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Congratulations on your admission to the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. As you get ready to join the Brooks community, tell the world.

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Course Enrollment

The next step to be #BrooksReady is to select your fall 2024 classes! New student course  pre-enrollment will take place July 17th 12:00 PM (Eastern) through July 20th 4:00PM (Eastern). Check back in early June for more guidance on how to pick your coursework and directions on how to schedule an academic advising meeting!

First, to ensure you do not miss anything important, be sure to activate your Cornell netid as soon as possible! 


How do I enroll in classes?

You can enroll in classes via student center, during the open pre-enrollment period between July 17, 2024 and July 20, 2024. Rest assured, you will also have a chance to adjust your schedule during orientation, if needed. Directions on how to use student center can be found on the registrar’s website.

Where can I browse classes?

Fall 2024 classes will be posted in April. You can view the current class schedule at

How many credits should I take this fall?

Each credit is equivalent to about 3-4 hours of work per week. Students typically enroll in 15 academic credits per semester.  Academic credits do not include PE courses or supplemental courses (E.g. ECON 1001).  This is a 45-60 hour work week. Completing 15 credits per semester will result in 120 credits in eight semesters, which is required for graduation. In order to maintain full-time status  students must enroll in at least 12 credits. New students are not permitted to enroll in more than 18 academic credits.

Where can I view my degree requirements?

The curriculum sheet for your major will list all the requirements you must complete in order to complete your degree.

How will I know if my AP/IB credits were accepted?

You can learn more about how your credits will be applied through our advising page.

How can I learn more about pre-med or pre-health advising at Cornell?

If you are thinking about completing the pre-health or pre-med track of coursework, it is important to take CHEM 2070 this fall.  You should also join the Pre-Health Newsletter email list for important advising updates.

How can I learn more about pre-law advising at Cornell?

Unlike the pre-health/pre-med track there is no specific sequence of coursework necessary for pre-law students. If you are considering law school you are encouraged to first focus on challenging yourself in the Brooks School coursework as advised above. Once you are here and established at Cornell, you can begin exploring the wealth of pre-law opportunities and resources available through career services and the Brooks School, such as our State Policy Advocacy Clinic, which is available in your junior or senior year!

Who is my advisor? When and how can I meet with my advisor?

Advising at the Brooks School is done by a team of professional staff in the Brooks Office of Admissions, Student Services, and Career Management. Professional staff advisors are available to help you with specific advising questions including academic policies and procedures, credit requirements, degree requirements, course sequencing, petitions, transfer credit, study abroad, career planning, minor selection, exploring change of major, and personal coaching. Professional staff advisors will also serve as liaisons with other university offices and provide referral services to offices such as Student Disability Services, the Learning Strategies Center, Cornell Health, etc. If you have any questions about pre-enrollment go ahead and schedule an appointment with an advisor using the Cornell Chatter System. Simply select the Brooks School.

Who is my faculty mentor? When and how can I meet with my faculty mentor?

The Brooks School faculty mentors are currently on break and will return in August.  You will have an opportunity to meet your faculty mentor either during orientation or during the first week of classes.  Brooks Faculty Mentors (listed as faculty advisor in student center) are available to mentor you on your interests in the field of public policy and broader career directions, within the context of the Brooks School curriculum. This includes offering you career development advice within the scope of the mentor’s networks and expertise. Mentors can counsel you on opportunities to engage within and outside of the Brooks School across our programming.  Faculty mentors will pull from their research expertise and network to inform you of current areas of research and opportunities in the field, particularly with regards to independent study and honors programming.


If you have any questions, please contact the Brooks Office of Enrollment and Student Services.

Phone: 607-254-3451

Schedule an Advising Appointment 

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