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Resources & Guidelines for Points

Guidelines for Points

Students can prepare for their registration meeting with their faculty advisor by thinking about the following items...

A: Things that can increase the need of using points:
  • A course is offered once to a few times in the year
  • A course is an introductory/prerequisite course into a major/minor 
  • A professor is in high-demand

A: Students have 40 points per semester to distribute between their four blocks. Here are some strategies to consider: 

  • Choose your most essential course (one) and place your heaviest point bid on it while still sparing points to distribute between your remaining selections. Note that introductory level science courses are in high demand and therefore require heavier point bids. 
  • If a course is offered more than once check previous years' points and seat availability to see if there was a lesser favorited block. 
  • Keep your schedule flexible or have back up plans ready in the event your plan does not pan out.
A: Be sure to check under "Prerequisites" before signing up for a class. If you do not have a prerequisite, you won't be allowed to register for the course without permission from the Professor listed on the course via their COI PIN (consent of instructor pin). If you think you have completed the prerequisite or will have completed it before the block starts, you may contact the professor and get their COI PIN to use in the preregistration application. When this is used, it should override the prerequisite error.
A: Don't be afraid to talk to other students, ask the resident adviser in your residence hall, faculty teaching the course(s), or upper classmen their thoughts. Utilize the community around you who are familiar with the point system.

A: Students can preregister for block seminar courses that fill each block (blocks 1 - 4 and 5-8). Students can also preregister for their adjuncts but it is recommended to use points towards a traditional, block seminar course.

January/Half (H) Block course registration will not be part of the Preregistration process. H block encompasses both 1.0 unit and 0.50 unit course offerings during the month of January. H Block registration typically opens up after Spring Preregistration in the Fall; further announcements will be shared. 

Points from Prior Preregistration Runs



*NEW REPORT FEATURES* In addition to sharing the minimum points needed to get into each course, this report also highlights the demand for each course and the points distribution for each course. Many courses did not require points but are kept listed in this report. Please note that these are the courses that were offered in Spring 2020 and may not reflect what will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year.

BY DEPARTMENT: Fall 2021 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Spring 2021 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Fall 2020 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results

BY DEPARTMENT: Spring 2020 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution by Department

(this report is shared as a PDF document and has the following viewing options: by department which will list courses in order by subject number. If you are searching for a particular course, using the keyboard commands "ctrl + f for pc" or "command + f for mac" will bring up the Find tool where you can type-in your search before clicking the "enter" key: e.g. search by CRN, Course ID, or Title such as MA126 or Calculus I)

LOOKING FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW? If you would like to simply see what the minimum point values were to from a previous Preregistration period please find the available reports below. Keep in mind that minimum points needed from a previous run will not guarantee you a spot in a course and should not be the only source of information used to strategize your points distribution as this would have been unique to the timeframe. Check out the reports above for further statistics!

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Fall 2021 

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Spring 2021 

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Fall 2020

At A Glance: Waitlist Results After Preregistration for Spring 2020


The following waitlist results were recorded from Fall 2019 Preregistration when students were preregistering for the upcoming semester and drafting their blocks 5-8 (Spring 2020 Preregistration has not run; these results are reflective for the Fall 2019 Semester only)

Fall 2019 Preregistration Results Courses with Waitlists 1-4


The following waitlist results were recorded from Fall 2018 Preregistration when students were preregistering for the upcoming semester only.

Fall 2018 Preregistration Results Courses with Waitlists 1-4

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