The first step in the registration and enrollment process is bidding, where students allocate from their available bid points to indicate the electives of highest interest to them.
If your bids are successful, you will be enrolled in those courses at the end of the bidding period. Bidding occurs during the semester prior to when courses will be offered (ex. during the Fall semester for the next Spring term’s courses).
Why We Use the Bidding Process
Bidding is a mechanism to allocate scarce resources – seats in popular classes, where demand exceeds supply. Professors’ instructional hours are limited by their contracts and other professional obligations, such as research and service in University posts, and the number of seats made available in a given class is carefully considered.
Students are allotted bid points determined by their year in the program so that they can strategically use their bid points to get a seat in the classes of highest interest to them. This provides all students with an equal opportunity to identify a class that is most aligned with their professional career goals and use their bid points to maximize their chances of securing a seat in that class.
As students progress through the program and achieve seniority, the number of bid points made available to them increases, so students who are closer to graduating have the greatest chance of securing a seat in a popular elective.
All students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors to identify several elective offerings that would align well with their individual professional goals.