Tips on How to Determine Your Bell Code

There are only four positions in CUNYfirst for a bell code time slot. A bell code is the course code used to identify when your class meets. For example, if you are in ENGL. 1010 TR11, your course will be on Tuesdays (T) and Thursdays (R), 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

  • M (Monday)
  • T (Tuesday)
  • W (Wednesday)
  • R (Thursday)
  • F (Friday)
  • S (Saturday)
  • U (Sunday)

Letters at the end of a bell code will also state certain characteristics about the section. For example:

  • L is a lecture component and is usually paired with a bell code that ends in B for lab.
  • H indicates that it is an honors course.
  • Q indicates that it is a SEEK course.
  • F indicates that it is a First-Year Program course.

These letters will never show in the grid, so if you teach a MW2F, you would follow the MW2 bell code slot.

Because there are only four positions, we sometimes need to shorten the numbers 11 and 12 to E or T to make it fit.

  • MTAL that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:50–2:05 p.m. follows an MW12.
  • MTAL that meets on Mondays only at 12:50–3:30 p.m. will follow an M12. Bell codes can be tricky, so we are here to help! For assistance, e-mail us your course number, department, and bell code.
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