Registration Clearance

CS First Majors

Bookbagging for Spring 2020 starts Monday, October 21. Registrations begin Wednesday, October 30.

In ordered to be cleared to register for courses, all CompSci First Majors must meet with CSTeach team, which is our Teaching Associates (Kate O'Hanlon and Yesenia Velasco) and Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Georgia Tse) at their drop-in hours. Their hours and locations in the LSRC building are listed below. 

If you are doing an IDM, please see the DUS, Susan Rodger to get cleared. Please see the DUS drop in hours with Susan Rodger.

Do not go to your advisor for registration clearance. Please see your advisor if you want advice on topics such as, why go to graduate school, how to get started on research, etc.

If you have questions about the major requirements or study abroad (not clearance for registration), you can:

  1. Send email to

  2. Meet with one of the DUS's. They will have drop-in hours during registration period.


Permission Numbers for Spring 2020 courses

If you need a PIN for Spring 2020, please fill out this form.

You will receive the PIN one day prior to your registration window. The PIN that you receive will not override a course that is full and you will be placed on the waitlist. If you are undeclared, you will need to submit a Dean's permission form with the Registrar to get into graduate level classes.


Answers to Common Questions:

Who do I meet with if my first major is not CompSci?

If you are a CompSci second major or CompSci minor, then you need to meet with your First Major Advisor to be cleared to register.

Who do I meet with if I am doing study abroad?

If you are away/abroad this semester, you are automatically cleared for registration for fall courses. 

If you are planning on being abroad next semester, and you have been approved for a study abroad program, then you do not need to meet. If you have not been approved yet, you should bookbag and register for Duke courses. Many CompSci courses fill up during the registration period so if you do not go abroad, it would be difficult to add CompSci courses later.

How do I add/drop/change my major, minor, concentration or certificate?

Instructions and links for doing so are available on the registrar’s website. Note that no changes to academic plans will be processed by the registrar’s office during registration period.

Are there substitutions for courses?

Any substitutions must be approved by the DUS office. A list of common substitutions are on this page, but they are not automatic. Send a request to for approval of a course substitution.