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Course Registration & BOSS

Important Information:
Download “Freshmen Guide to Course Registration” via OASIS > Home > My Checklists > Pre-Term Activities (Available on 21 July)

At SMU, all undergraduate students register or enroll for classes via a bidding system called BOSS (Bidding Online SyStem). Each term, the students are given e$, which they use to bid for courses. This empowers them to draw up their own timetable based on personal choices and study plan, subject to the constraints of curriculum requirements, and the supply and demand of classes.

It is important for freshmen to familiarize themselves with the information, policies and procedures provided so that they do not find themselves in an unnecessary bind. The Freshmen Guide to Course Registration is a ‘Must‘ read after they have matriculated.

Freshmen are allowed to enroll for up to maximum of 5 course units (CUs) in each term of their first year of study. However, freshmen are advised to enroll for 4 to 4.5 CUs in their first term of study, so as to gauge their ability to handle the class workload, as well as to achieve a university-life balance. For freshmen, especially in their very first term in SMU, 4 CUs is not a light workload.

Freshmen who are not granted exemptions will be pre-assigned the Foundation Courses. All other courses (School-Specific and Core Courses), as determined by the respective schools, will be pre-assigned partially and biddable.

The personalized class schedule for some freshmen (those with pre-assigned courses) is scheduled to be released on 27 July 2023, 12:00 noon. Bidding for all other courses will open from 28 July – 4 August 2023. Only Matriculated Freshmen can bid. Details of the bidding are indicated in the Freshmen Guide to Course Registration (available on 21 July at the Student Portal OASIS). Do not miss bidding during these bidding windows. Otherwise, they will have to wait until the start of term on Monday, 14 August 2023, to bid for the remaining places in the available classes, together with the rest of SMU students.

All students are expected to make use of the BOSS, to bid for courses. The information on policies and procedures relating to course registration can be found in OASIS > BOSS > Course Enrolment & Drop > All about BOSS which is accessible only to MATRICULATED SMU students.

All students are required to register for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). They will not be able to access BOSS if they have not registered for MFA. If help is needed in MFA registration, please contact IT Help Centre directly (Email:; Hotline: 6828 0123). 


SSH THRIVE: Ask Us Anything Workshop 

Student Services Hub is hosting a "THRIVE: Ask Us Anything" workshop led by experienced senior students. Gain insights and guidance on navigating BOSS Bidding, OASIS, and eLearn. Discover valuable resources to enhance your student journey at SMU.

Date: Thursday 27 July 2023
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

After the workshop, our BOSS Bidding team will be available to address your queries. 

Register here. Limited slots available, so secure your spot by registering early. Registration closes on Thursday, July 20, at 11:59 pm.