Near the end of each semester [see the Academic Calendar for exact dates], all Bryn Mawr students preregister for the next semester's courses. Course offerings for each semester are published on the Tri-Co Course Guide.
Preregistration represents a student's best thinking about what she plans to take in the next semester. A student should register for the set of courses she hopes to take. Students are limited to 4.5 units at preregistration. Once preregistration has closed, a student will not be able to change her registration until the first day of classes. She may, however, add courses to her shopping cart on Virtual Bryn Mawr as a way of planning for "shopping" week.
Students on leave from the College may not be able to preregister online and should contact their deans for instructions on how to proceed.
Students preregister for Bryn Mawr and Haverford courses through Virtual Bryn Mawr. Until a student has declared a major, she should consult with her dean or her faculty adviser (if she has been assigned one)about her preregistration. Once a student has selected a major, she must consult with her major adviser before preregistration and should also consult with her dean if necessary. Failure to preregister on time results in a $15 fine. Failure to preregister means that a student will not be included in any necessary course lotteries, which could adversely affect her ability to take her desired courses. Haverford's lottery procedures may differ slightly from Bryn Mawr's; see the Haverford registrar's website for details.
Please note that preregistration is not first-come first-served. All students who preregister within the designated time will have equal access to lotteries. Labs sections are first-come first-served and lotteries are not held for lab sections.
During preregistration, students who wish to take a class at Swarthmore in the next semester should register for SWAT 999. If you wish to register for more than one course at Swarthmore, you should register for both section 001 and section 002. This course is a placeholder and will be replaced with the registration for your actual course once paperwork is received and approve by Swarthmore. [Directions for Swarthmore Course registration]
Bryn Mawr students are not given priority at Swarthmore and are not included in lotteries. If a course at Swarthmore goes to lottery or has already reached its capacity, the course is closed to Bryn Mawr students.
During preregistration, students who wish to take a class at Penn in the next semester should register for PENN 999. If you wish to register for more than one course at Penn, you should register for both section 001 and section 002. This course is a placeholder and will be replaced with the registration for your actual course once approval is given by Penn. In addition, students must complete the online registration form for Penn courses. [Directions for Penn Course registration]
Bryn Mawr students are not given priority at Penn and are not included in lotteries. If a course at Swarthmore or Penn goes to lottery or has already reached its capacity, the course is closed to Bryn Mawr students.
For details about preregistration procedures for the upcoming semester, please visit the Dean's Office Preregistration Instruction page. Information will be updated prior to preregistration for the term.