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The Office of the Registrar for the Graduate School at Weill Cornell Medical College is the official custodian of unabridged student academic records past, present and future. The Registrar's staff plans and conducts student-registration, maintains and updates academic records, interprets and applies academic policies, and verifies enrollment and Master and Doctoral degrees awarded.
Academic curriculum policies are administered by the individual programs.
Establishing registration status:
Registration is the first step in your study at Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS). Once registered with the WCGS, you will have established your student status and be able to use Weill Cornell’s many resources. You must be registered each Fall and Spring Term until you finish your degree or withdraw from the program. You do not have to register if you are granted a leave of absence. The Office of the Registrar determines student registration status. In order to be considered a registered student, a student must:
- Enroll in at least one course, or enroll in a graduate Dissertation/Thesis Research course
Changing your registration status:
You must notify WCGS and the Registrar’s Office if you wish to withdraw, take a leave of absence, or otherwise cease to be registered.
Enrolling in Courses:
Follow these steps to register for courses:
- Review current course offerings and other important registration instructions posted here.
- Fall Term (Quarter I and II) – September to January
- Spring Term (Quarter III and IV) – January to June
- Summer Term (Quarter V) – June to September
- Log into LEARN, the on-line registration system;
- Use the step by step instructions on How to Register for courses;
- Review the Lab Rotation List before registering in LEARN;
- All PhD new incoming students must register and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Course (RCRP 9010) during their first Fall Term
All Graduate students must register within the first three weeks of each academic term by logging into the LEARN System. This includes:
- All PhD students, even those who have completed their required course work and are taking strictly “Dissertation/Thesis Research;”
- All MD/PhD students who are in their WCGS PhD degree phase, even those who have completed their required coursework and are taking strictly “Dissertation/Thesis Research;”
Anyone that is not full admitted into the Graduate School, but seeking to take PhD level course please contact the Registrar’s Office on how to apply as a Non-Degree Graduate Student.
Students are permitted to audit a course, whereby they regularly attend classes without participating in all graded aspects of the course. Students must obtain approval from the course director and their home department, before they may audit a course. The audited course will appear on the student’s transcript as AU. Deadlines to declare an audit and to add/drop a course are outlined in the academic calendar. Students may not audit a course and later retake the same course for credit. Courses taken as an audit do not fulfill program degree requirements.
The Graduate School does not use a credit or a GPA grading scale. Check with individual Graduate Programs for other grading policies specific to the Program.
Presently grades are recorded as follows:
H=Honors; HP=High Pass; LP=Low Pass; P=Pass, F=Fail. I=Incomplete; AUD=Audit; W=Withdrawn, EX=Except; NG=Non-graded Course; WIP=Work in Progress
- Incompletes: A professor may assign an Incomplete to students who do not finish all of the course work by the end of the course, in order to allow time to finish. However, this is at the discretion of the professor. The professor may instead deduct unfinished work from your final course grade.
- Dropping Courses: Review the Academic Calendar for the last day to drop a course without having a Withdrawn posted on a transcript.
Questions or concerns regarding registration? Please contact the Office of the Registrar:
1300 York Avenue, Room C-118, New York, NY 10462.
MEDICAL SCHOOL COURSES
WCGS graduate students are invited to enroll in some Weill Cornell Medicine MD courses. These courses can help to enrich one’s graduate school training experience by providing stronger translational context for biomedical science research. Credit for such courses, and whether they can be counted towards one’s elective requirements, are discussed for each course on its webpage.
The following courses are available:
WCGS students are welcome to take courses at Cornell Tech (space permitting). Courses should be relevant for your training and discussed and approved by your program director and/or thesis advisor prior to registration.
To view the Cornell Tech course offerings, go to:
classes.cornell.edu -> choose Computer Science -> choose Location = Cornell Tech
To be placed on the list to register for a Cornell Tech course for the coming semester, please email Nini Khvedeliani indicating the course name, course number, your name, and your degree program. Please also include a completed registration form. We will know of the course availability shortly after January 17, at which point you will be notified of your registration status.
Weill Cornell Graduate School offers several opportunities for Weill Cornell PhD students to take courses at another campus through Exchange Programs, with the recommendation and approval from the student’s Program Director.
Scholarly Exchange Program: This includes one or two semesters in residence at another major research university participating in the Exchange Scholar Program (Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, M.I.T., Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania or Yale). To be eligible, you should have completed at least one year. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School a minimum of two months before your intended period of study.
You may also attend a course or two at a nearby college or university that may or may not fulfill an academic requirement that cannot be met at Weill Cornell. WCGS currently has established affiliations and agreements with CUNY-Graduate Center, The Rockefeller University Graduate Program, Grestner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Hunter College.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar:
1300 York Avenue, Room C-118, New York, NY 10462.