With the Spring 2020 semester about to begin, even experienced students may have questions. We hope you find these helpful and are happy to answer questions about anything you see here.
I need to make changes to my schedule. When and how can I do that?
Students who were dropped from or waitlisted for a course have an opportunity for replacing that course between January 13 and 15 ("second-round preregistration"). In all other cases, registration in BiONiC for academic courses re-opens for all students at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21. 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! Check the class status report on the Registrar’s website to see what classes still had room after preregistration in spring.
If you haven’t already, check your schedule to make sure that you haven’t been dropped from anything, whether because of lotteries or for any other reason.
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 September 3..
Hopefully you took advantage of the opportunity to preregister for a course that would be an alternative to the waitlisted course. If you did, please make sure you attend that class as well. If you didn't, spend some time identifying an alternative now. Add it to your schedule when BiONiC reopens and be sure to attend the first day of that class to have a possibility (but not a guarantee!) of a seat in the class.
OK, I'm searching for classes and see that 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.
I also see classes that are listed as open but that have a waitlist! How is that possible?
Remember that many classes hold spaces for first-years. Essentially the courses are open to allow first years and other students who were not able to preregister in the spring to have a chance at those classes. In Haverford, this process continues even into the first week of classes. Haverford holds "B lotteries" after the first class to decide which of those students will get into the class.
What do I do during the "shopping" period (September 3-11) for Bryn Mawr courses?
Attend (from the first day the class meets and onward) all courses you intend or hope to take: courses you preregistered for, courses you are wait listed for, and courses you might want to add. If you do not, you may lose the seat you gained through preregistration, or your place on the waiting list...or any hope of adding a popular, limited enrollment course you wanted to "shop."
If you find yourself going back to the drawing board after classes have already begun and want to add a course that's already met, email the instructor to express your interest and (unless the instructor tells you not to) make sure to attend the next time it meets.
As your program changes and firms up, add and drop yourself from courses on BiONiC. Remember, though, that adding courses via Bionic during the shopping period does not mean that you have gotten in. Remember that even though some courses may be listed as "open", they might still have an enrollment cap and there may be a lottery after the first class meeting that applies to shoppers and late registrants alike. That is, if too many students attend, anyone who preregistered (that is, enrolled BEFORE September 3) will have earned a place. But all other students (including not only those who just showed up but also those who added the course from September 3 onward) will be entered into a lottery for any remaining spaces.
How is the shopping period different at Haverford?
It's pretty much the same, except:
1) Courses listed as "open" in Bionic might be far from open; there might be a long waiting list for the one or two open slots.
2) If you are on a waiting list for a course at Haverford and it shows up in Bionic as "open," do not drop yourself from the wait list in order to add the class. This will not help you and may hurt you since it means you gave up your space on the waiting list. Instead, attend the first day and hope that you are awarded one of the open slots.
3) For such courses, wait-listed students who attend the first day will be offered any seats that open up.
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 theRegistrar’s website.
What about PE registration?
PE Registration opens at 8 a.m. on January 21 . 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).
How do I confirm my registration at the end of "Shopping Week"?
In the first week of classes, we will send class-year specific instructions that will guide you through this process. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors self-confirm; first-year students will have brief meetings with their deans.
Ack! I am confused about all the options for searching 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.
Who can I talk to for advice/help?
The Dean’s Office and Registrar’s Office are open before classes start. The Registrar’s Office is the place to turn for BiONIC problems and questions! Your dean can help with advice. If you have questions, please contact us now by phone or email.