Thursday, January 3 - Thursday, January 17
Notification of Overenrolled Course Drops
Any student dropped from an overenrolled or cancelled course will be notified by e-mail from the Registrar's Office no later than January 2. Instructors should not be dropping students after this point except in the following cases:
- Any student lacking a stated prerequisite may be dropped.
- ENGL 283 -Students are selected by writing samples presented at the first class meeting. If you have questions about this course and the writing sample, contact the course instructor.
Selecting an Alternate Course
Online registration will be open from January 3 or 10 through January 17. You may select another course as long as the course is open and not Instructor or Department Consent.
- Instructors who drop students from a course may e-mail the students with suggestions on alternate courses. You may seek further advice from the course instructor, from department chairs, from other instructors in the department.
- It will help to broaden your focus. Identify what about the course interested you and use the online catalog search on Subject Attributes or Distribution Attributes to identify other courses that may be of interest. Use the PeopleSoft Class Search to identify open courses.
- If a course is already closed or Instructor Consent, you may contact the instructor and ask to be on a waitlist, but keep in mind that space may not become available. Contact instructors by e-mail.
- Department Consent also means the course has a waitlist, but you should contact the department office rather than the individual instructor.
Checking the Closed and Department/Instructor Consent Status of a Course
The easiest way to check a course status is in the online catalog. Drill down on a subject and then on Spring course offerings. The open /closed status displays to the right of the course section listings. If the course is Instructor or Department consent, 'Inst' or 'Dept' will display in the right most column.
If you are in PeopleSoft, you can also check the course status through the class search.
- Navigate to Self Service>Student Center, and click .
- Select Spring 2013 for the term if it is not defaulted.
- Enter the course subject and number and click .
In the search results, check the open /closed status. To check instructor consent, click the section link and check for ‘Instructor Consent Required’ under the section.
If no Add Consent is listed, the course is not instructor or department consent.
(More details on Academic Requirements (pages 1-3 of .pdf))
- Divisional distribution requirements - by graduation you must complete 3 graded semester courses in each of the three divisions. The courses in each division must be from at least 2 different subjects. By the end of the sophomore year you must complete at least 2 courses in each division.
- Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement - by graduation you must complete 1 graded semester course designated as meeting the EDI requirement. Students are urged to complete the requirement by the end of the sophomore year. Student who completed a Peoples and Cultures course in Spring 2008 or earlier do not need to complete an EDI course.
- Quantitative/Formal Reasoning (QFR) requirement - by the end of the junior year, you must complete 1 graded QFR course.
- Writing Intensive (WI) requirement - by the end of the junior year you must complete 2 graded WI courses; 1 graded WI course must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. (You are strongly encouraged to complete both WI courses by the end of the sophomore year).
Early Concentration Rules for First-Year and Sophomore Students
- First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.
- may take no more than 2 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 3 in one department, in a semester
- may take no more than 3 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 4 in one department, during the full year.
- A student may take no more than a total of 5 courses with the same course prefix, nor more than 8 in one department, during the first two years.
- Any exception to the above may be requested by a goldenrod petition to the Committee on Academic Standing filed at the time of registration.
Petitions and Special Approvals
Credit for one semester of a year (hyphenated) course.
Postpone completion of distribution requirements.
Major Declaration Form (Blue Petition):
Any Junior or Senior changing a single major or adding or dropping a second major.
Concentration Declaration Form:
Declaring or dropping a program.
1. First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.
2. a. Sophomores may take no more than two courses with the same course prefix, nor more than three in one department, in a semester.
b. Sophomores may take no more than three courses with the same course
prefix, nor more than four in one department, during the full year.
3. A student may take no more than a total of five courses with the same course prefix, nor more than eight in one department, during the first two years.
4. Any exception to the above must be requested by a goldenrod petition to the Committee on Academic Standing submitted to the Registrar's Office by noon, Wednesday, September 14.
For Independent Study (298, 398, 498). Signatures of faculty sponsor and department chair required. If you are submitting an independent study petition to satisfy the WI requirement please use the turquoise petition.
NOTE that a petition for Independent Study should be submitted before the beginning of the semester in which the independent study will be taken.
No petition is required for the senior thesis course, essay or project (492, 494, 496), but departments may have their own forms for these courses.
Myths about Mid-Registration
Myth: Instructor Consent just means that you can contact the instructor to get in to a class.
Fact: Instructor or Department Consent means that the course overenrolled, some students have already been dropped and there is a waitlist. Before you fire off an e-mail to the instructor, check the enrollment preferences listed in the catalog and research other open courses to see what else may be available. Some instructors keep waitlists; some don't. Some instructors will suggest that you come to the first class meeting in February, but cannot guarantee a space in the class.
Myth: The only way to know a course has a prerequisite is to try to add a class and see if you get an error message.
Fact: You should check the prerequisite in the online catalog course description for any course you are considering. Not all prerequisites are enforced in PeopleSoft; if they are, you can see them on the Class Detail page of the Class Search or on the Enrollment Preferences page when adding a class . If you want the prerequisite waived, you should talk to the instructor.