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Transfer Student Advising and Course Registration


As an incoming transfer student, you will be assigned a College advisor who will help you navigate your academic career from orientation through commencement. Additionally, if you are intending to pursue a major in the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, you will also be assigned a faculty advisor and undergraduate coordinator in the department in which you are planning to major as additional academic advisors.

You can expect to receive an email from your academic advisor(s) before you begin your first semester. This email will outline your advising process, detailing how your advisor(s) will help you choose your first-semester classes and get ready for course registration.

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New Student Academic Guide

This website is your comprehensive guide to  new student academic advising and course registration. The New Student Academic Guide includes an overview of the College’s academic advising process and timeline, step-by-steps for completing your required advising forms, course placement and transfer credit information, and advice from faculty and staff by academic subject. You are required to review this website as part of your Rochester Ready online orientation program by the deadline listed on the New Student Checklist.

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Academic Accommodations

The College requires that you provide documentation that meets appropriate guidelines if you request accommodations in your coursework. We encourage you to reach out to the Office of Disability Resources as soon as possible, so you can complete the registration process well in advance of the start of the semester.

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Advising and Registration Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be able to connect with my academic advisor(s)?

All incoming students will be assigned an advisor in late June. After the Independence Day (July 4) holiday, you will be contacted via your University of Rochester email address by one of your advisors to begin discussing your academic plans and fall semester course options.

Please avoid contacting your advisor(s) prior to this communication, as the advising team continues to support current University of Rochester students in the spring and early summer.

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How should I prepare for my academic advising discussion(s)?

All incoming students are required to complete the Academic Interests Form by the date listed on the New Student Checklist and the Course Planning Form before connecting with your advisor(s). These two forms will help you and your advisor(s) discuss your overall academic plans, as well as your course options for your first semester. We also highly encourage that you review the New Student Academic Guide website thoroughly, especially the Explore Courses pages.

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Will I need to take any placement tests?

The only required placement test is the writing self-placement survey, which incoming students need to complete by the date listed on the New Student Checklist. This test will help you discern which writing course best suits your experience in order to fulfill your primary writing requirement.

There are additional placement tests available in computer science, modern languages, and music theory, but all are optional.

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When can I register for fall semester classes?

As an incoming transfer student, you will register for your fall classes in UR Student, the University's online registration system, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

You will have two holds on your UR Student account that will need to be lifted in order for you to register. The Advisor Hold will be lifted once you meet have discussed your academic plans with your College advisor. The Registration Hold will be lifted the morning of your registration date.

How should I prepare for course registration?

After you've discussed your first-semester courses with your academic advisors(s), you'll start preparing to register for classes in UR Student, the University's student information system. Follow the steps outlined on the New Student Academic Guide to make sure you’re ready for your registration day.

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Can I take classes over the summer before my first fall semester?

Yes. You are allowed to enroll in no more than two courses (online only) prior to starting your official program of study in the fall. Please note: these courses are not included in your academic year financial aid package and have associated fees. Use the button below to visit the Summer Session website, managed by the Office of Summer and Continuing Studies. Questions? You can contact their office at

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