FAQs: Preparing for the new semester
I need to make changes to my schedule. When and how can I do that?
Registration in BiONiC for academic courses re-opens at 8:00 am on Monday, January 22. While you can’t make changes before then, you can and should spend time looking to see what courses are still likely to have space. Remember that there are wonderful classes that have no enrollment limit at all!
If you haven’t already, check your schedule to make sure that you haven’t been dropped from anything, whether because of lotteries conducted earlier in the summer or for any other reason.
Ack! I have forgotten how to search for courses on BiONiC!
The Registrar’s Office provides detailed instructions on their website. Remember, you can search by specific requirements or by interdisciplinary field of study. Just click on ‘Course Attribute.” You can also search by day and time, by location (Haverford or Bryn Mawr), by course level.
Some classes are listed as open but requiring instructor permission. What’s that mean?
Those classes have only a few spaces left and will require permission numbers. While you may email the professor in advance to express interest in the class, most professors will simply tell you to come to the first class. At that time, they will explain the criteria they will use to determine enrollment.
What do I do if my professor gives me a permission number?
Follow the instructions on the registrar’s website. Please note that only your professor can give you a permission number. If the professor says they don’t know how, direct them to the faculty instructions also on the Registrar’s website.
I’m waitlisted for a course. How will that work?
It depends. Check your waitlist position by following the instructions on the Registrar’s website. (It is important that you follow these instructions! The waitlist number listed in your student center section of BIONIC is not accurate.) If you are still interested in the course you must attend the first class meeting. At Bryn Mawr, professors will provide permission numbers to students when a space opens. At Haverford, some professors may elect to use a function in BiONiC that automatically changes a student’s status from waitlisted to enrolled when a space opens. In both cases, if you’re not interested in remaining on the waitlist, please do drop yourself from the course as soon as registration opens on January 22. Since your seat isn’t a sure thing, be thinking about an alternative and be sure to attend that class as well.
What should I plan to do during the “shopping period” (January 22 – January 31)?
Attend all courses you are considering. If you do not attend the first day of a class, you will lose the seat you gained through preregistration! Add and drop yourself from courses on BiONiC as appropriate. As you do so, remember that registering for an academic course does not guarantee you a space in the course. Only attending the course the first day and having the professor verify that there is room in the class will do so. In some cases there will need to be a lottery after the first day of classes for those students who did not preregister for the course in November.
What about PE registration?
PE Registration opens at 8:00 am on January 31 . It is run on a first-come, first-serve basis and registering WILL guarantee you a slot in the course (as long as you attend the first class).
Who can I talk to for advice/help?
The Dean’s Office and Registrar’s Office are open before classes start. If you have questions, please contact us now by phone or email. You are also welcome to email faculty, but if you don’t get a response, try again once classes start.