FAS Preregistration Applications

This guide is written in support of the Yale College Registration activities for creating preregistration applications should you need to limit and manage course enrollments for the coming term.

Application period for limited enrollment courses: April 6-21, 2021

The student application period for courses with limited enrollments will take place from April 6-21, 2021. How the application process works for limited-enrollment courses is largely up to individual departments and to individual instructors. If you are unsure if your department or program runs a centralized process, please contact your DUS. 

Early registration period: May 3-28, 2021

Early registration for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will take place from May 3-28, 2021. Again, by offering early registration in May, we hope to enable faculty to have a break from registration-related activities during June and July.

Preregistration Recommendations:

  • Manage course enrollments by local and established practice within your department.
  • Use a survey for your student applications. The link to the survey can be posted in Canvas course site's Syllabus tool (making it also visible in Yale Course Search) or emailed directly to students.  It is also advised to put a note in the Class Notes section of the Yale Course Search course record as well.** 
  • Use Section Management* to limit enrollment in lectures through controlling the number of discussion sections available to students. Contact your departmental registrar or administrative assistant for more information.
  • Use Preference Selection* to gather student interest and notify select students that they have a seat in the course offering. 

* The use of the Section Management and Preference Selection systems varies by department, and will require you to work closely with your registrar or administrative assistants in your department.   
This work will need to be completed before preregistration begins.

**Faculty should contact their registrar to get information, including a link to their application, added to Class Notes in Yale Course Search - the registrars will add it to a field called "Section Text" in CourseLeaf WEN, and this will update the Yale Course Search course record.


Please contact your department DUS or DUS Admin Assistant if you have any questions about preregistration process for your course.

NOTE:  Conducting preregistration applications and accepting students does not prevent students from "visiting" your course (formerly "shopping").  Instructors will need to contact students who add the course after selections have been finalized and tell those students to drop the course.  

Talk to your departmental registrar to see if there are options to prevent students from registering for your course without instructor permission.

Informing Students a Preregistration Application is required

Preregistration requirements can be mentioned in the FAS Expanded Course Description in the Canvas Syllabus tool, but it is also advised to put a note in the Class Notes section of the Yale Course Search course record as well. 

Faculty should contact their registrar to get information added - the registrars will add it to a field called "Section Text" in CourseLeaf WEN, and this will update the Yale Course Search course record.

Creating Your Preregistration Survey

There are several tools that you can use to create your preregistration application survey.  Our recommendation is that you create a Qualtrics Survey which is then linked in your Canvas Syllabus Tool.  This will give your students the most flexibility and the easiest access to your survey.  It also ensures that your students can fill out the form well in advance of being enrolled in your Canvas course site.

Microsoft Form

The following tutorial video will show you how to create a Microsoft Survey.  These instructions are also listed below for your reference.

  1. Navigate to the Yale Microsoft Office 365 suite online: https://forms.office.com/
  2. Click “Sign In” or “Get Started”
  3. Enter your Yale email address and click “Next”
  4. Enter your Yale NetID password
  5. Click “Sign In” again and “No”
    • You might need to click “Get Started” again and re-enter your email address
  6. Click “Create a New Form” or “New Form” Click on “Untitled” to rename the form
  7. Add a description (e.g. Course Name & Number or Section)
  8. Click “Add New” to create a new question
  9. Select the question type (multiple choice, text entry, rating, ranking, file upload, etc.)
  10. Enter the question and answer options
  11. After adding all questions, click “Share”
    • Change the settings as desired; it is recommended that you switch to “Anyone with the link can respond” for ease of use
  12. Copy the link.

Post your Microsoft Survey link in Canvas Syllabus

  1. Go to your course site in Canvas.
  2. Click on the Syllabus tool.
  3. On the Syllabus page, click Edit.
  4. Once you are in edit mode, click to place your cursor where you want the survey link to appear and paste the URL.
  5. Click the Save button.
Google Form

If you are an EliApps (Yale's Google for Education) user, you can use your EliApps account to create your form.   However, not all students get EliApps accounts so you WILL NOT want to require users from your organization to log in.

  1. Follow the instructions on How to use Google Forms to create your form.  
  2. Make sure that you check and update the settings for your form as appropriate.
  3. Once you have your form ready, make sure you have your Google form open and in the top right of the page, click Send.
  4. At the top of the window, click Link.
  5. To copy the link that appears, click Copy or press Ctrl + c (Windows) or ⌘ + c (Mac) on your keyboard.

Post your Google Form link in Canvas Syllabus

  1. Go to your course site in Canvas.
  2. Click on the Syllabus tool.
  3. On the Syllabus page, click Edit.
  4. Once you are in edit mode, click to place your cursor where you want the form link to appear and paste the URL.
  5. Click the Save button.

Retrieve Results from Google Form

  1. Follow the instructions on how to view and manage form responses.