New students will have several opportunities to ultimately enroll in four full credit couses for Fall 2017.

  • First-Year Student Learning & Living Seminar Registration (June)
  • Pre-Registration Planning (July)
  • Pre-Registration Adjustment (August/September)
  • Drop/Add (September)

In addition to the above registration periods, new students will also need to complete the following tasks to assist in course registration and the assigning of a faculty advisor.

  • Academic Interest Questionnaire (June)
  • Placement Exams (June)
  • Pre-Registration Adjustment Preparation (August)
  • Academic Forum (Orientation)
  • Group Advising Meeting (Orientation)
  • Individual Advising Meeting (Orientation)
  • Academic Forum
    As part of Orientation, the Academic Forum will take place on Thursday, August 31. Faculty representatives will be available during the Forum to discuss major admission, major requirements and pre-requisite override requests.
  • Academic Interest Questionnaire

    The Academic Interest Questionnaire is available until 5pm Thursday, June 29. The online form is available via WesPortal>Orientation Checklist & Resources.

    The Questionnaire is broken down into the following sections:

    • Interests & Goals
    • Academic Interests --- Majors
    • Pre-Health Requirements

    This information will assist in assigning your faculty advisor, as well as providing valuable information to your class dean and faculty advisor and is a required submission.

    We will do our best to assign a faculty advisor who is teaching one of your courses or with whom you share an academic interest.

    For questions, contact:

    First-year students --- Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2021, at, 860-685-2758.
    Sophomore transfers --- David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2020, at, 860-685-2757.
    Junior transfers --- Jennifer P. Wood, Dean for the Class of 2019, at, 860-685-2758.

  • Advising Guidelines

    Exploration is a hallmark of liberal learning.  Take your first year at Wesleyan to explore the rich and exciting curriculum, a curriculum that will continue to broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the world and the nature of knowledge as you move forward.  Discovering new intellectual realms and methodologies while diving deeper into those you love allows you to develop new perspectives and hone your academic skills.  The hard part will be to narrow down the courses you want to take, so it is important to think carefully about how to craft a well-balanced and manageable course schedule across the disciplines that both highlights and stretches your intellectual curiosity and creativity.

    Therefore, you should examine the Advising Guidelines while registering for courses. Highlights include:

    • Academic Support and Resources
    • Advising Guidelines for a Balanced Four-Course Schedule
    • Foreign Language Study
    • General Education Expectations
    • Meeting with your Faculty Advisor
    • The Natural Sciences
    • Placement Tests and AP/IB Credit
    • Pre-Registration Planning: Getting Started with WesMaps
    • Structured Majors at a Glance

    If you have questions or concerns as you develop your course plan this summer, you can contact the Academic Peer Advisors at or Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2021, at, 860-685-2758.

  • Advising Videos --- Presented by Wesleyan Faculty & Students

    Professor Ishita Mukerji, faculty member and former academic dean, gives some general advice for incoming students on course selection and advice on starting pathways in the sciences and math for interested students.

    Professor David Schorr, long-time faculty member at Wesleyan, shares with the incoming class the advice he gives to his advisees about course registration.

    Studying Abroad, Wes students who have immersed themselves in languages and cultures around the world discuss their incredibly rewarding experiences.

    Wesvising, faculty from across academic disciplines provide helpful information, tips and FAQs.

  • Contact

    If you have any questions about the registration system, please contact Paul Turenne, Senior Associate Registrar.

    Phone: (860) 685-2352

  • Course Registration Timeline

    12pm Monday, June 5 - 5pm Thursday, June 29

         Academic Interest Questionnaire

         Learning & Living Seminar Registration

         Placement Exams

    9am Monday, July 10 - 5pm Tuesday, August 1

         Pre-Registration Planning

    9am Tuesday, August 22 - 7:59am Friday, September 1

         Pre-Registration Adjustment Preparation

    Thursday, August 31

         Academic Forum

         Group Advising Meeting

         Individual Advising Meeting

    8am - 10am Friday, September 1

         Pre-Registration Adjustment

    8:30am Monday, September 4 - 5pm Friday, September 15


  • Drop/Add

    Drop/Add begins at 8:30am on Monday, September 4 and ends at 5pm on Friday, September 15.

    In order to be eligible to participate in Drop/Add, all students are required to click the 'Enroll Me' button in WesPortal after arriving on campus.

    During this time, students can:

    • submit unranked Drop/Add enrollment requests for instructor approval
    • drop enrolled courses
    • register for tutorial courses and student forums
    • discuss the four full credit course limit with their faculty advisor
    • finalize crosslistings, grading mode and general education designations

    Per the EPC Statement, unless registered students attend the first class meeting or communicate directly with the instructor prior to the first class (in writing, by email or in person), the instructor can drop a student from his/her class list.

