Registration FAQs


How do I know the course schedule and availability?

The full course schedule is available through the Course Browser. The course browser includes real-time information about open seats, meeting days/times, prerequisites, distribution requirements, and course descriptions.


What does add/drop mean?

The term “add/drop” refers to the first month of the semester, when you can change your schedule online. If a course has available seats and doesn’t require instructor permission, you may add it during the designated add period. You may drop a course online during the drop period to remove it from your schedule. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific add/drop deadlines.


How do I register?

All students register online using Workday. Directions for registering online are available under the Student Self-Service tab in your MyWellesley portal.


How many courses should I register for?

During the initial registration period, students may register for a maximum of 4.75 units (4 courses). During the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester, upperclassfolk may register for a maximum of 5.75 units (5 courses).

Firstyear students may register for a maximum of 4.75 units (4 courses) in the Fall semester. Firstyear students who wish to overload on courses for their Spring semester must first obtain their Class Dean's permission via this online form.


What happens if I can’t get into a course that I really need?

It is important to prepare for registration by selecting several alternative courses/schedules, so you have maximum flexibility during registration. Many introductory courses have multiple sections.


What if I need instructor permission to add a course?

Take a look at the course description in the Course Browser - is there a W in the upper right corner of the expanded view of the course description?

  • Green W means the course has a waitlist managed via the Waitlist App - you may add yourself to the waitlist by clicking on the green W.
  • Red W means the course has a waitlist which the instructor maintains - contact the instructor directly to get on the waitlist.
  • No W means the course does not have a waitlist. Contact the instructor directly to inquire about getting into the course.

What is credit/non?

Credit/non, or credit/no credit, refers to a type of course grading that does not result in a letter grade. Some courses (primarily in the Writing department) are mandatory credit/non and students will receive either a CR (credit) or NCR (no credit) as their final grade.


Should I take a course credit/non?

Students may take a course credit/non for a variety of reasons. See your Class Dean to talk about whether credit/non makes sense for you.

Note: The overall number of courses electively taken Credit/Non are factored into Latin Honors eligibility.


Once I have finished registering, how do I verify my schedule?

Students can view their schedule online via MyWellesley, either by day and time or in detail. The Student Schedule by Day and Time displays schedule by day and time for a week at a glance. The Student Detail Schedule lists the registration status for each course. This may be printed from a browser’s print function using landscape format.

Students can also view their schedule in Workday. Navigate to the Academics worklet, then click View My Courses to see what they are registered for.