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Enrolling in a Course Section from the Wait List

Faculty and department coordinators who previously handled add code processing, have access to enroll students from the wait list from the first day of classes through the schedule adjustment deadline.

Maximum Number of Course Sections on the Wait List

Attending Classes on the Wait List

Wait List Ranking & Management

Prerequisite Checking, Suppressed Schedule Numbers & Third Course Attempts

Wait List Timeline

On Demand Reports

Students Planning for Courses


Enrolling in a Course Section from the Wait List

  • How will cross-enrollment be impacted due to the wait list?

    Students in cross-enrollment should search for open sections. If there is a wait list for a course section, the student will not be enrolled in the course.

  • How will students in ALI or Open University enroll in courses using the wait list?

    Students in ALI or Open University will work with College of Extended Studies (CES) and use the registration tool created by CES to wait for a class. Students are encouraged to search for classes with open seats.

  • Who has access to enroll students into the class from the wait list?

    Faculty and department coordinators who previously handled add code processing will have access to enroll students from the wait list.

  • What happens if a student is enrolled in a course from their wait list, but the student is already enrolled in another section of the same course?

    In this situation, the student will be enrolled in the course section from their wait list, and the previously enrolled section will be automatically dropped. Students will receive an email notification of these actions. In addition, students are warned of any conflicts prior to adding a course to their wait list.

  • Will “crashers” be going away?

    Students will no longer need to crash courses. From the first day of registration through the fifth day of classes, if a seat is available in a course section, students are able to enroll through the SDSU WebPortal without securing an add code. If a course is full, a student must add themselves to the wait list using their SDSU WebPortal account..

Maximum Number of Course Sections on the Wait List

  • Does the limit of four classes only apply to the enrolled classes or the wait list?

    Students can only have four class sections on their wait list at any one time. However, students can be enrolled in more than four classes from their wait list as long as they do not exceed their maximum units before the first day of classes.

Attending Classes on the Wait List

  • Can an instructor drop students who do not attend on the first day of class?

    Yes. Faculty still have the discretion to drop students who do not attend the first class meeting.

  • If a student is on the wait list, will they have access to Blackboard?

    No. Once a student is enrolled in the course section from the wait list, they will receive access to Blackboard for the class.

Wait List Ranking & Management

  • How will students be ranked on a wait list?

    A student’s position on a wait list is based on how qualified a student is to enroll in a specific course. The ranking criteria consist of the following: completion of course prerequisites, total units earned, already enrolled in a section of the course, and date/time added to the wait list.

    Ranking will be dynamic so students and faculty should always manage their wait list.

  • How long will it take for the wait list processor to identify ranking?

    This process may take a few minutes. Faculty will be able to monitor the results using the wait list management screen available in their class roster.

  • Does Enrollment Services control the Wait List processor?

    The wait list processor is an application that was created to rank students based on the conditions provided by the Wait List Task Force. This application will run automatically once students are placed on the wait list. The faculty/department can monitor the wait list on the Wait List Management screen available in their class roster.

Prerequisite Checking, Suppressed Schedule Numbers & Third Course Attempts

  • How will courses be handled which require auditions (or other requirements) to register?

    Course(s) with auditions may be handled similarly to courses with suppressed schedule numbers.

  • If the wait list ranking criteria includes prerequisites, what happens if a student is currently enrolled in the prerequisite course?

    A student currently enrolled in a prerequisite course will be ranked lower than a student who has already completed the course.

  • How will special study (suppressed schedule numbers) be handled?

    Faculty/departments should provide the schedule number to students who meet the requirements for the course. If the wait list is activated for the class, the faculty and departments will need to manage their wait list to enroll students into the course section.

  • How will this impact foreign exchange students since they do not normally have their course (s) articulated?

    If a course requires prerequisites, the wait list will rank students who have the prerequisite(s) above students who do not.Please note that the Registrar will continue to accept memos from departments requesting exceptions for course edits.
  • How will the third course attempt be handled if students want to add it to their wait list?

    The appeal process for the third attempt of a course will be the same. If this request is approved, the Office of Advising and Evaluations will contact the Registrar to add the student to the wait list.

Wait List Timeline

  • What happens after the fifth day of classes?

    Even if seats are open in the course section, an instructor must use the wait list to add students. Instructors need to manage their wait list through the tenth day of classes using the WebRoster on the SDSU WebPortal (see tutorial).

  • Instructors are able to drop students through the eighth day of classes. However, if wait list students are added on the ninth and tenth day, a faculty member is no longer able to drop them. How do we handle students who do not meet prerequisites or show proof of meeting prerequisites?

    An instructor may choose to only enroll students from their wait list before the eighth day of classes.

  • What happens to the wait list after the schedule adjustment deadline?

    The wait list will be available for students to view in the SDSU WebPortal, however no actions will be allowed after the schedule adjustment deadline.

  • Will the schedule adjustment deadline change?

    The schedule adjustment deadline will continue to be the tenth day of the semester. In addition to this deadline, faculty, staff and students should be aware of the following dates:

    First Day of Registration through Fifth Day of Registration
    • If there is room in a class, students can continue to add through the fifth day of registration.
    • If a class is full, add codes are no longer needed to enroll. Students are now able to wait for the class beginning on the first day of registration.

    Sixth Day of Registration through Tenth Day of Registration
    • Students will only have the option to wait for a class whether or not the class has open seats.
    • Faculty must enroll students from their wait list in order for students to be added in the class.

On Demand Reports

  • How will the wait list display on the demand reports?

    Two additional columns will be added to the current demand reports – Wait List and Waiting.

Students Planning for Courses

  • How will planning for courses change?

    Planning for a class will work exactly as the previous Wish process did. No added functionality will be available for students for now. In the future, there will be discussions about how to get students to plan for classes earlier and maybe with some incentives.