Under-Enrolled Courses

Although the College recognizes that some courses may regularly attract few students, its goal is to minimize the number of very small courses without damaging the scope and variety of the program.

The policy is that an undergraduate course not counting towards general education below the 400-level should not have fewer than 10 students. An undergraduate general education course below the 400-level should not have fewer than 20 students. Graduate courses at the 400-level should not have fewer than 10 students. A graduate course (500-level) enrolling fewer than five students should be offered only under unusual circumstances and with the approval of the Executive Associate Dean of the College, Dibyen Majumdar. When multiple sections of a course are offered, small sections should be combined. Courses with insufficient enrollment two weeks prior to the first day of the semester will be canceled. Departments are responsible for notifying the affected students. Unit heads should regularly review course offerings to eliminate courses that consistently under-enroll.