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Eligible Students

First-year students in their first year at UNC (i.e., first 30 in-residence credit hours) are eligible to register in FY Seminars. This group includes  

  • incoming and continuing first-year students
  • transfer students (including Carolina Global Launch students) who articulated fewer than 24 college course transfer credit hours

Registration Restrictions

Connect Carolina restricts registration in FY Seminars to the eligible student groups. This prevents non-first-year students from registering for FY Seminars. Note: Connect Carolina class rosters classify students by credit hours, so a first-year student with by-exam (BE) credit and/or articulating transfer credit may appear as a sophomore or junior on a roster. 

Students may only register for one FY Launch or one FY Seminar. They may take one or the other, but not both.

Instructors Controlling Registration

On the first day of classes, instructors can request that scheduling officers add “instructor consent” to their class section in ConnectCarolina to prevent students from self-registering. Instructors do not have access to register students directly into FY Seminar; they must contact their course scheduling officers to do so. Scheduling officers should confirm that the student is a qualifying first-year before registering them (contact Ben Haven with questions). Some scheduling officers have found it helpful to communicate with their FY Seminar instructors before classes begin to ensure instructors are aware of this option. 

Fall Registration

  • Incoming fall first-year students: Most seats in FY Seminar sections are reserved for incoming fall first-year students. These students fill out the Pre-Registration Survey. They have the option to select their top 10 FY Launches and FY Seminars. Based on survey results, students may be pre-registered for a fall FY Seminar. Remaining seats are released by the Office of the Registrar evenly across New Student Orientation (NSO) registration sessions in July to ensure equal access to seats. Please do not register students in a FY Seminar during this period. During open enrollment in early August, all FY students are free to register into any remaining FY Seminar seats.
  • Continuing first-year students (i.e., spring first-year admits) will register for fall FY Seminar during their designated registration sessions in Waves 1 and 2. If they have issues registering for a FY Seminar, have them contact Ben Haven.   

Spring Registration

  • Incoming spring first-year students can register for spring FY Seminar sections as soon as they matriculate and are term activated.  
  • Continuing first-year students can register for spring FY Seminar sections during their assigned registration sessions in Waves 1 and 2.
  • If first-year students have issues registering for a FY Seminar with available seats, have them contact Ben Haven.   

Summer Session 2 Registration

  • Incoming fall first-year students may register in a Summer Session 2 FY Seminar after they matriculate and are term activated for the summer, before their arrival in fall.
  • Continuing first-year students will register for a Summer Session 2 FY Seminar during their designated registration sessions.
  • If first-year students have issues registering for a FY Seminar with available seats, have them contact Ben Haven.