Frequently Asked Questions

 Registration FAQs

Updated 8/16

When can I make changes to my schedule?

Registration will open for students on Monday, August 22, 9:00 a.m., and remains through Thursday, September 8, 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 August 22.  

Where can I find BiONiC registration instructions?

Over the summer BiONiC got to a new look! Click here for instructions and screenshots. To give you a chance to check out BiONiC's new look we recommend logging in before registration opens. When you login, you will be prompted to review and confirm your contact information, like you do at the start of each semester. You can search for courses and add them to your shopping cart now.  Registration instructions can be found here

When can I register for Physical Education courses?

Students can enroll in PE courses beginning August 29 using the instructions above. 

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

Starting August 22 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 Monday, August 22.   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?

At both Bryn Mawr and Haverford, first-year students are done registering, but lotteries for first-year students are still in process.  We hope that class status will be clear before the end of the day on August 19.

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 Penn? 

If you are interested in taking a course at Penn, be sure to consult the registrar’s guide to registering at Penn classes. Your first step will be to fill out the Quaker Consortium Registration Form in order to get approval from the BMC registrar. It is important to note the Penn academic calendar as it does not always align with the BMC academic calendar. 

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 very confused! Help?

We know this is a complicated process and it's understandable that you're confused.   Help is available!  Check out our zo0m-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:

  • Sunday August 21: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, August 19: 10:00 am -11:00 am
  • Monday, August 22: 10:30-11:30 am and 2:00 pm -3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 23:1:30-2:30 pm
  • NEW: Friday Aurgust 26 noon -3pm

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

You may be able to schedule a brief individual appointments, but because advising deans are also responsible for New Student Orientation, DLT trainings, etc, this may not be feasible.  Zooming in with another dean can provide time-sensitive assistance!