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Waitlist FAQ for Students

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How do I join a waitlist?
How do I figure out where I am on a waitlist? 
Are all sections of a course waitlisted?
When does a waitlist open?
What is required to be eligible for a waitlist?
What will happen when I attempt to register for a course that is closed?
Can an instructor add me to the waitlist?
If I choose to be waitlisted for a course, does it show up on my registration?
How will I know when a seat is available?
Will My MC automatically register me for a course if I’m notified when a seat opens up?
How often will I be notified of an available seat?
How much time do I have before the seat is given to another student?
How do I register when I receive an e-mail about an available seat?
What happens to a waitlisted course if my courses are deleted for non-payment?
If seven seats open up in a section, will seven notifications be sent to waitlisted students?
What is the total number of students allowed on a waitlist? 
What is the timeframe for remaining on a waitlist?
Can I add myself to more than one waitlist?
Can I get on a waitlist if there is a time conflict?
Is there an option to waitlist for a course (ex. EN 101) and not just a CRN?
If I don’t get into a waitlisted course, what options are left? 
What happens when a seat opens?
What if I don’t want to stay on the waitlist?
What is the most important item for students to remember when using the waitlist feature? 

 

How do I join a waitlist? 

1.       If a class (CRN) for which you are attempting to register is full, you will be given the option to add yourself to a waitlist. 

2.       The option comes back as an error message, stating the class is closed and indicating the number of students currently on the waitlist. Example:

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3.       To be added to the waitlist, select “Waitlist” from the drop down box and click on “Submit Changes” button.

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4.       Your registration will display the change as follows:

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NOTE:  You may not join the waitlist the day a class begins.  Instead, you will be instructed to select a different section.

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What happens when a seat opens?

If you are the first person on the waitlist:

Before the start of the semester: You have 48 hours* to login to your My MC account and change your registration status from "Waitlist" to "Registered Web" for that course.  *One week before the start of semester, you will be given 24 hours to login to My MC and register. You must add the class before its first meeting or you may be denied approval to join by the instructor. If it is the day the course begins, bring your waitlist notification and a Registration/Schedule Change form to the Office of Admissions and Records.

If you fail to register within the allotted time, the seat will be given to the next student on the waitlist.

If the course has begun: You may only register with signed instructor approval on a  Registration/Schedule Change form.

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What if I don’t want to stay on the waitlist?

You may return to your registration at any time and simply change your status from “Waitlist” to “Drop.” This action will remove your name from the waitlist for that class.

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How do I figure out where I am on a waitlist?

To determine what position you hold on the waitlist, log-in to My MC.  Under Student Quick Links, click on "My Class Schedule,"  and chose the appropriate term.  Waitlisted courses will appear, including your "Waitlist Position."  If your position is 1, you will be the next student to receive a notification to register if a seat opens up. 

NOTE: If you receive a notification after the class has met and did not attend the first class meeting, it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that you will be able to join.  To join, you will be required to have written permission from the instructor.

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Are all sections of a course waitlisted?

No, all sections of a course do not have a waitlist.

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When does a waitlist open? 

When the course is full and qualified to have a waitlist, the first student who encounters the full class may create the waitlist by choosing to waitlist himself/herself.

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What is required to be eligible for a waitlist? 

You must have completed all prerequisites for the course in order to be placed on a waitlist. You may also waitlist if you have received a prerequisite override for the course. If a course requires department permission, etc., permission must be given by the instructor or the department, before you can waitlist the course.

You will receive a standard error message on My MC if you attempt to waitlist and do not have all required permissions; check the course description in the College Catalog for more information.

A waitlist status does NOT mean you are registered for the course.

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What will happen when I attempt to register for a full course? 

When you attempt to register for a class with no more openings, you may choose the drop-down arrow next to the course and choose the waitlist option, if available. Not all classes have a waitlist option; you may also encounter a waitlist that is full. You must enter the CRN on the "Register or Add/Drop Courses" screen in My MC to access the waitlist option. For step-by-step instructions, see  How do I join a waitlist?

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Can an instructor add me to the waitlist? 

No, you are required to waitlist yourself. You are also required to register yourself prior to the first class meeting if you have been notified that a seat is available.

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If I choose to be waitlisted for a course, does it show up on my registration?  

Yes, if you choose to be added to the list, the course will be reflected on your schedule with a registration status description of "Waitlisted."  You are able to see your waitlist priority in  My MC; however, you will not be charged for the course until you are officially registered.  

A waitlist status does NOT mean you are registered for the course.

