Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registrar's Office
Elihu Root House
315-859-4632 (fax)

Registration Information

Registration Instructions for Fall 2015

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor during their advising time. Don't wait until the last minute to try to see your advisor.
  2. Review your Program Requirements, select Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor.
  3. Preview the Fall  Term Course Schedule. In WebAdvisor, select Course Search and search on the Fall Term 2015.
  4. Discuss your course choices for Fall 2015 and academic plans with your faculty advisor
  5. Use the Registration Worksheet to list your 1st choice and alternate course choices. The worksheet will help you when you begin to enter your course information into WebAdvisor.
  6. Your advisor must update your status in WebAdvisor in order for you to be eligible to register. DO NOT LEAVE your meeting until you are sure your advisor has done this. You will not be able to access the system if your status has not been updated.
  7. You must have cleared any registration holds before you can access the system. This will include holds placed by the Business Office or the Dean of Students Office.


  1. Students may register for no more than 4 full-credit courses during this period. Students who want to take 5 full-credit courses may pick up the extra course during the add/drop period.
  2. Students may register for partial-credit courses in addition to the 4 full-credit courses. The maximum number of credits may be no more than 4.75 units.
  3. All students are advised to have one or two alternate courses for each preferred choice. This will make the registration process go more quickly in case you find a conflict or are closed out of a first-choice course.

COURSES ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. The status of a course will be updated to CLOSED or WAITLIST when the last available seat has been taken.

NOTE: Many departments have restricted courses to specific class years. Please check the REGISTRATION RESTRICTIONS LIST in this booklet or on the web when you plan your schedule. An R to the far right of a course in the course listings also indicates that the course has restrictions.

You can also see Registration Restrictions on WebAdvisor by clicking on the Course Title. Look for the Restrictions block on the Section Information screen.

Registration Information

Section Balancing

Multi-section course may require balancing after registration to assure an even distribution of students among the sections, and to place as many students in the course as possible.

Courses with Permission Required

To register for Courses that require instructor’s permission, you must bring a completed and signed COURSE CHANGE FORM to the Registrar’s Office during regular business hours DURING YOUR CLASS REGISTRATION WINDOW.

Schedule Adjustments

There will be a schedule adjustment period after the registration period. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

Class Year Determination

Class year is determined by the total number of units a student is currently registered for and the total number of units completed. Class years are changed when it is determined that the student will not have enough credits completed at the end of the term to complete with the rest of the class. If a student is able to make up the credits through approved summer transfer credits, a class year can be adjusted after the work is completed. Students who plan to complete their requirements in December will be members of the following May’s class and will be granted their diploma at the ceremony in May.

Students will receive notice of their class year change and the appropriate offices/department on campus will be notified.

Critical Language Courses: Special Class Information

Swahili is offered as self-instructional courses that meet three times a week with a student tutor.  Please read the Student Study Guide on the Critical Languages Program website for information on Program format:  www.hamilton.edu/critical languages.  Follow the normal procedure for enrolling in Swahili and see Mary Beth Helderle by 4pm the first day of classes for course information and schedule (tba according to tutor and student course schedules).

Text Books

Information about required Text Books can be found on-line by clicking on the course title in any WebAdvisor screen. Only courses that have determined final text books will be available on WebAdvisor.

Additional information may be available from instructors. You can also learn more about buying your textbooks at the Hamilton College Bookstore.

How to Read the Schedule

Some departments reserve spaces for each class year. That information is available on WebAdvisor. In the Spaces Column of any Section Results, the number of seats reserved for a class will display. If there is no line for a class, it means that no spaces are reserved.

The Spaces Column is divided into 4 values:

Available – the number of seats available for the class currently registering
Current Cap – The number of seats available for the class that is registering
Full Cap – The full capacity of the course
Waitlist – The number of students currently on a waitlist for this section