College of General Studies

Enrollment Process

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How to Prepare for Self-Enrollment

The Office of the University Registrar has developed videos and tutorials to walk you through the process of enrolling step-by-step. To access these valuable resources, log in to my.pitt.edu and select the Student Services tab, then click on "Detailed Help". This information is extremely helpful and you are strongly encouraged to take the time to review it.

Finding your Enrollment Appointment Day and Time

All students will be assigned an enrollment appointment. Your enrollment appointment is the date and time at which you may begin enrolling in classes. The appointments will be staggered and assigned based on the number of credits earned by each student. Those students with the highest number of completed credits will be given the earliest appointments. Once your enrollment appointment has occurred, you can register online any time, 24 hours a day. You must enroll in classes before the start of the term in which you are enrolling. Some classes do fill quickly. Be sure to enroll as early as you can.

To see the day and time of your enrollment appointment, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to my.pitt.edu.
  2. Click on Student Center Login
  3. Click on Self Service
  4. Click on Student Center

The information will be located in a blue box on the right titled "Enrollment Dates". Learn more about your enrollment appointment.

How to Select and Enroll for Classes Online

Once your enrollment appointment has occurred, you may enroll from your Student Center by clicking on "Add a Class" under "Academics" and then selecting a term.

The process involves three simple steps:

  1. Add classes to your enrollment shopping cart by either entering the class number or using class search.
  2. Review each class and then confirm cart for enrollment. When you are ready, click Proceed to step 2 of 3 to confirm all classes in your cart.
  3. Read and accept the terms of the promissory note, and then click "Accept Terms and Register".

Classes that Require Special Permission

In order to register for a class that requires department/instructor consent, has prerequisites that have not been met or is full, you must request permission from the department offering the course. If permission is granted, the student will be given a Permission Number. The permission number is entered when adding the class to your enrollment shopping cart. Find a list of University departments and contacts here.

Closed Classes and Waitlisting

If you wish to enroll in a class that is already full:

1. Contact the professor via e-mail or schedule an in-person meeting to ask for their permission to enroll in the class. Once you have written approval from the professor in hand, move to step 2.

2. Take the written document expressing the professor's permission to the department offering the class. They will provide you with a permission number. If the class has prerequisites, take a copy of your transcript as well to show that you have met the prerequisites

3. Return to the "Student Center", add the class to your enrollment shopping cart, and enter the permission number. Check out to finalize the addition to your schedule. 

If a class is closed, you may put yourself onto the Wait List using Online Self Enrollment. The registration system will keep track of the students on the Wait List and enroll them in the class when seats become available. It is important to watch your status on the list and your class schedule to see if you have been added to the class. If you Wait List a course and then no longer want the class, it is important to remove yourself from the Wait List. More about Waitlisting.

You are able to make changes to your schedule at any time once enrolled through the end of the second week of the term.  Check the Office of the University Registrar’s Academic Calendar for the exact date.

For more information about enrollment, visit the Office of the University Registrar.