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Any full-time matriculated undergraduate student at any of the five colleges may cross register, providing there is no hold on the student’s account. Check with your home registrar, but most colleges allow degree-seeking undergraduates to cross register after their first semester.

Students can take up to two courses per semester at any one of the other COF colleges (with the approval of the home institution).

All courses taken through the cross-registration option are counted as part of your academic load at your home institution as though they were taken at the home institution and charged accordingly. You are responsible for any fees at the host institution that are specific to the course such as lab fees or fees associated with travel courses.

No, only courses listed in the COF searchable course directory are available for cross registration. To view available courses you can search by keyword or subject. Also, cross-registration courses are available on a space available basis, as home institution students have first priority. Other requirements, such as prerequisites and instructor consents, must be met by COF students.

Contact your home institution to discuss your request.

Travel courses are on-campus semester-long courses with a short term international travel component. For additional information please visit the link below.

That depends on your home college. All courses must be approved by your home registrar and in some cases, other administrators at your college. Note that most of MassArt’s courses are pass/fail, and may not count towards your degree at your home college. Please check with your Registrar’s office regarding the specific policy at your institution.

That depends on your home college. MCPHS students are required to get the signature of their Department Chair, as well as their advisor. WIT students are required to get a signature of the advisor if it is a major course. At WIT, if the course is to count toward degree requirements, signature from appropriate department head is required.

All the courses you take at another COF college “count” in terms of credit. Whether it counts towards your major, general education/critical studies requirement, elective, or not at all, is up to your home college advisor. Make sure you know that you have needed degree requirement approvals before cross-registering!

There is an agreement among the colleges that arrangements will be made for you if you are cross-registered and the home and host college class start and end dates are not aligned. However, you are encouraged to talk with your residence director, so that arrangements can be made. If you go to your RD the last week of classes or the week of the final and tell him/her you need to stay, they will be unlikely to be able to help you. Please plan ahead.

To drop a course please log into your account on and drop the course via your dashboard page.

The process must follow the procedures of the host school. The faculty and student will sign the form at the host school and send a copy to the home school registrar. The due date is up to the host school. If a student fails to complete the work by that date, the grade is automatically changed to an F. Please note that the form needs the host institution’s registrar’s signature.