Course Preview Period

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Before the Term Begins

Finding and enrolling in courses at the start of each academic term can be both exciting and challenging. Many factors enter into course choice: concentration requirements, workload, scheduling, as well as exploring new fields and questions. Course Preview Period provides you with the resources and events to find and select interesting courses, while also giving you the time, before classes officially start, to plan your schedules and meet with your academic advisers.

In lieu of Shopping Period (or Early Shopping) for Spring 2022, Course Preview Period begins on January 14, 2022, before classes start. The Preview Period offers students a chance to explore course options, attend synchronous and asynchronous course events, and enroll in courses.

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Key Facts and Dates

On January 10, 2022, Crimson Carts open. On this date, you will be able to add courses from the my.harvard Course Catalog into your Crimson Cart and begin submitting any necessary petitions for individual courses.

On January 12, 2022, Course Registration begins. On this date, you will be able to enroll in any approved courses in your Crimson Cart. You must meet with your first-year, sophomore, or concentration adviser between January 12 and the course registration deadline on January 20, 2022 in order to release the electronic advising hold and enroll in courses.

The Spring 2022 Course Preview Period dates are January 14, 2022 - January 20, 2022. On these dates, you will be able to explore courses you are interested in, attend synchronous events, view asynchronous resources, and begin to submit petitions and enroll in courses.

January 18, 2022 is generally the deadline to enroll in course lotteries and limited enrollment courses. You will be notified of most results the following day (January 19). Check department websites and course canvas pages for specific deadlines.

January 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET is the deadline for course registration. You must enroll in your minimum course load, typically 16 credits (equivalent to four Harvard 4-credit courses), and complete required petitions. Any student that submits their enrollment after this deadline will incur a charge of $40.00 per week until their enrollment is submitted.

On Monday, January 24, 2022, classes begin, following a Monday schedule.

Though Course Preview Period and Course Registration will occur before the start of classes, you will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule during Add/Drop period, which runs from Friday, January 21 through Tuesday, February 22, 2022, the Fifth Monday of the term. From Friday, January 21 - Monday, February 7, 2022 (Third Monday), you may add or drop a course without paying a fee. After February 7, 2022, you can still add or drop a course until the official Add/Drop deadline on Monday, February 22, 2022, with a fee

For a complete list of Spring 2022 academic calendar dates, visit the FAS Registrar's Office website.

For detailed instructions on how to browse, register, and enroll in courses on my.harvard, visit Harvard University Information Technology's (HUIT) Help website.

Exploring and Selecting Courses

Course Exploration and Selection

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Academic Advising Conversations

You have an expansive advising network that is willing to support you in your course planning and enrollment.

You are required to meet with your first-year, sophomore, or concentration adviser prior to the course registration deadline (January 20, 2022). You will be unable to enroll in courses until your adviser approves the courses in your Crimson Cart and lifts the Advising Hold. When meeting with advisers, you may find it helpful to bring any questions or concerns that you have about courses, concentrations, grading, or requirements.

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Course Registration

You must register for courses via my.harvard in order to receive academic credit. For Spring 2022, you can begin enrolling in courses on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, and the deadline to complete enrollment is Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Course registration is not complete until you have enrolled in your minimum required course load. Typically, this minimum course load is 16 credits, or four Harvard 4-credit courses. Any required petitions for course lotteries, cross-registration, or Independent Study must be approved by the course registration deadline or the Add/Drop deadline.

For more information about course registration, visit the Registrar’s Office site. For detailed instructions and an overview on how to browse, register, and enroll in courses on my.harvard, visit Harvard University Information Technology's (HUIT) Help website..

Course Registration