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This Spring and Summer, find something that stands out.

Enroll in Spring IntroSems with Space Available now through the end of Week 1. Apply for Summer IntroSems starting March 8th!

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How Enrollment Works

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What is Priority Enrollment?

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Students may sign up for priority enrollment in 2022-23 seminars starting August 15th. Sign-ups are due by 8AM (PT) on the following quarterly deadlines:

  • Autumn IntroSems: Tuesday, September 6
  • Winter IntroSems: Monday, November 7 Wednesday, November 9 (Deadline extended!)
  • Spring IntroSems: Monday, February 13

How to Apply for Priority Enrollment

How Priority Enrollment Works

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Are IntroSems required?

Although enrollment in an IntroSem is not required, many IntroSems satisfy university breadth requirements (Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing) and in some departments, an IntroSem can fulfill a major requirement. All IntroSems count toward the 180 units required for an undergraduate degree.

Why do IntroSems have a special application process different from other departmental classes in Axess?

The informal application process communicates your interest in the seminar topic and allows the faculty member to begin to get to know youthey may even use the statements to try and tailor their course to the student interests that year. One of the purposes of an IntroSem is to promote formation of relationships between faculty and students around common intellectual interests.

Do all seminars fill to capacity during priority enrollment?

Most seminars do not fill completely, but about one-third of IntroSems do generate more demand than space and fill to capacity. High-demand subjects in the past have included psychology, economics, computer science, chemistry, business, and law. When there are more students than space, classes are assembled based on your written statements of interest. Faculty choose a mix of students who bring different perspectives and levels of expertise. There may be waitlists for oversubscribed classes. Tip: Maximize your options by signing up for a variety of topics and disciplines.

Should I rank more than one high-demand course each quarter? 

On some course pages, we have included a note indicating which IntroSems have had historically high demand during the priority enrollment process. A high-demand course is one where far more students have ranked the course first than there are spots. That means as the faculty of a high-demand class reviews statements of interest, they will be able to assemble their class looking at only the pool of students who ranked their course first. Tip: If you are going to rank a high-demand class, rank it first for that quarter and then select non-high-demand classes for your 2nd and 3rd choices to increase your chances of being admitted to at least one IntroSem through the priority enrollment process. 

Can Frosh sign up for Sophomore IntroSems? (or vice versa)

Faculty will typically prioritize sophomores and new transfer students over frosh for Sophomore IntroSems, while frosh receive first preference for Frosh Seminars. Nevertheless, if a topic really interests you, do apply as faculty are often open to enrolling either frosh, sophs, or new transfers in their classes. And in general, faculty give priority to frosh, sophs, and new transfers in all IntroSems over juniors and seniors. Tip: Frosh-preference IntroSems catalog numbers end in ‘N’ (e.g., BIO 12N). Sophomore-preference IntroSems catalog numbers end in ‘Q’ (e.g., COMPLIT 11Q).

Should I apply now or later?

Spaces in IntroSems are NOT allocated first come, first served. Faculty consider all sign-ups after the quarterly deadlines—September 6th for Autumn IntroSems, November 7th for Winter IntroSems, and February 13th for Spring IntroSems.

The quarter system moves quickly and gets busy with coursework and extracurricular activities so consider entering your seminar selections for all of academic year 2022-23 in the IntroSems' VCA when it opens in August. You can continue to revise your statement or change your selections up until the quarterly deadline corresponding to your seminar selections.