First-Year Student Registration Process

Registering for classes is a multi-step process that takes many factors into consideration, and ultimately yields a combination of classes that reflect your intended major.

As a first-year student, you are responsible for registering for classes. You will complete this process in consultation with your academic adviser. Specific guidance on how to select and register for appropriate courses will be provided as you approach your start at the School of Engineering. Below is an overview of what you’ll need to complete in order to register. You can find additional resources and how-to guides here:

If you’ve been admitted into the General Studies or HEOP Program, you may have additional items to consider during the registration process and will receive supplemental information to guide your enrollment experience.

Questions? Contact the Academic Advisement Center (AAC):

Registration Steps

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

This is the first step of the registration process, which not only signals your intent to pursue postsecondary education at the School of Engineering but also allows us to officially matriculate you into your academic program. 

Take the Expository Writing Placement Exam

If you are required to take the expository writing placement exam, a site-based assessment, then you will be made aware of your status by email during the month of May. Upon taking the exam, you will be notified of your fall writing class. You must take the exam before you can enroll in your fall writing class. A writing course marker, a placeholder for the actual course, will be available to you, if you are not able to take the exam before registration begins. A schedule adjustment will be required, once your placement score has been determined, with the writing class replacing the course marker. Review the writing placement schedule below.

Take the Math Diagnostic Exam

You must complete the math diagnostic exam, or qualify for the exemption process, in order to determine your fall class. The math diagnostic exam is an on-site assessment and will take place on various dates before the beginning of the semester. While you are encouraged to complete the exam before the beginning of the registration period, you will be allowed to enroll in classes before completing the exam. A math course marker will be used to reserve a space in your schedule for math. You’ll be able to go online after you complete the math exam to make a schedule adjustment, dropping the math course marker and adding the actual course. Review the math diagnostic schedule below.

Confirm Your Major

During the month of May, you will receive a correspondence from the School of Engineering asking you to confirm your intended major. If you’d like to change your intended major, you must send your request to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, May 18th. It’s important that we know your correct intended major because registration appointments are based on your major. Download major change form.

Submit AP and Transfer Credits

If you’ve earned credits as a result of an AP exam and/or previous college experience, you may be exempt from certain first-year courses. Send such credit information to us by the deadline listed below. Request your AP score by contacting the College Board and sending your scores to NYU (CEEB code: 2562). Review AP credit chart.

Complete the Student Response System Tutorial

The Student Response System is an instructional package that consists of a clicker device and software license. Faculty members use the student response system in their classrooms to engage students and, in some instances, to check attendance. As a first-year student, you are required to pick up and register your response package before the first day of classes. In order to facilitate this process, you must complete a tutorial, where you will learn about the clicker's features and begin the registration process for the license. Check the release date for this tutorial below.

Watch the Pre-registration Tutorial

You are required to complete an instructional package, where you’ll receive information on your first-year courses, how they are connected to your intended major, and how to select and enroll in the appropriate fall courses. A quiz will be a part of this instructional experience, designed to reinforce the critical elements of the enrollment process. Both the tutorial and quiz will be released Monday, June 4th and posted to this section of the website. Access the Pre-registration Tutorial.

Register Online

The start date for registration for the fall 2018 semester is Wednesday, June 13th. Once registration begins, you will register by appointment. Open enrollment will follow the scheduled appointment period, where you’ll be able to go online and make adjustments to your schedule, regardless of your major. Specifics, e.g., URL to the registration site, will be provided at the start of registration nears. Review the full appointment period schedule below.

Important Dates

Your registration appointment date is determined based on your major and is designed to make sure that you are able to enroll in all of your first semester courses without incident. Participate in enrollment activities on your appointment day for your best scheduling experience.

Major Confirmation

If you need to update your declared major, please do so by Friday, May 18 

Expository Writing Placement Exam

If you are required to take this exam, then you should make every effort to complete this placement exam by June 13, if you are in, or able to get to the NYC area. All exams will be administered at the Brooklyn location. No reservation is required.
(JAB= Jacobs Academic Building; RH= Rogers Hall)

  • Saturday, May 19, 10-11am (JAB 474)
  • Saturday, June 9, 10-11am (JAB 474)
  • Wednesday, June 13, 4:30-5:30 pm (JAB 474)
  • Saturday, June 30, 10-11am (JAB 474)
  • Friday, July 13, 4:30-5:30 pm (JAB 474)
  • Friday, August 10, 4:30-5:30 pm (JAB 474)
  • Friday, August 24, 4:30-5:30 pm (RH 215)
  • Sunday, August 26, 2-3pm (JAB 474)

Math Diagnostic Exam

You should make every effort to complete the diagnostic exam by June 13, if you are in, or able to get to the NYC area. All exams will be administered at the Brooklyn location. Reservation is required to sit for the exam. Schedule your exam

  • Saturday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 9
  • Wednesday, June 13
  • Saturday, June 30
  • Monday, July 2
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, August 10
  • Friday, August 24
  • Sunday, August 26

Release Dates for Required Pre-Registration Modules 

All the below modules must be completed before the start of your registration appointment period in order to be cleared for enrollment.

  • Monday, May 28  Student Response System Tutorial
  • Monday, June 4   Pre-registration Tutorial


Registration takes place online in two stages: the appointment period and open enrollment. During the appointment period, you will be assigned to a specific timeframe, lasting for approximately thirty-six hours, to register for classes.

If you are a member of the General Studies or Opportunity Programs, then you will receive additional information about the registration process by email.

By Appointment

  • Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14   Honors and OP Students 
  • Monday, June 18 - Tuesday, June 19           First General Appointment
  • Thursday, June 21 - Friday, June 22            Second General Appointment

Open Enrollment

If you are not able to go online during the appointment period, then you can complete your registration during the open enrollment period.

  • Wednesday, June 27 – Monday, September 17 

AP and Transfer Credits

Please make sure you submit a request to have your AP or transfer credits sent to the admissions office by Thursday, July 5.
This will allow any awarded credits to be posted to your record, before the middle of August, and factored into the creation of your fall schedule.