    More information is available here.

  • Foreign-Language Study

    Foreign-Language Study is a Good Idea for Every Student!

    We assume if you have reasons to learn a particular language (to study, work, travel, or live abroad or for resources not fully available in English translation), you already know why it is important. Click here to see the reasons to study any language besides English or whatever you regard as your native language.

    Taking foreign-language courses in your first year will also ensure that you are prepared to undertake study abroad if you decide to do so down the road.  Studying abroad is incredibly rewarding, as you will hear from other Wes students who have immersed themselves in languages and cultures around the world.  Checkout the video, as well as the student videos on language-department websites.
  • Group Advising Meeting
    As part of Orientation, you will take part in a Goup Advisor Meeting on Thursday, August 31. During this session, your faculty advisor will discuss advising expectations and schedule individual advising appointments.
  • Individual Advising Meeting
    As part of Orientation, students will have an Individual Advising Meeting on Thursday, August 31. It is important for students to come fully prepared to this meeting, with any schedule changes to discuss. During this session, the faculty advisor and student will review your enrolled courses and agree upon a plan of action for Pre-Reg Adjustment.
  • Learning & Living Seminar Registration

    The Learning & Living Seminar Registration Form is available to new first-year students only 5pm Thursday, June 29.

    The Learning and Living (L&L) Seminar program facilitates an intellectual community by housing first-year students in the same residence halls as their first-year seminar classmates.

    Check out information regarding the L&L program here.

    Each first-year student is encouraged to enroll in one first-year seminar course. L&L seminar courses are a sub-set of the first-year seminar program. Registration for these other first-year seminar courses will occur during July's pre-registration period. For a full listing on first-year seminar courses, click here.

    Once a student is enrolled an L&L seminar, we expect their enthusiastic commitment since housing and faculty advisor assignments are based on this enrollment.

    ENGL150.02 --- American Crazy: Four Myths of Violence and National Identity

    PHIL218.01 --- Personal Identity and Choice

    RELI230.01 --- Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West

    Questions can be directed to Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2021, at, 860-685-2758.

  • Placement Exams

    The online math, music theory and language placement exams are available here.

    All new students interested in taking a math or language course should take the appropriate placement exam before Pre-Reg Planning. Students will only be eligible to rank math and language courses that have required pre-requisites during Pre-Reg Planning in July if they have received the course recommendation based on the placement exam. Therefore, it is important that students complete the appropriate placement exams before June 29.

    Further details are available here.

  • Pre-Registration Adjustment

    The Pre-Reg Adjustment system will be open from 8am - 10am on Friday, September 1.

    The system will open in a staggered order fashion:

    • 8am - students with less than three enrolled full credit courses
    • 9am - students with three or four enrolled full credit courses

    During this time, students can:

    • enroll in available courses
    • drop enrolled courses
    • assign ranked Drop/Add requests
    • submit POI/prereq requests
    • search WesMaps for available courses

    During this time, advisors can:

    • take action electronically/remotely
    • approve enrollments/drops
    • deny enrollments/drops
    • request a discussion regarding enrollments/drops ('See Me' option)
  • Pre-Registration Adjustment Preparation

    Scheduled courses and advisor assignments will be posted and available to students and advisors in WesPortal at 9am on Tuesday, August 22. Pre-Reg Adjustment Preparation will end at 7:59am on Friday, September 1.

    Students should access the adjustment system before their official adjustment time to prepare. Since adjustment is in real time, it is important for students to take the time now to search WesMaps for courses to add to their 'not scheduled' list. Students who wait to find courses risk losing available seats to other students.

    During this time, students can:

    • review course enrollments
    • assign ranked Drop/Add requests
    • submit POI/prereq requests
    • add courses to 'not scheduled' list
    • search WesMaps for courses to pursue during Adjustment and Drop/Add
  • Pre-Registration Planning

    From 9am Monday, July 10 through 5pm Tuesday, August 1, eligible students will build a ranked course plan of Fall courses via WesPortal>Student>Orientation Checklist & Resources>Pre-Registration. Students should consult the resources available below, search for available/appropriate courses in WesMaps and create a ranked plan of seven courses.

    First-year students will also submit a 1-7 ranked plan of first-year seminar courses (excluding the first-year students already enrolled in a Learning & Living first-year seminar).

