If a course you need is full, you may have the option to add yourself to the waitlist. If a seat opens up, the registration system will automatically enroll the first eligible student from the waitlist into the course.
Adding yourself to a waitlist does not guarantee you a seat in the course. The waitlist gives you flexibility to explore options and preferences for your schedule, but you should not rely on it to build your schedule. You should register for a full semester of classes as soon as your registration is available.
Follow these tips to maximize your waitlist experience.
Swap tells the registration system which class to drop from your schedule if a seat opens up in your waitlisted class.
When to Use the Swap Function
Waitlist for a different section of the same course:
If you already have a course on your schedule but want a different section, you must use the swap function.
Waitlist for a different class that meets at the same time:
The registration system will not enroll you in two classes that meet at the same time. Use the swap function if you want to add yourself to the waitlist for a different class that meets at the same time as an existing class on your schedule.
Enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours (17):
The registration system will not enroll you in a class if it takes you over the maximum number of credit hours allowed. Use the swap function to tell the system which class to drop from your schedule to avoid going over the 17-hour maximum.
If you have a permit from your advisor to exceed 17 hours in a given semester, you may still be eligible to enroll in a course from the waitlist. Talk to your advisor to see if this is an option for you.
Clear Registration Blocks
You can’t enroll in a class from the waitlist if you have registration blocks. Check your account regularly, even after your initial registration, and clear any blocks to use the waitlist.
Check Course Prerequisites and Major Blocks
The registration system will only enroll you in a class from the waitlist if you meet the requirements for the course. Ensure you meet the prerequisites and adjust your schedule and waitlist selections if needed.
Don’t Rely on the Waitlist
All students are purged from the waitlist after the first five days of class.
If you’re still on a waitlist at the start of the semester, you should reevaluate your schedule for alternative options. Sitting on a waitlist for too long puts you at risk of losing other class options.
See your advisor if you need help with your class schedule or if you have questions about how to use the waitlist.