How to Register for Expos Studio and Expos 20

First-year students will submit section preferences for their fall-term Expos courses between Tuesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 26, 2021. More detailed information about that process will be available on this page later in August. Information about fall Expos courses is available here.

Students who want to petition to change their assigned Expos semester will be able to submit Term Change Petitions beginning on Wednesday, August 18. (Term changes close on Friday, August 20.) Please note: Expos Studio 10 is a fall-term-only course.

Expos Placement Recommendations

Incoming students who have completed the Writing Exam will see their Expos placement recommendation on their Placement Report in my.harvard in August 2021. Students recommended for Expos 20 will also see their Term Assignment in this location. Please note that Expos Studio 10 is a fall-term only course. (Exams from students who took the Writing Exam in one of the later exam periods may still be in process during the week of August 16.)

All students who are recommended for Expos Studio 10 must meet in an individual advising session with an Expos faculty member to talk about the course. That conversation will help students decide whether enrolling in Expos Studio 10 is the right initial course for them

  • To be able to sign up for an advising session, students must first complete the check-in process in my.harvard. (It may take 24 hours for that check-in to be processed so that students have access to the online schedule.) 
  • Advising sessions (held on Zoom) are offered before students arrive on campus.
  • Advising appointments are available during the week of August 16, and students can sign up for an online advising session here. (The link leads to the Harvard Writing Center scheduler. The appointments displayed will be listed as “General Writing Tutoring” – these are the Expos Studio 10 advising appointments.)
  • Even students who already feel sure about whether Expos Studio 10 or Expos 20 will be the best starting point need to schedule an advising session to confirm their plans. To learn more about these advising sessions, please read further details here

Students who enroll in Expos Studio 10 fulfill their Expository Writing requirement by taking either Expos Studio 20 or Expos 20 in the spring.

Expos 20 Term Change Requests

Students who wish to switch their Expos 20 assignment to the opposite term can complete a request form online from Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. through Friday, August 20 at 4 p.m. Please follow this link to the Request Form. (Note that Expos Studio 10 is offered in the fall semester only.)

Due to enrollment limits in each term, we may not be able to grant all term change requests.

Students who submit a request form by 4 p.m. that day will receive a response that same evening. 

We will consider all requests that come in after 4 p.m. on August 18 and August 19, but they will likely be included in following day’s decisions.

Students whose initial request is not approved are welcome to submit a new request the following day(s).

FAQ about Term Changes Requests

What kind of information will I need to provide on the Term Change Request Form? 
You will be asked for your name, HUID, and Harvard email address, as well as your Adviser’s name and email address. You will also be asked the reason for your request and your anticipated schedule for the 2021-22 academic year

Can I email my request to the Writing Program office? 
No, all requests must be submitted via the online form.

How does the Term Change process work? 
We process Term Change Request Forms beginning at 4 p.m. each day and try to grant as many changes as possible. Please be aware that we need to keep a certain number of assignments in each term because of the enrollment limits in the Expos sections. If we aren’t able to grant your request to switch terms the first time you try, you may fill out a new request the following day. We will not move your request form from one day to the next, since students’ scheduling information changes.

Can I submit a Term Change Request after 4 p.m.?
The request form will remain open continuously from August 18 until August 20 at 4 p.m. However, each day’s requests will be processed beginning at 4 p.m.—any requests received later in the day on Wednesday and Thursday will be processed the following day. Requests received after 4:00 on Friday, August 20 may not be considered at all.

How will I know if my term assignment has been changed? 
At the end of each day of term changes, all students who submitted a request by 4 p.m. will be notified whether or not we could accommodate their request. An email will be sent to students later in the evening.

If there’s a student in the other term who would swap assignments with me, can we trade places? 
You can both submit a Term Change Request Form. However, we cannot accept pre-arranged “swaps” –- to be fair to all students (including those who might not know someone willing to swap), we handle each request on its own.

What if my term change is approved and I want to switch back? 
Once you are switched to the new term, you cannot switch back into your original term.

What if I want to change terms after the August 20 session of Term Change Requests?            
As of Saturday morning, 8/21/21, term assignments will be finalized and sent to the Registrar’s Office. No additional Term Change Requests can be accepted after the August 20 deadline. Sectioning for all students assigned to Fall Term Expos will open on Tuesday, 8/24/21.

 

Expos Section Registration

Using the Lottery program within my.harvard.edu, students taking Expos Studio 10 or Expos 20 in the Fall 2021 term must register for a particular section of Expos. The Lottery program opens at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 26. Students will be sent detailed instructions before the Lottery program opens.

Sectioning involves these five steps:

  • Review Expos course offerings on the Writing Program website or in the Course Catalog. Most course syllabi are also available online.
  • Expos Studio 10 students will select and rank their top five choices in the Lottery system. Expos 20 students will select and rank their top nine choices. Be flexible about choosing specific sections; you may very well not get your first or second choice. Remember that the similarities between Expos sections are more important than the differences: all sections within Expos Studio 10 and all sections within Expos 20 have the same structure, amount and kind of work, and goal—to teach students how to write a lucid and lively academic essay. 
  • Submit your choices using the Lottery system in my.harvard.edu during the online sectioning period TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, AT 2 P.M., THROUGH THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, AT 11:59 P.M. Note that sectioning is not a "first come, first served" process: when assigning sections, the Lottery program does not take into account the date or time you submitted preferences.
  • Results of sectioning will be visible to students in the late afternoon or evening of FRIDAY, AUGUST 27. The displayed section may change throughout the day as the system works to finalize assignments. THE WRITING PROGRAM WILL NOTIFY STUDENTS VIA EMAIL ON FRIDAY, 8/27/21 WHEN THE SECTION ASSIGNMENT IN MY.HARVARD HAS BEEN FINALIZED.
  • Go to your assigned first Expos class, even if you plan to request a section change, since there is no guarantee that your request will be approved. Expos classes begin WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1.

