Waitlist FAQ

Waitlisting Schedule Search Example

  1. What is the advantage of enrolling to a waitlist?

    A waitlist is an electronic process that sends notification to students that a seat is available for a waitlisted closed class. This enables students to get into classes they want without having to continuously check for possible openings. Waitlist operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so this process ensures that students who enroll sooner have a better chance of getting into a closed course.

  2. Do all classes have a waitlist?

    Not all classes offer waitlists. Each college is responsible for determining if their class offerings should have a waitlist or not. If a waitlist is available for the class, an indicator will appear next to that section in the Schedule of Classes. For courses with no waitlist available, you will need to check regularly for possible openings.

  3. How many classes can I waitlist for?

    You may add yourself to any number of waitlists, but you cannot enroll beyond the maximum number of hours allowed for that term.

  4. What if I decide I no longer want to take a class that I have waitlisted?

    You should remove yourself from the waitlist to allow others who have waitlisted the same class to enroll sooner. If you decide after you have enrolled, it is your responsibility to remove yourself from the course by the drop deadline to avoid fee liability. If you fail to do so, you will be fee liable for the class and you will be graded.

  5. Can a waitlist become closed for a course?

    There are a limited number of seats available for a waitlist, so if all positions are filled, you will be unable to add yourself to the list until a seat opens up.

  6. If I have Financial Aid, how will the waitlist impact my award?

    Waitlisted classes do NOT count towards your enrolled hours. If your financial aid requires full-time enrollment, be sure you have enough credits without counting waitlisted classes.

  7. Will having a hold on my account impact my ability to use the waitlist function?

    Yes, any type of hold that impacts registration will prohibit a student's ability to use the waitlist function.

  8. What are my chances of being enrolled in a class with a waitlist?

    It depends on how currently enrolled students adjust their schedules and if they drop your requested class. When a student does enroll from the waitlist, the waitlist position numbers are re-sequenced, and you will see your position number change. You should monitor your progress on the waitlist, and if your position doesn't change significantly, you should consider other class options.

  9. Can I enroll in a class and waitlist a different section of the same class?

    No, you cannot enroll in another section of the same course. It is important that you enroll in your second choice class and then waitlist the desired course. If you waitlist a class first and then enroll in a different section, the system assumes you prefer the enrolled class over the waitlisted class and will remove you from the waitlist.

  10. Can I remain on the waitlist after I have enrolled in the class?

    No, you will be removed from the waitlist for all sections of the class once you are successfully enrolled in one.

  11. Can I take myself off of a waitlist?

    Yes, you may remove yourself from a waitlist by following the same process as if you were going to drop a class.

  12. What is the first day I can get on a waitlist?

    Waitlists are only available once the class is full. For high-demand classes, this may be the first day of registration or, for other classes, as late as the last week.

  13. When does a waitlist end?

    Waitlist ends the Thursday before classes begin.

  14. Will anything prevent me from getting on a waitlist?

    The requirements to be added to a waitlist are the same as regular registration:

    - You must have an enrollment appointment.

    - You must have met all the prerequisites for the class.

    - A waitlist must be available for that class.

    - You will not be able to waitlist if you have any registration holds.

  15. If an enrolled student drops a full class and a seat opens, do waitlisted students get in first?

    Yes, the class will remain closed for standard registration until the waitlist has added or skipped all students on the waitlist. If open seats remain, the class will then open for standard registration.