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Registration & Advising

Questions about pre-registering and registering? Email Pauline Saavedra, assistant dean of studies, at pasaavedra@vassar.edu

We strongly recommend that you pre-register for courses before arriving at Vassar. Courses sometimes fill up quickly, so please make your selections as soon as possible. Your selections can be revised after you arrive at Vassar during the add/drop period starting on the first day of classes.

Once the assistant dean has received your official transcript, including spring grades, she will send you an assessment of your transfer credits/units. Please note that this may change if and when she receives official AP, IB, and/or A-Level transcripts. You do not need to know the total number of transfer units you will receive in order to pre-register.

During Orientation, you will meet with a pre-major advisor in the Dean of Studies Office who will help you finalize your registration.

Pre-Registration Instructions

To pre-register by July 5, follow the instructions below.

I. Selecting Courses:

  • To view course descriptions, please look at the “Vassar Catalogue.”
  • To review course availability, please look at “ASK BANNER.”
  • Click on a specific department title in Schedule of Classes box for the most up-to-date course information on courses and enrollment status. 
  • The yellow-shaded courses still have space available.
  • Using the Pre-Registration for New Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange Students form, fill in your course selections—up to five in order of preference—and click on the "submit" button.  Please note that it may not be possible for you to be registered in all of your selections.

II. Abbreviations

  • Courses designated ‘YL’ (year-long) require that students complete the second half of the course in order to receive credit for the first half.
  • Courses designated ‘SP’ (special permission) require the approval of the course instructor so you will need to wait until you arrive at Vassar before you can obtain the appropriate signature. You should still select a course or two if they are needed in the pursuit of your major. However, you will not be officially registered in the course until you obtain the signature.
  • ‘WL’ (waitlisted) refers to the number of students waiting to get into a class that is already at full capacity on the chance that someone will drop out of the course, at which time the next person on the waitlist can fill that empty space. If a course already has a rather long waitlist, it is recommended that you make an alternative selection. If a course you particularly want has a short waitlist, you may list it, and you will be added to the waitlist. You may then attend the first class to see if space has opened up so that you can be officially enrolled.
  • Courses marked with “FR” in the FR column are designated as First-Year Writing Seminars, and only first-year students are permitted to register in them. All first-year students are required to take at least one First-Year Writing Seminar during the first year.