Waitlisting for a Course

How Waitlisting Works

Add your name to a waiting list for any course section after the active course limit of the course is reached. If you are on a waitlist, this does not guarantee registration into that course or course section. There is no immediate or "automatic" process by which a student is registered into the course by the instructor; it is the student's responsibility to follow the waiting list registration process.

  • You should still create a complete schedule with a full-time load.
  • Once registration has opened and a course is closed (the current active course limit is reached), students may add themselves to waiting lists for preferred sections by choosing Waitlist in the Action menu of the 'Register and Drop Sections' screen.
  • During the initial class-year registration windows only, if you are on a waiting list and a seat opens, you can drop off the waitlist from 'Your Waitlisted Sections', re-add this section to your preferred list, and attempt to register into the open slot. There is some risk involved in losing your place on the waiting list and not getting the seat.
  • After the initial class-year registration windows are closed, if seats open and there is a waiting list, a student can only register into an open seat from a wait list offer. The 'waitlist' button will show up on the planned section and not a 'register' button.
  • Students can typically waitlist on only one section of a multi-section course.
  • A few courses (e.g. PHYS 113) do not allow waiting list to form.

Students may wish to be placed on a waitlist for one of the following reasons:

a) enrollment caps by class standing (e.g. senior, junior) are being managed by the department and additional seats are made available as different registration windows open; OR

b) you may be on the waitlist because the expected course capacity has been reached and there won't be another seat available until someone drops the section.

Automatic Waitlist Processes:

  • Waitlist offers are made Monday through Friday (no offers go out on Saturday or Sunday). At the request of some faculty, the registration system was set to not make waiting list offers on the weekends. If, for example, a faculty member puts you at the top of the list on Saturday, you won't get an offer until early Monday morning.
  • If a seat opens in the course and you are at the top of the waitlist, you receive an email.
  • The email gives you a deadline by which you must go back into WebAdvisor, to "Your Waitlisted Sections" and adjust your schedule and add the course, or to remove yourself from the waitlist. If you miss the deadline, you lose the seat. If you do not want an offered seat, please remove yourself from the waitlist so it can quickly be offered to another student.

  • Offers and deadlines from a waiting list also show up on your "My Waitlisted Sections" screen.
    The process of offering seats to students on a waiting list will begin after all class-year windows have finished and continue throughout the term initial drop/add period.
  • No new waitlist offers are made during the last day of drop-add. If a seat opens on the last day, a student can add to the section by completing a Registration Override form into a closed course.
  • Be sure to check your email often if you are wishing for a seat in a class. The deadline is only 24 - 48 hours long (technically the offer expires at midnight on the day after you receive an offer).