• Course Permits and Waitlists

Course Registration

Please see the below links for information on ESE courses:

ESE Course Descriptions

Use the keyword “ESE” when searching Fall 2022 courses on Path@Penn

Permit/Waitlist Process

Course Selection Period for Fall 2022 Courses:

May 11, 2022 — September 13, 2022

 

If Path@Penn says you need a permit for an ESE course, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the Fall 2022 ESE Permit-Waitlist Request form

    1. Submitting this Google form will let you either be considered for a permit (if there is room) and/or join the waitlist to be considered for a permit (if there are no currently available spots.)
    2. NOTE: “Available spots” is not the same thing as Path@Penn showing the course as not being fully enrolled. Even if it shows up as not fully enrolled yet, the course may already have a waitlist which is being used to review/admit students.
  2. After submitting a response, you will receive an automated summary email. Please review the entered information. If you find any mistakes, please fill out the form again.
    1. If we see multiple responses submitted by one student for the same course, we will assume you have been correcting information each time, and we will only process the most recently submitted response.
  3. Submit a permit request for the course on Path@Penn.
    1. See this guide for step-by-step instructions: Path-Request-Permission-to-Take-a-Class. Make sure to add text/a message to your request as some students have found that their requests do not go through otherwise.
    2. Note: You must BOTH fill out a response on the ESE Permit Request Google form AND request a permit on Path@Penn. The department uses the Google form to manage/organize all requests, while the Path@Penn permit requests are used to actually issue permits if students are eventually approved.
  4. If you would like to request permits for other ESE courses, please repeat Steps 1-3 once per additional course.
  5. Within 1-4 business days of submitting an ESE Permit Request form response, you will receive an email with a status update:

    1. APPROVED:
      1. If there are available spots in the course:
        1. You will receive an email letting you know that you have been approved for a permit on Path@Penn, and you will be instructed to email back as soon as possible confirming that you will claim the permit and register for the course.
        2. Once you have replied with your email confirmation, you will be notified when the permit has been issued, and you will be instructed to claim the permit by registering for the course on Path@Penn.
      2. If there are NO available spots in the course: See the WAITLISTED status below.
    2. FURTHER INFO/ACTION REQUESTED: Alternatively, you might receive an email requesting:
      1. Further information: We will let you know what further details are required. Please reply at your earliest convenience so we can communicate with the instructor to help them review your permit request.
      2. Further action: Usually this means there is a time conflict. You will be asked to resolve the time conflict (e.g. drop the conflicting course) and email back before a permit may be considered.
    3. WAITLISTED: You may receive an email letting you know that you have been added to the waitlist due to no currently available spots. We will reach out to you if a spot becomes available for you — please do NOT reach out asking for updates.
      1. NOTE: “Available spots” is not the same thing as Path@Penn showing the course as not being fully enrolled. Even if it shows up as not fully enrolled yet, the course may already have a waitlist which is being used to review/admit students. Therefore, you may receive a notification that you have been added to the waitlist even if the course shows up as “open” in Path@Penn.
    4. NOT APPROVED: However, not all permit requests will necessarily be approved, so you might receive an email with this status. For example, you may be told that you do not meet the prerequisites for the course. We may also ask you to provide further information if you still want to request the course again.
    5. NO PERMISSION REQUIRED: You may receive an email with this status if you should not need a permit for the course you requested. The email will let you know that you should be able to select the course on Path@Penn yourself without needing a permit. You may then reply to the email if Path@Penn is still notifying you that you need a permit to select the course.
    6. PENDING: You may receive an email with this status if we are still processing your request. We will let you know if any other information or action is needed from you. Otherwise, please be patient and we will contact you as soon as we have an update for you.

 

ESE 6800 Special Topics Courses

In Fall 2022, the department is offering:

ESE 6800-001 Creating New Ventures with Emerging Technologies (Prof. Snyder and Prof. Macwan)

Given the rapid pace of change in emerging technologies and the opportunity to
create new businesses and even disrupt existing markets, there is a need for
students to have a good understanding of these emerging technologies and how to
apply them to create new ventures that drive sustainable value. This course
explores key emerging technology areas, such as Internet of Things, Artificial
Intelligence/Machine Learning, AR/VR, Drones, Security/Blockchain, 3D Printing,
and 5G Wireless Networks, and provides frameworks and examples for creating
new applications and ventures based on these technologies. Topics include: a
review of emerging technology areas including the landscape and key trends;
frameworks for identifying key challenges and new opportunity areas; steps for
evaluating, developing, validating, and launching new ventures based on emerging
technologies; and instruction on how to create and deliver compelling business
plans and venture pitches. Students get to apply knowledge from the course in a
group project focused on designing a potential application and pitching a venture
that would leverage the emerging technologies covered in the course.

