What to do when you're on a waitlist

Sitting on a waitlist can be frustrating. There are a few things you can do while you wait. Make sure you understand How waitlists work, then consider the options below:

Check for Alternate Classes or Sections

Some popular classes are offered multiple times in one semester. Select the class with the shortest waitlist to increase your chances of getting enrolled. You may not want to do an 8 a.m. lecture, but enrolling in that might be a better option than sitting on the waitlist for the 10 a.m. It is important to choose Related Sections with open seats to increase your chances of getting into the class. For example, if your discussion section is full when a spot in the lecture opens up, that opening could go to a student on the waitlist for an open associated section.

Choose a Backup Class

In case you do not get into the class for which you are waitlisted, enroll in a back up class.  You can choose to set up a Swap between your back up class and your waitlisted class. This will automatically drop the back up class if you are able to get into the waitlisted class.

Check Reserved Seats

If a class has reserved seats that you don’t qualify for, other students may enroll before you. First, make sure you understand how Reserved Seats work. Then check that you meet the requirements for this specific class in the Academic Guide.

Be patient

Class enrollments change frequently, especially during the first weeks of the semester. When classes start, it is important to attend both enrolled and waitlisted classes until your schedule is finalized. Faculty can drop both enrolled and waitlisted students for non-attendance.