Students applying for courses
June 5, 2017
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What to do if a course is full

We’ve all experienced the panic that comes from clicking “register all” with the perfect worklist, and finding out that one or more of the courses you need is full. Luckily, there are some options you can try before giving up.

1. Check the SSC every day

You’d be surprised by how often people drop and change courses between now and September. There’s a really good chance that if you check frequently, the spot you need will become available. Be persistent!

2. Get on a waitlist

If you’re lucky, the course you want will have a waitlist, which you “register” for the same way you’d register for any other course. Make sure you still have a backup option in case you don’t get moved off the waitlist.

3. Look for the same class in a different section

Most courses have multiple sections available in different time slots. Be flexible with how your schedule looks and go for that 8:00 AM class, even though you may really not want to. If it’s a required course, it might be your best option!

4. Ask for help!

Talk to a faculty advisor to find out if you can take the course in a different year (this is a very likely possibility!), or if there’s an alternate course you can register for that will fulfill the right requirement.

Most of the time, it’s not going to be a huge problem if you can’t take a course at exactly the right time. Don’t panic, and try again next year.

Good luck with registration everyone!