Academic Affairs

Placing First-Year Students in Courses and Section

First Year registration

Entering first-year students are sent registration materials prior to their arrival on campus. They are asked to complete their materials, browse courses, construct bookbags and register for classes via ACES web. Students are instructed to consult self-placement guidelines on the web for chemistry, math, physics and foreign language courses and may also contact staff in the Academic Advising Center with questions or problems regarding placement and foreign language departments may be consulted on placement questions and issues to ensure that first-year students register in the most appropriate courses. Additionally, DUSs in departments with high first-year student demand may be asked to consider the addition of new course sections or expansion of existing sections. First-year summer registration ends in late July. Student schedules may subsequently be changed when the first-year students arrive at Duke and meet with their academic advisor, during the Drop/Add period.