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Incoming first-year students indicate their interest in specific FYS by filling out the Academic Interest Survey and Get Ready to Register (GRR) Form (please note that Honors Carolina students have a separate registration process for Honors FYS). Based on the survey results, students are pre-registered for two courses, one of which may be a FYS. Most FYS seats are made available during this process.

The remaining seats for fall FYS are released during the New First Year Student Orientation summer registration sessions in July. Seats in the FYS are apportioned and released systematically throughout the summer so that each of the sessions has approximately the same ratio of students to available FYS seats. Seats that are made available during these registration sessions open the moment the session begins. Registering students who have FYS in their “shopping carts” are likely to see some FYS seats open and then close as their fellow students register for these sections. Beginning in early August, all first-year students can drop and add FYS from their schedule using the Connect Carolina online registration system.


  • During Waves 1 and 2: All non-honors First-Year Seminar (FYS) seats are reserved for first-year students who did not take an FYS in fall 2021. These students may register in one FYS during this priority registration window.
  • Beginning November 19 (Open Registration): The remaining FYS seats are made available to all first-year students. A first-year student may register in up to two FYS during Open Registration. Please note: a first-year student may only register in up to two FYS total during their undergraduate career.


Registration for FYS continues during the drop-add period, but many FYS become flagged as “Permission of Instructor Required”. This limitation is imposed because some FYS move so quickly that missing the first classes can put a student too far behind to be successful in the course. If the online registration system shows that a seat is available in an FYS and online registration is not successful, the student should contact the instructor (via e-mail, phone, or office visit) and express interest in enrolling in the FYS. If enrollment is feasible, the instructor will notify the course registration officer in their department and the student will be added to the FYS.