Dear Spring Undergraduate Entrants,

Welcome to the Department of Human Centered Design (HCD) and our undergraduate majors in Design + Environmental Analysis, Fashion Design & Management and Fiber Science. We look forward to meeting you soon and we encourage you to check your Cornell email regularly.

During January Orientation you will be assigned an academic advisor with whom you can discuss topics such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career plans. You may also contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at any time with questions.


  • You will receive enrollment information before Orientation and have the opportunity to make course changes during the add/drop period.
  • You may be directly enrolled in required courses in your major to ensure your spot in limited enrollment courses that you may need as prerequisites for upper-level courses. .  You are advised not to drop these courses because there may not be space in the future when priority will be given to the next class.
  • Review your transfer credit evaluation from the College of Human Ecology Registrar’s Office.  It will tell you how your transfer credits are being applied towards your graduation requirements.
  • If you have not yet received credit evaluation information, contact the CHE Registrar’s Office directly. 
  • CHE students typically take 15-17 credits per semester, not including Physical Education (PE).
  • You must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester, not counting PE to maintain good standing with the University.
  • If you wish to take more than 18 credits you must petition with CHE Registrar’s Office.  This is not allowed in your first semester.


We have set computer requirements for our undergraduates.  These are necessary so you will be able to run the design-intensive software you will use in some of our courses. 

We hope this brief introduction will answer some of your questions. We are eager to meet you! 


Rhonda Gilmore                                                                       
Director of Undergraduate Studies                                         
D+EA Undergraduate Program                                                

Fran Kozen
Director of Undergraduate Studies
FSAD Undergraduate Program