CSE Undergraduate Enrollment Policy

For the past several terms, many CS courses have faced significant enrollment pressure resulting in long waitlists. In an effort to ensure all students have opportunity to enroll in courses during the registration period, the CSE division will introduce a new policy, beginning with registration for Winter 2019 courses. During the first two weeks of registration (see dates below), students may enroll in at most two courses from the list below. Students will be disenrolled from any additional restricted courses beyond the allowable two. After the initial period of registration has passed, as detailed below, students will be allowed to enroll in additional restricted courses as desired.

As usual, during all of registration, waitlisting will remain unrestricted. Waitlisting will not count in the two-course maximum (unless a student is granted an override and subsequently enrolls in the course).

Effective term: Winter 2019 (the upcoming November/December registration period in Fall 2018)

Restricted courses for WN 2019: EECS 367, 381, 388, 441, 442, 445, 467, 475, 477, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 497, and 498-012 (Deep Learning).

Students may enroll in more than 2 restricted courses beginning Wednesday, December 5.

If you expect to graduate in Winter 2019, and need a third course from this set to do so, please fill out this form.


  1. Why are you enacting this rule?
    There is a shortage of seats in CSE courses, and we would like to ensure that all students have an opportunity to enroll in some of them. In the current system, students with earlier registration dates often sign up for more courses than they plan to take, then drop some of them during the first week of class. This left more students on wait lists for longer than needed.

  2. What if I plan to graduate in April 2019 and need more than 2 restricted courses to graduate?
    We recommend joining at least 3 waitlists so that you diversify your chances of obtaining a seat in a course that fulfills your requirement(s). We will do our best to get you into enough classes to fulfill your graduation requirements, but we cannot guarantee that you will get into your top choice(s). Please remember to fill out the Google form above.

  3. What should I do if I want to add myself to a wait list, but the the wait list for that class is not yet active?
    Monitor the wait list and add yourself to the wait list as soon as it becomes active.

  4. Does being on a wait list count toward my 2-course limit?

  5. What if I'd like to take more than 2 courses from the restricted set?
    Enroll in at most two of these courses, then add yourself to the wait list for the remaining courses. After December 5, you may enroll in as many classes as you'd like.

  6. What will happen if I enroll in more than 2 restricted courses before December 5?
    You will receive a warning e-mail instructing you to disenroll from the excess courses. If you remain enrolled in more than 2 restricted courses after the warning, the registrar will disenroll you from restricted course(s) until you are within the limit.