FAQ about Expos Sectioning

Where can I learn about the Expos sections and meeting times that are being offered?
Course descriptions and section times are available on the Writing Program website and in my.harvard.

How do I section? 
Log into my.harvard between 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/24/21 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 8/26/21. All Expos Studio 10 students must enter their top five section choices. Expos 20 students must enter their top nine section choices.

Does it matter when I section? 
Sectioning is not first come, first served, so entering your choices immediately when sectioning opens does not increase your chances of getting a top choice. The Lottery tool tries to maximize as many top choices as it can, but it is possible that you may receive a choice lower on your list, so please be sure to list sections that will best fit into your schedule. What is most important is that you section online some time before the Sectioning application is closed.

What do I do if I’ve already selected my top choices, but I’ve changed my mind/my schedule? 
Students may log back into the Lottery tool and reset preferences as many times as they need to while the sectioning period is open.

When will I find out my Expos section assignment?  
In the late afternoon or evening on Friday, August 27, students will be notified when the section displayed in their my.harvard has been finalized. (It is possible that the displayed section could change throughout the day on Friday, so please wait for notification from the Writing Program to let you know your official assignment.)

How do I find out where my class meets?
When your section assignment appears in my.harvard, the class location will be included there. 

How long are the classes? 
Classes meet for 75 minutes each session, and every class begins promptly at the scheduled time.

How often do Expos classes meet? 
Expos classes meet two days per week. They meet either Mondays & Wednesdays (MW), or Tuesdays & Thursdays (TTh or TR) at the following times:

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  

When do Fall 2021 Expos classes start?  
Monday/Wednesday Expos Studio 10 and Expos 20 classes start on Wednesday, September 1.
Tuesday/Thursday Expos Studio 10 and Expos 20 classes start on Thursday, September 2.

What if I have a conflict with the time my Expos section meets? 
If you’ve developed a conflict in your schedule and can no longer make it to a section time you requested, you may complete a Section Change Request Form online from August 30 through September 2.

Expos Section Changes

There is no shopping for Expos courses: you may not attend a class for which you are not registered, nor may you go to a class to ask if any students wish to move into another section. Only the Expos Registration Administrator has the authority to switch you into a new section; no Expos preceptor or Resident Dean of First-Year Students may approve a student's request for entrance into a section. The Writing Program accepts section change requests during a set period of time after initial section assignments have been completed. Section Change Request Forms are being accepted from 9 a.m. Monday, August 30  through 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 2.

Expos Studio 10 Section Change Request Form

Fall Expos 20 Section Change Request Form

 

FAQ for Section Change Requests

What if I have a conflict with the time my Expos section meets? 
If you’ve developed a conflict in your schedule and can no longer make it to a section time you requested, you may complete a Section Change Request Form online from August 30 through September 2 at 4 p.m. The links will be available on the Writing Program website beginning August 30.

When can I submit a Section Change Request? 
Section Change Requests are accepted via online form from August 30 at 9 a.m. through September 2 at 4 p.m. Students who submit a request form by 4 p.m. (ET) that day will receive a response that same evening. Forms submitted after 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be considered with the following day's submissions.

What kind of information will I need to provide on the Section Change Request Form?  
You will be asked for your name, HUID, and phone number; the section number, title, and time of your initial Expos assignment; and your prospective concentration. You will also be asked for your entire anticipated schedule for the Fall 2021 term, the reason for your request, and the sections you would like to move into.

How does the Section Change process work? 
You will fill out a form letting us know which times in your schedule are open and which of those times you’d prefer to be assigned to. You are encouraged to write the reason for your section change request. We then process those requests at the end of the day and try to grant as many changes as possible. Please be aware that since Expos is a limited enrollment class, we cannot grant all requests to change sections. No section of Expos Studio 10 can be larger than 10 students. No section of Expos 20 can be larger than 15 students.

How will I know if my section has been changed? 
At the end of each day of section changes, all students will be notified either that we were able to move them to a new class, or that we could not accommodate their request. An email will be sent to students a few hours after the daily section change period closes.

If I’m trying to change sections, which course do I go to? 
You must attend the section you are initially assigned to until your Section Change Request is approved. A preceptor cannot sign you into his or her class – all changes must be processed by the Writing Program office.

If I’m trying to change sections, which course do I go to? 
You must attend the section you are initially assigned to until your Section Change Request is approved. A preceptor cannot sign you into his or her class – all changes must be processed at the Writing Program office.

If there’s a student in another section who would swap sections with me, can we trade places? 
You can both come to the Writing Program office to fill out a Section Change Request. However, we cannot accept pre-arranged “swaps” – to be fair to all students (including those who might not know someone willing to swap), we handle each request on its own.

What if my section change request is not approved? 
You are welcome to submit a new request for a section change during each day of the request period (August 30-September 2).

What if my section change is approved and I want to switch back? 
Once you are moved into a new section, you cannot switch back into your original section. It is likely that another student will be assigned to your original section, leaving no available spaces in the course.

What if I want to change sections after the September 2 session of Section Change Requests? 
As of Friday morning, 9/3/21, Expos Registration is closed and class rosters have been finalized. No more Section Change Requests can be accepted after the September 2 deadline.