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Subject Selector (CI-H/HW subjects only)

What is the CI-H/HW Subject Selector?

The CI-H/HW Subject Selector is used to request enrollment in CI-H/HW subjects which have limited enrollments. The Subject Selector will allow you to choose up to two primary CI-H/HW subjects, along with up to two alternative CI-H/HW subjects for each in case you are not admitted to the primary. You will learn the outcome of your requests when you get your schedule. Before term schedules are published, you can also use the Subject Selector to place yourself on waitlists that instructors use after Registration Day to offer enrollment.

If you are a new student or student returning from leave, you cannot pre-register or use the selector, but you will receive priority for your waitlist choices.

How do I get to the Subject Selector?

If you are a continuing student, the subject selector is part of the pre-registration workflow. When you go to the pre-registration application, you will be prompted to enter the subjects for which you want to pre-register, and click Submit Subjects. On the next screen, if any of the subjects are CI-H or CI-HW subjects, you will be prompted to click the CI-H/HW Subject Selector button. You must go to the subject selector to record your choices, select alternatives, and indicate whether you want to be on the waitlist if you are not admitted. When you are done with the subject selector, clicking Save & Continue will bring you back to the pre-registration application, where you can review your selections and click Submit Pre-Registration to finalize them. You can add CI-H and HW subjects until the CI-H/HW deadline; between the deadline and the close of pre-registration, you can only delete subjects you picked, or request to be added to the waitlist for a new CI-H/HW subject.

If you are an incoming freshman or new student in the Fall term, you will access the subject selector from your online registration form. When you add a CI-H or CI-HW subject for which you want to register, you will be prompted to click the Subject Selector link. You must go to the subject selector to record your choices, select alternatives, and indicate whether you want to be on the waitlist if you are not admitted. When you are done with the subject selector, clicking Save & Continue will bring you back to the online registration form.

If you are a new student in Spring term, you cannot use the subject selector. If you wish to take a CI-H or CI-HW subject, you must first add yourself to the waitlist and then wait for an offer from the instructor.

When do I need to select CI-H/HW subjects?

If you are an incoming freshman or new student in the Fall term, you must select a CI-H/HW subject when you register, before schedules are published. Click here go to the Academic Calendar.

For additional information about the Subject Selector, please visit the Subject Selector FAQ page.

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Viewing Waitlists

All waitlists that use MIT’s enrollment tools are published online on the Waitlists page. This page can be accessed via the Waitlists link on the MIT WebSIS for Students page, the Online Registration Student Subject Selections Approval page, or the Add/Drop Approval page.

This page will list any waitlists you’re currently on, and allow you to view all subjects with waitlists. The waitlists are broken out into two categories: CI-H/HW waitlists and Limited-enrollment waitlists. This is because the two types of waitlists have different timelines, features, and rules, as outlined below.

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Getting on a Waitlist

There are several ways for students to join or be placed on a waitlist:

  • (All subjects) Add yourself to a waitlist on the CI-H/HW or Limited-enrollment waitlist pages
  • (CI-H/HW subjects) Use the CI-H/HW Subject Selector to flag your first choice as, "Put me on the waitlist if not admitted", and you were not scheduled into that subject
  • (CI-H/HW subjects) Use the CI-H/HW Subject Selector to join a waitlist before available on WebSIS
  • (Limited-enrollment subjects) Pre-register for the subject and you were moved to the waitlist by the gradsheet instructor - you and your advisor will get an email when this happens

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CI-H/HW and Limited-Enrollment Waitlists

When Available

The CI-H/HW waitlists become available after the student schedules have been run. The limited-enrollment waitlists become available when Online Registration opens. Waitlists are viewable through the last day of classes.

Using the Search Filters

Use the Show Only filters to limit the list. Click on a Subject # or Title to link to the online Subject Listing. Click on a heading to sort by the column.

Subject and Waitlist Information

Enrollment cap is the maximum number of students in this subject (or section, if section registration is required). For CI-H/HW subjects, the cap is based on guidelines set by the Faculty Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR). For limited-enrollment subjects, the cap is set by the instructor, and is optional; waitlists with no cap will say N/A here.

Openings is the enrollment cap minus the number of students registered and with pending registration (i.e., those who have been scheduled but have not completed registration, and those who have been offered admission from the waitlist).

Students on Waitlist is the number of students who are currently on the waitlist for the selection, excluding those with outstanding offers.

If CLOSED appears in the Openings and Students on Waitlist columns, the instructor has chosen to close the waitlist. No more students will be admitted, and students may not add themselves to the waitlist.

Your Waitlist Status

The text On Waitlist displays beside a subject in which you are waitlisted.

Adding Yourself to and Removing Yourself from a Waitlist

Click a subject’s Add link to add yourself to its waitlist. You can add yourself to any waitlist regardless of how many students are already on it, but you should be realistic about your chances. You need to assess a number of factors: what is the subject’s enrollment cap, how many openings are there, and (for CI-H/HW subjects) how many students are waitlisted in higher priority groups.

When you add yourself to a subject waitlist, an email confirmation is sent to you.

If you are on a waitlist and are no longer interested in taking the subject, select “My waitlisted subjects”, then click the Remove link to make room for another student.

CI-H/HW Subjects Only: Your Position on a Waitlist

Click on any subject’s Students on Waitlist value to view a message box that tells you how many students are currently on the waitlist, how many of these students are in a priority group higher than yours, and how many students are in your priority group.

CI-H/HW Subjects Only: Priority Groups

The waitlist places students within priority groups established by the Faculty Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR).

For CI-HW subjects, CI-HW Required upperclassmen who have not completed a CI-HW subject will be in the highest priority group, followed by CI-HW Required freshmen who have not completed a CI-HW subject. Next will be freshmen who have not completed a CI-H. At the bottom are all other students.

For CI-H subjects, there is only one priority group. Students will be given equal priority regardless of their year and whether they have fulfilled the requirement.

Preference within priority groups will be given to students who requested the CI-H/HW the last time it was offered, were not scheduled into it, and did not register for it. Continuing students who added themselves to waitlists after the CI-H/HW deadline will be placed below all other priority groups.

When issuing enrollment offers, instructors are strongly encouraged to make offers to students in the highest priority group first, and so on.

Enrollment Offers

Instructors can begin offering enrollment from their subjects’ waitlists beginning on the first day of classes. Offers can be extended through Add Date, but most offers will be extended during the first two weeks of classes. You will receive an email if you are offered enrollment. The email may include specific information from the instructor, for example, asking that you attend the next class or specifying which section has openings.

If you want to join the class, add the subject using the online Add/Drop (or register for it, if you have not yet registered). Act within 24 hours or the offer may be rescinded. The enrollment offer will serve as the instructor’s approval for your add; only your advisor will need to approve the add for this subject. If you are not interested, remove yourself from the waitlist and tell the instructor so that another student can be offered the spot. Also, review your other waitlists and remove yourself from those for subjects you no longer wish to join.

If you are registered for a CI-H/HW or limited-enrollment subject you are not attending, drop it immediately.

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