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College of Arts and Sciences

COVID-19 & Reactivation Planning

Visit Cornell University's COVID-19 and Reactivation Planning site for the latest information.

The College of Arts & Sciences is working in concert with University leadership to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and provide guidance and resources for students, faculty and staff within the College. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority. Important resources and news for our College community are included below for quick reference as well as an FAQ section for Arts & Sciences students.

Leadership Sessions: COVID-19 cluster prompts swift response

Last updated: November 24, 2020

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Frequently asked questions for A&S students

How do I connect with my Advising Dean?
I am concerned about COVID-19’s impact on my plan as a pre-health student, how can I get help?

Refer to A&S Pre-health website for the latest FAQ and contact for assistance in planning your semester.

Can I enroll in classes with time conflicts?

Yes, in some cases A&S students can enroll in two classes that have conflicting times. Please be aware that the university will not allow students to have overlaps with any in person classes and some departments/instructors will not approve time conflicts of any type. To obtain approval for adding an online class that conflicts with another one in your schedule you may submit a time conflict form available at The A&S Registrar’s Office will start accepting time conflict requests on Sept. 2 after the pre-enrollment period is completed. 

What is the enrollment credit limit for A&S students this fall?

All A&S students can enroll in up to 22 total credits (18 maximum for students on warning/probation). Even though students have the ability to enroll in this maximum without petitioning, the university has strongly recommended that all students limit their enrollment this fall to 18 academic credits to allow for a successful completion of the fall term and to reduce stress. Please see  Any enrollments over 22 must be petitioned (over 18 for students on warning/probation) and students should be aware that for Fall 2020 petitions will only be approved in the case of extraordinary extenuating circumstances.

I'm planning to apply to study abroad for the spring 2021 semester. What do I need to know now?

We are still advising for and students may continue to apply to spring 2021 study abroad opportunities. At this point, we do not know whether COVID-19 will impact spring 2021 study abroad.

This is an ongoing and evolving situation that could change with little warning. We expect partners to be flexible with late dates for program deposits, and we encourage all students to avoid making non-refundable payments (deposits, airfare, housing) until closer to the time of departure.

Please continue to check the Office of Global Learning for updates.