Enrollment Tips

General Principles 

  • Effective Fall 2017, Cognitive Science will discontinue any manipulation of enrollments or waitlists once enrollment begins in order to align with policies and procedures established at the University level. University leadership has adopted a new campus enrollment system. This system renders manual manipulation of course enrollments and waitlists impossible.

  • We strongly advise all students to plan backups for preferred courses. Often, Cognitive Science majors do not have priority enrollment for courses offered by outside departments (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, Computer Science, etc).

  • Many courses in Cog Sci are cross-listed, for example Cog Sci C100/PsychC120. While you will receive credit for taking either side of the cross-listed course, declared majors will be more easily admitted on the Cog Sci side. If you are undeclared and can (and do) declare at the end of the current semester, you will generally have a higher chance of being enrolled in  the Cog Sci side of the wait list.

  • Don’t assume that a course will be offered the semester you intend to take it. Course scheduling happens on a semester-by-semester basis and depends upon many variables.

 Specific Info for Cog Sci 1/1B/N1 (Introduction to Cognitive Science)

Cognitive Science 1/1B/N1 (Introduction to Cognitive Science) is an extremely impacted course. In previous semesters, Cog Sci has attempted to mitigate the negative consequences of increasing demand for Cognitive Science 1 (Introduction to Cognitive Science) by using a survey to identify the highest priority students.  Then, through manual enrollment, an advisor enrolled those students with the highest priority into the course.

Beginning in Fall 2017,  Cog Sci 1 will have enrollment restrictions that limit seats to students based on criteria such as class level, transfer status, etc. Neither advisors nor faculty will manually enroll students in the course at any time during enrollment. Because of these seat reservations, you may see an active wait list while there are still open seats. Students who meet the enrollment restrictions and who enroll while there are still open seats will be able to directly enroll in the course. Students who either do not meet the enrollment restrictions, or whose enrollment time begins after the seats are taken will be placed on the waitlist for the course if it is not yet full.

The waitlist will be processed automatically by the computer system. Neither advisors nor faculty will manually move any students from the waitlist into the course at any point during the enrollment process.

Note: Cog Sci 1 and its waitlist are very likely to fill up early in Phase 1 of enrollment.  If you want to take the course in Fall 17, we strongly urge you to enroll during Phase 1.  

Specific Info for Upper Div Cognitive Science Courses (Including the Cog Sci Parts of Cross-listed Courses)

In previous semesters, the Cognitive Science program has maintained an informal “intended major list.” We used this list to manually enroll students who intend to major in Cognitive Science into our upper divs ahead of students who were not on the list.

Effective Fall 2017, Cognitive Science will discontinue the use of the intended major list in order to manipulate waitlist processing.

Seats in Cog Sci upper divs will have enrollment restrictions that limit seats to students based on criteria such as declared CogSci status, class level, etc.

  • Through the end of Phase 1, all seats in Cog Sci upper divs will be reserved for declared Cognitive Science majors.

  • Beginning in Phase 2, half of all unoccupied seats in upper divs will be opened up to any student and the automatic waitlist will fill the seats. The other half of unoccupied seats will remain reserved for Cog Sci majors until the first day of instruction, at which time the seat reservations will expire and the automatic waitlist will fill the course. Because of thes seat reservations, you may see an active wait list while there are still open seats.

These reservations will be set before enrollment begins. Neither advisors nor faculty will manually enroll students in the course or manipulate the waitlist in any way at any time during enrollment. Students who meet the enrollment restrictions and who enroll while there are still open seats will be able to directly enroll in the course. Students who either do not meet the enrollment restrictions, or whose enrollment time begins after the seats are taken will be placed on the waitlist for the course if it is not yet full.

CalCentral Enrollment Troubleshooting Tips

Can't get on the waitlist? Check:

  • Your "Waitlist OK" button is not checked.

  • The Department or Instructor Consent for the course may be activated.

  • The waitlist is at max capacity for either lecture or discussion/lab section.

  • Waitlisting the course will put you above the Unit Limit.

Stuck on the waitlist?

  • No seats are available in the Discussion/Lab you are waitlisted for.

  • Seats are available but they may be reserved for certain groups. Check your Schedule Planner to see if this is the case.

  • You are enrolled in time conflicting courses. Be sure to check not only the Lecture hours but also your discussion/lab time. Time conflicts also applies to your scheduled exams.

Trying to enroll into a full class?

  • Maximize your chances by choosing a secondary section that has the most open seats and lowest number of students on the waitlist.

Enrolled in a course but want to switch sections?

  • Use the "Edit/Option" feature. Note: If the section you are trying to switch into is FULL, the system will place you on the waitlist for both lecture and discussion.

Do NOT use "Swap Courses" to switch discussion/lab sections. The system will drop you from the course first. "Swap Courses" is used to switch between lectures.