System for Bidding on Courses at Pre-registration
- Students pre-register for the following year's courses during the
Spring semester. Each student receives 10 points per block and a total
of 80 points to bid on their courses during pre-registration. Every
student has the same number of points to work with. This allows every
student to have the same chance to bid on a course. If the number of
points bid on a course does not lead to the enrollment of the student
in the class, the student will be placed on the waiting list for the
class. Things to remember about the point system and pre-registration:
There are over 10,000 course changes at Colorado College every academic
year. This means that there is a lot of change in class enrollments.
Students will sign up for multiple waiting lists over eight blocks.
As students add and drop courses, students on waiting lists are called
by the Registrar and asked to come in and add a course, usually within
- Courses offered in the second semester are usually easier to get
into than courses offered during the first semester.
- Students should have the appropriate prerequisite for the desired
course. More importantly, courses with prerequisites have fewer students
competing for available places.
- The best advise about the assigning of points to a particular course
selection is available from a student's peers. You are encouraged to
talk to other students and the resident advisor in the dorm. Students
should also consult with the instructor.
- Beginning science courses are high demand courses; they require a
lot of points.
- All-College requirements such as West in Time and Diverse Cultures
courses are usually in high demand.
- Some professors are in high demand; again, lots of points will be
- Multiple block courses will allow students to put points on fewer
courses over the eight blocks; this allows the student to gain an advantage
in course distribution over eight blocks. Example: a student uses 80
points on 6 courses instead of 80 points for 8 block courses.
- Advanced courses in a major usually require fewer points. The courses
are aimed at majors (a finite number), usually require prerequisites,
and have less students competing for a spot.
- Note how many times the course is taught during the academic year.
A student's opportunity to get in a class is enhanced if the course
is offered many times during the year.
- Students need to set priorities. If you really want a course in high
demand, you must decide whether or not you should use most of the points
for the course and take your chances on the other blocks. Prioritize
the courses which you have selected, identifying the courses you "absolutely"
have to take versus those which are less important for your course schedule.
The allocation of points for the proposed schedule would then follow
this priority list.
- The Registrar's office is willing to answer questions about courses
and a student's schedule if any arise.