, 2020
$350 late fee assessed to students who register after: September 20, 2019 February 7, 2020

Students who fail to register will be withdrawn from the University:

October 7, 2019 February 24, 2020

Students who are reinstated after being withdrawn will be assessed a $500 late fee. Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply University registration.

Provisions for students using veterans benefits:

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Cornell University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  The University will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies. 

Failure to register:

Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University. Students withdrawn for non-registration will be dropped from classes, and services such as library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus service will be terminated. The University reserves the right to require unauthorized, non-registered persons to leave the University premises. The University does not permit retroactive registration. Courses and grades for students who have been withdrawn due to non-registration will not appear on official transcripts.