FAQs for Students: Waitlist

During their waitlist appointment, students may begin adding up to 10 waitlist credits. Students can see their waitlist appointment by selecting “details” under “Enrollment Dates” in their MyUCSC.

The waitlist runs every half-hour during normal business hours through the eighth day of instruction. Your waitlist position will be skipped if you have scheduled the course with a time conflict or have attempted to enroll in more than your allotted credits. If you are still on the waitlist at the start of instruction, attend the first class meeting to determine if you will be able to enroll.

On the eighth day of instruction, the waitlist is removed and permission numbers are required to enroll. Instructors and/or departments issue permission numbers.

Q: How do I enroll in a wait-listed course? [show]

A: 1. Sign in to MyUCSC.

2. Select the Enrollment or Student Center tile.

3. Select the add tab at the top of page. Select the correct quarter and type in the five-digit course number of the course you would like to waitlist.

4. Check the “Waitlist if class is full” box and select Next.

5. If you would like to drop a course that you are currently enrolled in if you become enrolled in the wait-listed course you can indicate this in the “If Enrolled Drop This Class” drop down menu.

6. Review your selection and select Proceed to Step 2 of 3.

7. To complete the enrollment select on Finish Enrolling. A checkmark under Status means that your enrollment was successful.

Q: How do I drop a wait-listed course? [show]

A: 1. Sign in to MyUCSC. Select the Enrollment or Student Center tile.

2. Select the drop tab at the top of the page. Select the correct quarter and check the box next to the course you wish to remove from your waitlist.

3. Select the Drop Selected Classes box.

4. Confirm the selection and select Finish Dropping. A checkmark under Status means that your drop was successful.

Q: How do I edit a wait-listed course?[show]

A: If you are unable to successfully enroll in a wait-listed course because of too many credits or a time conflict, you can edit your waitlist.

  1. Sign in to MyUCSC. Select the Enrollment or Student Center tile.
  2. Select the edit tab on the top of the page. Select the correct quarter and choose the course you would like to edit. Select Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  3. Indicate the course you would like to drop if you are enrolled in your wait-listed course in the “If Enrolled Drop This Class” drop down menu. Select Next.
  4. Review your selection and select Finish Editing to process your edit request. A checkmark under Status means that your edit was successful. You can return to the edit tab at any time to review the setup of your wait-listed course.
  • If you drop the class that you have specified as your Drop if Enrolled class, you will remain on the waitlist, but without a Drop if Enrolled class. You may not get into the wait-listed class if your enrollment will exceed your credit limit. In this case, you may edit your waitlist enrollment to specify a new Drop if Enrolled class.

Instructions how to edit your waitlist are also available here.

Q: How do I view my position on the waitlist?[show]

A: 1. Sign in to MyUCSC. Select the Student Center tile.

2. Under the Academics heading on the top left of the page is a drop-down menu that says “more links…” Select Class Schedule from that menu and select the Go button.

3. Your wait-listed classes will be shown on the Class Schedule page, and your waitlist position is shown in the Waitlist Position column.

4. It is important to make sure you do not have any time conflicts or too many credits. If so, the process will fail to enroll you and move on to the next person on the waitlist.

Q: How do I change my section for a wait-listed course? [show]

A: If the only way to resolve a time conflict for your wait-listed course is by changing your wait-listed section call the Office of the Registrar at (831) 459-4412 for assistance.

Revised: 10/04/18