Each semester, you will be enrolling in a new set of classes for the upcoming term. This process can be easy or stressful, depending on how you prepare.  Here are some tips to make your scheduling process go smoothly as you move through your curriculum.


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Tips for Scheduling

Remember that scheduling is an ongoing process, not a one-time thing.Departments add more sections of classes and students add and drop courses from the start of scheduling all the way through the first Friday of the term. When you are able to schedule, enroll in the classes you need. If the class you need is full, add yourself to the waitlist. Check your OSU email and the OSU class search regularly, as new seats may open up in other sections that you would like to add.


Check course requisites before scheduling a class. If you sign up for a class, you are verifying that you will have met the course requirements by the time the class starts.  Your instructors will assume that you have mastered the content from any prerequisite courses and will build up on that material.


Always choose to enroll in an open class over waitlisting a full class. While departments try to accommodate all course demand, waitlisting a class does not guarantee that you will be able to enroll in it. If you see an open seat in a class, even one at a less desirable time, take it


Do not schedule courses back-to-back. Make sure you have 10 to 15 minutes between classes so you can get to your next class. If you schedule your classes back-to-back without any travel time, you risk putting yourself in a situation where you have to arrive late or leave early from a class. This could lead to losing time for exams, missing points for assignments and adding stress to your interactions with fellow classmates and the instructional staff.


Waitlisting a Class. If a class is full, you will have the option to add to the waitlist. Students are added to the waitlist in numerical order, based on when they schedule. When someone already enrolled in the course drops it, the person who is in position #1 on the waitlist is automatically enrolled in the course as long as there are no time conflicts and if the class does not exceed the 18 credit hour limit. You are not guaranteed a spot in a class you are waitlisted for. Therefore, if there is an open seat at another time that fits into your schedule, it is recommended that you choose that time instead. Prioritize getting into a class you need over getting the exact time you want.

Note- The waitlist process will only add students as seats become available through the 1st Friday of the term.

After the first Friday, the waitlist process stops enrolling students. During the 2nd week of the term, you can only add a class if the professor gives you permission to add the class by signing a Course Enrollment Permission Form, or if the department’s central course office gives you permission. It’s important to note the Math Department has different rules about being removed from the waitlist and fully enrolled into a course.  These instructions can be found on the Math Department website.


Enrolling in ISE 5000 level courses. These are cross-listed courses, meaning we allow undergraduate and graduate students to enroll. You only have permission to add the undergraduate section. Schedule planner does not always recognize the difference so be sure you are enrolling in the correct undergraduate section. If you attempt to add the graduate section, you will receive the following error message: “Permission to enroll in this class is required. The class falls outside of the career of study.”


Enrolling in business courses. In order to find out if you are eligible to enroll in the course, start by looking at the prerequisites. If you do not meet the prerequisites, contact the course instructor and request permission to add the course by “Waiving Prerequisites Requirements”

If you meet the prerequisites and receive one of the following error messages when attempting to add the course, you need to waitlist yourself for the class section. The College of Business allows their students to enroll first and will give all remaining seats to students on the waitlist.

  • Available seats are reserved for Business students.  If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.  
  • Available seats are reserved for Business students until the end of spring term.  If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.


Enrolling in CSE courses. The CSE department gives scheduling priority for their classes to CSE and CIS majors. All other students must add themselves to the waitlist for these courses and the CSE advisors will move students into these courses after the CSE/CIS majors have had a reasonable opportunity to schedule. If possible, put yourself on the waitlist for all sections that could fit your schedule without a time conflict to maximize your opportunity for getting in.

The best thing to do is to plan ahead, schedule when your appointment window opens, have a back-up plan in case you cannot get into the course, and be patient. If you are not off the waitlist when classes start, go to the course section you want, as some spaces may open up from students dropping through the first Friday of the term. After the first Friday, CSE professors often sign course enrollment permission forms for a limited number of waitlisted students if registered students have not attended prior to the first Friday of the term.