PWR Enrollment FAQs

General PWR Questions

Questions about PWR Sections

Quarters

INTROSEM

General

Where is the PWR Office located? When is the PWR Office open?

The PWR Office is located on the 3rd floor of Sweet Hall. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How can I access the PWR Course Assignment website?

You can access the PWR Course Assignment website at http://vcapwr.stanford.edu.  When you visit this website, you can view or petition to change your quarter, submit PWR section preferences, and petition to change PWR section.

How can I fulfill my WR 1 Requirement?

You can fulfill your WR 1 requirement by taking PWR 1 during your freshman year. This requirement can also be fulfilled through completion of any of the following programs: ESF, SLE, or ITALIC.

How can I fulfill my WR 2 Requirement?

During your sophomore year, you can fulfill your WR 2 requirement by taking PWR 2.  This requirement can also be fulfilled if you are enrolled in any of the additional courses found at WRITE 2 course listings through the Bulletin.

I’m scheduled for both PWR 1 and Thinking Matters in Winter quarter; is this a problem?

It’s not a problem to take both PWR and Thinking Matters in the same quarter.  Since these are both freshmen requirements, many students will end up taking both at once. Many students find that the two courses complement each other well in terms of the types of writing and intellectual work required. If you’re concerned, you can discuss how to manage having these two courses in your schedule with your Academic Advising Director, as you would discuss your Study List for any quarter.      

How should I plan my quarter around a PWR assignment when I don’t know the course offerings or meeting times?

Be sure to leave room on your Study List for PWR (4 units) by not enrolling for more than 16 units. PWR courses meet 2 times a week (MW or TTh) for 110 minutes. Most PWR sections are scheduled at the following times: 9:30-11:20am, 11:30-1:20pm, 1:30-3:20pm, and a few at 5:20-7:30pm.  Please try to make room for 3-5 of these meeting patterns as you start to set up the rest of your schedule.

Are the same PWR courses taught every quarter?

While some courses are offered more than once a year, PWR's course offerings vary from quarter to quarter and from year to year. For a preliminary list of PWR courses, you may visit the ExploreCourses website. To view the official list of PWR course offerings, visit our Explore PWR courses page after the first day of the PWR enrollment period for the quarter. Autumn courses will be available from August 1, 2018. (See Dates and Deadlines).

 

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PWR Sections

Can I enroll in a PWR section when Axess opens for the next quarter?

PWR handles enrollment for its sections so the timeline does not necessarily align with Axess’s enrollment period.  See our Dates and Deadlines page for a list of important dates related to students submitting section preference rankings and receiving section assignments.

What do I do if I don’t have a PWR section assignment and I’m supposed to take PWR this quarter?

Please visit the PWR Office, and we’ll try to find a PWR section to fit your schedule. Keep in mind that a lot of work is completed during the first week of class, so after the first 2 days of class, we’ll need to get the instructor’s approval to add you to the section.

How can I find out what PWR sections still have room in them?

We don’t publish seating availability online or provide it through email; ExploreCourses and Simple Enroll often DO NOT provide accurate information about openings in the sections. The only way to reliably find out if there is still room in specific sections is to visit the PWR Office during the first 2 days of classes during the quarter. 

What do I do if I thought I was enrolled in a PWR section but the course isn’t showing up on Axess or Simple Enroll?

The PWR Course Assignment Website is the most reliable way to check on your official PWR assignment. It often takes 24 hours for Axess to display changes to your PWR assignment. If you do not see a PWR assignment listed there, please follow the instructions on how to submit section preferences. You may also visit the PWR Office during the first 2 days of class for a PWR assignment.

I missed the PWR preference submission period. What do I do now?

Please visit our Dates & Deadlines page to view future enrollment periods. You may also stop by the PWR Office during the first 2 days of class for immediate placement.

If there’s a PWR section that I really want to be assigned to, should I attend the first class and email the instructor to let him or her know that I’m interested?

Students aren’t allowed to sit in PWR sections without an official PWR assignment. If you attend a class but aren’t on the section roster, PWR instructors will send you immediately to the PWR Office for an official assignment based on your schedule and the current section availability.  Since the PWR Office controls enrollment, please contact the PWR Office (pwrcourses@stanford.edu) instead of the instructor about your interest in a course.

I have to miss the first day of class.  What should I do?

If you miss any of the first two days of a PWR class, you’re automatically dropped from the section.  To avoid being dropped, send an email to the instructor and pwrcourses@stanford.edu before the class meeting to explain why you will be absent.

I was dropped from my PWR class. How do I get a new assignment?

The availability of open seats varies throughout the first 2 days of class. Please come immediately into the PWR Office. We’ll try our best to find you an available seat in a section that fits your schedule.

I’ve been assigned to a PWR section in the middle of Week One, and the class has already met.  What should I do?

If you’ve been assigned to a section that has already met, contact your instructor immediately (PWR Instructor Profiles).  Send an email to your instructor to let them know you’re assigned to the section and will be attending the next class meeting.  Ask for details on how to catch up in preparation for joining the class.

 

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Quarters

How do I change to the current quarter for PWR?

If you need to change to the current quarter, you can submit a quarter petition or come to the PWR Office and speak with the Student Services Officer as soon as possible during the first 2 days of the quarter. Depending upon the space available, we may be able to move you to the current quarter and start working on your section assignment. After the first week, it is unlikely that we will be able to place you in a PWR class.

I’m supposed to take PWR this quarter and want to change it to another quarter.  However, when I go to the PWR Course Assignment Website, I can’t submit a petition to change quarters.  What’s going on?

If you have ranked and submitted your section preferences and have been assigned a seat in a section, you can no longer submit a quarter change online.  You’ll need to come to the PWR Office with your request.  Be advised that after classes begin, petitions can be granted only for health issues or compelling academic reasons.  In most other cases, you’ll need to take your PWR class as assigned.

I submitted a quarter petition, but it was denied. What do I do now?

Quarter petitions are granted based on availability of space in each quarter and an evaluation of the academic reasons behind the request.  If your petition was denied and you want to try again, you may submit a petition each week during the petition period (see Dates and Deadlines) to see if openings have become available. For us to adequately consider your quarter petition, please make sure to provide specific details when completing a quarter petition form. 

Can I switch my PWR quarter assignment to next year? Can I take PWR 1 as a sophomore or PWR 2 as a junior?

Since PWR 1 is a first-year requirement and PWR 2 is a second-year requirement, students are expected to complete both of these requirements within the intended year unless there are extenuating circumstances.

 

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IntroSem

If I applied to an IntroSem that fulfills my WR 2 requirement, do I still need to submit my PWR preferences?

Please submit your PWR 2 section preferences to us even if you are applying to an IntroSem that fulfills the WR 2  requirement. If you are accepted into the IntroSem, we will remove you from your assigned PWR 2 section and enroll you in the IntroSem; if you are not, you will still have your spot in PWR 2. 

What do I need to do if I get into a WRITE 2 IntroSem?

When you’re accepted into a WRITE 2 IntroSem, that becomes your de facto first choice.  You’ll be enrolled in the IntroSem and won’t be need to submit PWR 2 preferences. If you take an IntroSem that satisfies WR 2 before your assigned PWR 2 quarter, we’ll be informed that you’ve already fulfilled this requirement, and we’ll then cancel your PWR 2 assignment.

 

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Email us at pwrcourses@stanford.edu