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Important Deadlines

Registration for Spring 2016

Spring 2016 registration is scheduled for November 9-13. Course offerings and other information will be posted on the registrar's web page approximately two weeks prior to registration.

Final Grade/Transcript Information for Fall 2015

All Students – Final grades for all students are due to the registrar’s office by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28. Grades will be available via the Portal once all grades have been received and GPAs have been recalculated.

All students should take note of the following information:

No transcripts for currently enrolled students will be processed between December 23 and January 3. During this period, the registrar’s office staff will focus exclusively on final grade entry. Regular transcript service will resume on January 4.

If you need a transcript before January 4, you must submit your signed request by Monday, December 21. Transcript request forms are available in the registrar’s office and may be picked up during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.), or are available online at, using the ‘Transcript Requests’ link. Before you leave campus, you may also want to submit a request for an updated transcript (with fall 2015 grades) to be sent when transcript service resumes.

Transfer Credit

Students who will be on an Approved Program for the spring term or plan to take January intersession courses are reminded that all transfer credits must be pre-approved by the registrar’s office. To have courses pre-approved, students must complete the Transfer Credit Application, also available in the registrar’s office. The appropriate forms must be completed and returned to the registrar’s office by November 15. 

Transfer credit applications submitted after this date may not be processed until January, so if your program begins in early January, you run the risk of taking a course that is not acceptable for transfer. Also, faculty may not be as accessible after the semester ends and departmental approvals may be more difficult to obtain. Therefore it is to your benefit to take care of this paperwork soon. Students will be advised of course approvals and/or denials by e-mail, so be sure to check your Colgate e-mail regularly during the winter break.

Courses in the Division of Natural Sciences/Mathematics, in English, or in your area of major or minor require departmental approval as well. If you are not sure what courses you will be taking, please submit an application that lists several courses that you are considering. A catalogue description or syllabus must also be submitted for each course listed on your application.

If you have questions, please contact the registrar's office (

Declaration of Major/Minor

Seniors who wish to declare a second major or minor, must submit a completed “Declaration of Major/Minor” form to the registrar’s office by September 30. Any senior who is planning to change a previously declared major or minor must also formally declare this change by September 30 by submitting a new declaration form.

Sophomores (Class of 2018) must declare a major by March 4, 2016. Declaration forms are available online or in the registrar's office. More information can be found on the registrar's Major Declaration web page and will be emailed to undeclared sophomores in February.

Final Exams for Fall 2015

Regularly scheduled final examinations are set for Monday, December 14; Tuesday, December 15; Thursday, December 17; and Friday, December 18. The final exam schedule is available on the registrar’s office page:

Students with courses meeting at non-standard times (including late afternoon and evening), should ask the instructor for clarification regarding the final examination day and time.

Students with three final examinations scheduled in a single day have the right to request to be allowed to take one of them at a different time. Similarly, students who have four examinations scheduled before the Wednesday review day have the right to request to be allowed to take one of them following the Wednesday review day. This is usually accomplished informally with a request to one of the instructors. If you have questions regarding this policy, you should contact the registrar’s office or your administrative adviser/dean.

Reminder: All work for independent study courses must be submitted to the faculty supervisor by the last day of classes (December 11) or at an earlier date selected by the faculty member. Independent projects may not be completed during the review period or the examination period.