Frequently Asked Questions

Updated January 4.


When can I make changes to my schedule?

It depends.  If you were dropped or waitlisted from a class, you will have the chance to register beginning 9 a.m. Tuesday January 10  through 11:59 pm January 12.   Please see the email you received from the Registrar’s Office notifying you of your course status, since there are limitations on this period of registration.  

Registration will fully re-open for students on Friday January 13 at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open through Wednesday, January 25, at 11:59 p.m.   

In some cases, classes have only limited spaces left, and this round of registration can sometimes be first-come, first-served, so there can be an advantage to registering on the first day you are able to.

Where can I find BiONiC registration instructions?

Click here for instructions and screenshots. 

When can I register for Physical Education courses?

Students can enroll in PE courses beginning  January 17 at 12 noon using the instructions above. PE registration is first come, first served.

I have been dropped from one of my classes. What should I do next?

Starting January 10, you will be able to replace your dropped class with another class. If you already have a back-up class in mind, you should check the course listing in BiONIC to make sure it is still open.  If the course is at Bryn Mawr and is still open and does not require a permission number, you should be able to add it on January 10.   See below for more information about permission numbers.   

 I have been waitlisted from one of my classes. What should I do next?.  

If you still hope to take the class, you should plan to attend the first day in hopes of getting a seat.  However, you should also register for a different class that meets at a different time and also attend the first day of that class.  To register for the back-up class, follow the instructions above.  If you are able to get a seat in the  class that you were waitlisted for, the professor will give you a permission number that will enable you to add that class.  You should then drop the back-up class.  

Some students will give up on the waitlisted course.  If you have found a good back-up course, following the instructions above, register for it and drop yourself from the waitlist.  

The course I am interested in requires a permission number.  What do I do?

You may email the professor to request a permission number.  Your email to the professor should introduce yourself and briefly explain your reason for being interested in the class, especially as it relates to declared or intended majors or minors.  Some professors may provide the permission number right away.  Others may wait to see what other requests they get in order to give the space to the student who needs it most.  Still others will tell you to attend the first day in hopes of getting a seat.  Until you are registered, we would strongly recommend finding a different class to register for now.  

I've been dropped or waitlisted, but I can't find anything that seems to have room, fits in my schedule, and seems like something that would be useful for me to take.  What do I do? 

You might want to consult a dean to discuss your particular situation, but it's helpful to keep an open mind about what classes may be useful, interesting, or both. Many students discover new interests and new perspectives on existing interests by taking a class outside their usual fields of study. 

I am a junior or senior, and I hope to take only 3 academic classes this semester.  What do I do?

Review the information on Course Load, and if you meet the eligibility criteria and want to take this option this semester, please fill out the Intent to Enroll in Three Courses Form. 

How and when will I know which classes are open?

There is a class status report posted on the registrar’s website. Unfortunately, this site cannot be updated in real time, so please realize that some classes currently listed as open may only have a few spaces left and may close before January 13.  

I absolutely need to take a fifth class this semester to be making good progress towards my degree.  How do I register for more than 4.5 credits?

Students will be able to enroll beyond 4.5 units to a maximum of 5 units when registration reopens. 


How do I register for classes at Swarthmore? 

If you are interested in taking a course at Swarthmore, be sure to follow the step-by-step instructions on the Swarthmore Classes site through the Registrar’s Office.

I've been dropped or waitlisted from more than one class and I'm really worried.  Help?

We're sorry that you're dealing with this stressful situation.  Help is available!  Check out our zoom-in hours or contact your dean to set up a quick consult.  

I'm confused! Help?

We know this is a complicated process and it's understandable that you're confused.   Help is available!  Check out our zoom-in hours.   

When are Zoom-Ins?  

Zoom-ins are offered very Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm -4:30 pm.  In addition, the following hours have been added:

  • Monday January 9: 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 10: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday January 11: 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday January 12: 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  •  Friday January 13: 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

I want to talk about my specific circumstances with my dean, how do I schedule?

Check out our online scheduling page!