Waitlisting may provide many advantages to students, instructors, and administrators. The biggest advantage to students is that they will be notified when a seat becomes available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Waitlisting will be advantageous to instructors by removing the need for them to manually sign students into a class. Waitlisting will also be helpful to administrators by allowing them to track the demand for certain courses and better manage curriculum offerings.
The following are some frequently asked questions regarding waitlisting:
Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. When an open seat becomes available, an e-mail will be sent to the “preferred” e-mail address of the student at the top of the waiting list. The student will have 24* hours to go online and add the class.
The open seat will be reserved for that student and no other student may login and register for that seat during that 24*-hour time period.
If the student does not respond, the next student on the list will be notified and have 24* hours to respond.
*Once the first day of the regularly scheduled semester begins, waitlist notifications will transition from a 24 hour response time to a 12 hour response time. This means that once a student receives an opening notification, their seat will only be reserved for 12 hours before the seat is given to the next student on the waitlist.
Students must have a “preferred” e-mail address identified in Badger Web. Waitlisting notifications will be sent to that preferred e-mail address. Students must meet all of the course prerequisites and requirements in order to sign up for a waiting list.
All registration for waiting lists must be done online. A tutorial is available for your convenience.
Yes. Please review this tutorial for directions. If your waitlist position is number 1 (one), it means that you are next in line to receive an e-mail when an open seat becomes available. If you are in the number 1 position when a seat becomes available, you will move into the number 0 (zero) position and an e-mail will be sent to your “preferred” e-mail address in Badger Web.
If you do not register within 24 hours (or 12 hours once the first day of the regularly scheduled semester begins) from the time the e-mail was sent, you will automatically be dropped from the waiting list. The next student on the waiting list will move to the top of the list. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you check you preferred e-mail at least twice a day, especially if you know that you are close to the top of a waiting list.
Only during Priority Registration. Priority registration occurs only once at the beginning of the registration period. After the initial week of registration, all other registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yes. Although you may not register for two or more sections of the same class, you may add yourself to the waiting lists of more than one section of a course. For example, you may be registered for a course, but you would like to take the course at a different time. The system will allow you to stay in your current section and also get on the waiting list for additional sections of the course. If you are notified via e-mail that a seat is now available in a different section, you must first drop the class for which you are registered, and then you may register for the section in which you were previously waitlisted. As a common courtesy to other students, it is expected that you will drop yourself from any classes or waiting lists that you do not intend to take.
Yes. Although you many not register for courses with time conflicts, you may add yourself to the waiting lists of courses that have time conflicts with courses for which you are registered or with other courses that you have waitlisted. If you are notified via e-mail that a seat is now available for a waitlisted class, you must drop any course for which you are registered that has a time conflict before you may register for the waitlisted course.
All waiting lists will be discontinued the first Friday of the first regularly scheduled week of the semester . You may still add or drop a class through Badger Web through the first week of class. After the first week, an instructor’s signature is required to add a course. Add cards will not be accepted during the time in which the waitlist is active. Though your registration will still show that you are waitlisted for a class after the system has stopped notifying students, this is to provide professors the opportunity to add students into their class according to the waitlist if the professor so chooses.
Classes and labs that are co-requisite must be registered for, together. Therefore, you will need to waitlist on classes and labs that are co-requisite at the same time.
All holds must be cleared prior to any registration activity (this includes waitlisted classes).
As long as you are still within the 24 hour window (or 12 hour window during the first week of school) you can add the class by going to the Add or Drop Classes screen in Badger Web. You will then need to type in the CRN in the Add Classes Worksheet and click submit changes. This will register you for the class, and not put you on the waiting list.