Counseling Department

Counseling Services Division

Crashing Classes – What to do when classes are closed

What is crashing a class?

If a class is full, you will have to “crash” the class. In order to crash a closed class (all spaces in the class are filled), you must attend the first class meeting. Let the instructor know you are not enrolled and wish to “crash” the class. If there are no-shows (enrolled students who don’t claim their seats), you may have an opportunity to receive a permission code to add the class. There are no guarantees on whether or not a student will be successful in crashing a class.


If a class is full, a waitlist may be activated, and you will want to add your name to that waitlist to crash the class.  A waitlist is a prioritized list of students who will crash the class. Here’s information on how to put yourself on a waitlist if available. Waitlists are not available for all classes.

Permission Codes

If you are allowed to crash the class, the professor will give you a permission code to add the class. The permission code will allow you to add the class through eServices. If the class is in your “shopping cart” in eServices, you will need to delete it, and re-add the class to your shopping cart in order to apply the permission code. Permission codes are required during the second week of the semester regardless of the status of the class. Here’s information on how to add a class with a permission code.

Add Slips/Enrollment Forms

You will need an add slip (enrollment form) to add a class once the permission codes have expired (usually 2 weeks after the semester begins). Have your professor sign the form with the proper class information. Take the form to Admissions for processing.


Last modified on September 8, 2016