 

ESE 6800-002 TBA

FAQs

Can I just submit a permit request on Path@Penn? Do I have to fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist Request form too?

Yes, you are required to fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist Request Google form. We recommend that you fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist Request Google form first, and then request a permit on Path@Penn.

If you request a permit ONLY using Path@Penn, you will NOT be considered for a permit until you fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist Request Google form. You can expect an email on the status of your permit request within 1-4 business days after submitting the ESE Permit-Waitlist Request Google form.

I didn't get into the ESE course I added during Advance Registration. What should I do now?

If the course requires a permit for you and you DID obtain a permit during Advance Registration:

Please remember, courses added during Advance Registration are only course requests. An Advance Registration permit only allowed your course request to be considered during the processing, but did not guarantee that you would be enrolled. For example, even after receiving an Advance Registration permit, you may not have been enrolled in a course if there were more interested students than available spots.

If you want to join the course waitlist, please fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist form again (linked at the top of this page.)

If the course requires a permit for you and you did NOT obtain a permit during Advance Registration:

Please remember, courses added during Advance Registration are only course requests. The system takes into account many parameters when processing the Advance Registration carts, including permit requirements — if you did not obtain a permit for a permit-required course, you would not be enrolled.

If you want to join the course waitlist, please fill out the ESE Permit-Waitlist form again (linked at the top of this page.)

I don't see the ESE course I want to request a permit for in the ESE Permit Request Form. What should I do?

Please email (lshal@seas.upenn.edu) if you think an ESE course that requires a permit for you is missing from the ESE Permit Request Form. If the course is not ESE (e.g. MEAM, CIS, etc.), please contact that department instead.

Can I email the instructor myself to request a permit? Will this help increase my chances of getting a permit?

Please do not contact the instructor to ask for a permit. After you fill out the form, we will contact the instructor ourselves as needed. If there is special context you would like to provide, please include it in the Additional Comments/Questions section at the end of the ESE Permit Request Form.

I have questions about the material/content of a course. Who should I contact?

You may contact the instructor with any questions about course material/content. However, please do not contact instructors with questions about permits or enrollment.

 

I am no longer interested in taking the course(s) I previously requested. How do I withdraw my permit request(s)?

Please email (lshal@seas.upenn.edu) with your full name, 8-digit Penn ID number, and the relevant course number(s) and your permit request(s) will be marked withdrawn.

When will I know if I will receive a permit?

All permits should be issued by the first few weeks of the semester, but may be up until the last day of Course Selection Period (Add/Drop). For Fall 2022, that deadline is September 13, 2022. We will contact you if there is a permit available to you. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Path@Penn says the course is "open," so can I have a permit now?

First, remember to check the “scheduled with” (cross-listed) sections on Path@Penn because enrollment is calculated across all “scheduled with sections.” E.g. ESE 4020 is scheduled / cross-listed with ESE 5420

Then, if the course still appears “open” or not fully enrolled on Path@Penn, but there is still a permit requirement listed on the course, we are admitting students using the waitlist. We will contact you if/when we reach your place on the waitlist and a spot is available for you.

How does the waitlist work?

Generally, some factors that are considered for the waitlist review include, but are not limited to: major, chronological order of request timestamps, and priority for students who need it such as graduating students, etc.

We cannot guarantee how many students will be admitted off the waitlist as course enrollment fluctuates too much. Any permits should be issued by the first few weeks of the semester, but may be up until the last day of Course Selection Period (Add/Drop). For Fall 2022, that deadline is September 13, 2022.

We will contact you if there is an update for you! No further action is required from you unless we directly contact you requesting any information/action/etc.

How can I figure out which place I am on the waitlist for a specific course?

Please do not email asking what place you are on the waitlist. This information is too variable due to changing factors (e.g. students ahead on the waitlist may no longer want the course by the time their spot is reached, graduating students may receive priority, etc.)

We will contact you as soon as there is an update for you!