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Override Policy

An override is a special clearance that grants you the ability to register for a class that has already reached its stated capacity. If you are a non-honors student wishing to enroll in an Honors College class that has seats available please send an email explaining your situation to

Only the Honors College can grant overrides to Honors College classes. The Honors College strives to maintain small class sizes so overrides into Honors sections are rare. However in unusual circumstances, overrides are granted for compelling reasons. These reasons include a) you need a specific honors course immediately in order to graduate from the University with honors from the Honors College” (this typically only applies to honors students in their last year of college), and b) a class has been cancelled or changed, or you have been given inaccurate information by an advisor.

Reasons for an override which are not compelling include you would really like to take the course because you love the instructor or that the course fits particularly well with your schedule. There are times that even a compelling reason for an override does not result in an override,  because the class is at capacity according to the fire code or that the academic unit is very strict about class size.

If you feel that you have a good case for an override, please apply by email making your case; emails should be sent to  To be considered for a course override, you must copy your honors advisor on the email.  Any override needs to be approved by your honors advisor prior to sending the email. In your email, you should include:

  • the course number, section, and CRN number of the course for which you would like an override
  • the reason why you are requesting an override
  • your VIP numberthe name of your honors advisor

Overrides will be considered on a case by case basis and overrides that do not have a compelling reason are not granted.