What are waitlists?
A waitlist is a list that you can join to wait for an open seat in a course section. If no seats remain in the section, you can opt to join the course section's waitlist. If, or when a registered student drops the section, the vacant seat is made available to a student on the waitlist.
When are waitlists active?
Waitlists are active from the first day of registration through the last day of add / drop of a given semester or term. Note: Some departments may elect not to offer a waitlist for a specific course. When this is the case, an error message will appear in LOIS when you attempt to add to the waitlist.
How do I join a course section's waitlist?
When registering for a closed class, you have the opportunity to join a course section's waitlist. The course section status is denoted as either closed or waitlisted in the course schedule. When you attempt to add the closed or waitlisted class; you will be notified that the class is closed and if there is a waitlist available, you will have the option to add yourself to the list from the pull down menu.
How do I get into a course section from the waitlist?
Nightly, the system searches for open seats and sends electronic notifications to students who qualify for the open seats. Students will have until the date listed in the "Expire Date" column on their Manage My Waitlist screen to register for the available seat. If the expire date elapses without a registration, the student is removed from the waitlist and the available seat will be automatically offered to the next student on the waitlist.
Why am I not always offered a waitlist for a class?
Some things prevent the system from allowing you to join a waitlist:
The course section doesn't permit waitlisting. (Check the Course Schedule to see if a class has one.)
You don't meet the class's restrictions or the course's prerequisites. (The registration system will let you know this.)
How do I leave a list?
Can I be stuck on a waitlist?
Yes, in a number of ways.
If I waitlist a class, am I guaranteed a seat?
No. Joining a waitlist doesn't guarantee you'll be provided with an opportunity to register for the class; it's just a way for you to wait in line for an open seat. If a seat never opens up, you never leave the list. It's up to you to decide if you've waited enough, or if you need to drop the list and find another class.
How do I get notified about my waitlist classes?
Waitlist notices appear in two places; check them both regularly.
What happens if I have a scheduling conflict with a waitlisted class?
The waitlist system cannot add you to a class if there is a time conflict. You will need to drop the alternate course section in order to register.
If I'm not sure I want a class, should I join its waitlist?
Maybe not. By signing up for a waitlist, you've told us you want to add the class. If a seat opens up and you qualify for it, the system will grant you permission to register for the class and it will be added to your tuition and fee bill. So if you're not sure, don't join a list.
What do I do if the system won’t let me add myself to a waitlist because the class is restricted?
Some classes are restricted to certain majors/degree programs. If you have a question about the restriction, contact the department offering the course.
Every single class I wanted to take this semester is waitlisted. What do I do?
Talk to your advisor. They can suggest alternative courses that will satisfy your degree plan.