Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I make changes to my schedule?
Registration will fully re-open for students on Thursday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open through Wednesday, September 13, 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. Also, check out the NEW Bionic Videos!
- Need to add an academic class and want one that fits the right day, time, or a requirement? Looking to add PE? Reference these NEW helpful how-to videos, Specifically:
When can I register for Physical Education courses?
Students can enroll in PE courses beginning September 5 at 9 a.m. using the instructions above. PE registration is first come, first served. Except for Dance classes, PE classes begin September 11.
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. Most professors will not be checking or responding to emails until near the start of the semester.
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 or peer mentor 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 rising senior, and I hope to take only 3 academic classes this semester. What do I do?
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 on August 31.
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.
How do I register for classes at Penn?
If you are interested in taking a course at Penn, be sure to consult the registrar’s guide to registering for Penn classes. It is important to REVIEW the Penn academic calendar before REGISTERING as it does not always align with the BMC academic calendar.
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. Check out our zoom-in hours.