The New Student Registration Information Session video will help you plan and build your schedule and guide you through the necessary steps to ensure a successful registration.

The Student Registration Assistance Team can help you with: General registration assistance, First year course selection, Building a conflict free timetable, Carleton Central navigation, features and support, Providing elective options, Referrals to other campus services.

Eight Steps to Registration

First, get the list of courses that are being offered in the summer, fall, or winter semesters.  It is important that you register for both your fall and winter courses as soon as your timeticket allows. Even though registration does not close until mid-September, courses fill up quickly.

All the courses you need for first year in B.Sc. are listed here.

The B.A. Biology first year guide is here.

Second, once you have the list of courses that are available to take, you can compare that list to your audit to ascertain what you require to complete your degree. Your audit is the most important document you have at Carleton, as it tells you how you are doing and what you need to do to graduate.

Third, review the requirements for advanced science faculty electives, approved arts and social science courses, science continuation courses, and BA biology breadth requirements.  If you are uncertain whether a course is acceptable, you can run a “Hypothetical Courses” audit to ensure that the course you have chosen ends up in the appropriate line item on your audit.

Fourth, once you have a list of courses that you think will fulfill all your requirements for the semester/year/degree, you can run a “Hypothetical Courses” audit to determine whether they will meet your degree requirements. You can even assign hypothetical grades to determine how your GPA would change.

Fifth, review the general registration assistance and general registration information.

The undergraduate calendar (for the year that you entered Carleton) has all the rules and regulations that govern your degree requirements. Read it as it answers almost all questions.

Sixth, if you would like to register for a course but are restricted because you do not meet the prerequisites or it is restricted to students in a different program, you can submit an override request. Please be certain to provide a detailed rationale for WHY you want/need to take the course as our decisions are based on available space, year in degree program, and rationale.

Seventh, once you have completed the registration process, check your audit.  All of the courses you have chosen should be in one of the line items.  There should be nothing in the section at the end of the audit called “Courses set aside”.  If there are, you have registered in a course that is not acceptable for your program and you should review the program requirements.

Eighth, If you have specific questions that are not covered by the registration information above please contact and we will be happy to help!

What If Audit Considering changing your major, minor, or specialization? Want to know how your courses would count in the new degree?

Acronyms What do all these short forms on my audit mean?

Audit FAQs Have I successfully added/dropped a course? What happens if I repeat a course? What if I fail a course? Can a course satisfy >1 degree requirement? How can I take a course overload? Am I eligible to graduate?

Free Elective Any course is allowable as a free elective provided it is not prohibited. Choose your electives wisely.

Registration Checklist for New Students

Registration Checklist for Returning Students

Carleton Central “How To” Videos

Best of luck with your studies! And don’t forget to register as soon as your timeticket allows.