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.
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:
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.
Follow these steps to register for courses:
All Graduate students must register within the first three weeks of each academic term by logging into the LEARN System. This includes:
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 I=Incomplete; AUD=Audit; W=Withdrawn, EX=Except; NG=Non-graded Course; WIP=Work in Progress
Questions or concerns regarding registration? Please contact the Office of the Registrar:
1300 York Avenue, Room C-118, New York, NY 10462.
If a student believes that there is a credible basis to assert that a course evaluation, including examination and narrative assessment, rotation or annual committee report, or grade awarded does not reflect the student’s objective course/laboratory performance, the student must first seek the guidance of the course director or program director, respectively. This must be done within 30 days of the posting of the grade or submission of the report to the student’s file. If a discussion with the course director/program director does not resolve the issue, the student must present the concerns in writing to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for a request for review of the grade or evaluation no later than 45 calendar days following the posting of the grade or report. Grades/evaluations may not be appealed after this 45-day deadline has passed. The student should set forth the reasons for his or her request for review of the grade/evaluation. In consultation with the faculty involved, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs has discretion to request documents and relevant information that would be needed to conduct a full and fair assessment of the evaluation or grade under review. The Dean shall determine a final resolution, and communicate this to the student and to the appropriate course director/PI within 30 days of the request for evaluation/grade review.
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.
Fall 2019 Cornell Tech courses that have been opened to registration by WCGS students (pending space availability).
The Registrar’s Office will be disseminating information in the next few weeks regarding registration for Cornell Tech classes via email. Please keep an eye out for the email. You may direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.