Enrollment Guide

Fall 2024 Enrollment Calendar

Fall 2024 Class Standing Pre-enrollment Period Add/Drop Starts
Graduate students and
professional students
May 1–3  (Wed–Fri) August 19  (Mon, 9 a.m.)
Seniors May 2–6  (Thu–Mon) August 20  (Tue, 9 a.m.)
Juniors May 6–8  (Mon–Wed) August 21  (Wed, 9 a.m.)
Sophomores May 7–9  (Tue–Thu) August 22  (Thu, 9 a.m.)
First-years, continuing May 7–9  (Tue–Thu) August 23  (Fri, 9 a.m.)
New students July 22–25
(Mon noon–Thu 4 p.m.)
August 23  (Fri, 9 a.m.)

Important Dates and Forms

September 9 (Monday) — Last day to add a Fall 2024 class or change credits.

October 21 (Monday) — Last day to drop a Fall 2024 class or change grading basis. Starting October 22, withdrawal from courses is by petition only. If approved, a "W" will appear on the official transcript.

For college-specific dates and forms, consult the College Registrar Directory and follow the link provided for your college.

Which MATH?

For guidance in selecting an appropriate entry-level course, please consult First Steps in Math. Members of the undergraduate advising committee — Jim West, Xiaodong Cao, Michael Nussbaum, Slawomir Solecki, Kelly Delp, and Benjamin Dozier — are also available to help you sort through your options.

Course Availability

For the most current information on course availability and your enrollment, check Student Center.  If you are using Scheduler or another scheduling tool for planning purposes, be careful not to use your plan as a personal calendar unless you first update it to match your actual enrollment in Student Center. Take care to attend only the section that matches your enrollment in Student Center.

During the continuing student pre-enrollment period in May, many courses at the 1000 and 2000 level have low enrollment  caps to save space — in all sections — for entering first-year and transfer students. These caps will be raised before first-year and transfer students pre-enroll in July and some may be raised again in August to allow students to make schedule changes.

MATH 1110 and 1120 may fill up completely during the first-year pre-enrollment period, but spaces will open up in August due to drops. Look for openings after the first-year add period starts.

MATH 1910, 1920, 2210, 2220, 2930, and 2940 may fill up briefly during pre-enrollment or the add period, especially on the first day for first-year students or sophomores. If this happens, more spaces will be added to enable students to self-enroll on Student Center and meet their math requirements. Check back later in the day for openings.

Time Conflict Policy

A time conflict exists between two classes if the meeting times published in the Class Roster overlap. Time conflict petitions that involve a MATH class will be denied if (a) either class is in person or hybrid or (b) the student is a freshman, sophomore, or junior.  If the MATH class has other sections that don’t create a time conflict but are full, contact Heather Peterson for assistance.

Seniors and graduate students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a faculty advisor and avoid choosing classes that conflict; however, if a conflict with a MATH class appears unavoidable, contact Mikki Klinger and include your name, college, class standing, and details of the two conflicting classes and how they contribute to your program of study.

This policy applies to Spring 2021 classes and beyond.  All time conflict petitions involving a MATH class require department approval.

When a Class is Full

If you are unable to pre-enroll in a course initially, check again at least once before your pre-enrollment period ends. Spaces may be added (as described in the Enrollment Overview above) or students may change their pre-enrollment to another class and leave an opening. If you are unsuccessful during pre-enrollment, try again when your add period starts in August. Students make a lot of changes to their schedules during the early part of the add period. Sections may open and close several times a day due to adds, drops, and section changes. There are usually some drops after the first class meets.

Your schedule should be settled before the add deadline. If you check several times during the add period and still don’t find an opening in a course that is required for your degree, ask for help before the add period ends. Do not continue to sit in a class past the add deadline hoping for a seat to open up.

If you are interested in a specific time, you may find an opening if you check several times throughout the add period. You may also need to adjust your schedule to make room for an available math class or reconsider taking an early morning, late afternoon, or evening class if they are available. If it's possible to fit an available section into your schedule, then you should do so. If not, ask for help, but understand that you may not get your ideal schedule.

Limits and Waiting Lists

With a little patience, most students are able to self-enroll in Student Center without waiting lists or permission numbers. Exceptions (if any) will be added below as the need arises. We do not keep waiting lists for individual sections of a course.

NOTE: If you have a time conflict, please review our time conflict policy before adding yourself to a waiting list.

MATH 1300 (Mathematical Explorations) — Enrollment in MATH 1300 is by department consent. Students who wish to enroll must add themselves to the MATH 1300 waiting list (not in Student Center). A link to the waiting list will be added here before pre-enrollment begins. Enrollment decisions will be made over the summer and permission codes issued to waitlisted students who are approved to enroll; students will use their permission codes to add the course in Student Center after their add period begins. There may be drops during the first week of the add period and after the first class or two meet; however, MATH 1300 is a small class with limited availability. Many students on the waiting list will not get in, so all students on the waiting list should have a back-up plan, especially first-year students and sophomores. The next offering of MATH 1300 will be fall 2025.

MATH 1710 (Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World) — Enrollment is limited to 25 students per discussion. There will not be a waiting list. If you are unable to add MATH 1710, you might consider another introductory statistics class, such as AEM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, or PAM 2100.

Who to Contact for Help

Course instructors cannot give you permission to enroll unless the course is listed in the catalog as “permission of instructor.”

Contact Heather Peterson for assistance with most 1000-/2000-level courses or Mikki Klinger for assistance with MATH 1300, 1340, and all courses numbered 3000 and above. If you send email, please include your name, college, class standing, and any other details you think may help us prioritize your request.

The Mathematics Department will assist you if you are unable to resolve a conflict between a required math course and another required course for your degree. If changing your first-year writing seminar or PE class is possible and will resolve the conflict, then you should resolve the conflict on your own rather than seeking an accommodation for your math class.

Independent Study

Students who wish to enroll in MATH 4900 (research) or MATH 4901 (reading course) must fill out an independent study form after meeting with the proposed faculty supervisor to discuss the goals and expectations of the project. The form will be available when the add period begins but not during the pre-enrollment period.