Mathematics Department - Special Permission

Special Permission Process

Mathematics Undergraduate Program

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 three 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.

Procedures (Fall and Spring Terms)
Honors courses Prerequisite overrides Closed sections
Automated Web System

Honors Courses

Students should request special permission for these courses by completing the appropriate special permission form available online.

Requests for fall courses may be submitted during the previous spring or summer; requests for spring courses during the previous fall.

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 or in the Mathematics Undergraduate Office located in Hill Center, Room 303 on Busch Campus. Decisions on these requests will be made during the first week of classes.
Fall 2016
Rounds of Special Permission
Round 1 :  
Begins :  
Ends :  
Review :  
12:01am, Friday, August 26, 2016
11:00pm, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
4:00pm, Friday, September 2, 2016
Round 2 :  
Begins :  
Ends :  
Review :  
5:00pm, Friday, September 2, 2016
4:00pm Thursday, September 8, 2016
12:00pm, Saturday, September 10, 2016
Round 3 :  
Begins :  
Ends :  
Review :  
5:00pm, Saturday, September 10, 2016
4:00pm, Monday, September 12, 2016
4:00pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Note :  
Please be aware of the following :
Last day to DROP courses without a "W": Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Last day to ADD courses: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
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 again 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 vieing 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.
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