Waitlisting Courses

Waitlisting Courses

If a class is full and closed, students can place themselves on a waitlist, a standby line that fills seat openings when they become available, beginning Phase 2 of registration through the last day to add classes without departmental approval during the term (excluding summer term). See the Academic Calendar. The position in the waitlist is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes that have a waitlist will indicate the number of waitlist seats available for each section in the Schedule of Classes. Not all classes have a waitlist available.

How to waitlist courses

If the class you want to register is full, and it has a waitlist, you will see an option during registration. To waitlist a course, login to MyOregonState as follows:

  • Login to MyOregonState
  • Select the Academics tab
  • Under Academic Resources, click Register/Add/Drop Classes
  • Select the term, click Submit
  • Enter the CRN for the course in the Add Classes Worksheet section
  • Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page. The page will reload.
  • Find the course you wish to waitlist and use the drop down box under the Action column to choose Waitlisted
  • Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page

For linked courses such as lecture and laboratory or lecture and recitation, both CRNs, for lecture section and laboratory/recitation section are required at the time of registration. The waitlist process allows students to waitlist a lab/recitation independent of the lecture. For example, you should enroll in an open lecture and lab/recitation combination, and then waitlist for the preferred lab/recitation.

Waitlist Information

  • Students may waitlist up to three (3) courses.
  • Waitlist checks registration restrictions, such as prerequisites, major/minor restrictions, and maximum credit hours.

Waitlisting does not:

  • Check for time conflicts on your schedule
  • Check for duplicates
  • Check for registration holds
  • Work with co-requisites and linked courses

Waitlist Notification

Waitlist courses are open to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you are on the waitlist for a course, monitor your ONID email account frequently. If the course has an opening, an email is sent to the student first in the waitlist line. Once notified by email that a seat is available, you have 24 hours from when the email is sent to register for the course online. If registration is not finalized within the 24-hour period, you will be removed from the waitlist. The next student on the waitlist is notified by email that a seat is available.

At the time you attempt to register for the course the system will check for registration errors including time conflicts, duplicates, and link errors. If you have a registration error, you must resolve it and enroll within the 24 hours or you will be removed from the waitlist and the available seat will be passed on to the next student on the waitlist.

Adding a course during the second week of the term will require departmental approval. If you are still on the waitlist at this time, you will need to request an override from the department responsible for the course in order to register for the waitlisted course. See Adding Courses – Second Week of Term for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The process for registering in the waitlisted course is the same, regardless of the day when the
student receives the email. If the student receives the email on the weekend, there is still a 24-
hour time period for registering for the section.

This is one of the reasons why arranging for necessary time conflict overrides ahead of time,
and frequently checking ONID email are important for students who have waitlisted sections.

Email notifications of seat availability in a waitlisted section are sent to the students’ ONID
email accounts.

If a student has forwarded the ONID email account to a different email account, the email will
be forwarded. However, it is the students’ responsibility to respond to the email notification
within 24-hours, regardless of what account the email ultimately goes to.

Yes, a student will be limited to three credit-bearing courses.

The waitlist process ends before the beginning of second week adds. The last planned
notification will be Saturday evening of week 1, giving students 24 hours to register. The end of
the waitlist does not conflict with the start of the second week add process.

The second week add process begins on Monday of week 2. If students were not able to get
into sections from the waitlist can obtain a SAPR override, they can register for the course. If
the department cannot approve SAPR overrides for the waitlisted class, then students will not
be able to register.