What is a Registration Waitlist?
A Registration Waitlist is an electronic list of students who are waiting to register for a full class. Students may sign up for this when they attempt to register for a section that has reached its capacity. The first student on the Registration Waitlist is notified via email (and via text message IF the student has requested this feature) when a space becomes available. This student then has 24 hours to register for the section. If the student does not register for the section within the 24 hour timeframe, he/she will be dropped from the Registration Waitlist for that section and the next student on the list will be notified.
How do I get on a Registration Waitlist for a section?
You may get on a Registration Waitlist when you attempt to register for a section that is full. When the class drops to the Summary section of your registration page, you may select ‘Waitlist’ from the dropdown menu under Action. If there is no space available on the waitlist for that section, you will not have the option to ‘Waitlist’ and the Registration Add Error will indicate “This Section is Full.”
How do I know my position on the Registration Waitlist for a section?
You may see where you are on the Registration Waitlist for a specific section through the Waitlisted Classes link in RAMweb.
Do I need to meet course prerequisites and restrictions to get on a Registration Waitlist?
Prerequisites and restrictions are checked before you are allowed to join a waitlist, but possible time conflicts with the desired course are not checked to allow scheduling flexibility.
The section is full and the Registration Waitlist is full and I really need this class, now what do I do?
You may always ask the instructor or department for an override for enrollment capacity. If they cannot give one, keep checking to see if a space becomes available on the Registration Waitlist. However, being on the Registration Waitlist does not guarantee you will get in the class.
How will I know when a space becomes available in a class for which I am on the Registration Waitlist?
An email will be sent to your RAMmail account, ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, notifying you there is a space available. If you’ve forwarded your email, it will be forwarded to that email address.
Once the email is sent, how long do I have to register?
You will have until the deadline noted on the email to register for the section which is 24 hours from the time the email was sent. If you do not register within that timeframe, you will be dropped from the Registration waitlist. If you miss your registration window but still wish to register for the class, you may register for the Registration Waitlist again.
I received a notification but when I try to register, I get an error message that the class is full. What happened and now what do I do?
This means that an override was given for Enrollment Capacity by the department or the instructor of the section and the student with the override was able to register before you did. Contact the academic department offering the course.
I received a notification but when I try to register, I get an error message that says 'Stop Enrollment-see Department'. What does that mean?
A ‘Stop Enrollment’ is placed on a section when the department offering the section is individually managing the spaces in the class rather than using the Registration Waitlist. Go to the department to request an override of the ‘Stop Enrollment’.
I registered for the Registration Waitlist of a section when the section was full and now it is overfull and I am still on the Registration Waitlist. What happened?
The only way someone can register for a full section while people are on the Registration Waitlist is to get an Enrollment Capacity override from the department or instructor. Contact the course professor or academic department to request an override.
May I sign up for more than one Registration Waitlist?
You may sign up for as many Registration Waitlists as you choose. There is no limit. However, we strongly urge you to remove yourself from all Registration Waitlists once your registration has been finalized so that others may have an opportunity to join a Registration Waitlist.
If I register for one section of a class and I am on the Registration Waitlist for other sections, will I be automatically dropped from the Registration Waitlist of the other sections?
No, you must drop yourself to be removed from any Registration Waitlist.
The section I want to register for doesn't have a Registration Waitlist. Why?
Some undergraduate sections may not have waitlists for a variety of reasons, for example some undergraduate sections are reserved for Orientation. Contact the course professor or academic department to see if there is availability in the course.
I got an email telling me a space was available in a section and I could register. I didn't read it in time to register before the 24 hour deadline.
You are responsible for routinely checking your email and/or text messages. If you miss the 24 hour deadline, you must re-register for the Registration Waitlist if you still wish to register for the course/section.
Am I ever taken off the Registration Waitlist?
No, you are never taken off the Registration Waitlist. Although, it will no longer send you messages after the course add/drop deadline.
What if I can get into a lecture that requires a lab/recitation but the lab/recitation I want is full? Can I just register for the lecture and get on the Registration Waitlist for the lab/recitation I want?
You must register for both the lecture and a lab/recitation that goes with it. If a full lab/recitation fits your schedule better, you may sign up for the Registration Waitlist for the full lab/recitation. When you are notified that a space is available in your preferred lab/recitation, you may ‘exchange’ it (drop the one you are registered for and add the one you want at the same time) with the lab/recitation you are already registered for.
May I sign up for the same Registration Waitlist more than once to increase my chances of getting in the section?
No, you may only be on the waitlist one time for a section. If you are dropped from the waitlist or if you drop yourself from the waitlist, you may sign up for the waitlist again but you may not be on the waitlist for a section multiple times at once.
The "Add" button is grayed out for the class I want to be on the Registration Waitlist for. Now what do I do?
When the “Add” button is grayed out, it means that the waitlist capacity is at 0. This frequently occurs after the first week of classes is completed, as the second week becomes the “Add with Override” time frame. Since the time to free add a course has ended, the waitlist no longer functions starting the second week of courses.