Office of the Registrar

Registration Information

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Pre-Registration for Continuing Students

Continuing students pre-register for spring semester courses in mid-November, and for fall semester courses in mid-April. All currently enrolled CMC students who plan to attend Claremont McKenna College in the future terms should pre-register at their appointed day and time. Students who cannot register at their assigned day or time may do so at a later time, but they may not register early. The course schedule will be available online beginning at least two weeks in advance of pre-registration. Specific registration information, including registration appointment date and time, will be conveyed to students via email at least two weeks in advance of pre-registration. Pre-registration appointment windows are open for 24 hours from the assigned date and time. Registration opens for all students following the conclusion of the last pre-registration appointment.

Open Registration

Registration windows open and close to accommodate academic policies and new student orientation. Registration opens for all continuing and returning students following the conclusion of pre-registration. In fall, registration for spring remains open through the add deadline in spring, which is the 10th instructional day of the semester. In spring, registration for fall remains open until late summer, at which time registration will close to allow the incoming class to register for their first semester of classes. At the conclusion of freshman registration, registration will re-open for all students until the add deadline in fall, which is the 10th instructional day of the semester.

New Student Registration

First-Year Registration

New students entering CMC in the fall semester register for classes for the first time at the conclusion of new student orientation before fall classes start. Over the summer, incoming first-year students will be registered for a portion of the first-semester course load in courses such as by-invitation-only courses. New students will be assigned a 2-hour registration window before classes start, during which time only new students are able to register and make schedule changes. Once classes start, registration opens for all students.

First-year students entering CMC mid-year are offered a registration opportunity in January before spring classes begin.

Transfer Registration

Transfer students work closely with Registrar’s Office staff to determine their first semester schedule. Once transfer evaluations are complete during the summer and course recommendations made, transfer students send course preferences to the Registrar’s Office. To ease the transition to CMC, Registrar’s Office staff register transfer students over the summer leading up to the start of the first semester at CMC. After classes begin, transfer students use the student portal to make schedule changes and register for all subsequent semesters at CMC.

Preparing for Registration

Get Advisor Clearance

All students must obtain advisor clearance in order to register for classes. Your advisor must clear you to register via his/her faculty portal system. Many advisors like to meet with you in person to discuss your classes and your plans going forward. For other advisors, an email conversation will suffice. Make sure to initiate the conversation with your advisor well in advance of your pre-registration appointment. You will not be able to obtain clearance from anyone other than your very own academic advisor.

Clear Any Holds

If you have a hold on your registration from Student Accounts, Financial Aid, the Library, or any other campus office, make sure to clear that hold prior to your registration appointment. If you have a hold in place, you will not be able to pre-register for courses or make changes to your schedule during open registration periods. Contact the office that placed the hold to determine what you need to do to resolve the issue.

Obtain Instructor PERMission as Needed

The PERM (Permission to Enroll Registration Management) system allows faculty to manage registration in their courses. The PERM system is available to students and faculty using the portal as soon as the course schedule is available for any given semester. There are many conditions under which a student may need to obtain permission to enroll in a course, including:

  • If the student does not meet the course requirements or pre-requisites,
  • If the course is full,
  • If there are cross-registration restrictions on the course that exclude the student,
  • If the instructor wants to individually approve every student wishing to take a course,
  • Pre-registration has concluded. *

* Most courses require instructor permission once pre-registration ends and registration reopens for all students.

Requesting PERMission does not automatically guarantee the student a seat in the course. There are a number of occasions when faculty may not grant permission, and there are different levels of approval. Faculty may:

  • Approve the PERM as long as there are open seats in the course,
  • Approve the PERM even if the course is closed, **
  • Approve the PERM until a specified expiration date,
  • Deny the PERM,
  • Rescind approval of a previously approved PERM,
  • Upgrade or downgrade approval level, or
  • Ignore the PERM entirely.

** In fall, there is a hard-cap limit to each course that prevents all further enrollments regardless of what level of PERM approval is granted.

Complete Forms

Some courses require a form to register. Senior thesis, independent studies, internships (web form), courses that require auditions, music lessons, and CGU courses all require a special form in order to sign up for the course. Just complete the appropriate forms and bring them to the Registrar’s Office at or after your pre-registration appointment. If you need assistance for any reason, you are welcome to come into the Registrar’s Office at or after your pre-registration appointment for help.

Note for seniors: You do not have to register for your senior thesis during pre-registration. Senior Thesis Topic Forms are accepted until the Add Deadline each semester.

Off-Campus Study

Students accepted for off-campus study or exchange programs next semester should not pre-register for courses at CMC unless their plans may change. Registrations for these students will be deleted two weeks prior to the start of the semester, unless they have notified the Registrar's Office that they will be attending CMC next semester.