Overload and Permits

General Questions

What are overloads and permits?

All Georgia Tech courses are capped at a certain number of students. In the OSCAR Override System a course overload is a permission to register for a course that is full. A permit is a permission to register for a class that is designated for a special population (for instance, permission to enter a class that is major-restricted).

*Please note: You may not request an overload for a class with a waitlist.

How may I request an overload or a permit for an LMC class?

Most LMC classes have a waitlist, which means overloads are not permitted. However, students may request overloads and permits for some LMC courses on the OSCAR override request system. Permit requests will be considered intermittently throughout each registration period. If a course does not appear in the OSCAR system for permitting, it most likely has the waitlist function enabled. Students cannot request an overload for a course with a waitlist.

Do LMC classes allow waitlisting?

A majority of LMC class offerings are available for waitlisting.  Students may add themselves to the waitlist for any available waitlisted class in the OSCAR registration system.

Why do the number of seats change during registration?

In order to ensure that Computational Media and Literature, Media, and Communication students have access to classes which they need to complete degree requirements, we gradually increase the enrollments the first week of Registration as time tickets for all Georgia Tech students open up.

Help!  I'm an LMC or CM major and need permits in other disciplines!  How can I find out where to get them?

Please visit the departmental contact list on the registrar’s webpage.


Specific Courses Questions

When should I take ENGL 1102?

All students should plan to take ENGL 1102 the spring semester after they have passed ENGL 1101, when there are approximately 80 sections of ENGL 1102 available. In the fall semester, most seats in ENGL 1101 and 1102 are reserved for incoming freshmen. 

How may I request an overload or permit for ENGL 1101 or 1102?

LMC does NOT issue overloads for ENGL 1101 or 1102. Please choose from among available seats for these classes. In spring semesters, the waitlist function is enabled for these classes. 

Help! There are seats open in ENGL 1101 and 1102.  Why can’t I register?

If the ENGL 1101 or 1102 class has a section labeled HP, those courses are reserved specifically for Honors Program students, and are not open to the general population.  Additional sections are for special cohort populations, like the Explore LLC. 

Why are some LMC 3403 courses major restricted?

Some LMC 3403 courses are about subjects that best suit the needs of a specific population.  For instance, LMC 3403-BA1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 are restricted to Business Administration sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We do not lift the major restriction for these sections.

How can I register for Undergraduate Research classes, LMC 4701 and 4702?

Students participating in the Research Option should register with the Undergraduate Research office before trying to add these classes.  Please contact allyson.tant@gatech.edu in the Undergraduate Research office for instructions about registration.


Additional Topics

I have a circumstance that hasn't been addressed in this FAQ list. To whom should I address my question?

Please contact RegistrationSupport@lmc.gatech.edu with any questions related to ENGL or LMC classes not addressed on this page.