FAQs for Students: Waitlist

During one's waitlist appointment, students may begin adding up to 10 waitlist credits of waitlist credits. Students can see their waitlist appointment by clicking on "details" under "Enrollment Dates" in MyUCSC.

Most undergraduate courses and select graduate courses have a waitlist. To confirm a class has a waitlist, click on the class number or title in the Class Search to bring up the Class Details. Students may sign up on a waitlist if there is a WaitList Capacity and the class is full or students are on the waitlist. During the enrollment process, you will have the option to select the "waitlist if class is full" checkbox. Classes with an orange triangle on the Class Search have students on a waitlist.

Q: How do I sign up for a waitlist? [show]

A: Log into MyUCSC. For detailed help, the following documents (with screen shots) are available:

Q: Once I am on the waitlist, how do I get enrolled? [show]

A: Through the eighth day of instruction, a process is run every half-hour during normal business hours to automatically enroll students from the waitlist when seats become available. Daily emails are sent confirming successful enrollment from the waitlist.

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. When signing up for a waitlist, it is important to make sure you do not have any scheduling conflicts. If you are signing up for the waitlist and plan to drop one of your courses, it is important to use "Swap" instead of "Add." If you remain on the waitlist at the start of instruction, attend the first class meeting to determine if you will be able to enroll. After the start of instruction, departments may decide to drop the enrollment capacity of the course to zero and manage all enrollment by permission number.

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

A: To view your position on the waitlist, log in to MyUCSC.

1. Click on Student Center

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 click the Go button.

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

Q: What is the advantage of enrolling on a waitlist? [show]

A: Enrolling on the waitlist is a way to indicate your interest in enrolling in a class. While being on the waitlist does not guarantee a seat in the class, once a spot becomes available the system will attempt to “auto-enroll" students. When signing up for the waitlist it is important to make sure you do not have any time conflicts and you have indicated the swap you would like to take place if enrolled from the waitlist. If there is one of these errors, the process will fail to enroll you, and move on to the next person on the waitlist. The waitlist position number may not be the order in which students enroll.

Q: Do all classes have a waitlist? [show]

A: All eligible undergraduate courses and select graduate courses have a waitlist, with the exception of some courses that require concurrent enrollment in another course. Independent study, special study, and interview-only courses do not have a waitlist.

If a credit-bearing lab with a corequisite lecture has a waitlist, you must first waitlist into the lab. Once you are enrolled in the lab, you will be able to enroll in the lecture.

Q: How many credits can I have on my waitlist? [show]

A: You may add yourself to 10 credits of waitlist enrollment, however, you may not enroll beyond the maximum number of credits allowed for your appointment time: up to 19 credits for full-time undergraduate students and 10 credits for part-time undergraduate students. For the enrollment to be processed, you may need to add yourself to the waitlist via a “swap instead of an “add."

Q: What is the first day I can get on a waitlist? [show]

A: Waitlists are available after all students, continuing and new, have had the opportunity to enroll in classes, and are assigned by class level. Check your appointment times to see when you may sign up on a waitlist. Students may add themselves to a waitlist once the participating class has reached its enrollment capacity.

Q: What is the last day that waitlists are available? [show]

A. Waitlists are available until the day that class permission numbers are required. Once permission numbers are required to enroll, enrollment is by permission and the waitlists are purged.

Q: I see the waitlist icon next to the class but seats are available. How can I enroll? [show]

A: Enroll on the waitlist. The auto-enrollment process will process waitlist enrollments.

Q: How often does the system check for open seats in classes with a waitlist? [show]

A: Automatic enrollment from waitlists will be processed every half-hour during normal business hours. When a student drops a closed class with a waitlist, the class will remain closed until the students on the waitlist have been enrolled or skipped (if you try to enroll in too many credits or if there was a scheduling conflict).

Q: Can I take myself off a waitlist? [show]

A: Yes. If you no longer want to be on the waitlist or if you want to sign up on the waitlist for another class, you may remove yourself from a waitlist by following the same process as for a standard drop.

Q: How do I change sections on a waitlisted course? [show]

A: When adding yourself to a waitlist, it is important to make sure you choose a section that fits in your schedule and that is either open or does not have many people on the waitlist. If you receive a time conflict error e-mail from the Office of the Registrar, first attempt to change your current schedule. If the only way to resolve the time conflict is by changing your waitlisted section call the Office of the Registrar at (831) 459-4412.

Revised: 07/25/17