Course Selection

Fall-term classes begin on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. You must file your schedule for the fall term by Tuesday, September 11. You may thus defer your final decisions concerning courses until you have had a chance to meet with your academic adviser, visit classes (during course selection period), and consult instructors and other advisers.

You are eligible to take all of the courses that other Yale undergraduates may take.

The only exceptions to this policy regard programs for students in the freshman class:

  • Directed Studies
  • First-Year Seminars

In some departments, fall-term seminars restricted to majors may have been filled during spring or summer pre-registration periods. However, by contacting the course instructor or director of undergraduate studies of the relevant department, you may gain entry to such a seminar (click here for a list of DUSes). If you see a ­limited-enrollment course (designated by a star) in the Yale College Programs of Study that you would like to take, it would be wise to contact the relevant DUS directly, asking that you be enrolled in the course or that your name be placed on the waiting list, if there is one. You might also consider attending the first meeting of a limited-enrollment class so that you will be available to fill the place of any preregistered student who has decided not to take that particular class.

Another resource for tips on course selection is the team of transfer counselors (“trocos”). While each transfer student is assigned to a particular transfer counselor, you are encouraged to talk to any counselor, especially if you note by his or her brief biography that you have academic interests in common.