College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Permission to Enroll in Online Courses

To request permission to enroll in an online course for winter 2017 or spring 2018 you need to first try to enroll, and then if you still need permission, you can request it through our online form.

Online course request form.

To Complete the Form You Will Need:

  • Your KUID number
  • Course prefix and number, class number, semester offered. Here is a guide for how to correctly identify the course information
  • Check that you meet the stated pre-requisites for the course as noted in the course description
  • You will need to complete the form for each online course you are requesting permission 

Requests will be reviewed as follows:

Winter Session 2017-2018 (4-week courses from Dec 18th – Jan 12th) Enrollment Request Review Dates:

  • Initial permission requests will be reviewed on November 14th
  • The last day to submit a request for enrollment is November 30th
  • Reviews of additional enrollment requests will occur on November 24th & December 1st  
  • As of December 2nd any spots not already taken will be made available for open enrollment

Visit our Winter Session information site for more details on winter session courses.

Expect to receive follow up to your request 1-2 days after the review date

Spring 2018 (first 8-week and full semester) Enrollment Request Review Dates:

  • Initial permission requests will be reviewed on November 14th
  • The last day to submit a request for enrollment is December 21st
  • Reviews of additional enrollment requests will occur on December 5th & December 22nd
  • As of January 2nd any spots not already taken will be made available for open enrollment

Expect to receive follow up to your request 1-2 days after the review date

Spring 2018 (second 8-week) Enrollment Request Review Dates:

  • Initial permission requests will be reviewed on November 14th
  • The last day to submit a request for enrollment is February 22nd
  • Reviews of additional enrollment requests will occur on December 5th, December 22nd, January 12th, February 2nd, & February 23rd
  • As of March 6th any spots not already taken will be made available for open enrollment​

Expect to receive follow up to your request 1-2 days after the review date

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the enrollment process for online courses.

1. Why do I have to request this special permission for an online course?
Spots in online courses are reserved for students in our fully online degree programs because online courses are their only option to earn their degree.
2. What criteria will be used to determine who gets a spot in an online course?
Priority is given first to fully online degree program students, Edwards campus students, and those with graduation hardships. We will do our best to prioritize requests for access to online courses to accommodate schedule conflicts, but those requests are not guaranteed.
3. Why will it take a while before I receive an answer to my request?
In order to make sure we are fairly prioritizing requests, we have strategically chosen points in the enrollment cycle to review these requests. Online program students often begin in their program at the minimester (March in spring, or October in the fall), so we must keep spots reserved until approximately two weeks prior to the start of each 8-week term.
4. Is there someone I can talk to about my request?
There is a space in the request form to indicate your circumstances that require you to enroll in an online course, please be as detailed as possible. If you have questions about the process that are not addressed on this website you can email thecollegeonline@ku.edu.
5. Can I just contact the instructor for this course to get around this process?
If you contact an instructor for access to their online course they will route you back to this process. If an instructor has specifically recommended this online course to you they can email us at thecollegeonline@ku.edu and you should include that information in the request form.

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