During the Course Selection period, also known as Add/Drop, students may visit classes and add and drop courses using PennInTouch before finalizing their schedules. Unlike during Advance Registration, the Course Selection period courses are filled as students register for them, so timing is important and students will know immediately if they are enrolled.
Please follow the instructions and guidelines in the boxes below.
COURSE SELECTION PROCEDURE | DEC 11, 2020-FEB 2, 2021
Timing is Important: Make sure to register for your preferred courses ASAP!
During Course Selection (Add/Drop), courses are filled as students register for them, so you will immediately know if you are enrolled or not.
In the meantime, add and drop courses using Penn InTouch before finalizing your schedule.
At the beginning of Spring 2021 semester, you can visit classes that you are interested in. More information about visiting remote classes will be available shortly.
Please note: If your preferred course is full or requires a permit, please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar to the right of this page and complete as instructed.
COURSE SELECTION FAQs
If you have any questions, please ask or email your ESE Program Coordinator and we will add frequent questions/answers here!
What can I do if I was not enrolled in the course that I requested during Advance Registration?
You can take the following actions NOW:
- Double-check in PennInTouch: If you see that your preferred course is OPEN, please try to register for it. If you are unable to register, please sign up for the course’s waitlist. Please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar to the right of this page and complete as instructed.
- Get on the Waitlist: For courses that are CLOSED, you might still have a chance to be enrolled if someone else drops out. Please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar to the right of this page and complete as instructed.
- Request a Permit: For courses that require PERMISSION, please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar to the right of this page and complete as instructed.
- You are now on the ESE waitlist. You will receive notice if a spot opens up.
During Advance Registration, students submit their preferred and alternative courses for Spring 2021 via PennInTouch. Course requests may be submitted at any time during this period. All course requests are processed at the conclusion of the Advance Registration period, regardless of when the request was submitted. There is no advantage to registering early and no guarantee that students will be enrolled in all requested courses.
Please follow the procedures and guidelines in the boxes below.
ADVISOR APPROVAL | NOV 23-DEC 7
- Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program: Program Course Planning Guide, 2020-21 Course Catalog, Spring 2021 Course Timetables, etc.
- Create/Update Your Planning Worksheet: Update your PennInTouch worksheet with the courses you wish to take in Spring 2021.
- Email or Meet with Your Advisor for Course Plan Approval: Email or meet with your Faculty Advisor or Program Coordinator to obtain approval for your Spring 2021 course plan.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES | NOV 30-DEC 7
- Request Your Courses: Request your approved courses via PennInTouch at any time during the Advance Registration period. You will not be enrolled in any courses until after Advance Registration closes on December 7.
- Obtain Course Permits: For any of your courses that require a permit, please request the permit from the relevant instructor or department. For each ESE course permit that you require, please complete the ESE Permit-Waitlist Form.
- Obtain Time-Conflict Permits: To take two courses that are scheduled at the same time, complete the Time Conflict Permit Form and email it directly to the SEAS Registrar, Cindi Buoni, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Resolve Registration Holds: If you find that you are on registration hold in PennInTouch, please contact the Program Coordinator to help you resolve the hold.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
- Choose only 500-level or higher level courses to fulfill your master’s program requirements.
- Focus on completing the majority of your Category A and B core courses in Year 1.
- Select 4-6 different course options for flexibility/alternate courses.
- Double-check course times to avoid scheduling conflicts.
- Drop alternate courses before the Course Selection Period ends. (Your tuition bill is based on the number of courses you register for.)
- Register for at least 3 CUs to maintain full-time visa status, if you are an on-campus international student. If Spring 2021 is your final semester, and you only need 1 CU or 2 CUs to complete your degree, you must apply for Reduced Course Load (Completion of Study or Coursework) via ISSS.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION FAQs
OVERVIEW – WHAT IS ADVANCE REGISTRATION?
During Advance Registration, students can “register” for courses on PennInTouch. What is submitted during this period are considered “course requests” only. The registrar will review these requests and enroll students. Once that concludes, the Course Selection Period begins.
While Advance Registration Tips are geared toward undergraduates, the page includes some useful tips for graduate students, too.
IS DAY 1 OF ADVANCE REGISTRATION THE BEST DAY TO REQUEST COURSES?
No. Requests are not time-stamped, so there is no advantage in submitting your request on Day 1 vs Day 14 during the Advance Registration period.
If there are more requests than seats available, students who meet selection criteria will be randomly selected for registration. Students who have not been enrolled in the course can ask to be added to a waitlist.
HOW ARE COURSES REQUESTS APPROVED?
Once Advance Registration closes, the registrar processes course requests. The course assignment system takes into account the parameters set on the course. The registrar officially enrolls students provided they meet all applicable parameters (e.g., students in certain majors/programs or certain academic years). The registrar then provides this enrollment information to all academic departments, which can then determine if adjustments to the course roster are needed.
WILL I DEFINITELY BE ENROLLED IN ALL OF THE COURSES I REQUESTED?
No. There are no guarantees.
Some course requests may be granted, some may not. Reasons vary case by case, such as:
- Permit required;
- Exceeds CU limit;
- Time conflicts between requested courses (Lower priority requests will be dropped from the schedule, while higher priority courses will remain);
- Seats outnumber course requests (Students who fulfill the course selection parameters will be randomly chosen by the scheduling system).
WHEN CAN I OFFICIALLY REGISTER FOR COURSES?
After the registrar’s review period (about two weeks) PennInTouch will reopen to allow students to register for courses. This is the official start of the Course Selection or Add/Drop period, when students can make changes to their schedule until the early part of the Fall 2020 semester.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT SUBMIT COURSE REQUESTS DURING ADVANCE REGISTRATION?
Students will still be able to register when the system officially opens for the Course Selection period (usually about 2 weeks after the end of Advance Registration).
If a course has greater demand than seats, requesting the course during Advance Registration improves a student’s chance of getting into the course versus registering once the Course Selection (Add/Drop) period begins.
- EE CPG
- SE CPG
- SEAS COURSE INFO
- Spring 2021 Timetable
- 2020-21 Course Catalog
- Grad Calendar
- Grad Handbook
- Petition for Action
- Time Conflict Form
- ESE 597 Master’s Thesis
- ESE Permit-Waitlist Form
- CIS Waitlist
- MEAM Course Waitlists
- EAS 512: Angela Busichio
- EAS 595: ESE Waitlist
- EAS Courses: EAS Professors
- Wharton Course Requests
ESE Master’s Programs Coordinator Liz Kopeczky
NOV 30-DEC 7: ADV REG
DEC 10: Classes End
DEC 11-14: Reading Days
DEC 11: ADD/DROP Opens
DEC 15-22: Finals
DEC 22: Fall Term Ends
JAN 20: Classes Begin
FEB 2: ADD/DROP Ends