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Registering for Classes - FAQ

Students register for courses via the campus portal, My.Pomona. These following guidelines are provided to help you through the registration process.

  1. Several weeks before pre-registration begins, you will be able to view your appointment time on My.Pomona. Click here for more information.
  2. Meet with your advisor to discuss your course choices and receive your advisor's registration clearance.  If your advisor hasn't granted you registration clearance on My.Pomona, you won't be able to register during your registration appointment. Click here for more information on how to determine whether your advisor has granted clearance.
  3. Clear any holds on your account.  See My.Pomona to determine whether there are any holds on your account. Click here for more information.
  4. Request permission (also known as a "PERM") for any courses that are closed or require instructor permission. For more information on the PERM system, click here.
  5. Add courses during your registration appointment. You have a 24-hour window during pre-registration. After all students have registered, add/drop continues until the add deadline.

Important things to remember:

  • You may only pre-register for 4.75 courses. Students who are eligible for a fifth course may add it on the first day of classes for the fall semester and the first day of the add/drop period for the spring semester. For more information on enrollment limits, please see the catalog.
  • The laboratory sections for lab science courses are called "concurrent requisites." This means you must add the lab before or at the same time that you add the lecture. 
  • If you need to switch lab or lecture sections, the system will prompt you to drop both the lab and lecture.  You can make the switch on the portal if both the lecture and lab sections are open.  If one of the sections is closed, please contact our office.  We can make the switch as long as the new section is open.
  • Thesis courses: Seniors must request a PERM to enroll in thesis sections with their primary thesis advisor/reader.   If a section doesn't exist for a particular instructor, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Varsity athletic teams: If you would like to receive course credit for your participation on a varsity team, you will need to add the appropriate PE section to your schedule.  It won't be automatically added to your schedule.
  • Textbook information: Lists of required textbooks for all Claremont Colleges courses are available via the "Textbook" link on the course detail page. Click here for more information.
  • During the add/drop period you can make changes to your schedule via My.Pomona, but grading option changes must be submitted in person at the Registrar's Office. 

Appointment Time

Your appointment time is visible on My.Pomona.  Click on the "Student" link at the top of the screen, next to your name, then click on "My Registration."

Registration Clearance

Your advisor will need to grant registration clearance before you can register.  Please be sure to verify that you have received clearance before your registration appointment. To do so, log on to My.Pomona, click on the "Student" link, then click on "My Registration." There you will see your appointment time and whether or not you have been granted advisor clearance to register. If you haven't received clearance and have already met with your advisor, remind your advisor to clear you before your appointment.  If you can't reach your advisor within 24 hours of your appointment, contact the department chair of your advisor's department or the Registrar's Office.

Holds on Your Account

You can check to see if you have a hold on your account on the My Registration page of My.Pomona. If you have a hold on your account, it will be indicated here. A hold may be placed on your record by several offices: 

PERM(ission) to Enroll System

The PERM system enables you to request permission for courses that are restricted or otherwise closed.  A course might require permission if it is open only to certain majors or class years (e.g. juniors and seniors only), or if the maximum enrollment has already been reached.

  1. Log on to My.Pomona
  2. Via Course Search on the Add/Drop portlet, click on the course name number to view the Course Detail screen.
  3. Here you should see the section labeled "Eligible." If you are eligible for the course it will say "yes" and you can add the course. If you are not eligible, it will also give you the reason (e.g., you do not meet the section requirements) and a link will appear asking you if you would like to request a PERM for the course.
  4. Once you click on the PERM link, you will have an opportunity to add comments about your request for the instructor. This message is delivered to the instructor via email, so make it as specific as necessary for the instructor to understand your qualifications to take the course, and reason for wanting to take it.

Things to remember about PERMs:

  • You may not receive a response from the instructor right away. Many instructors wait until classes begin to see how many open seats are available, and whether any students have dropped the course. Please be patient.
  • You can view the PERM requests you've already submitted by logging on to My.Pomona and selecting the PERMisssions to Enroll Requests section on the left panel.
  • There are two types of permissions an instructor can grant you:
    • Permission to register as long as the course is open
    • Permission to add the course even if it is closed
  • You‘ll know which kind of permission you've been granted by reading the email you are sent when/if the instructor approves your request.
  • Once you've been granted permission, you will then need to add the course via My.Pomona.  The course will not be automatically added to your schedule.
  • If you receive a PERM after your appointment time, wait until the add/drop period begins and you will be able to add the course then.   You can't use a PERM after the add deadline; in such a case you would need to petition the Academic Procedures Committee (APC) to add the course.

Textbook Information

Click on the course number on My.Pomona to view the Course Details page. On that page you'll see "Textbook" link at the top of the screen.  Click on the link to view required textbooks for the course.

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