Overrides

The College of Information and Computer Sciences only allows students who have met the stated prerequisite(s) and who meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for enrollment, subject to available seats.  Students who cannot enroll themselves on SPIRE need to request an override, which is essentially special permission to enroll.

SPIRE Enrollment

Enrollment numbers in SPIRE do not always reflect the true picture while we are managing waitlists.  Do not assume that there is plenty of room in a course.

BEFORE requesting an override, try to enroll on SPIRE.  If your enrollment is successful, then you do NOT need an override.  If you cannot enroll on SPIRE, then request an override if you have the stated prerequisite and the course is FULL, or there is some other reason why you should be considered for the course.

Priority

We process overrides to enroll interested students until capacity is reached (students cannot enroll themselves; we need to do it), in this order:  CS Majors, Applicants On Contract (AOC), CS Minors, Others. 

Waitlists (not on SPIRE)

The CS Main Office (working closely with the Undergraduate Program Committee/instructors) handles waitlists manually in the fairest way possible, and enrollment decisions vary depending on the course.  Some decisions will happen quickly while others may take several weeks, and possibly not made until closer to class start.  Certain decisions are made in groups, depending on priority and may not be made until closer to class start.

  • One request per course (duplicate requests are not considered).
  • Decisions are emailed to students using @umass addresses. We know your schedule is important and we appreciate your patience.  Please read below to find out approximate timelines.  We will let you know as soon as we know.
  • CS Major requests will be dealt with as quickly as possible, so long as eligibility and prerequisites have been met and we have available seats.  As long as courses do not require Dept/Instructor Consent, if students drop, you may still be able to enroll yourself if seats open.  Try if you see a seat.
  • CS Applicant requests (AOC) will be dealt with once it is determined that contracts have been met, which won't be until after grades are posted for the current semester.
  • CS Minors (On List) will most likely be reviewed after grades are posted for the current semester, but decisions may be delayed until closer to class start. 
  • Non-Major requests (not listed above) may be delayed until major/applicant/minor requests are processed. Decisions may be delayed until just prior to class start (maybe during Add/Drop).
  • Non-major/IT Minor students may request overrides for non-major/IT CS courses without having to worry about priority issues. CS Major/Minor students are not allowed to enroll in non-major/IT CS courses.
  • Five College requests will be dealt with as quickly as possible, but could be delayed until class start, depending on the course (see FAQ).
  • CPE requests will most likely be reviewed closer to class start, but this could depend on the course (see FAQ).
  • Graduate Student requests.
     

Override Request

Students who cannot enroll themselves in CS courses (for various reasons) will need to file an Override Request through the on-line form.

Override Form - Fall 2017 Override form for Fall 2017 is now closed.

Conflicts, Maximum Credits, Registration Holds

We do our best to give seats in classes given classroom size limitations. If you are given a seat in a course and we can't enroll you because of conflicts or credit overloads, etc., we will contact you to adjust your schedule. Please reply immediately, as we cannot save seats.

FAQ:  I'm a Five College student and I have special paperwork. Do I use the online form? Yes. We try to give Five College students priority, but if we don't know about you, we can't arrange a seat. All students should request overrides via the online form so we know of interest when making waitlist decisions. We can't enroll Five College students, but we can sometimes arrange permission via email.

FAQ:  I'm a Continuing Education student and I have special paperwork. Do I use the online form? Yes. All students should request overrides via the online form so we know of interest when making waitlist decisions. We can't enroll CPE students, but we try to communicate interest with instructors when there are seats available.

FAQ:  I don't meet CS prerequisite but I have a transfer course that I think meets prerequisite. Do I use the online form? Yes. You also need to complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) process to have the CS prerequisite course vetted.  It is important to attend to this as early as possible so as not to miss out on a seat as a course fills.