- online make-up placement exams (for students who missed the summer online placement exams), particularly in languages and math
- application period for First-Year Seminars (for first-year students)
- application period for limited-enrollment courses (for all students)
- preregistration deadline (for all students)
► Dates, deadlines, and a full calendar may be found on the University Registrar’s Office’s Registration Resources website.
The early registration period also features an advising period, generally the week prior to the deadline for students to submit their early registration schedules.
Starting a few weeks before the end of a term, as your first-year advisees begin reflecting on the term that’s coming to a close and thinking ahead to the term to come, they will benefit from an encouraging email from you, should you care to send one. You might offer your help, or perhaps suggest a lunchtime meeting or a coffee break (virtual or in-person, depending on the health and safety conditions) to discuss study strategies. You might also direct them to the midterm and final exam study tips in the Courses and Majors section of this website, which contains study and test-taking tips developed for first-year students in their first term at Yale.
Distributional Requirements for the First Year
First-year students need 8 credits for promotion at the end of the second term of enrollment.
Also by the end of the second term of enrollment, students must have enrolled for
- at least one course credit in two of the three skills categories (WR, QR, and foreign language) in order to be eligible for promotion to sophomore standing
Note that course credit from outside Yale may not be applied toward the distributional requirements for the first year.
For details regarding the distributional requirement for the bachelor’s degree and the milestones students must meet along the way, see Distributional Requirements in the Yale College Programs of Study.
The Credit/D/Fail option was established to encourage experimentation and to promote diversity in students’ programs of study. Complete information about this option is contained in the Yale College Programs of Study. Some of the pertinent restrictions are the following:
- Up to six of the thirty-six credits required for the bachelor’s degree may be earned under the Credit/D/Fail option (two of those six must be used during the first year and expire at the end of the “freshman” year)
- However, no course credit earned on a Credit/D/Fail basis may be applied toward satisfaction of the distributional requirements.
- No more than two credits per term may be taken under the Credit/D/Fail option, and at least two credits must be taken for letter grades each term.
For other guidelines, including new rules governing when during the term students may elect the Credit/D/Fail option, see Credit/D/Fail Option.
Deadlines and Academic Options to Keep in Mind
• The election of a new course after the end of add/drop period is ordinarily not permitted. On advice of an instructor, however, a student may change course levels (e.g., from French 140 down to French 130 or up to French 150).
• Students may withdraw from a course at any time before the first day of reading period. If the withdrawal takes place by midterm, the student’s transcript will not show that the student was enrolled in the course. Withdrawal after midterm results in the assignment of a “W” (Withdraw) on the transcript.
• If students have questions about acceleration, refer them to the residential college dean.
Science, Engineering, and Premedical Students
Students interested in the sciences or engineering and students wishing to pursue a premedical program often need special advice. In these cases it is recommended that, in the second term of enrollment, such students elect the DUS of their prospective major as their adviser.
Students interested in the health care professions will find helpful information and advice from the Health Professions Advisory Program.
International Experience Options
Yale actively encourages students to gain international experience in the course of their undergraduate careers and has many avenues for pursuing this option. From a term or year abroad, to a summer of language study or internship abroad, Yale has advising and financial resources to help students gain exposure to the broader world. The advisers in the Office of International Education and Fellowship Programs can help students define their interests and find programs or funding that will benefit them.
As a college adviser to first-years, you can assist in this process by reminding your advisees that they should continue their language study if at all possible to maximize the likelihood that such opportunities will be available to them. You might also remind them that courses taken abroad in the sophomore year may be used to fulfill distributional and major requirements, so studying abroad need not mean a break in progress toward the degree.
Yale Summer Session also provides many international experience options for the summer between the first year and the sophomore year; all YSS courses automatically appear on the Yale College transcript.