Special Permission Process

NOTICE: Matriculated undergraduates can request special permission for closed sections of fall and spring courses only through the automated system described below. This system is available only during the special permission period, beginning shortly before the term and running through the first week of classes.


There are four kinds of special requests students may need to make to the undergraduate office to gain admittance to certain courses.

  • Admission to some honors courses is by permission of the department.
  • Admission to closed sections of regular courses requires a special permission number.
  • Admission to courses for which the prerequisites have been filled in an unusual way may require a prerequisite override.
  • Admission to Precalculus, Calculus I or Calculus II previously failed twice


Honors Courses

If you are not yet registered in an honors course or an honors section of a regular course in the forthcoming semester, you need to apply for special permission by completing the appropriate Special Permission Form available online (closed until further notice). DO NOT use the Automated Web System to submit your request!

Requests for fall courses may be submitted during the previous spring or summer; requests for spring courses during the previous fall. When filling out the form, make sure you give a valid reason for your request (e.g. previous honors course, recommendation of professor, etc). Requests will be processed as they are received, so long as necessary information (current grades, references, ...) is available.

If you are already registered in an honors section for the forthcoming semester and would like to switch to another section of the SAME course, you need to use the Automated Web System to submit your request during one of the three rounds. Please see below for the dates.

Prerequisite overrides

A student who is unable to register for a course because he or she lacks the proper prerequisites should not request a special permission number. Under some circumstances – for example, if the student has taken appropriate prerequisite courses elsewhere, and these are not yet credited to his or her Rutgers transcript – please fill out a prerequisite override form.

If justification for receiving a prerequisite override is too complicated to adequately describe on the form on the online website, please go to the Advising Office of the Math Dept, room 308 of the Hill Center.

Closed Sections

Because of the high demand for many of the math department classes, many course sections are filled early in registration. Once the course is filled it is listed as Closed. However, we generally leave some spots open in the course to accomodate late registrants and transfer students. These final spots are assigned through the special permission for closed section process which starts shortly before the semester begins and continues through the first week of the semester. A student should first attempt to register through the Rutgers Web Registration System. If all sections that the student can take are closed, the student should submit a special permission form once the special permission process opens. (The schedule for the process will be listed on this web page shortly before the semester begins.)

The department makes a significant effort to accommodate as many students as possible during the process, and generally satisfies most of them, but unfortunately there is often not enough room to grant all requests.


    • Fall and Spring Terms

      • Matriculated undergraduates should request special permission for admission to closed sections using the automated special permission system described below. While the special permission process is ongoing students should attend a section that they are trying to enter via special permission, so that no class time will be missed.
      • Non-matriculated undergraduate students and graduate students should request special permission for admission to closed sections by completing the appropriate special permission form available online. Decisions on these requests will be made during the first week of classes.

Summer 2020 Special Permission Rounds

Rounds of Special Permission

1st Round of Special Permission for Session 1 Only:

Begins: 9am, Friday, May 15, 2020
Ends: 5pm, Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Decision Date: 5pm, Thursday, May 21, 2020

2nd Round of Special Permission for Session 1 Only:

 Begins: 9am, Friday, May 22, 2020
Ends: 5pm, Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Decision Date: 5pm, Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Add/drop period for Session 1: May 26 - May 28

3rd Round of Special Permission for Session 2 Only:

 Begins: 9am, Friday, June 12, 2020
 Ends: 5pm, Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Decision Date: 5pm, Thursday, June 18, 2020

 4th Round of Special Permission for Session 2 Only:

Begins: 9am, Friday, June 19, 2020
Ends: 5pm, Monday, June 22, 2020
Decision Date: 5pm, Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Add/drop period for Session 2: June 22 - June 24

5th Round of Special Permission for Session 3 Only:

Begins: 9am, Friday, July 3, 2020
Ends: 5pm, Monday, July 6, 2020
Decision Date: 5pm, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Add/drop period for Session 3: July 6 - July 8


Please be aware of the following:

Course selection for new requests will be unavailable between the end of one round and the start of the next



If you receive an email informing you that your request has been
granted, you must login within 3 days of when the email is sent
in order to retrieve your special permission number.

Automated special permission system

For CLOSED SECTIONS – For matriculated undergraduates
Fall and Spring Semesters

Automated Web System
Enter Here

Special Note: If you are unable to load the page when following the 'Enter Here' link, please clear your browser's cache and cookies, close the broswer, then re-open and try again.

NOTE: When viewing the Special Permission login page for the first time, you may get a notice that the SSL certificate is invalid. You can disregard this and know that the site is still perfectly secure. In order to fix this, please add a permanent exception and reload the page. If you need help with this, please see our documentation regrading this issue: Certificate Errors


  • Who Can Use the Online Special Permission System?
    Matriculated undergraduates who wish to get special permission to enter closed sections of mathematics courses should use the mathematics department's web-based system.
  • How Do I Login?
    Students need to use their NetID and password to access the online special permission system. Students using this system DO NOT need to have their own computer accounts or e-mail addresses. They only need access to the web which is available on all campuses. Deans' Offices should be prepared to help disabled students with their special permission requests.

  Re-taking Precalculus, Calculus I or Calculus II previously failed twice

Starting in Fall semester 2019, students who have failed Precalculus (111, 112, or 115), Calculus I (either 135 or 151) or Calculus II (either 136 or 152) twice can no longer take the course again at Rutgers New Brunswick. 

Students who have failed any of these courses twice because of extenuating circumstances can request an exception by submitting an appeal.

The only appeal requests taken into consideration will be from students whose education has been affected by very special circumstances and can provide supporting documentation. At a minimum, the extenuating circumstances, medical or otherwise, must be shown to have affected the student's performance in all courses taken when the Precalculus or Calculus course was failed, and to account for that failure.

Students belonging to SOE or RBS should see their Dean to submit an appeal. Students from all other schools can submit an appeal by filling out this form and attaching any supporting documentation: https://www.math.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_chronoforms5&chronoform=RequestPortal_MULTFAIL2