Course Search & Enroll - Permission and Approval for Course Enrollment
This document explains how to determine and contact the correct campus official to attain permission and approval to enroll in courses.
When navigating through the enrollment process at UW–Madison — enrolling in a class, making changes (like drop) to your class schedule, or withdrawing from school for a semester — you may first need to get permission from a campus official.
Permission and Approval for Course Enrollment
- Instructor consent
- Finding instructor contact info
- Department permission
- When do you need department permission
- Academic dean approval
- Finding your academic dean's contact information
Some courses will include “consent of instructor” (or similar) as a requisite, or requirement that needs to be met before you can enroll in the class. If so, contact the instructor listed for the class to request permission to enroll.
Example with “consent of instructor” set as a requisite for the entire course:
Example with “consent of instructor” set as a requisite for a specific section:
Finding instructor contact info
Select the name of the instructor in the section detail panel.
In the pop-up window, the instructor’s email address will appear.
TIP: When you contact an instructor by email, send the email from your wisc.edu account, include your campus ID number. You may be asked for more information about your qualifications and interest in the class.
If the instructor approves you for the class, they will create a special permission for you in the enrollment system.
You still need to enroll in the class! Go to Course Search & Enroll or Student Center to enroll. Get in touch with the person (instructor or someone in the department) who gave you permission if you still have problems enrolling in the class.
Find department contact info in Course Search & Enroll
Departments display their contact information for permission requests in the “Subject Notes” area of the main course panel.
Still need a contact for department permission?
When do you need department permission
Departments/programs manage the enrollment in their courses. You may need to receive department permission:
- to enroll in a class closed to non-majors;
- to enroll in a class when your previous courses don’t exactly meet the requisites;
- to add or drop a class after the deadline to do so has passed;
- and many other situations.
Example of a class with a “department permission” requisite just for this section.
Example of “need permission” messages in Course Search & Enroll:
Academic dean approval
Students work with the academic dean’s office in their school/college in certain circumstances related to enrollment actions.
Approval from academic deans isn’t typically required when initially enrolling in a class. However, students who want to add or drop a class late in the semester, or withdraw from UW–Madison for a term, will consult with their academic dean’s office, who will ensure that the student gets the advice, planning, and support they need.
You can find examples of important academic deadlines where academic dean approval is required, such as:
Deadline for students to add a Fall term class with department permission (after: need academic dean approval) Friday, November 2, 2018
Example of a message in Course Search and Enroll
Finding your academic dean's contact information
Student Center. On the home page of Student Center, in the “Academics” section, select the “My Academics” link. You can find your specific academic dean’s office listed on the page."
|College of Agricultural and Life Sciences||CALS Academic Affairsfirstname.lastname@example.org||608-262-3003||116 Agricultural Hall||website|
|Audiology||Audiology Program Coordinatoremail@example.com||608-262-6481||374 Goodnight Hall|
|Wisconsin School of Business||Undergraduate Academic Services||608-262-0471||3150 Grainger Hall|
|Division of Continuing Studies||Adult Career & Special Student Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||608-263-6960||21 N. Park St., Room 7101||website|
|School of Education||Education Academic Services||608-262-1651||139 Education Building||website|
|College of Engineering||Engineering Academic Deans Officeemail@example.com||608-262-3484||2620 Engineering Hall||website|
|Graduate School||Graduate School Academic Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||608-262-2433||217 Bascom Hall|
|School of Human Ecology||School of Human Ecology Student Academic Affairsemail@example.com||608-262-2608||1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall||website|
|Law School||Law School Student Services Officefirstname.lastname@example.org||608-262-8564||5110A Law Building|
|College of Letters & Science||Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Servicesemail@example.com||608-262-0617||110 Mark H. Ingraham Hall|
|School of Medicine and Public Health||contact your program office|
|School of Nursing||Office of Academic Affairsfirstname.lastname@example.org||608-263-5202||1100 Signe Skott Cooper Hall|
|School of Pharmacy||Pharmacy Student and Academic Affairsemail@example.com||608-262-6234||2220 Rennebohm Hall of Pharmacy|
|School of Veterinary Medicine||Office of Academic Affairsfirstname.lastname@example.org||608-263-2525||2268 Veterinary Medicine Building|
- Course Search & Enroll - Adding and Enrolling in Classes
- Course Search & Enroll - Drop a Class
- Course Search & Enroll - Tips for Searching
- Course Search & Enroll - Common Issues and Error Messages
- Course Search & Enroll - Swap Classes
- Course Search & Enroll - Wait Lists
- Course Search & Enroll - Save a Course for Later Enrollment
- Course Search & Enroll - Scheduler tips