Transfering in the fall, but cant register and classes filled

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What do they expect transfer students to do?! I'm transferring as a junior and need engineering classes but they are basically all filled up. I can't register until orientation and I'm signed up for the first one which is in early July.
 

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What do they expect transfer students to do?! I'm transferring as a junior and need engineering classes but they are basically all filled up. I can't register until orientation and I'm signed up for the first one which is in early July.

1. Go to the classes anyway, never missing one. Ask the prof each day if anyone has dropped. Once a student has dropped, get his/her permission to add the class (the form will usually require a signature from the instructor if it's past the add/drop deadline)*.

2. This isn't the most ethical thing to do, but it's often done: If you have a friend at the university who can enroll now, get him/her to sign up for the class now, "reserving" it for you until you can enroll in July. Then he/she can drop and you can add it right after, before anyone else snatches it up.

*My Better Half (MBH) is teaching calculus at a local university this quarter; because of budget cuts, many class sections have been cut, leaving intense competition for the remaining sections. The seats fill up very, very quickly, and not everyone who needs the class can get in. However, one student faithfully attended each and every lecture this quarter, and even took the midterm; fortunately, after the midterm, a few students dropped the class and she was finally able to officially enroll in it.
 
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2. This isn't the most ethical thing to do, but it's often done: If you have a friend at the university who can enroll now, get him/her to sign up for the class now, "reserving" it for you until you can enroll in July. Then he/she can drop and you can add it right after, before anyone else snatches it up.

Don't most universities use first-come, first-serve waitlists?
 
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Have you talked to an advisor at your school? There's usually different policies to address hardship in scheduling classes for your situation.
 
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I don't know how it is at your uni., but at mine you can do a force request with the department where you might be able to get placed into a filled class.
 
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Bribe a student there to save a spot for you
 
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1. Go to the classes anyway, never missing one. Ask the prof each day if anyone has dropped. Once a student has dropped, get his/her permission to add the class (the form will usually require a signature from the instructor if it's past the add/drop deadline)*.

2. This isn't the most ethical thing to do, but it's often done: If you have a friend at the university who can enroll now, get him/her to sign up for the class now, "reserving" it for you until you can enroll in July. Then he/she can drop and you can add it right after, before anyone else snatches it up.

*My Better Half (MBH) is teaching calculus at a local university this quarter; because of budget cuts, many class sections have been cut, leaving intense competition for the remaining sections. The seats fill up very, very quickly, and not everyone who needs the class can get in. However, one student faithfully attended each and every lecture this quarter, and even took the midterm; fortunately, after the midterm, a few students dropped the class and she was finally able to officially enroll in it.
Hey thanks for the ideas. I may end up doing the last one: going to the class everyday in hopes I pick up a dropped spot which I imagine I would eventually.

Have you talked to an advisor at your school? There's usually different policies to address hardship in scheduling classes for your situation.
I haven't because I don't think it is available to me. I'm a provisional admit until I submit my final transcripts. They say I'm accepted, and just have to get greater than or equal to C in speech/critical thinking. Maybe it is available to me? With that said, I'm not local so I doubt they do it over the phone. I should look into this though.. As far as I've so far though, I speak with an adviser during orientation.
Thanks for your help.

I don't know how it is at your uni., but at mine you can do a force request with the department where you might be able to get placed into a filled class.
That sounds like an option I would like to take advantage of if available. I'll have to look into this as well, thanks!

Bribe a student there to save a spot for you
Lol, I'm not local and I don't think it would work out in the end anyways.. And I wouldn't know how to approach a student with this offer lol. Thanks for the idea :)
Don't most universities use first-come, first-serve waitlists?
Hey thanks for checking out the thread.. This one does, up to 30 people wait list for some classes!
 
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I would talk to your advisor, or the transfer office about it, and if they can't solve the problem for you just go to each department and see if they can let you slide in to something.
 
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Be sure to stay ontop of the process. If it's first year engineering courses, then there are sure to be some that decide not to attend for whatver reason, so some spots *should* open up.
 

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