Course Search & Enroll - "Enrollment prerequisites not met" Error
This document explains the meaning of the "Enrollment prerequisites not met" error message and how it can be resolved.
What it means:
Some UW–Madison classes are open only to students who have specific qualifications. These conditions are called requisites.
Look for requisite information in two places: at the course level ("Prerequisites" in the main course panel) and sometimes at the section level (under "Enrollment Information" in the section detail.)
Types of requisites include:
- Classes: The department expects students enrolling in the class have the knowledge gained from completing another specific class (or choice of classes).
A prerequisite is a class you complete before enrolling in the current one. A corequisite is a class that you can, or are required to, take at the same time
- Class Standing: The class is open to students who are at a certain level, like sophomore or graduate standing.
- Reserved for certain students: Some classes are first held for students in a major, and then open at a later date to other qualified students.
Other classes are designed specifically for students in a First-Year Interest Group, or a specific residential learning community.
The enrollment system checks your student record to confirm that you have met the requisites for that class. If you don’t meet the criteria set for a requisite, you’ll see an error message when adding the class to your cart.
Some students get a requisites error if their transfer credits are similar but not directly equal to the UW–Madison requisite course (example: ECON X10 Elective instead of ECON 101).
The enrollment system won’t recognize those transfer credits as meeting the requisite.
If this describes your situation, please talk with your advisor.
What to do:
Examine the error message to see the class’s requisites (highlighted in green):
Please contact the department offering the course for permission to enroll if you believe that you meet the requisites.
Information about requisites may also be shown in the Subject Notes for the course, or the Class Notes list link in the section details panel.
In this example for CNSR SCI 201, the Class Notes list message gives the date when the class opens to students outside of certain majors. Interested students would want to check back on that day to enroll.