Any student requesting an override into an IAH course must complete the IAH Override Request Form. (You must be logged in with your MSU NetID account to access the form.)

Please note: If you try to enroll and you receive a message that “You are unable to enroll in this class at this time. Available seats are reserved and you do not meet the reserve capacity requirements,” then that means that the remaining open seats are reserved for entering first year students at orientation.  Every year, some seats are reserved for these students. This year, due to the new system, the schedule of classes is displaying these seats as open seats, but they are not. We are working on a solution so that the number of open seats displays correctly, but for now, please be aware that if you receive this message, the section is full, and we will not be able to provide an override. Returning students are given enrollment priority earlier than incoming students to schedule their classes, which is before any first year students have the chance to do so, but a small number of seats have always been reserved for new students every year in many academic units (i.e., it’s very possible that you were largely able to sign up for classes your first year because spots were reserved for you).

IAH will not issue enrollment overrides before the beginning of the semester unless there is an extenuating circumstance for the request. Until shortly before the semester starts, setting an alert to tell you when there is an open spot is the proper way to go about getting into the IAH course you want.

IAH will consider overrides on a case by case basis if:

  • After verification, a student will complete his or her degree in the concurrent semester and this course is the only option to complete graduation requirements; or for a student who needs to repeat a specific IAH course in order to graduate on time. 
  • A transfer student or Honors College student is unable to enroll into an IAH course due to the enrollment system not recognizing transfer credit or substitutions for WRA or IAH as fulfillment of a prerequisite.  Requests for prerequisite overrides must be for an open section.

Note that work schedules, etc., cannot be considered in overrides.

Overrides and Late-Adds for Online IAH courses

IAH does not grant overrides for online IAH courses except for exceptional circumstances. Each semester, IAH receives far too many requests to be able to accommodate every student. Most students have good reasons for needing to enroll in an online IAH course; however, it is not fair to anyone – the students or the IAH faculty and staff – for IAH to decide which student’s need for an override is more legitimate than another’s. Accordingly, enrollment in online IAH courses is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The only exception to this policy would be for graduating seniors with extenuating circumstances such that an online IAH course is the only viable option for that student to graduate on time; such exceptions must be confirmed by the student’s academic adviser.

In addition, IAH will not authorize late-adds to online courses once the open-add period ends at the beginning of each semester.


We will NOT add students to courses after open-add period at the start of fall and spring semesters, with the following exceptions:

  1. The student’s academic adviser must confirm the need for the late-add enrollment; and
  2. Students must have the course faculty’s written authorization to be late-added into the course.

We will try to accommodate students in the following categories:

  • International students with less than full-time status who are facing deportation
  • ROTC, National Guard, or other students with military orders
  • Athletes who need a schedule change to attend practice
  • Students graduating that semester or students close to graduation who need repeat credit.

In all cases, the deadline for late-adds is the end of the second week of class during fall and spring semesters.  Due to the compressed time frame for summer IAH courses, we will not grant late-adds for summer courses.

Dis-enrollments and Inadvertent Drops

  • After holds are cleared, we will place students back into the course and section of their original enrollment.  Students may call or come to the IAH office.
  • Students who mistakenly drop an IAH class after open enrollment ends must call or come to the IAH office to be re-enrolled in the same section they mistakenly dropped.  We will not switch sections in multi-section courses.