Prepare for Course Registration

Each semester the Office of the Registrar sets enrollment appointment times for all undergraduate students. You may view your registration time by selecting the Enrollment Date tab in the Student Center on Albert. (Summer and January terms do not require registration appointments. You may register as soon as registration becomes available for those semesters).

Students in good academic standing with no administrative holds and who have obtained adviser approval are eligible to register for courses during registration periods. 

You should follow these steps in preparation for registration.

1. Update or Verify Emergency Contact Information

You are required to enter emergency contact information, which includes a cell phone number and an emergency contact. You will not be able to register for classes or use Albert until you enter this information.

You should also confirm that your personal information (e.g., home address) listed in Albert is accurate. You may update information that is incorrect or has changed in your Student Center.

2. Check for Registration Holds

The University blocks registration for students who are not in compliance with certain regulations (e.g., state immunization regulations) or who have an outstanding tuition balance, etc., by placing a hold on the student's record.

You may view all holds by clicking the General Info tab in your Student Center in Albert. If a hold appears, click on details and follow the instructions provided to resolve the hold. If you do not, you will not be able to register. 

3. Develop a Proposed Schedule of Classes

Use the schedule of classes spreadsheet or the Course Search function in Albert to find classes. You will be assigned into the lecture, recitation, and workshop for Global Perspectives on Society, and students continuing in Foundations of Science will be enrolled into this set of classes one week prior to the enrollment period. When viewing the search results, be sure to do the following:

  • Write down the class number of each proposed course on the registration worksheet, because you will need it to register.
  • Read the departmental notes to determine if there are any course prerequisites or registration restrictions.
  • Record your proposed schedule as a draft and bring it with you to your advising meeting for your adviser’s review.

4. Meet with Your Adviser

Make an appointment with your adviser ahead of time using the advising scheduling system. Remember to bring a copy of your proposed schedule to the advising meeting. All students are required to obtain adviser approval in Albert prior to registration.

5. Add Courses to Shopping Cart in Albert

Following your meeting with your adviser, go into Albert and add desired courses to your Shopping Cart. This will make the registration process much easier and faster. Be sure to select courses that do not have conflicting times and in which you are eligible to enroll. For assistance with the Shopping Cart feature of Albert, please review the following instructions:

  • Overall Albert Course Enrollment Instructions: Click here.
  • Instructions for using the Edit/Swap Function to swap from an enrolled course into a Wait-listed course: Click here.
  • Instructions for using the Swap Function to swap from an enrolled course into a new course: Click here.

6. Register for Classes

Register for the courses approved by your adviser on or after the registration appointment date and time. For assistance with the Albert registration process, please refer to the following instructions:

  • Overall Albert Course Enrollment Instructions: Click here.
  • Instructions for using the Edit/Swap Function to swap from an enrolled course into a Wait-listed course: Click here.
  • Instructions for using the Swap Function to swap from an enrolled course into a new course: Click here.

Find more information about preparing for course registration on the NYU Shanghai Academic Advising Exploring Majors & Registering for Classes Website.