Fall 2023 PhD Enrollment Guide
August Regular Enrollment
The published Fall 2023 Class Roster lists all of our officially offered courses at Cornell Tech.
- When reviewing the class roster, filter by Location for “Cornell Tech” to review your eligible Cornell Tech class offerings.
- Please be mindful that eligible PhD Classes (either hosted at CT or hosted from Ithaca), will have a specific enrollment section for CT PhD students (this is often labeled as LEC 030, 031, SEM 130, 131, and so on).
- CT PhD Students cannot enroll in the Ithaca section of a course offering (often labeled as LEC 001, 002, and so on) as that section is just for Ithaca student enrollment. Thus, it is important that you search for available courses using the class roster “Location for “Cornell Tech” filter to avoid confusion as it filters out the Ithaca sections!
- As the add deadline has officially passed for full-term classes, you may submit an Online Electronic Add/Drop form for special consideration to enroll. Enrollment after the deadline will be considered based on instructor permission, available seats, and course eligiblity based on your program. Please note this form is only for TECHNICAL courses (CS, ORIE, INFO, ECE). Please allow 1-2 business days for us to review your add/drop form.
- A limited amount of seats across all Master’s Technical courses will be open available. Waitlists will open during Regular Enrollment.
- Please make sure to review the class roster notes of the course as it will indicate if you are eligible to enroll in the class based on your academic program.
- Class meeting patterns, times, grading basis, prerequisites, etc. are official and published.
Further updates will be announced and updated on this page as we approach the Fall semester.
Curriculum & Academic Calendar Resources
Click here to review the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar. Cornell Tech adheres to the Ithaca Academic Calendar for start/end dates of classes, holidays, etc. We will have an adjusted Reading Day Schedule for the Fall term that is mentioned in the link.
Fall 2023 Add/Drop Deadlines
Full-Semester Course Deadlines (course prefix: CS, INFO, ECE, ORIE)
Add/Change Credits Deadline: September 5th at 11:59pm (ET)
After this deadline, adds will only be considered in extreme circumstances and requires faculty permission via Add/Drop Form.
Drop Deadline: October 16th at 11:59pm
Dropping a semester long class after the deadline requires instructor permission via the add/drop form and will result in a W on your transcript
Last Day to Change Grading Basis: October 16th at 11:59pm
As the add deadline has officially passed for full-term classes, you may submit an Online Electronic Add/Drop form for special consideration to enroll. Enrollment after the deadline will be considered based on instructor permission, available seats, and course eligiblity based on your program. Please note this form is only for TECHNICAL courses (CS, ORIE, INFO, ECE). Please allow 1-2 business days for us to review your add/drop form.
Pre-Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I enroll in classes? Are there guides to help me navigate the enrollment process?
Yes, students enroll in classes through Student Center. Instructions on how to add, drop, swap courses are available here!
The Office of the Registrar also has Class Enrollment FAQ page that provides additional helpful tidbits on navigating course enrollment.
Can I add classes to my shopping cart prior to the enrollment period?
Yes, classes can be added to your shopping cart prior to when the enrollment period begins. However, this does not save you a spot in the class or guarantee that you will be able to take the class. Once your enrollment period begins, make sure you complete all steps to finish enrolling.
Any classes you add to your shopping cart (Step 1 on Student Center) will remain there during your enrollment or add/drop period unless all three enrollment steps are completed. You are not enrolled or entitled to a spot in a class if it has only been added to your shopping cart. If you are ready to add the class to your schedule, make sure you finish enrolling (Step 3 on Student Center).
What course prefix should I enroll in for a crosslisted course? (This is most applicable to Master's Technical Courses)
Some classes are cross-listed across different major disciplines. If you are trying to enroll in a cross-listed Master’s class, please make sure you enroll in the section according to your major as this is where we reserved seats for your major (i.e. CS students should enroll in the CS section, ORIE should enroll in ORIE section, etc.).
Students who are in a discipline that is not listed in the crosslisting, you will be able to enroll in the main prefix of the class. See below for information this semester:
- CS 5785/ORIE 5750/ECE 5414 Applied Machine Learning
- CS section: CS students and all other students from other disciplines (including PhD) (ORIE & ECE enroll in their respective sections below)
- ORIE section: ORIE master’s students only
- ECE section: ECE master’s students only
2. INFO 5340/CS 5650 Virtual & Augmented Reality
- INFO section: INFO students and all other students from other disciplines (including PhD) (CS students enroll in their respective section below)
- CS section: CS master’s students Only
3. INFO 6410/CS 5682 HCI & Design
- INFO students and all other students from other disciplines (including PhD) (CS students enroll in their respective section below)
- CS section: CS master’s students Only
4. INFO 5345/CS 5424/ECE 5413 Interactive Device Design
- INFO students and all other students from other disciplines (Including PhD) (CS & ECE students enroll in their respective section below).
