Wait List Procedures

Wait lists are a tool to help students get automatically enrolled into classes that are full. If a class is full but has an available wait list (noted by a yellow triangle in the Schedule of Classes), students may be able to add themselves to the wait list. Once seats open up, students will be enrolled on a first–come, first–served basis.

Wait lists are available to students as soon as their enrollment appointment starts through the dates listed on the Dates and Deadlines Calendars for each semester. Wait lists are not available for Flex Session classes.

Important Information

  • It is the student’s responsibility to check their own wait list and/or enrollment status. Once a student has joined a wait list, it is the student’s responsibility to monitor that request. If the student decides to no longer be on the wait list, they must drop the wait list request to ensure they are not placed in the class. Once the wait list period has ended, the request will automatically expire if the student wasn’t placed in the class.
  • Students must pay attention to any emails coming from the University of Cincinnati Registrar via reginfo@uc.edu. Students will be notified via email if they are placed in the wait listed class, but it is still the student’s responsibility to monitor their wait list status.
  • Students must attend the classes for which their status is “Enrolled”. If the student plans to drop one of their current classes if they gets into a wait listed class, the student must continue attending the original class until they are actually enrolled in that class.
  • Students may wait list up to nine credit hours each semester.

Getting On a Wait List

For other information about registration at the University of Cincinnati, visit the Registration How to Guide.

Wait List Tips

  • Wait list positions are displayed on the class schedule. Students should check their wait list request daily until they are placed in the class or until wait list processing ends.
  • If a student wants to switch sections of the same class or switch to a different class at the same time, the student must utilize the Swap hyperlink when setting up their wait list enrollment.
  • Wait list requests may be added or dropped, but they cannot be modified.
  • After the last day to add a wait list, all unsatisfied wait list requests will be removed from students' schedules. Consult the Dates and Deadlines Calendar to determine the last day to add a wait list for the term/session.
  • If a student no longer wishes to take a course that is wait listed, they must drop the wait list request in order to be certain that they will not be placed in the class. Wait lists may be dropped via the Add/Drop Classes link on the My Academics tile in Catalyst. The student must consult the Dates and Deadlines Calendar for the applicable drop deadline.
  • After wait list processing has ended, students may still add a course in which the wait list did not place them by following the Closed Classes Procedures.
  • If a department has placed a wait list on a class, faculty will not be granting closed class permissions to override the class capacity. The only option to get into these closed classes is for students to place themselves on the wait list and be enrolled from the wait list.
  • When adding a class in Catalyst, students will see a check box to "Wait list if class is full." This box will need to be checked in order for a student to place themself on a wait list. This check box appears for all classes regardless of whether or not a wait list has been set up for that class.

There is no guarantee that students from a wait list will be enrolled in that class.