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Below you will find important information about the Bidding process. Please review carefully and connect with the Academics Team at [email protected] if you have any questions.
In bidding, you will allocate points to each of the courses you want to take – essentially using your points to signal what a course is “worth” to you. There are two rounds of bidding. Everyone will participate in Round 1, while only those who had unsuccessful bids in the first round will participate in Round 2 (If you have unsuccessful bids in Round 1, your points will be refunded to you to use in Round 2).
During each round, you will sign into OLR and enter your bids. This is not first-come, first-served, so you just need to finalize your bids before the round closes.
After each round, the Academics team processes the bids. If there are enough seats for everyone who bid on a class, then everyone gets in. If there are more bids than seats, then the system will enroll students starting with the highest bidder and then moving down until seats are filled. In the event of a tie, the system runs a random lottery to decide who gets in.
Once bids are processed, we’ll send an email to let you know that we’ve finished and you can sign into OLR to view your results.
Students submit bids via the On-Line Registrar (OLR). Log in using your CalNet ID.
Once bidding ends, MBA course enrollment will be frozen until the start of Add/Drop.
With the exception of students who are accepted into pre-bidding Selection Courses, all students will begin Round 1 with 1000 bid points and 13 units to work with. The lowest acceptable bid is one point and the highest acceptable bid is 1000 points.
During Add/Drop, the MBA unit limit will be raised from 13 to the max of 16.
Keep in mind that enrollment is a two-step process: bidding takes place first, and then Add/Drops will occur during the first two weeks of the semester. For that reason, students aren’t expected to fill their entire schedule just through bidding.
We can think of no situation in which it would make sense to hold back points for Round 2, since the points for any unsuccessful Round 1 bids will be refunded to you for Round 2, and bid points are irrelevant once bidding concludes.
Don’t assume a course will still be available during Add/Drop if you do not bid for it now. Courses with low bid demand may be canceled. So, it is very important that you bid your points for the classes you really want to take, not just the ones you think will be the hardest to get into.
NOTE: Campus fees are due before the start of classes and the University requires that students be enrolled in at least 6 units before it will release financial aid. For more information regarding financial aid, please visit the Haas Financial Aid website.
What to avoid
The most common strategic mistake is spreading the 1000 points across too many of the most popular electives. If you do so, it’s likely you’ll end up getting into few or none of them. Instead, prioritize a couple popular courses and bid high on those.
For courses you want, but do not think will bid-out, we suggest bidding a token point or two, saving the rest of your bid-points for courses you think will be more competitive to get a seat in.
Students who had unsuccessful Round 1 bids may drop course(s) between rounds if the course you want to drop is not full. The points from dropped classes will be refunded to you for use in Round 2.
To drop a class between rounds, email the Academics Team before submitting your Round 2 bids, and no later than 9:00AM on the last day of bidding (so we have time to adjust your points/units and refund the points before the Round 2 deadline).
If you use all your points in Round 1, and all of your bids are successful, you will not take part in Round 2 (since you will have gotten all your Round 1 picks and have no points left over).
Points and units from unsuccessful Round 1 bids will be automatically returned for use in Round 2.
Only those who emerge from Round 1 with fewer than 13 units, AND who have points left over or refunded to them, may take part in Round 2.
You will have two options:
Option 1: If the section you’re hoping to drop bid out, you will keep both classes until add/drop and then drop the section you no longer want (please keep in mind that this will prevent your peers from being able to try for the extra seat in Round 2 of Bidding).
Option 2: If the section you’re hoping to drop did not bid out, you can email [email protected] before the start of Round 2 Bidding and indicate which section you’d like to drop. We will put the seat back into Round 2 of Bidding so other students can try for it.
There are a handful of courses that are marked “No Add/Drop” on the elective schedule. These courses will not be available during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. If you want to take them, you should bid for them now. By the same token, you should only bid into these courses if you are 100% committed to taking them as they cannot be dropped.
IMPORTANT: No add/drop courses are not eligible for grading option changes to S/U. Students who do not follow through with their original commitment to the class and choose to stop attending will receive a letter grade of “F” in the class.
Selection Courses are classes students apply for and are accepted to before the start of bidding. These courses are noted under the Selection Courses tab on the elective schedule.
If you are accepted into a selection course, your enrollment in the course is final and cannot be dropped. Since you are already guaranteed these units, the Academics Team will reduce your bid points and units proportionately prior to bidding:
- For a 1-unit course: reduction is 80 bid points and 1 unit*
- For a 2-unit course: reduction is 150 points and 2 units*
- For a 3-unit course: reduction is 230 bid points and 3 units*
* The reduction values are calculated proportionally to the maximum number of units (13) and points (1000) for all bidders. For example, for a 2-unit course: 2/13 = 15%, and 15% of 1000 = 150. A student pre-enrolled in 2 units would start bidding with 850 points and 11 units to work with.
Review the list of courses that filled during Fall 2022 bidding. We more commonly refer to these as courses that “bid out,” meaning they filled during bidding.
Experience has taught us that past bid performance is not predictive of future bid success. This is due to a number of ever-changing variables such as different instructors, the number of sections in a given class, course conflicts, co-curricular opportunities and changing labor-market & hiring trends. These changing factors make it challenging to confidently predict course popularity or bid point trends.
Student feedback over the years confirms that sharing previous year bidpoint cut offs not only isn’t predictive, but artificially inflates the “cost” of classes. Because of these reasons, no record of previous bid point cutoffs are captured or shared from year to year.
Students are not permitted to be enrolled in two MBA courses that have any overlap or meet during the same day and/or time. The OLR system will attempt to block bids for classes that conflict. You should also manually check for conflicts between courses you are planning to bid on, particularly for those with unique meeting dates. Please keep in mind that requests for exceptions will not be approved.
If you need a sounding board to talk through your decision between classes that overlap or have a schedule conflict, do not hesitate to connect with your academic advisor.