Waitlists

The class I am trying to add is full. How do I get on the wait list?

When you initially select the class for enrollment, an Enrollment Preferences screen displays with a “waitlist if class is full” option. Select that waitlist checkbox before proceeding with the rest of the enrollment process and the system will attempt to add you to the wait list (provided that one exists for the class in question).

Note:  For multiple component courses (e.g., courses with multiple pieces like a lecture/lab) you will only see the waitlist option displayed when you begin your enrollment transaction by selecting what is called the “enrollment portion” of the course. If you attempt to register and you do not see the waitlist option, begin the enrollment transaction again starting with a different component of the course (e.g., start with the lab instead of the lecture or vice versa).

I’m on the wait list for a class and there are open spots in the course. Why am I still on the wait list?

There are a few reasons you may see spots available in a course and still be on the wait list.

First, students are automatically moved from the wait list into open seats for a class but the wait list process only runs once each night. If spots open up during the day, they will not be filled by the wait list process until later that night.

The second reason you may be on a waiting list for a class with open seats is that you have some kind of conflict. If you are currently enrolled in another section of the same course, have another course with a time conflict or have obtained a registration hold after putting yourself on the wait list, the process will fail when the system tries to enroll you in an open seat. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further information regarding possible registration conflicts.

My wait list classes disappeared from my schedule. What happened?

Waitlists are purged just before the beginning of each term. University policy dictates that waitlists become unofficial at the beginning of the term. Once classes begin, it’s officially up to each course instructor to determine whether students can be added. Although faculty members are encouraged to print and use the waitlist as a reference, the ultimate decision regarding who gets added is up to them.

What does my wait list number really mean?

Your wait list number just reflects the priority you have amongst the students currently waiting for a spot to become available in a particular class. As spots become available, the system will attempt to enroll students from the waiting list beginning with position #1. If the available spots are not filled when the system tries to register the student in position #1 (because multiple spots are available or the student has some kind of conflict and cannot be enrolled), it will proceed with attempting to enroll the next waitlisted student.

Your position on the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the class. If you have not been added to the class once the semester begins, the wait lists become unofficial and it’s up to the class instructor to determine whether any additional students can be added.

What are my chances of getting into the class I'm currently waitlisted for?

It’s difficult to predict whether you will be enrolled in a class based upon your position on the waitlist. The time left before the beginning of the term will influence your chances of being enrolled. Additionally, the type of course you are waitlisted for will affect the likelihood of spots becoming available.  You can try contacting the academic department offering the class to help determine whether the particular course is highly in demand of whether you might expect room to open up.

Your position on the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the class. If you have not been added to the class once the semester begins, the wait lists become unofficial and it’s up to the class instructor to determine whether any additional students can be added.

Can I be enrolled in a class and waitlisted in another section of that class?

If you enroll in one section of a class you can then waitlist for another section. (Note:  Performing the transaction the other way around will not work. If you waitlist for one section of a class and then try to enroll in another, the system will automatically drop you from the waitlist.)

However, you cannot actually be enrolled in two sections of a course at once. If your prefer the class section you are waitlisted for, you will need to monitor your position and if you reach #1 when a spot is available, you will then need to drop the other class section so that the system can enroll you when the overnight process runs (otherwise it will see a conflict and move on to the next student on the waitlist).

I waitlisted a class and then tried to enroll in another section of the class. Now I have lost my waitlist class. What happened?

If you’re waitlisted for one section of a class and try to enroll in another, the system automatically drops you from the waitlisted class. If you want to be enrolled in one section while waitlisted on another, you will need to enroll yourself first and then add yourself to the waitlist for the additional section. Please be aware that you cannot be enrolled in two sections of a course at once. If you reach the top of the waitlist and the system tries to enroll you, it will see a conflict and pass you over if you are still enrolled in another section of the same class.

I haven’t reached my unit enrolment limit but the system will not allow me to waitlist any more classes. What can I do?

There are separate limits set for the number of units you can enroll in and the number of units you can waitlist. It’s possible that you have not reached your enrollment limit but you have reached the limit for the number of units you can waitlist. You can review your specific unit limits by navigating to your Student Center and selecting the Details link in the Enrollment Dates section. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further details on enrollment limits.

What if I miss my registration time?

You do not have to register at the specific date and time listed on your enrollment appointment. Once your appointment date and time comes, you can register at any time during the period that registration is available to students. Please refer to the Academic Calendar http://www.csus.edu/acaf/calendars/index.html or contact the Registrar's Office for registration information.