Cross-Registration: Olin to Wellesley




Wellesley College encourages students to take advantage of opportunities for cross-registration. In order to make your experience with cross-registration more enjoyable, we recommend that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the BOW Rules.


If you are planning on cross-registering for 100 level courses for the Fall Semester, please note that your registration requests will not be processed until early September. See below for further information.


Cross-Registration Process


Begin by submitting a cross-registration request via the cross-registration portlet under the myStAR tab at You will receive an email “receipt” acknowledging that your request has been submitted. (If you do not receive an email, it is possible that your request did not go through for some reason. Check with the Olin Registrar’s Office if you have any doubt.) Your request goes to, and we send it to the Wellesley Registrar’s Office. Submitting your request earlier than Wellesley’s processing dates is fine; we hold your request and send it at the proper time. You will receive an informative email notification from Wellesley when they have processed your request. Keep this email for reference.


You must abide by all relevant Wellesley deadlines, including add, drop, withdrawal and grading option deadlines.


You may take no more than one course at Wellesley in a given semester. If you are denied admission to your first choice, you may submit a request for a different course, but you can have only one active request per school at a time.


Special note about Fall courses only: Because Wellesley first-year students sign up for their courses during their orientation period in late August, Wellesley does not process Olin requests for first-year level courses (i.e., 100-level) until their first day of classes. Please follow the following procedure:


  • Submit your request through the portal during the registration period.  It will be possible to cross-register at the beginning of the semester, but making your request earlier is better.
  • You will receive an email from Wellesley notifying you that you will automatically be registered around their first day of classes, immediately after their first-years have registered.  (This assumes that there is room in the class you wish to take.)



It will be your responsibility to notify both the Wellesley Registrar and the Olin Registrar if you decide you do not wish to take the course.  The assumption will be that since you submitted a request, you do want to take the course.  If you know that you are no longer interested in a particular course, please let both offices know right away so that someone else will have the opportunity to get into the course.

You may add a Wellesley course as late as the end of their add period (see Dates section on this website).  Plan to submit a Visiting Student Card as the best way to add a Wellesley course once classes have begun, but please also submit a request through the portal as usual.

Also use the Visiting Student Card for any course that requires the instructor’s permission. Take the card to class, get the instructor’s signature signifying permission, and deliver it to the Registrar’s Office on the 1st Floor of the Schneider Center.  The card is available from the Olin Registrar (CC320) or can be printed from the link above.


Dropping a Course: The notification email that you receive from Wellesley confirming your registration contains deadlines for dropping and for signing up for a credit/non option, when available. Taking a course at another institution through cross-registration means that you abide by all their rules and deadlines. Please note that their deadlines may be much earlier than Olin’s. At no time may you drop a cross-registered course through the portal.


Students must notify both the Olin Registrar’s Office and the Wellesley Registrar’s Office to drop or withdraw from a cross-registered course.


If you have any questions about any part of the process, please feel free to email or pay us a visit in Campus Center 320.