Enrolling in Courses

Students may enroll in 100/1000-level or 200/2000-level courses, which are letter-graded courses of instruction, or for 300/3000-level courses, which may be individual courses of reading and research, graduate seminars, or direction of the dissertation. Courses at the 300/3000 level are graded only satisfactory (SAT) or unsatisfactory (UNS) at the discretion of the academic department. Students enroll in courses equaling 16 credits. 

  • Degree candidates may register for up to six courses (24 credits) in each term without paying additional tuition at the per-course rate.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to not enroll in courses that meet at the same time or overlapping times.
  • A graduate student may enroll in courses labeled “Primarily for Undergraduates” with instructor approval; normally, these courses will not count toward the minimum course requirements for a higher degree.
  • Students may enroll in language courses with the permission of the instructor on a SAT/UNS basis (see the Academic Calendar for deadline) after petitioning for change of grading status through the Registrar's Office. Language courses taken on a SAT/UNS basis may not count toward the minimum course requirements for a higher degree.
  • Students may audit courses with the permission of the instructors concerned.

Students Departing Mid-Term

Students who intend to spend a portion of an academic term or year on campus and who plan to be away from campus for more than 50 percent of an academic term or year should apply to be a non-resident student.

CONTACT INFO

Registrar's Office
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 450
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: 617-495-1543
Fax: 617-495-0815

Office Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Policy Forms

Petition to Add/Withdraw