Yes. Students must meet first with their academic adviser, who can lift the advising hold in my.harvard; once the hold is lifted, students may begin enrolling in courses on a rolling basis until the deadline.
By vote of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, first-term freshmen are not permitted to enroll in more than four courses (the only exception is for music performance classes). This restriction is lifted in the second term, and students may take up to five courses without permission of their Resident Dean of Freshmen. But students are reminded that the normal course load is four per term.
Final course selections are made in consultation with one’s academic adviser. Every effort should be made on the part of the student to meet with the adviser to lift the advising hold in my.Harvard. In the rare instance where that is not possible, students should email their Resident Dean of Freshmen, who can lift the hold in lieu of the adviser.
Placement recommendations are ultimately recommendations, that is, students are not required to take courses for which they are recommended. Students make course selections based on the cumulative courseload and in consultation with their academic advisor or faculty in the academic departments. Therefore, students may take courses a level above or below placement recommendations.
Placement exams constitute one of several useful tools for selecting courses. Placement recommendations are also made on the basis of scores from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Students are asked to send a copy of the AP score report or IB diploma to the College over the summer. Scores appear in the Placement and Test Scores Report in mid-August each year. After logging in, if a student finds that scores are missing, they should reach out to the Registrar’s Office with the following information for Advanced Placement:
A: Ultimately, the decision rests with the individual student. As outlined here, there are benefits to taking AP and IB exams since they fulfill a variety of purposes, but some students may wish to take the Harvard placement exams to accomplish the same goal.
Yes, as mentioned above, despite the fact that Advanced Standing is the only means for using AP and IB scores for acquiring college credit, AP and IB scores not only help the College place you into the correct course level, but they can – with the right score – enable you to bypass introductory level courses (without credit).