With the popularity of so many courses, this new automated system will allow students to place their name on a Wait List in order to be contacted when a space becomes available in that course. While this Wait List option will be available for many courses, not all courses will allow this option for a variety of reasons, such as departmental/instructor preference; in cases where an interview, portfolio or other criteria exist; when instructor approval is required in order to register in the course, etc.
In order to enjoy the Wait List option, students must satisfy any prerequisites or registration restrictions that might exist for that specific course. Registration in some courses is restricted to “majors” in that discipline early in the registration cycle only to be opened up to “non-majors” at a later date. This process is designed to ensure that “majors” in that discipline or program have registration priority for the applicable courses in order that they can complete the courses necessary to graduate.
The process is very simple and user-friendly and students will be able to request this option with “just a few clicks” on their computer!
Students will be allowed to place themselves on a Wait List for a maximum of five courses at any one time. Students cannot place themselves on a Wait List unless that course is full or the places allocated for that category of students have all been filled.
Students cannot place themselves on a Wait List before their scheduled registration appointment time. Students are informed of their appointment time by email to the UW email address.
When a student is on a Wait List for a course and an opening occurs, the student will be sent an email indicating that the opening exists. In the early stages of the registration cycle students will be given 48 hours to respond and register themselves into that course. After classes begin, students will be given 24 hours to respond. On the last day of the Add/Drop period, actual hours remaining will be available to the student to register into the course(s) in question. If a student does not register for the course within these time periods, their name will be dropped to the end of the Wait List for that course.
In exceptional circumstance, with the approval of the department/instructor, students can be signed into course using the Add/Drop form but, for fairness to all students, it is anticipated that these instances will be very rare.