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Wait lists

If a class is full, you can check to see if there is a wait list available. By adding yourself to a wait list (see step-by-step instructions), you agree that if a spot becomes available for you, you will automatically be enrolled in the class. If that enrollment occurs, you are entering into and agreeing to a legally-binding contract to pay all tuition and fees and non-refundable fees.

At any time prior to being enrolled, you can either remove yourself from the wait list or, once enrolled, drop the class if you no longer want to be enrolled. This is in accordance with the cancel/add and refund deadlines.

Note: this automatic process will not be completed if it will create a time conflict in your schedule. Either arrange your schedule to allow for the wait listed class, or use the "future swap" option.

Instructor permission

For courses that are full and do not have a wait list available, you will need to obtain permission from the class instructor. Attend the first class meeting if you are on a wait list or need the instructor's permission to find out whether you can be admitted.

Wait list FAQ

  • It's before your enrollment appointment time
  • You haven't met all the prerequisites for the class
  • A waitlist is not available

No. Any type of hold that impacts registration will also prevent you from adding yourself to a wait list. One Stop Student Services can assist you if you have questions about resolving the hold on your account.

No. You will be able to see how many students are on the wait list, but not your position on the list.

Nothing! If you are at the top of the wait list and there is nothing preventing your enrollment, you will be automatically enrolled when a seat becomes available. You will receive an email any time the wait list process is run. It will either inform you that you were successfully enrolled from the wait list or the reason why you were not enrolled.

  • A spot doesn’t become available
  • You have a time conflict with another course you are already enrolled in
  • You have reached your maximum semester units
  • You have not met the prerequisites for that particular course
  • You will fall below the minimum number of credits required for you as an international student, student athlete, or other status requiring you to remain enrolled in a minimum number of credits
  • You are already enrolled in another section of the same course

You can add yourself to a class wait list through the first day of the session.

The department offering the course has the discretion to change your position within the waitlist. Talk with your advisor about possible next steps.

Yes. If a seat becomes available and you are auto-enrolled in one of the sections, you will be automatically removed from the other waitlists pertaining to that course.

Yes. 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 waitlist until a seat opens up.

Your college determines the number of credits (rather than the number of classes) that you can waitlist for each term.

Swap allows you to remain in one class while wait listed in a second class. If you are enrolled from the wait list, the original class will be dropped. Swap should be used in the following scenarios:

  • If you are already enrolled in another section of the same class for which you wish to waitlist;
  • If you have a time conflict between an enrolled section and the class section for which you want to waitlist;
  • If you are already enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours for a term and want to still get on a waitlist;
  • If the difference in units between the class being dropped and the class being added would put you below the minimum units set for you as an international student, student athlete, or other status requiring you to remain enrolled in a minimum number of credits.

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