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How to get into a full class?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mcclesm, Apr 16, 2008.

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  1. mcclesm

    mcclesm 5+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    I was wondering if anyone had any tips or success stories on getting into full classes. It appears of the 2 lectures and 2 labs I need this summer they are all full. (I'm non degree, so I have to wait until 2 days before class starts to register). Thanks!
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  3. UFMed

    UFMed Life Coach 2+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    wait until the add/drop week when students will most likely drop the class when they figure it's too tough or inconvenient to do over the summer or email the professor directly to ask for an override. :luck:
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  4. bodonid

    bodonid Dr. Spaceman 5+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    if you are in the major that the class is offered in, ask the dept. secretary to put you in the class (nicely, & in person)
  5. BlitzSleep

    BlitzSleep Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    I got a closed class form and had whoever to sign it. I'm a Biochem major and did it once for some Biology class.
  6. gobears2007

    gobears2007 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    When my O-Chem class filled up, I e-mailed the course coordinator and let her know about my situation (how I needed the course for my major, and as a pre-req for other requirements, etc.) and also let her know that I would take ANY available time for lecture or lab. If you're flexible, they are sometimes more accommodating. Make sure to be friendly and not demanding. :thumbup:
  7. UVABranch

    UVABranch one of 6000 7+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    Washington, DC
    email the prof, and no matter what they say show up to the first class (or two) and generally they will sign you in if they know you really want/need it.
  8. 172858

    172858 America = The New Texas 2+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    bribes - the answer to all of life's problems! :D
  9. bioteach

    bioteach MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Go to the professor IN PERSON. Show up to the first day of class if necessary. It is very easy to turn down a student via email. Go in person (either on the first day of class or before) and give the professor your sob story about why you really really need this class. Of course you'll annoy the professor, but he/she may likely give in. I know I do. The college at which I teach has a major problem with demand outpacing the number of available seats. So each semester I have a boatload of students trying to get into my class. The ones that email, I can easily write back and say the class is full. If you come in person and take no for an answer immediately, you will get turned away. If you give me some story about how you have to graduate this semester and absolutely have to have this section in order to graduate or it is your dying grandmother's last wish for you to take the class right now or some such thing....I will often (not always) give in and sign the add slip. Also, make sure that you talk to the professor individually and not in front of a group of others also trying to get into the course.
  10. ninjapenguin

    ninjapenguin 5+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Go to the department and tell them that you need the class for your major and all of the other sections offered conflict with your current class schedule. I'm sure they'll sneak you in.
  11. Picklesali

    Picklesali M2 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Take out one of the currently enrolled students

    Messy, but effective
  12. diosa428

    diosa428 SDN Angel 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Can you go see the professor before and ask to be put on a waitlist or something? So that if a spot opens, you get it? Also, I agree with showing up on the first few days of class. Usually people will drop during the first week, so if you're there every day, you can easily take the spot.
  13. patekpremed


    Dec 9, 2007
    Probably the best advice you can get. Actually GOING to the first few classes and sitting somewhere that the prof can see you (i.e. not in the very back row) helps a lot
  14. emttim

    emttim Addicted to SCUBA 2+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Go there with an add/drop slip, push one of the regular students down the stairs so he/she can't speak up during taking roll on the first day, they'll get dropped for not showing up on the first day of class and you'll get their seat. Win win. :p
  15. TexanGirl

    TexanGirl runs away from trees 5+ Year Member

    A bunch of people will probably be dropped automatically before classes start for not paying fees on time -- just wait until then. Keep refreshing the enrollment status page for that class and hopefully you can secure a spot.
  16. annndyr

    annndyr New Member Extraordinaire 7+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    My undergrad had what we called a "force-add" form. If you could convince a professor to let you join the classes even though it was full, he/she would sign this form and the registrars office could then put you into an already-full class.

    Maybe your school has something like that? Sounds like the general consensus is to talk to your professor first, but I'd also talk to the registrar because sometimes they can't add someone to a full class without persmission from the course professor.
  17. Mine does this as well. You can be forced into classes.
  18. GoldShadow

    GoldShadow 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2007

    Just make sure it's not traceable back to you.
  19. bluesTank

    bluesTank Zombie 5+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    College Station, TX
    At my school, you can typically be forced into a class if you go see the professor or your advisor if it is a required course for you.

    But for the labs they cannot force more people in because there are safety laws against too many people in the laboratories.
  20. pride4jc727

    pride4jc727 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    Recently, my school instituted an electronic waitlist, which allowed students to sign up for classes they wanted but is full and then sign up for alternate classes. If a spot opened up in a course that was originally full, the registrar would notify the student and would be allowed 24 hrs to decide what to do. In addition, although the waitlist would be ranked by a first come first serve basis, dept chairs could go down the list and see which students needed the course in order to graduate (i.e. seniors). There has been some conflict between seniors and people who have preferential registration (i.e. athletes, debate team, scholarship winners). So, I actually like this idea of the electronic waitlist because at least you can register for a class you would simply overlook because it was not available. Plus, this allows faculty and the administration to see which classes and/or professors are popular and in demand by students.
  21. JaggerPlate

    JaggerPlate 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2007
    If you can, obviously get onto the waitlist. If not, go the first day and talk to the professor. If he/she just says 'no chance,' then go on with your life. If there is a chance, attend lecture each day, prove you are dedicated, and wait until people drop and you can enroll. Good luck.
  22. BeMD13

    BeMD13 2+ Year Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    I've gone and talked to professors in person when I had especially convincing reasons and they raised the limit for me. There wasn't a wait list in place though. I don't think it would've worked if there was a list full of people who would've raised hell.

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