Early registration deadlines for Fall 2021 (March 5, 2021)

[Summary: This message summarizes the early registration deadlines for the Fall 2021 term. Faculty are asked to submit expanded course descriptions for Fall 2021 no later than April 5; the application period for limited enrollment courses will take place from April 6-21; early registration will take place from May 3-28; and a second registration period will take place in August. This schedule leaves the months of June and July free from registration-related responsibilities, allowing faculty to devote that time to research and other activities.]

To: FAS Faculty and other faculty teaching in Yale College  

Cc: FAS Steering, FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Department Registrars, Lead Administrators, Operations Managers and Chairs Assistants; Yale College Dean’s Office; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office; Registrar’s Office   

Dear colleagues, 

As we near the anniversary of our Covid-related adjustments, we reiterate our gratitude for your extraordinary efforts: your commitment as faculty has enabled our students to continue learning and has sustained our intellectual community. Thank you. 

As we wrote in June and October, the pandemic accelerated a long-planned shift to an early registration system for Yale College. We are grateful for the work that you did in the summer and fall that made it possible to introduce early registration this year. We are now beginning the early registration process for Fall 2021 courses. Below you will find a list of key course registration dates. Additional details will be provided in a memo from the Registrar. 

We realize that this schedule may feel compressed, but it is necessary to begin early registration for limited enrollment courses in early April if we wish to leave June and July free for research and other activities. The schedule below was developed in consultation with students, faculty, and staff to balance carefully the needs and priorities of our multiple communities. 

Please keep in mind the following dates: 

Deadline for expanded course descriptions: April 5, 2021  

The deadline for completing expanded course descriptions in Canvas is April 5, 2021. (This early deadline is the keystone to a schedule that allows the bulk of early registration to take place prior to the summer, enabling faculty to have a true break from registration- and advising-related work during June and July.) 

Application period for limited enrollment courses: April 6-21, 2021

The student application period for courses with limited enrollments will take place from April 6-21, 2021. How the application process works for limited-enrollment courses is largely up to individual departments and to individual instructors. If you are unsure if your department or program runs a centralized process, please contact your DUS. 

Early registration period: May 3-28, 2021

Early registration for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will take place from May 3-28, 2021. Again, by offering early registration in May, we hope to enable faculty to have a break from registration-related activities during June and July. 

August registration period: Mid-August, dates TBD

Each year, there are numerous changes to the teaching schedule that take place between April and August. Units with faculty searches in progress, for instance, will not yet have a full picture of course offerings. A second round of registration will take place in the late summer, at which time students will be able to register for any newly-scheduled courses. Our incoming first year class also will register for their courses at that time. 

In the coming days, further information on registration for the 2021-2022 academic year will be provided by the University Registrar’s Office.  

Thank you again for your dedication to our students, and for all of your efforts as we prepare for the coming year. 

With gratitude, 

Tamar, Marvin, Lynn 

Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Marvin Chun
Dean of Yale College

Lynn Cooley
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Registration for 2021-2022: Key spring dates

  • Friday, March 19. Deadline for new course proposals to be submitted to Course of Study Committee in CIM for courses to be included in the initial publication of Yale Course Search 
  • Wednesday, March 31. Deadline for departments to update offerings in WEN for courses to be included in the initial publication of Yale Course Search
  • Thursday, April 1. Yale Course Search goes live
  • Monday, April 5. Deadline for instructors to complete Expanded Course Description in Canvas 
  • April 6-21: Application period for students to apply to limited-enrollment courses
  • April 30: Deadline for departments or instructors to inform students who applied to limited-enrollment courses
  • May 3: Early Registration opens
  • May 28: Early Registration closes