Permission-to-Add Policy

Classroom filled with students

 The Department of Mathematics cannot guarantee you a seat in the class if you are on the waitlist, so please find a backup plan as soon as possible.  Whenever possible, our Department tries to expand the capacity of the class, but we are sometimes limited by classroom space and TA and instructor resources.  Your instructor will keep you informed about any developments related to enrollment.  If expansion is not possible, your only way to get off of the wait list is if enrolled students drop the course. Please do not request a PTA number from your instructor or a peer advisor.  PTA numbers are only issued for extenuating circumstances related to graduation. If you would like to request a PTA number, please reach out to our department email:

Additional Information

  • PTA numbers will only be issued after the 12th day of instruction (when the wait list ends).   

  • PTA numbers will only be issued if students can provide documentation of their extenuating circumstance related to graduation.   

    • The only appropriate documentation will be an e-mail from the student's major advisor confirming that the student has no other options. 

  • Below are NOT acceptable reasons to issue a PTA number: 

    • Classes dropped due to non-payment of fees 

    • Classes dropped accidentally 

    • Time conflicts with other classes (unless they receive an exception from their instructors and the course does not have a wait list) 

    • Missing Pass 1 registration  

    • The class is listed on their academic plan for the current quarter  

    • Completing a Mathematics Minor 

    • Completing a Mathematics Major (if they have other opportunities to take the course and it does not delay their graduation beyond the usual graduation timeline

    • Completing MAT classes for other university requirements (ex. General Education, Natural Science and Math Requirement) 

    • Circumventing course registration restrictions (ex. Pass 1 registration restricted to MAT majors) 

    • This course is recommended for a job, internship, research position, or admission to a graduate program 

    • To maintain full time status

    • To meet the minimum progress requirement