Frequently Asked Questions about Registering for Courses
Q: A COURSE I WANT IS CLOSED. AM I OUT OF LUCK?
Maybe not. In general, you may not add a section of a course if the section has reached its maximum enrollment. In some instances, at the discretion of the Course Chair (see the course description) and instructor, the Course Chair may make an exception and grant a population waiver, which overrides the maximum number of students allowed, to let a student in a class. If you are granted a population waiver by the Chair, the waiver is entered onto the computer by the Chair, allowing you to add the course yourself online.
Q: I NEED TWO COURSES, BUT THEY MEET AT CONFLICTING TIMES. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you have permission from the instructors for both courses, you can register into two courses with a time conflict. First add one of the courses online yourself, and then add the overlapping course at the front counter of the Office of the Registrar.
Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A COURSE IF I HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE PREREQUISITES?
In general, you may not add a course if you have not met the prerequisite requirements. Prior to registering, you should check the course descriptions to ensure you have the proper prerequisites, co-requisites, ensemble ratings, and whether you are eligible to elect the course (Electable by:).
You must have a passing grade, transfer credit or credit by exam in the Colleague system to satisfy course prerequisites. It is assumed that courses in which you are currently enrolled will be passed and can, therefore, be used as prerequisites. You can count the courses you are currently enrolled in as passed courses to help you meet prerequisite requirements. (However, a non-passing final grade for your current course may mean you are removed from a course(s) next term.)
HOWEVER, if you do not have all the prerequisites for a course but still wish to take it, you can petition the course chair to waive the prerequisites restriction(s). Course chairs approve prerequisite waiver appeals at their discretion. When approved, course chairs need to enter a prerequisite waiver into the Colleague computer system before a student can register for the course. Prerequisite waivers are valid for one semester only.