January 2017


We hope you had a happy New Year and welcome you to the Spring 2017 semester! We just wanted to remind you of a few simple steps you should take to ensure a smooth start to the semester.

• Review your schedule on eCommon, the only official source for your schedule.
• Review the add/drop deadlines (below).
• Get any registration permissions you may need.
• Make sure you don’t have any holds – check eCommon.

If you’re new to eCommon or need a refresher, check out the instructions available in our Forms & Instructions library online.

Unrestricted vs. Restricted Add/Drop

Unrestricted Add/Drop (Jan 17–23): You may add and drop courses freely online. For step-by-step instructions, please refer to the “How to Add” and “How to Drop” sections of the Registration Instructions.

Restricted Add/Drop (Jan 24–Jan 30)
: You must have instructor permission applied to your account to add any course online. You may still drop courses.

Registration Permissions

If you do not meet the requirements for a course, or the course is full, you may ask for permission to register for that course.

Who do you ask for permission?
Review the Errors and Permissions chart to determine whose permission you need. If there are multiple restrictions, you may need permission from multiple people.

What are the steps?

  1. Request permission from the appropriate person (see above).
  2. If permission is granted, the granter will email their permission to their Department Assistant.
  3. The Department Assistant will apply the permission to your account and notify you via email.
  4. Once you receive this email, it is your responsibility to register for the course through eCommon. It is not automatically added.

See the Registration Permissions Instructions for more details.

ProArts Cross-Registration

If you are interested in registering for a ProArts course, please:

Please note that ProArts courses are worth the amount of credits that they are granted by their offering institution. For example, a 1.5-credit Berklee course will be worth 1.5 credits at Emerson.

First semester freshmen and graduate students are not eligible to cross-register for ProArts courses.

Attention Spring 2017 Graduates

Are you graduating this May? Make sure you turn in your Application to Graduate! Applications are due February 6.

Dates To Remember:

Tuesday, Jan 17: First Day of Classes
Jan 17–23: Unrestricted Add/Drop
Jan 24–30: Restricted Add/Drop
Monday, Feb 6: Spring Graduation Applications Due

Other Links:

Spring Academic Calendar
Registration Instructions
Registration Permission Instructions
ProArts Registration Instructions