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Department of Computer Science

High demand enrollment

Special enrollment – COMP 5 – Teaching Computer Science

Registration for this class cannot happen until TA hiring decisions are made. Thank you in advance for your patience. If you are interested in taking the course, you can email Megan Monroe (, but be aware that no student will have permission to register for the class when registration begins.

High demand enrollment – COMP 40

To request enrollment for COMP 40 in Fall 2020, you must fill out this form before April 1st at 11:59pm.


If you wish to apply for authorization to register for COMP 40 in SIS at your assigned registration time, here are the steps you must take.

If you have not met with your advisor by April 1, and are considering taking COMP 40 but have not decided, please fill out the form indicating you wish to take the course (if you change your mind, you can email to let us know you are no longer interested).

Unchanged from recent terms is that your status as a CS major or minor plays a role in determining your priority for admission to COMP. However: In most years, we have eventually admitted all sophomores, including those who are undeclared. Since choosing a major is a very important decision the department strongly discourages students from declaring a CS major just to improve their chances of admission to COMP 40.

Reasons for these procedures:

The Department of Computer Science has been paying close attention to enrollments in core CS courses as demand grows. Our class sizes are limited both by the availability of faculty and TAs, and by the availability of classroom space. We also work hard to fairly ensure that students who have the greatest need to be admitted are given priority. In recent terms, administering all of this through SIS has been very time-consuming for the department and frustrating for students. For those reasons, the department has moved to the system described below for COMP 40.

New procedures and what students must do:

  • COMP 40 has been designated "high demand" for Fall 2020.
  • This means that the process for enrolling in the course will be different. Instead of directly registering for the course or a special waitlist section of the course in SIS, students will, several weeks before registration opens, fill out a web form to indicate their interest.
  • To be considered for on-time registration at your designated SIS registration date/time, you must complete the web form with all required information by April 1 at 11:59 PM for rising juniors and seniors, postbacs, and graduate students, and by April 8 at 11:59 PM for rising first-years and sophomores. Registration requests received after those times will be considered as space allows.

Authorizations to register:

No student will be allowed to register in SIS until their student ID number is specifically authorized by the department. We understand how valuable it is for students to learn their status early.

Therefore, based on the information received through the on-time web form submissions, we will authorize for registration in SIS as many students as possible in time for them to select COMP 40 when SIS registration opens for the spring term. Once authorized, students will be able to register in SIS. You will be informed as soon as you are authorized, and then you must register. Authorization does not automatically register a student.

In all cases, decisions on whom to admit are at the discretion of the Department of Computer Science. We will use students' status (e.g., year, major, etc.), as documented in the form responses, to inform decisions. Among students who would otherwise have similar priority (e.g., same year, same major, etc.), students will be selected at random from those whose form was received by the deadlines listed above. There is no advantage to being the first to submit, as long as you submit on time according to the deadline for your year.

While our goal is for every student to be able to take the courses they want, we recognize that we do not always achieve that goal, and we very much appreciate your understanding. If you are not able to take the course this semester, it will be offered again.

If you have questions, please email us.

High demand enrollment – COMP 117

To request enrollment for COMP 117 in Fall 2020, you must fill out the form linked here by April 3, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space is available. Students will not be able to register in SIS unless they are specifically approved by Professor Noah Mendelsohn. It is recommended that students consider registering for an alternate course as soon as they have the opportunity – enrolling in other courses will not reduce chances of being admitted to COMP 117.

For more information, please see this website.

Consent required – COMP 189

Instructor consent is required to register for COMP 189. Priority will be given to PhD students, but undergrads and MS students are welcome to apply. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Professor Norman Ramsey ( Prof. Ramsey will send you a one-page pretest to complete to ensure students have adequate skills to succeed in the class. After this screening process, if you are admitted to the course Prof. Ramsey will give you permission in SIS and you will be able to register.