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The Office of Undergraduate Curricula manages the pre-registration process for first-year students in the fall semester. First-year admitted students are asked to complete an academic interest survey. The survey includes questions about earned test scores, placement credit, academic goals, and course preferences based on the scheduled classes in the fall semester.

Based on the survey results, students are pre-registered into two First-Year Foundation courses prior to the normal registration session in July. Eligible First-Year Foundation courses include:

  • College Thriving (1 credit)
  • First-Year Seminar or First-Year Launch (3-4 credits)
  • Triple-I + Data Literacy (4 credits)
  • ENGL 105 or 105i (3 credits)
  • Global language

In some cases, students are pre-registered in only one course, most often when they do not complete the academic interest survey.

General Timeline

  • April – mid-May: Admitted first-year students complete academic interest survey.
  • Mid-May – mid-June: Data from survey is used to generate class assignments.
  • Late June: Students are enrolled in ConnectCarolina
  • July: First-year registration begins (usually 4 appointments)

Special Student Groups

  • A separate pre-registration process is managed by Honors Carolina for students admitted to the honors program.


  • First-Year Curriculum Specialist, Ben Haven