Registration FAQs

Registration FAQ for Students

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 period of open registration after initial registration, when students can add, drop, and waitlist for courses in Workday. If a course has available seats and doesn’t require instructor permission, students may add it during the designated add period. Students may drop a course online during the drop period to remove it from their 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.

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?

  • Blue W means the course has a Workday Waitlist - it becomes active when a course fills. To put themselves on the waitlist students need to attempt to register for the course in Workday.
  • Green W means the course has an Alternative Waitlist - students may add themselves to the waitlist by clicking on the green W and ranking the course sections in order of their preference.
  • No W means the course does not have a waitlist. Contact the instructor directly to inquire about getting into the course.
  • Permission: Instructor Permission Required (in red at the bottom of the course description) - students must contact the instructor directly to inquire about a seat in the course.
What is Credit/Non?

Credit/Non-Credit, or Credit/Non, 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.