Yale College Courses that Use Preference Selection & Courses with Early Admission Processes

Note: several departments run a selection process for limited-enrollment courses outside of Preference Selection. If you are interested in a limited-enrollment course that does not appear below, 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.


Preference Selection (April)

See below (August) for the list of departments that will use preference selection for discussion sections, laboratories, and First-Year Seminars in August. Check back for updated information. Note that Chrome and Firefox are the recommended browsers.

Preference Selection opens on Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m.
Preference Selection closes on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Decisions will be available by Friday, April 30

College Seminars

  • CSBF 350, Technical Innovation and the Future of the American City
  • CSBK 350, The Role of Real Estate in the Economy and Society​
  • CSBR 350, Classical Storytelling and Modern Screenwriting
  • CSDC 350, Social Justice and Violence in the Everyday: How Writers Notice
  • CSES 350, Coming of Age: Writing about Childhood Turning Points
  • CSGH 350, The Art of Storytelling
  • CSJE 350, Mastering the Art of Watercolor
  • CSMC 350, Game Theory in Action: From Poker to Business Negotiations
  • CSMY 350, Leadership as Behavior
  • CSPC 350, Power and Organizing in the City
  • CSSM 350, Heroes and Villains in Film and Literature
  • CSSY 350, Medicine and the Humanities: Certainty and Unknowing
  • CSTC 350, Innovation & Leadership in America
  • CSTD 350, Geo Engineering in Response to Climate Change



Information about applying to English courses that not listed here may be found on the English Department website or on Canvas.


  • FREN 110, Elementary and Intermediate French I
  • FREN 121, Elementary and Intermediate French II
  • FREN 130, Intermediate and Advanced French I
  • FREN 140, Intermediate and Advanced French II
  • FREN 150, Advanced Language Practice




For more information about the courses below, see the East Asian Languages and Literatures department website.


  • 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


Departments with Early Admission Processes

Several departments offer their own early admission processes, including those listed below. Links, or other instructions, are provided below to the pertinent information on their departmental websites.


Courses with Early Admission Processes

Refer to the Canvas site for the following courses regarding early admission information. Other courses may have early admission processes as indicated on Yale Course Search. Early admission decisions will be determined by April 30.

  • CHLD 125/EDST 125/PSYC 125, Child Development
  • FREN 330/HUMS 366, The World of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables”
  • MB&B 251L/MCDB 301, Laboratory for Biochemistry
  • MCDB 482, Advanced Seminar in Cell Biology: Intracellular Signal Transduction
  • PSYC 428, Neuroscience of Decision-Making


Preference Selection (August)

Information to follow.

Preference Selection First-Year Seminars

A list of the seminars to be offered in fall 2021 will be available in Yale Course Search. Click “First Year Seminar ” under Yale College Attributes for a list of all first-year seminars.


Preference Selection for Discussion Sections and Laboratories