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Waitlisting Frequently Asked Questions

When does waitlisting begin?

Waitlisting begins when rounds begin.

How do I join a waitlist?

If the section (CRN) for which you are attempting to register is full, you will receive an “error” message, stating that it is closed and indicating the number of students already on the waitlist.  (Example: “Closed – X Waitlisted” indicates “X” students are already waitlisted; you will be in the NEXT position.)  To be added to the waitlist, select “waitlisted” from the drop-down and click “submit changes.”   The course will appear under “Current Schedule” with a status of “Waitlisted.”

What happens when a seat opens?

When a seat becomes available, a notification will be sent to the WFU email account.  The notification will indicate the course, CRN and the amount of time the student has to register for the available seat.  Students MUST register themselves for the course after receiving a notification—they will NOT be automatically added!  If a student does not register within the time indicated, s/he will be dropped from the waitlist and the next student will be notified.   

How do I register when I receive a notification about an open seat?

From Virtual Campus, select “Register for Classes Using Course Reference Numbers (CRN).”  Using the drop-down under “Action,” select either “Web Registered” to enter the class or “Drop via WEB” to remove yourself from the waitlist.

I have been allowed to waitlist classes before, what is the difference now?  Why is it called ‘automated waitlist?’

Prior to Fall 2012 registration, students were allowed to “waitlist” a class, but no system was in place governing the priority of students on the list, or how a student might move from the waitlist into an open seat.  “Automated Waitlisting” is totally transparent.  A student on the waitlist can see his/her position on the waitlist and the order of the waitlist will be maintained.  When a seat becomes available, a notification will be sent to the WFU email account of the student who is “position 1” on the waitlist. Students MUST register themselves for the course after receiving a notification.  If a student does not register within the time indicated, s/he will be dropped from the waitlist and the next student will be notified.   

Is there a limit to the number of classes that I can waitlist on?

Yes, you may have not more than THREE waitlisted classes on your schedule at any one time.  Although the registration system will accept more than three, any above three will be automatically purged each night during the registration period. Waitlists will be dropped in reverse order, i.e., the last one(s) added will be dropped first until only three remain.

Does waitlisting for a course count toward total hours?

No, waitlisted courses do not count toward hours, either overall or for any particular “round.”

Can I waitlist for a course if I don’t have the pre-requisites or if it causes a time conflict with another class or waitlist?

No, in order to waitlist you must meet all the requirements to actually take the course and it may not overlap with a registered or another waitlisted section.

 Can I waitlist for a course if I’m already registered in another section of the same course?

No, waitlisting is intended to help students get into classes for which they might not be able to register otherwise.

Can I add myself to more than one waitlist for the same course?

No, you may only be on one waitlist for any given course.

Is automated waitlisting available on ALL sections/CRN’s?

No, departments decide whether sections/CRN’s have waitlists or not; however, classes with co-requisites, such as lecture/lab combinations, never have waitlists.

 Can any student waitlist for a class?

All continuing undergraduates may waitlist, if they meet all the registration criteria for the course (pre-requisites, etc.)

 How often will I be notified of an available seat?

Only one notification for each class will be sent.

Will I get a notification when I am dropped from the course because my time has expired?

No, if you do not act within the time-frame identified in the notification, you will be dropped from the waitlist without further notice so the next student can be given the opportunity to register.

How much time do I have to act on the notification?

Notification periods are subject to change during the various periods of registration; however, the email notification will clearly state how long you have to act.  ALL notifications will be honored for their duration unless registration closes before they expire, for example, when classes begin.  Notifications may be valid for as much as several days (during “rounds”) or as little as one hour (before registration closes for the summer/winter break and/or before classes begin.

How can I check my position on a waitlist?

From Virtual Campus go to “Class Registration and Schedule” and select “Student Detail Schedule.”  Look for “Waitlist Position.”  When your position is “1,” you will receive the next notification if a seat opens up.  Waitlisted courses do NOT appear on your “Student Schedule by Day and Time.”

If I am on a waitlist, what should I do?

Watch for your position number to change.  When you are “position 1” on the waitlist, you will receive the next notification if a seat opens.  Check your WFU email account often!  If you receive a notification, it will indicate the course, CRN, and the amount of time you have to register for the available seat.  You MUST register for the course after receiving a notification—you are not automatically added.   If your notification expires the next student will be given the opportunity to register and you will lose your spot on the waitlist.

If I miss my chance to register and my notification expires, can I re-waitlist for the course?

Yes, but you will start at the last position again.

What if I do not want to stay on the waitlist or register for the class if/when I receive a notification?

Unless online registration is closed, you may return to WIN and drop any course, including waitlisted ones, by selecting “Drop via WEB.”

I see open seats in a section/CRN on WIN ~ why can’t I register for the class?

If the class has open seats, but there are students on the waitlist, the open seats are held for the waitlisted students.  If the waitlist drops to zero OR the number of openings exceeds the number of students on the waitlist, you will be able to register for the class.