    All Fall undergraduate courses are available to new students, as long as:

    • there are seats available in the course
    • the student's class bin is NOT equal to 'X'
    • the Permission of Instructor (POI) is NOT required
    • the student meets the course pre-requisites based on the placement exam course recommendations

    After Pre-Reg Planning closes, the ranked plans will be run through a scheduling algorithim that will attempt to enroll each student in their ranked courses.

    Note the following regarding the scheduling algorithim:

    • students can be enrolled in a maximum of four full credit courses, but more if the additional courses are partial credit
    • it is appropriate for ranked plans to include time conflicts, but students will NOT be scheduled into a time conflict
  • Pre-Registration Planning: FAQ

    Adding Courses to ‘Courses Ranked for Scheduling’
    Courses can only be added to this 1-7 ranked list via the individual course pages in WesMaps. Here is an example on how to add courses to your ranked plan: 1. In the upper frame (WesMaps), click 'Astronomy'. 2. Click 'Courses Offered'. 3. Click 'ASTR105-01'. 4. Click 'Add to My Courses'.

    AP/Placement Tests
    Students are advised to rank courses based on the department's course recommendations. These recommendatons serves as prerequisite overrides when appropriate. If  necessary, students will be able to make changes during Orientation and once classes begin. Students should confirm recommendations via WesPortal>Courses>Placement Scores & Recommendations.

    The deadline to complete course rankings is 5pm EST on Tuesday, August 1.

    First Year Seminars
    Students are strongly encouragaed to enroll in a First Year Seminar during the Fall or Spring semester. FYS courses will introduce students to a variety of topics ranging from Greek myth to neuroscience. Some of these classes treat a specific thinker (e.g., Kafka); others provide a sweeping introduction into an interdisciplinary area of study that may be new to first-year students (e.g., animal studies). All of these classes, however, will emphasize the importance of writing at the university level. Students in first year seminars will become familiar with the methods used to collect, interpret, analyze, and present evidence as part of a scholarly argument. Faculty teaching these classes will also highlight the type of writing associated with their respective disciplines, and help students develop, compose, organize, and revise their writing. All first year seminars will have assignments totaling at least 20 pages, and will feature oral or written feedback on student writing; many will also employ peer-mentoring and writing tutors. FYS are limited to 15 students.

    GenEd Status: NOT COMPLIANT
    You can ignore this status at this point because you have not yet completed any Wesleyan courses. The inclusion of courses that fulfill Wesleyan's general education expectations is vital to the student's educational experience at Wesleyan.

    Multiple/Any Section
    If you have interest in multiple sections of a course, it would be best to rank the course once, click the ‘Section’ button, select multiple or ANY section and click ‘Save Changes’.

    Permission of Instructor & Prerequisite Override Requests
    Students will be able to submit electronic requests during Adjustment Preparation, which begins at 9am on Tuesday, August 22.

    Pre-Reg Scheduling
    After Planning closes, the scheduling program will attempt to enroll students in 4 full credit courses based on the ranked plans. The algorithm does NOT give preference based on when the plan was built during planning.

    Ranking Courses
    Ranking a course more than once will NOT increase the chance of being scheduled. Therefore, it is NOT advisable.

    Saving Pre-Reg Plan
    The pre-reg system will auto-save your course rankings. There is no 'submit' button.

    Scheduling Results
    Course enrollments and faculty advisor assignments will be released at 9am on Tuesday, August 22.

    WesMaps Search
    The most effective and efficient method to finding available and eligible courses is via the WesMaps Search. Students can further customize the search criteria, but the following will produce a list of courses that all new students should consider making part of their ranked plan.

    • Semester=Fall 2017
    • Class Year=First Year
    • Only show courses without PreReqs=check
    • Only show courses without POI=check
    • Only show courses with Seats Available=check
  • Resources
  • WesMaps

    WesMaps is the online course catalog.

    The most effective and efficient method to finding available and eligible courses is via the WesMaps Search. Students can further customize the search criteria, but the following will produce a list of courses that all new first year students should consider making part of their ranked plan.

    • Semester=Fall 2017
    • Class Year=First Year
    • Only show courses without PreReqs=check
    • Only show courses without POI=check
    • Only show courses with Seats Available=check
  • Wesvising

    The Wesvising tool will help you select courses for your first semester. Once you arrive on campus, you and your faculty advisor will discuss your course selections. That discussion may suggest some revisions, which you will be allowed to do during the adjustment period during Orientation. In the meantime, Wesvising will serve as a helpful resource for you.
    Each box contains information about a subject, a major, a minor, or a certificate (a cluster of courses identifying a concentration). Also included are FAQs and a contact name should you have any questions.

    WesMaps, the online university catalog, is available to see a full listing of courses by subject.