Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about Priority Registration?

Carleton students register in priority order. That means that for most courses, seniors register first and first-year students register last. However, for courses designated “sophomore priority,” sophomores register first, then first-year students, then seniors, and lastly juniors. Within each class, students register three times a year and are assigned three registration priority numbers, one for each trimester.

Practically speaking, this means you can’t always get into a course you want during the term you want to take it. When you have a “good” registration number, use it! You’ll soon learn which classes fill up quickly. If you have questions, your Liberal Arts Adviser, Resident Assistant (RA), or a student departmental adviser (SDA) can help you figure out how to strategize. Do keep in mind though that not all courses are offered every term.

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