Yale College Courses that use Preference Selection

Note: several departments run a selection process for limited-enrollment courses outside of Preference Selection. If you are interested in a limited-enrollment course, check the course’s “Class Notes” field in YCS, the course’s expanded description in Canvas, or the relevant department website for more information. If you cannot find the information you seek, email the instructor.

August Preference Selection 

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Students who miss the Preference Selection round of course registration may still be able to enroll in these courses when regular registration opens on August 21 for first-year, Eli Whitney, and transfer students and during add/drop period for returning students. They should contact the instructor (as indicated in the course listing under Registration Notes) to see if there are still openings in a specific section.

Preference Selection opens on Tuesday, August 6 at 8:00 a.m.
Preference Selection closes on Monday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Decisions will be available on Friday, August 16 by 5:00 p.m.


For information about placement in chemistry courses, see the Chemistry website.  Information about enrolling in chemistry courses and labs will be available soon.

Directed Studies

Open only to students previously admitted to the program.

DRST 001, Directed Studies: Literature

DRST 003, Directed Studies: Philosophy

DRST 005, Directed Studies: Historical and Political Thought


JAPN 110, Elementary Japanese I


ENGL 114, Writing Seminars

ENGL 115, Literature Seminars


FREN 110, Elementary and Intermediate French I

FREN 121, Intermediate French

FREN 130, Intermediate and Advanced French I

FREN 140, Intermediate and Advanced French II

FREN 150, Advanced Language Practice

FREN 160, Advanced Conversation Through Culture, Film, and Media


MATH 110, Introduction to Functions and Calculus I

MATH 112, Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

MATH 115, Calculus of Functions of One Variable II

MATH 120, Calculus of Functions of Several Variables