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Schedule Builder

Schedule Builder makes it easier for students to develop their course schedule based on college, semester, subject area, time, and online/in-person delivery. Students can also develop their schedule by finding courses with specific attributes, such as courses affiliated with a particular program like ASAP or College Now, courses with Zero Textbook Cost, or courses that fulfill Major Gateway requirements. Students can even compare their class schedules to confirm what works best for their academic and personal lives.

For instructions on how to use the application, please review the Schedule Builder step-by-step guide.


What is Schedule Builder?

Schedule Builder is a tool that allows students to plan their class schedules and register for classes for the upcoming semester. With this tool, students can arrange selected courses into conflict-free timetable options, making it easier to see what available options best fits into their personal and academic lives.

How do I access Schedule Builder?

Current students must log in to their CUNYfirst account with their credentials and go to their Student Center. On the Student Center landing page, under the “Academics” table, click on the link “launch schedule builder” in order to access the Schedule Builder application.

Does Schedule Builder automatically enroll me in the classes I select?

No, Schedule Builder does not automatically enroll you in the classes that you have selected. To fully enroll yourself in the classes, you must click “GET THIS SCHEDULE” located at the bottom of the Calendar View to see the classes you have chosen and click “DO ACTIONS” to fully enroll in these classes for the upcoming term. (See above for “How do I create a schedule?”).

Can I swap classes using the Schedule Builder application?

Yes, you can swap classes in the “Select Courses” section by selecting “Drop Course” in the drop-down menu under the course that you wish to drop. Make sure that you have the new course selected on your schedule before you select “Get This Schedule” The action next to the dropped class on the confirmation page will indicate that you are swapping the dropped course for the class that you are enrolling in.

What does “locking” a class do?

An advisor will “Lock” a class in order to make registration in that class mandatory as a condition for enrollment. If a course is “Locked” on a student’s schedule, the student will be unable to register for any courses without enrolling in the “Locked” class.

What if I do not have a set degree plan?

First, consult with an Academic Advisor if you do not have a set degree plan. However, you are able to search and select courses manually in the “Select Courses” section.

Will I be alerted if a wait-listed class becomes available?

Yes, you will receive an email notification.

Is there a limit to what you can put in your shopping cart?

There is no limit to courses that can be added to the shopping cart. However, be mindful of your credit limitations when registering for classes.

If the system times out will I lose all the classes I added to my shopping cart?

The system will only recall registered courses or schedules that have been saved under “Favorites”. Be sure to save your preferred schedule(s) intermittently as you navigate through Schedule Builder.

Will my ePermit courses be visible in Schedule Builder?

Currently, only courses from the pilot schools will be visible in Schedule Builder at this time. Any ePermit courses taken outside the pilot schools will not be visible in Schedule Builder.

Why am I unable to enroll?

There are a few conditions that would prevent a student from enrolling in a course.

  • If a class section is full then no further enrollment will be allowed
  • If there are still pre-requisites or co-requisites needed to add to the course
  • If you attempt to enroll in courses beyond your credit limit
  • If certain class sections are reserved for students in specific programs

Please consult with an academic advisor if you experience any of the issues mentioned above.

For all other issues, please contact the MEC help desk.

For more information about CUNY Central’s Schedule Builder visit: Schedule Builder.

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