This is the place to begin your academic life at Cornell by starting with some basics. You will build your schedule according to the first semester expectations of your major. We’ll help by enrolling you in the Human Ecology courses required by your major; use the department links below to learn more about first-semester course options.
During orientation you will have opportunities to work with advisors to finalize your schedule. Many students make schedule changes as the semester begins. The decisions you make now can be refined as you continue to gain understanding of the options – and your own priorities. That’s what orientation is for, so come prepared to think with us about how you will begin this journey.
Please read the academic policy information included here to familiarize yourself with the work of your first semesters on campus.
You will enroll in Fall 2013 classes from July 10-19. We'll get you started by enrolling you in Human Ecology courses specifically required by your major. Consult these links to Human Ecology majors to determine which other courses to enroll in for your first semester.
- Biology & Society
- Design & Environmental Analysis
- Human Biology, Health & Society
- Human Development
- Nutritional Sciences
- Policy Analysis & Management
- Fiber Science & Apparel Design
- Here is some general advice to help you think about your schedule.
After making your other course selections, you will ballot for a First-Year Writing Seminar by July 21. Your FWS course requests must be compatible with the meeting times of your other course work.
You may make course changes during the add/drop period beginning on August 26. By that date you will have met with advisors who will assist you in finalizing your decisions about fall courses.
- Human Ecology Advanced Placement Cheat Sheet
- Enrolling in Classes
- Enrollment FAQ
- Video tutorials on How to Search, How to Add and How to Drop Classes
All students are expected to complete a minimum of 12 academic credits each semester; PE is not included. Note that you must complete the First-Year Writing requirement by the end of your second semester. Additionally, you must complete at least 5 credits of Human Ecology coursework by the end of the first year of enrollment and 12 credits by the end of the second year.
We strongly encourage students to choose a major
If you are thinking of completing requirements for application to medical school, plan to attend our premed orientation on August 27. In the meantime, consult this advice for premed students.
Check out the Orientation Schedule.
Advising and Counseling in Human Ecology
Information in support of personal and academic growth of Human Ecology students.
Academic Policy related to your first semesters at Cornell.
Learning Strategies Center
The University provides extensive academic support resources for all students.