Course Match

Your personal scheduling agent

Course Match applies the latest academic theory to optimize your schedule based on your preferences and course availability. The goal of Course Match is simple – to maximize your satisfaction with your schedule.

Important Dates

Course Match schedule for Fall 2017 registration:

Wednesday, April 12 – Course Match Opens for Second-Year Students (WHG18)

Students may begin to report and modify their preferences for Fall 2017 courses at 12:00pm (noon) ET.

Monday, August 14 – Course Match Opens for First-Year Students (WHG19)

Students may begin to report and modify their preferences for Fall 2017 courses. Time TBA.

Monday, August 21 – Course Match Closes

Last day for students to report and modify preferences. Deadline is 12:00pm (noon) ET.

Friday, August 25 – Schedules Released

Students will receive an e-mail that schedules have been released. The drop/add “buffer period” begins at this time.

Monday, August 28 – Drop/Add “Buffer Period” Ends

System will close at 12:00 (noon) ET to process drop/add “buffer period” requests. Results will be released later that day.

Tuesday, August 29 – First day of Q1 and Fall Semester Courses

Please see the 2017-18 Academic Calendar for additional important dates.

We are sure you are excited to learn more.

Your orientation to the interface will take place during Pre-Term.

Manual and Training

Quick Tips

Your utilities are weighted by a section’s CU value.

Use the “My Schedules” tool. This element of the user interface can help you identify how Course Match will make intelligent decisions on your behalf. When you notice Course Match making a choice you would prefer it didn’t, adjust your preferences accordingly.

Assign utility to any class section you could see yourself taking.

If you don’t want two courses to appear together in your schedule assign to the combination a value less than 0.

Again, utilities are weighted by Credit Unit. In other words, a 0.5 CU course with a utility of 100 actually has a weighted utility of 50.

Utilities are relative. On a scale of 1-100 a course with a utility value of 100 is 10-times more preferable than a course with a utility of 10 but so too is a course with a utility of 10, 10-times more preferable than a course with a utility of 1.

Course Match FAQ

How do I elect to take a course Pass/Fail?

In the add/drop interface you can view a list of courses in which you are enrolled in the COURSES tab of the right-side menu bar. Courses that may be taken pass/fail will have a checkbox in the column marked “Pass/Fail.” Check the corresponding box to indicate your desire to take a course pass/fail. Students may not take more than 1 CU of pass/fail coursework during a semester. Core coursework (fixed and flexible) may not be taken pass/fail.

How do I add a section?

Course sections may be added using the drop/add interface. When you login you will see a list of all available course sections. To add a section, click the corresponding “Request Course” button.

Add requests made during the “Buffer Period” (August 25-29) will be randomized by class year and processed in that order. Add requests made after August 29 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Add requests made of a course at capacity will result in a waitlist being generated. The first student who makes an add request of a course at capacity will be number one on the waitlist and so on. Waitlists will advance automatically as/if enrolled students drop.

How do I drop a section?

In the drop/add interface you can view a list of courses in which you are enrolled in the COURSES tab of the right-side menu bar. To drop a course, just click the corresponding “drop” button.

During the “Buffer Period” drops will show as pending. All drop requests will be processed simultaneously at the close of the drop period.

Is there a limit to the number of credit units I can add?

No. The number of CUs you can add during drop/add is limited only by section conflicts – you cannot add sections that meet at the same time or sections that are incompatible with others (ex. ACCT611 & ACCT613).

If I try to add a course section that conflicts with a section I already own, do I have to drop the section I own to get into the conflicting session?

If you place an add request on a section that conflicts with a course you already own either because you own a section that meets at the same time or another section of the course, you’ll get a notification that if the request is processed you will be automatically dropped from the conflicting section. The system will only drop that conflicting section if it can get a seat in the requested section, never before. Said another way, if you are dropped from the conflicting session it means you got the section you wanted more.

Can I prioritize my add/waitlist requests?

No. Add requests will be processed as possible. If you add yourself to waitlists for multiple sections of the same course there is no way to prioritize which section you want most in drop/add.

Do I need to spend tokens to drop or add courses?

No. Fall semester tokens play no role in the drop/add process. Your token balance will be replenished prior to spring registration.