- CS section: CS master’s students Only
- ECE Section: ECE master’s Students Only
5. ORIE 5355/INFO 5370 Applied Data Science: Decision-Making Beyond Prediction
- ORIE section: ORIE students and all other students from other disciplines (including PhD) (INFO students enroll in their respective section below)
- INFO section: INFO master’s students only
6. ORIE 5380/CS 5727 Optimization Methods
- ORIE section: ORIE students and all other students from other disciplines (including PhD) (CS students enroll in their respective section below)
- CS section: CS master’s students only
When will waitlists open? (This is most applicable to Master's Technical Courses)
Course waitlists will be open during the Regular Enrollment period only.
Please note PhD Classes will not have waitlists arranged.
I received this error message during Pre-Enrollment: "Available seats are reserved. You do not meet the enrollment group criteria to enroll in this class at this time" What does this mean and what should I do next?
Classes will have a limited number of seats available for specific populations of students. Almost all of Cornell Tech courses will have these reserved seats set up to allow an equitable distribution of student majors to enroll in a course.
If you encounter this error message during Pre-Enrollment, this means all seats have been filled by other students in your degree level (PhD students). Even if the class shows as open/seats available, please be mindful the seats are for other student groups (i.e. Masters students!). You will need to await until Regular Enrollment to sign up when additional seats/waitlist are available.
Why does a class appear as open/have available seats but I can't enroll in it? (This is most applicable to Master's Technical Courses)
All Master’s courses at Cornell Tech will have reserve capacity groups arranged as mentioned in the question above. Once a class has reached maximum enrollment for a specific reserve group, it will no longer allow enrollment for students from that group into the class.
If seats are open for other student’s majors, you will still see the course’s status listed with a green circle as “open”. Please be mindful you will still not be able to enroll until a spot becomes available based on your major.
What PhD Classes are currently available to enroll in?
Cornell Tech Based PhD Classes (these are taught on campus in NYC):
- CS 6741 Topics in Natural Language Processing and Machine learning taught by Yoav Artzi (Section 030)
- CS 6382 Data Science for Social Change taught by Emma Pierson (SEM 130)
- ECE 6950 Special Topics: Reconfigurable Computing with Mohamed Abdelfattah (LEC 032)
- CS 6434 Digital Privacy with Vitaly Shmatikov (LEC 030) – Pending setup!
- INFO 6940 Special Topics: Robotic Seminar with Angelique Taylor (LEC 031)
Ithaca Based PhD Classes (these are taught in Ithaca and streamed to Tech)
- INFO 6620 Social Rsrch Des Method with Karen Levy (SEM 130)
- INFO 6310 Behavior and Information Tech with Susan Fussell (LEC 030)
- CS 6780 Advanced Machine Learning with Thorsten Joachims (LEC 030)
- CS 6820 Analysis of Algorithms with Robert Kleinberg (LEC 030/PRJ 630)
- ORIE 7190 Selected Topics in Applied Operations Research with Peter Frazier (LEC 030)
- ORIE 7590 Special Topics in Applied Probability with Samorodnitsky (LEC 030)
- CS 6006 Succeeding in the Graduate Environment with Anshuman Mohan (LEC 030) (being set up on system)
- SOC 6610/GOVT 6619 Text & Networks in Social Science Research with Will Hobbs (SEM 130)
I am trying to enroll in a class but there is a time conflict error. What do I do?
Students are not able to enroll in classes that have overlapping time meeting patterns (this will occur if it’s a 15 minute overlap or for the entire meeting pattern). You must decide which class to enroll in for consideration. Students cannot take two classes at the same time (i.e. if you are trying to take an online remote class and an in person Tech class). All classes are taught synchronously so please ensure that you plan accordingly.
How do I sign up for an independent study?
Independent Studies require an approval process with your Program Director. Please consult with them on your project and your independent study faculty member who has agreed to work with you. Students must not self-enroll in any independent studies as approval is required. Students will be required to have a form approved and sent to our team for processing (we will also process the enrollment – do NOT self enroll in a random study as we will place you in the appropriate section).
Can I enroll in MBA, LAW, TECH, or TECHIE courses?
PhD Students can only enroll in Technical courses – this is under the prefix INFO, ORIE, ECE, and CS.
How do I check my Registration Status?
To check your registration status, log in to Student Essentials and view your “Registration Status” at the top of the page.
- If you are registered, your Registration Status will state “Registered” with a green checkmark.
- The absence of a green checkmark means there is a hold preventing your registration.
How do I see if I have a Hold on my account?
There are several different types of holds – some are informational and must be completed for graduation, and some are immediate and prevent current semester registration. Your Holds are listed at the top right of the page when logged in to Student Essentials. Click on “more information” for complete details including steps to resolve a hold.
Additional Course Information & Personal Calendar Resources
To view both current and archived historical course offerings/descriptions, you may review the course catalog on courses.cornell.edu
To download your semester’s class schedule to your personal calendar, please log in to the Scheduler page of the Class Roster to import your schedule! Instructions on how to use this feature are provided on the “Using Scheduler” tool.
Please be mindful once you download the calendar, it will not update automatically if any changes are made thereafter (you will need to re-download the calendar after updates are implemented).