Fall Registration Instructions
The Course Preference Form will open in early June and must be submitted by 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Incoming students are registered for courses for the fall semester by their first-year advisors. Students complete a Course Preference Form (CPF) in the month of June to indicate their intended major and their preferred courses for the fall semester only. Students will register themselves in November for a different set of courses for the spring semester.
In July, advisors use the information from the CPF to select appropriate courses for each student. Advisors register students for courses based on their intended major, credit by examination, language placement exam scores, course availability, and course times. Students will be registered for any courses that are required in the first semester for their major, but they may not always be registered for their preferred choice for other courses.
Schedules are available to view on Inside ND in August and students can make changes to their schedules beginning on the Monday of Welcome Weekend.
Before you complete the CPF, review the following areas of our website:
Once you have reviewed these pages and read the instructions below, complete the CPF.
Enter the requested personal information in the spaces provided.
Select the major you currently intend to pursue.
Make sure to indicate in the spaces provided if you are considering a health profession or if you are considering any other majors besides the one you select from the drop down menu.
Your choice of major will guide your choices for Quantitative Reasoning, Science and Technology, and other courses. You do not have to select the major you selected on your application, and you can change your intended major at any time during your first year.
Only students who were pre-approved for the Mendoza College of Business at the time of admission can select Business as their intended major. Other students who are interested in Business should select a different major on the CPF and write that they are considering Mendoza in the box provided. Students not pre-approved for Mendoza will have the opportunity after the first semester to apply for an internal transfer to Mendoza.
Students in Mendoza follow a common curriculum in the first two years and do not declare their majors until the second semester of sophomore year. Therefore, students pre-approved for Mendoza select BA-NONE on the CPF. Students cannot select the Mendoza majors such as Finance or Accounting on the CPF.
Students who were pre-approved for Mendoza but who want to explore other majors can select a non-Business major on the CPF. In the spring semester, these students will decide whether to enter Mendoza or decline their pre-approval and transfer to another college or school.
Please note that the Global Affairs supplementary major offered by the Keough School cannot be selected on the Course Preference Form. If you are interested in this major, write “Global Affairs” in the box provided.
Enter information about standardized test scores.
Your standardized test scores that we have already received will appear in a table in the second section of the CPF.
For every AP, IB, and SAT II exam for which Notre Dame grants credit and for the online Notre Dame language placement exams, you need to do one of the following:
Write your score (if you took the exam and have received your score)
Select “I didn’t take this exam”
Select “Score not yet received”
Do not wait until you get the results from standardized tests to turn in your CPF. Select the courses you want to take, and your advisor will adjust your choices when your exam results are received if necessary.
Select your preferred courses.
Your preferences will be solicited in these five categories. When you select a major, the CPF will limit your choices for some of these categories as appropriate. For instance, if you select an Engineering major, EG 10111 (Introduction to Engineering Systems 1) will be your only choice for Course 5.
Do not select a course more than once on the CPF. For instance, do not select ECON 10010 as all three of your choices for Course 4. If you select a course once, your advisor will know that you want to take it. You are not more likely to be registered for a course if you select it more than once.
Course 1: Writing Requirement
Click here for an explanation of the Core Curriculum Writing Requirement.
Course 2: Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
Click here for an explanation of the math courses required by some colleges, schools, and majors. Students who are not taking a Quantitative Reasoning course in the first semester should list three additional choices for courses in the comments box at the bottom of the CPF.
Course 3: Science and Technology Requirement
Click here for an explanation of the science courses required by some colleges, schools, and majors. Students who are not taking a Science and Technology course in the first semester should list three additional choices for courses in the comments box at the bottom of the CPF.
Course 4: Core, Major, or Elective Course
Select three different courses that interest you. These courses can be Core courses, major courses, or electives.
Course 5: Core, Major, or Elective Course
If your college or major requires a specific course in the first year, it will populate automatically. Click here for courses required in the first year besides math and science.
If your college or major does not require a specific course, you can select three different courses that interest you. These courses can be Core courses, major courses, or electives. Do not select the same courses that you selected for Course 4.
Note: All first-year students take FYS 10101, the first course in the Moreau First Year Experience two-course sequence, in the first semester. You do not have to select this course on your CPF. You may select ROTC as a sixth course on the form, but if you elect to take an ROTC course, you will take it in addition to FYS 10101 and your other courses.
Select voluntary courses and language and write comments.
You may select voluntary one-credit courses in the final section of the CPF. If you elect to take one of these voluntary courses, you will take it in addition to FYS 10101 and your other courses. You will only be registered for one of these courses, even if you select more than one. You can use the comments box at the bottom of the CPF to indicate your order of preference for voluntary courses if you select more than one.
If you are trying out for marching band, click the appropriate box.
You can register for music lessons and ensembles once you get to campus.
Using the drop down menu, select which language (or none) you intend to study at Notre Dame.
Use the comments box at the bottom of the page to provide clarification of your choices, to list more courses that you are interested in taking, or to note any special circumstances. If you have questions, call or email First Year Advising. Do not write questions in the comments box.