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How will I know when a seat is available? 

When a seat is available, and you are the next student on the waitlist, you will be notified via your MC e-mail address. You have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail and register. This time is reduced to 24 hours the week before the semester or term begins. You must register before the first meeting.  You may receive a notification of an open seat the first day of class.  If you do, bring your notification to register in person at the Office of Admissions and Records before its first meeting, or you may be denied approval to join by the instructor. Once a course has begun, you may only register with signed instructor approval on a  Registration/Schedule Change form. 

If you do not respond to the waitlist notification, the next student on the waitlist will be notified, and you will be dropped from the waitlist.

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Will My MC automatically register me for a course if I’m notified when a seat opens up? 

No, My MC will not automatically register you. You must log in to My MC and change you status from "Waitlist" to "Registered Web."

A waitlist status does NOT mean you are registered for the course.

If it's the first day of the class, you must register in person with a copy of your waitlist notification printed from your My MC e-mail and a paper registration form.  This registration must take place before the first class meeting.

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How often will I be notified of an available seat? 

The process to notify students runs each hour; however, you will receive only one e-mail. If there is an available seat, and you are the first student on the list, you will receive a notification in your My MC e-mail account to register for the course. You have 48 hours, or 24 hours starting the week before a semester or term begins, to register.

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How much time do I have before the seat is given to another student? 

Each student has 48 hours to claim the seat; you will be given 24 hours to respond the week before a semester or term begins.  You must register before the first class meeting.  If you do not respond, the next student in line will be notified of the opening and you will be dropped from the waitlist.

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How do I register when I receive an e-mail about an available seat? 

Before the day a course begins, log-in and change your registration status from "Waitlist" to "Registered Web" for that course.

If it is the day the course begins, bring your waitlist notification and a Registration/Schedule Change form to the Office of Admissions and Records.

If the course has had its first class meeting, you will need to have the instructor's signed permission on the Registration/Schedule Change form.

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What happens to a waitlisted course if my courses are deleted for non-payment? 

If you are deleted for non-payment, you will lose all registered courses. Seats opened during the process will be filled with students already on the waitlists. You will need to register again or add yourself to a waitlist if the course is closed. If you are on a waitlist at the time of a scheduled delete process, you will not lose your place on the waitlist, because you are not yet officially registered for the course.

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If seven seats open up in a section, will seven notifications be sent to waitlisted students? 

Yes, within the hour, the first seven students will be notified of the available seats. If there are only six students on the waitlist, all six are notified and seats are reserved for them. The seventh student will not encounter a waitlist and will be able to immediately register if the course has not yet begun.

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What is the total number of students allowed on a waitlist? 

A maximum of 40 students can be on each waitlist.

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What is the timeframe for remaining on a waitlist?  

You may add yourself to a waitlist up until 11:59 p.m. the day before the class begins.  

A waitlist status does NOT mean you are registered for the course.

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Can I add myself to more than one waitlist?  

Yes, you can register and be waitlisted for different sections of the same course. You may also waitlist for multiple sections. However, you need to drop yourself from all waitlists once you have finalized your schedule.

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Can I get on a waitlist if there is a time conflict? 

Yes,  My MC will allow you to waitlist for courses that have time conflicts.

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Is there an option to waitlist for a course (ex. EN 101 or ENGL 101) and not just a CRN? 

No, you may only waitlist for individual sections via a CRN.

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If I don’t get into a waitlisted course, what options are left? 

If you do not successfully make it off a waitlist,  you should search the  Late Start Class schedule for additional options or register for another regular starting section with available seats before the term begins.

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What happens when a seat opens? 

If you are the first person on the waitlist, an e-mail will be sent to your MC e-mail account to change the course status from "Waitlist" to "Registered Web" in My MC.  You must take this action before the first class meeting or you may be denied approval to join by the instructor.  If you receive the e-mail on the first day of classes, you may register in person at the Office of Admissions and Records.  If the class has begun, written approval from the instructor is also required.

If its before the first day of the course and you do not take action, you will be removed from the waitlist, and the next student on the list will be able to take advantage of the opening.

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What if I don’t want to stay on the waitlist? 

You may return to your registration at any time and simply change your status from "Waitlist" to "Drop."

This action will remove your name from the waitlist.

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What is the most important item for students to remember when using the waitlist feature? 

While on a waitlist,  check your My MC e-mail every day, otherwise, the notification of the seat opening could be missed.

A waitlist status does NOT mean you are registered for the course.

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