Force Add Procedures
CS Undergraduate Force-Add Policy
There are circumstances when a student may need to submit a force-add request for an undergraduate CS course. Please expand each section below to learn more.
Force-add requests for undergraduate CS courses may only be requested via the online form linked below. Students should not email instructors to force-add a course and cannot force-add a course by attending class during the first week.
Student is unable to request a CS course (or Math 2534) during the Course Request period due to a prerequisite error or a class restriction
Student did not earn a C or better in a CS course in the prior semester and needs to repeat the course
Student requested a required CS course during Course Request, but did not get it and all sections are now full
Student was just admitted to the CS major at the start of this semester and are requesting a required CS course where all sections are now full
Student is using an approved equivalent prerequisite course that is not recognized in drop/add (ex. ECE 2514 for CS 1114, COMM 2014 for COMM 2004)
Graduate student needs to register for an undergraduate course (level restriction)
Graduating seniors must enter force-add requests as soon as possible. The longer a student waits to submit a request, the lower the likelihood that the request can be accommodated.
Please note that instructors cannot override force/add decisions made by the department, so please do not approach your instructor for special permission to get into their course. If you have questions about a force/add request, CS majors or minors should contact their CS academic advisor.
Requests are processed in priority order, so some requests may remain pending while higher-priority requests are processed. Requests received by 5pm August 13 will receive a response by 5:00pm Friday, August 20. Later requests will be processed by the deadline to add a course.
Submitting a force-add request is not a guarantee that the student will be added to a course. There are a variety of factors that go into the decision for a force-add request.
If a student is forced-added into a course, but later drops the course, the student should not assume that it will be possible to be force-added into the course a second time.
Even if a student submits a force-add request for a CS course, the student should still continue to try to add it through the drop/add mechanism when it is available. Drop/Add & Course Request Dates
If you get a message saying you need permission when you click on the force-add survey link, please open an incognito window, sign into your VT email and try again. The permission is linked to your VT email address.
If you have decided that you no longer need or want the course you submitted a force-add request for, please use the following link to cancel a pending request.
- Requests from CS Minors may be denied if the student already has enough courses to complete the CS minor.
- CS minors will only be added to CS Capstones on a case-by-case basis as approved by the CS Department.