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Process to enroll in UMSI classes

We encourage all University of Michigan students to participate in School of Information (UMSI) classes* when there are seats available. The process to register and/or join the waitlist is detailed below.  Students completing a UMSI minor should see additional registration details here: Registration Information for UMSI Minors   

If you have additional questions after reading through the information provided, please [email protected]

Overrides will likely begin to be processed in late-July for the Fall term and late-December for the Winter term. This will continue through the add/drop deadline. Please be patient as the timing and availability for overrides is dependent on multiple factors for class, not just the data you may see. This process can happen very quickly for some classes and very late for others. 

* While we welcome all students to take SI classes, there is a short list of courses that are specifically designed for students within the SI program (internship, capstone, and cohort intro) and are not open to students in other programs. These courses are:

  • Career/Internship Courses: SI 300, SI 390/690, SI 505, SI 681, SI 688
  • Cohort Building Courses: SI 302, SI 305, SI 307, SI 500, SI 701, and SI 705
  • Capstone Courses: SI 405/407, SI 485/487
  • Master's Thesis Option Program: SI 697/698

SIADS courses are only available to students in the MADS program at this time.

SI 106 & SI 110:

These courses do not have enforced prerequisites or class associated requirements. You may register directly for your preferred section or its waitlist in Wolverine Access. 

SI Courses with shadow sections:

Offered Fall 2024:  
206, 301, 339, 422, 425, 429, 504, 506, 507, 544, 563, 564, 588, 608, 618, 649, 650, 664, 670, 671

These courses have a shadow section (1XX) for non-UMSI students that corresponds to every standard 0XX section. This is used only for administrative purposes - they are the same class. If you have completed the prerequisites for a course listed above, you can register directly within Wolverine Access for the class or waitlist using the 1XX section.

To find these shadow sections, you may need to uncheck the “Show Open Classes Only” box if you are searching for classes on the Class Search/Browse Catalog page in Wolverine Access. Be sure to turn on the waitlist option when adding the course to your backpack. Do this by selecting the checkbox next to “Waitlist if class is full” on the Enrollment: Add Classes page in Wolverine Access. You will not be able to check the “Waitlist if class is full” box once the class is in your backpack.

If you have not fulfilled the prerequisites for the course listed above, you can follow the instructions below “for all other UMSI courses” to be added to the google waitlist. 

For all other UMSI courses:

Please complete the Fall 2024 SI Course Registration Waitlist Form for each class you would like to enroll in. 

When you submit the form, your information will be recorded and timestamped. The timestamp will be used to identify your position on the waitlist but other form fields will also be considered when necessary for prioritizing overrides.

Please note, you will not be able to see your position on the waitlist using this form. Due to the high volume of submissions, we will not communicate updates about your status on the waitlist unless other action or information is needed. 

If you receive an error when trying to access the form, make sure you are logged in with only your U-M email address. Try logging out of all Gmail accounts and then logging back in with only your U-M email address.

Important notes:

Instructor Permission: You do not need to seek permission from the instructor unless specifically directed to do so. Override permissions to register for a class are granted based on availability of seats in a class and waitlist position - getting on the waitlist or receiving instructor permission does not guarantee you will be issued an override to register.

Permission Expiration: If you receive an override permission, you will be sent an automated email which includes the expiration date. Please watch closely for this email and take action to register for this course immediately. If you do not register for the class before the permission expires, you will lose your ability to register and your spot on the waitlist. If you miss your opportunity to register for the class, you are welcome to re-register for the waitlist or fill out the waitlist form again.

Academic Planning: If you are taking classes outside of your home school or college, we recommend that you connect with your respective academic advisor to confirm how it may impact your academic planning and progress toward degree.