Enrollment Resources

Here is everything you need to know before scheduling your courses. If you have not yet completed your respective online orientation (i.e. First-Year, Transfer, Spring admit etc.) in CourseWeb, please do so before making use of the following resources.

Important Note about First-Year Requirements:

As a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences student, you must complete the Algebra requirement, Workshop in Composition, and the Seminar in Composition requirement during your first year.  The Algebra requirement may be completed in either the fall or spring term of your first year. Transfer students, however, must complete these requirements during their first term.

Resources for Making Your Schedule

Creating your schedule takes a lot of thoughtful planning, time and effort.  The following resources are meant to help make the process go more smoothly.

Course Subject Abbreviations - Use this to find out what subject abbreviation to type in when searching for courses on the main Pitt campus.

Enrolling Using the Schedule Planner - Use the Schedule Planner to map out all of the various schedule scenarios available based upon the currently open coursework.

Enrollment Guide - The Enrollment Guide gives step-by-step instructions on how to search for and enroll in classes. It walks you through how to use your student center and contains the subject abbreviations you'll need to use to search for courses in PeopleSoft.

Enrollment Errors - This document explains the most common enrollment errors that students experience when trying to enroll in classes.

Enrollment Restrictions - This document explains the most common enrollment restrictions that students experience when trying to enroll in classes.

How to Waitlist a Course - This document explains how to use the SWAP feature to put yourself on the Waitlist for a course.

Plan on taking Biology and Chemistry? Here are some course sequence suggestions from the Biology department.

PeopleSoft Mobile: Prefer to use PeopleSoft Mobile?  Read the instructions on how to use the phone friendly general class search to see what Pitt offers.

Searching for a General Education Course by Attribute - Students that have been admitted to the University for the Fall 2018 (2191) term or after, can refer to these instructions on how to search for a course that will satisfy a general education requirement in addition to many other course attributes and values.

  • For students admitted 2191 (Fall 2018) or after, you can find a master listing of every course that has been approved to satisfy a general education requirement by clicking here.
  • For students admitted prior to the Fall 2018 term, you can find your General Education Course Catalog here

Search by My Requirements - This document explains how to search for classes by the general education requirement it could fulfill.  You can search by "My Requirements" in your shopping cart area.

How to Search for a Writing Intensive Course - Use this document to learn how to effectively search for a course that satisfies the writing intensive requirement.

Permission Numbers for Courses: If you want to take an Honors College (UHC) course or a Spanish course above the level of Spanish 0004, you will need a permission number to enroll in it. Use the links below to learn about getting a permission number. Contact your advisor if you want to take a course that has a prerequisite for which you have AP/IB credit that has not yet been received or posted.

Placement Exams

ALEKS Math Placement Assessment: If you plan to enroll in a math course above Algebra (MATH 0031) such as Preparation for Scientific Calculus (MATH 0200), Business Calculus (MATH 0120), Finite Mathematics (MATH 0400), or Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 (MATH 0220), you may need to take the ALEKS assessment.

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International Examination (CIE) credit: If you have taken AP, IB or CIE exams and know your scores or have an idea about your scores, refer to the OAFA page to find out what college credit you may be able to earn.

The French, German, Italian and Spanish Language Placement tests are offered online. Instructions on how to take the exams can be found here.

NOTE: All students taking the online Spanish exam, who plan to continue on in the language, must also sign up for an oral interview with the Spanish department that will be conducted when you arrive on campus. You must sign up for an interview, before you arrive on campus. More detailed information on how to schedule an interview and how to determine your Spanish placement is included at the "Spanish Courses" link above.

If you would like to take the written placement exam for Hebrew, Latin, Portuguese or Russian, you may do so while you are on campus in the Advising Center, room 201 Thackeray Hall.

For further study in a foreign language that is not listed above, please contact the specific language department for placement details. To see a full listing of the languages offered at Pitt, click here.

Other Undergraduate Schools at the University of Pittsburgh

If you are planning to apply for internal transfer to another school here at the University of Pittsburgh, refer to the following document to read more about the prerequisites and admission requirements for the program to which you are interested in applying.

Other Schools @ Pitt

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of General Studies
  • School of Education
  • Swanson School of Engineering
  • School of Computing and Information Science
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Pharmacy

Want to find out how your current coursework would fit in to a different major or program here at Pitt? Try our What-if Scenario instructions to see what requirements you would still need to fulfill.

Additional Resources

Academic Calendar: Review the academic calendar each term to keep apprised of important dates and deadlines, including add/drop, extended drop, satisfactory/audit (S/N), individual course withdrawal and resignation etc.

Campus Map: Need some help finding your way around?

Dietrich School Undergraduate Catalog: The Undergraduate Catalog contains important information about policies and requirements for Dietrich School students, including grading, course repeats, graduation requirements, and academic standing.

Peer Advisors: Our peer advisors are happy to speak with you in the Advising Center during normal business hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We encourage you to stop by or call whenever you have questions, or concerns. 

Academic Advisors are also ON CALL 1 hour per week. If you have a quick question or concern that could be addressed by any advisor, please stop by the Advising Center, Room 201 Thackeray Hall or call 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

University of Pittsburgh Registrar's Office Resources

  1. PeopleSoft Videos on how to Add a Class, Drop a Class, and Swap a Class from your Student Center in PeopleSoft
  2. FAQ about the Waitlist Function in PeopleSoft
  3. New Student Guide
  4. PeopleSoft Mobile Instructions