View PWR Enrollment FAQs
- Where is the PWR Office located? When is the PWR Office open?
- How can I access the PWR Course Assignment website?
- How can I fulfill my WR 1 Requirement?
- How can I fulfill my WR 2 Requirement?
- I’m scheduled for both PWR 1 and Thinking Matters in Winter quarter; is this a problem?
- How should I plan my quarter around a PWR assignment when I don’t know the course offerings or meeting times?
- Are the same PWR courses taught every quarter?
Questions about PWR Sections
- Can I enroll in a PWR section when Axess opens for the next quarter?
- What do I do if I don’t have a PWR section assignment and I’m supposed to take PWR this quarter?
- How can I find out what PWR sections still have room in them?
- 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?
- I missed the PWR preference submission period. What do I do now?
- 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?
- I have to miss the first day of class. What should I do?
- I was dropped from my PWR class. How do I get a new assignment?
- I’ve been assigned to a PWR section in the middle of Week One, and it’s already met. What should I do?
- How do I change to the current quarter for PWR?
- 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?
- I submitted a quarter petition, but it was denied. What do I do now?
- Can I switch my PWR quarter assignment to next year? Can I take PWR 1 as a sophomore or PWR 2 as a junior?
- If I applied to an IntroSem that fulfills my WR 2 requirement, do I still need to submit my PWR preferences?
- What do I need to do if I get into a WRITE 2 IntroSem?
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.
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.
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. For Academic Year 2020-2021 all PWR courses will meet remotely. They will meet 2 times a week (MW or TTh) for 80 minutes synchronously with an additional 30 minute asynchronous component. Please note that the meeting times are Pacific Time and classes do meet at the stated time. Make sure to consider your time zone when choosing a course.
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. (See Dates and Deadlines).
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.
Contact the PWR office and we’ll try to find a PWR section to fit your schedule. Many classes will be full, so it is likely you won't get your first choice. Also, it may not be possible to join a class after the first week of instruction as a lot of work is completed during that first week; if the class has already met twice, we’ll need to get the instructor’s approval to add you to the section.
Contact the PWR office for this information. ExploreCourses and Simple Enroll 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 by contacting 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 contact the PWR Office during the first 2 days of class for a PWR assignment.
Contact the PWR Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) We will place you in a section if possible or reassign you to a future quarter if the quarter is full. Please visit our Dates & Deadlines page to view future enrollment periods.
If there’s a PWR section that I really want to be assigned to, can 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. Since the PWR Office controls enrollment, please contact the PWR Office (email@example.com) instead of the instructor about your interest in a course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before the class meeting to explain why you will be absent.
The availability of open seats varies throughout the first 2 days of class. Please contact the PWR Office immediately. 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) (TBU). 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.
If you need to change to the current quarter, you can submit a quarter petition or contact 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 contact 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.
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.
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 after you're enrolled in the IntroSem; if you are not, you will still have your spot in PWR 2.
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.