ABRA and Registration
Registration is a two-part process: the bidding period and the add/drop period. An automated bidding algorithm enrolls students in courses based on the number of points bid for courses and a fixed set of criteria described in the Year-Long Registration Guide. Students register via ABRA, the Auction Based Registration Algorithm accessed at https://abra.law.nyu.edu/abra.
After the bidding period, students may make changes to their schedules during the add/drop period. Once the add/drop period ends in September, spring add/drop resumes in December and January. Registering for the entire year during the summer requires careful planning and attention to dates, deadlines, and bidding selections as well as the results of the bidding cycles.
If you are admitted in a program that begins in the spring or otherwise do not begin registration until after September, you may participate in add/drop beginning in December; there is no bidding period available.
See the Registration Calendar for bidding period and add/drop dates for all students.
If you are a continuing student, participation in the bidding period and add/drop is not permitted until you pay any prior account balance, including tuition, housing, and fees. Of course, you may register for courses after you pay, but if your payment is received after the bidding period closes, you will not be included in the bidding period and your selection of courses will be limited to courses available during add/drop. If a Hold is placed on your account after you register for the bidding period, your course selections will be deleted. After you have made payment, you will be able to select courses during the add/drop period. If you make payment after add/drop has ended, you will not be permitted to register retroactively.