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).

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

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?

Generally speaking, courses that LMC and CM majors do not need specifically by number to graduate will have the waitlist enabled. Approximately half of the 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 are the enrollment caps initially set at five?

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 set the caps on the first day to 5 so that populations who register first do not take up all the seats in our classes. We will 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. Georgia Tech students are required to complete ENGL 1101 and 1102 by the time they reach 30 hours.

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 HP1, HP2, HP3, HP3, HP4, or HP5, those courses are reserved specifically for Honors Program students, and are not open to the general population.  Additional sections are for special cohort populations, GT-SMaRT and GT-ShaRP, and only those students may register for those sections during FASET.  Cohort restrictions will likely be lifted during Phase 2, however.

How may I request an overload for LMC 3403?

LMC uses the waitlist function, not overloads, for these classes. Graduating seniors may contact jc.reilly@lmc.gatech.edu if they have not yet taken this course.

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.

Why can’t I register for LMC 2000, 2200, 2400, 2700, 2720, 2730, 3206, 3314, 3402, 3406, 3705, 3710, 4720, 4725, 4730, or 4731?

LMC and CM majors as well as WST and FMS minors need these courses specifically by number to graduate. While we will not lift the major restriction for them generally, it may be possible to lift the major restriction for LMC 2400 and 3314 in Phase 2.

Why are LMC 3204, 3234, and 4204 permit restricted?

These courses often require permission from the instructor for registration, though some may offer waitlisting. These courses generally only have space for 12-15 students each and fill quickly. Please check OSCAR to see if the course is waitlisted.  If it’s not, contact the professor by e-mail with your GTID to request a permit.


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