University of Minnesota  Administrative Policy

Course Enrollment Limits and Cancellation: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester

Policy Statement

  1. Departments or programs may set minimum and maximum enrollment limits for any course or any section of a course. Enrollment limits are subject to review by the dean.
  2. Each campus and college must maintain and publish a policy regarding the cancellation of low-enrollment classes or sections. These policies may differ across colleges and may allow variations by department. Any such policy must, at a minimum, take into account:
    1. the impact to student academic progress, student finances, and graduation,
    2. the need for a course to contribute to appropriate program breadth and curriculum, and
    3. commitments made to instructors that a course would be offered.
  3. Cancellation of low enrollment classes.
    1. Classes may not be cancelled due to low enrollment after the first day of classes begins.
    2. Departments are encouraged to assist students with finding replacement courses or other accommodations where cancellations negatively impact students’ degree progress and/or financial aid.


This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.

Reason for Policy

Maximum efficiency and optimal learning occurs within an enrollment range: it is not feasible or educationally sound to teach certain courses if enrollments are either too small or too large. Departments must be able to cancel a class if enrollment is too low to warrant offering it. Students need adequate time to select a replacement class if a class is cancelled in order to meet degree requirements, make timely degree progress, and maintain financial aid eligibility or meet other student status requirements.


Primary Contact(s)Carin Thoms (undergraduate) 
Toni Abts (graduate)
[email protected] 
[email protected]
Twin Cities CampusCarin Thoms612-626-0075[email protected]
Crookston CampusJason Tangquist218-281-8424[email protected]
Morris CampusMarcus Muller320-589-6011[email protected]
Rochester CampusParry Telander, Registrar507-258-8023[email protected]
Responsible Individuals
Responsible Officer Policy Owner Primary Contact
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
  • Carin Thoms
    Associate Director, Continuity & Compliance - Academic Support Resources
  • Toni Abts


Enrollment limits (maximum or minimum)

The minimum or maximum number of students allowed in a course; the minimum informs when a course may be cancelled and the maximum informs when a course is considered closed to additional enrollments.


Departments (Twin Cities)

  • Establish minimum and maximum course limits.
  • Proactively monitor course enrollments so as to cancel courses as early as possible so students can still register for additional course(s) without needed permission to do so.
  • Promptly notify students of course cancellations.

Deans (Twin Cities)

Maintain college policy on course enrollment limits and ensure it is published.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Crookston, Morris, Rochester)

Maintain college policy on course enrollment limits and ensure it is published.

Related Information

There is no related information associated with this policy.



April 2020 - Comprehensive Review.

  1. Reduces the deadline for cancelling classes due to low enrollment from the 5th day of classes to the 1st day of classes.
  2. Incorporates new responsibilities for the maintenance and publishing of college-level policies for cancellations.


December 2009 - Policy now applies to Crookston.


April 2009