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Frequently Asked Questions for Students


Enrolling in a Course Section from the Wait List

Maximum Number of Course Sections on the Wait List

Attending Classes on the Wait List

Wait List Ranking & Management

Prerequisite Checking, Unit Limitations, & Suppressed Schedule Numbers

Wait List Timeline

Course Demand


Enrolling in a Course Section from the Wait List

  • How do I enroll in a course section on my wait list?

    Students are automatically enrolled in a course section from their wait list if a seat becomes available through the fifth day of classes for the term. Students are also automatically enrolled in a course section from their wait list if a professor decides to add students from the course section wait list by the schedule adjustment deadline for the term.

  • How do I know if I have been enrolled in a course from my wait list?

    Students will receive an email notification if they have been enrolled in a course section from their wait list.

  • What if I am enrolled in a course section from my wait list that I no longer want?

    Students can drop course sections by the schedule adjustment deadline in the SDSU WebPortal. Each student is responsible for managing their wait list in the SDSU WebPortal. Students should remove a course(s) from their wait list if they no longer desire to be enrolled in the course(s).

  • What happens if I am enrolled in a course from my wait list that conflicts with a current course on my schedule?

    SDSU does not allow registration time conflicts. Therefore, if students are enrolled in a course from their wait list that conflicts with a current course, the current course will be dropped and the waitlisted course will be added. Students will be warned of this action when they add a course to their wait list that conflicts with a course on their current schedule. Please keep in mind that not all time conflicts will be automatically dropped in order for a wait list class to be added. You will not be enrolled in a course from your wait list if:
    1. The course on the wait list time conflicts with a required course on your schedule, and the waitlisted course is not the same or equivalent to the required course.
    2. The course on your wait list conflicts with part of a course block on your class schedule.
  • One of the classes on my wait list was canceled. Why was it canceled?

    A class on your wait list may be canceled for one or more of the following reasons:
    1. If enrolling in a course from your wait list before the first day of classes causes you to exceed the maximum enrollment unit limit allowed for your major (18 units for most majors).
    2. If there is a time conflict with the course on the wait list time and a required course on your schedule, and the waitlisted course is not the same or equivalent to the required course.
    3. If the course on your wait list conflicts with part of a course block on your class schedule.
    4. If the course prerequisite(s) or restrictions have changed since being placed on the wait list, and you no longer qualify for the course.
    5. If you are attempting to enroll in a non-repeatable course for the third time and you have not received approval from the Office of Advising and Evaluations.

Maximum Number of Course Sections & Conflicts

  • Why can I only add four course sections to my wait list?

    Four course sections is the maximum number allowed at any one time.

  • If I added four course sections to the wait list and then I removed one, can I still add to the wait list?

    Yes. The maximum course sections you can have on your wait list at any one time is four.

  • Can you add to the wait list if it’s the same time as another course section that you are already enrolled in?

    Yes, but you will agree to the terms of being dropped from the conflict before the wait listed course is added.

Attending Classes on the Wait List

  • Can I attend a course that is on my wait list?

    Yes. It is recommended that you speak with the instructor to determine if students from the course wait list will be enrolled. After the add/drop deadline has passed, students should only attend courses they are enrolled in for the term.

Wait List Ranking & Management

  • How am I ranked on the wait list?

    The Wait List ranking calculation is based on completion of prerequisites for the course, a student’s units earned, and if the student is already enrolled in a section of the class.

  • Why did my ranking change for a wait list course?

    Wait list rankings are automatically updated as students are added or removed from a course section wait list.

  • I was on wait lists for multiple sections of the same course. After I was enrolled in one of these sections from the wait list, why was I removed from the remaining wait lists of this course?

    If a student is on a wait list for multiple sections of the same course, once the student is enrolled in one of the sections from the wait list, the remaining waitlisted sections will be removed. This automated action prevents further schedule changes from occurring for the same course.

  • Will the number of students that are allowed on the wait list be determined by the number of seats in the course section or can the faculty over enroll or move course section to a larger classroom?

    There is no limit on the number of students that can be on a wait list at one time.

  • Could I be ranked higher than the students that are currently on the wait list?

    Yes, the criteria determine where on the wait list students are ranked. It is possible to rank higher on the wait list than the students already on the wait list.

Prerequisite Checking, Unit Limitations, & Suppressed Schedule Numbers

  • Is prerequisite checking determined by a degree audit?

    Yes. If a course has not yet been evaluated and posted to the record it will not be used in the check.

  • What happens if students have prerequisites pending from summer courses that are being transferred?

    Courses in progress at SDSU or other institutions will not be posted as completed on the student record so they cannot be used to meet a prerequisite.

  • For transfer students that don’t have evaluations done yet, would they be ranked last?

    Only if the course has prerequisite checking.

  • How are unit limitations going to work?

    Unit limits are set on the first day of registration and they are determined by the student’s major. They are enforced until the first day of classes. Therefore, a class will not be added from your wait list if it will put you over your unit limit before the first day of classes.

  • If it’s a smaller class and you know the adviser, can they help you? Can s/he add from the wait list?

    No.

  • What about course sections that you have to interview for?

    Students will need to go through the same process for suppressed schedule numbers. Once you are given the schedule number, you can add the course section.

  • I am transfer student and I do not have my evaluation completed yet. Will I be ranked last?

    The lack of a transfer evaluation will affect your wait list ranking based on the lack of potential course prerequisites, and having an inaccurate number of total units earned on your academic record.

Wait List Timeline

  • What if you are added on the tenth day and you want to change to Credit/No Credit?

    If students are thinking about changing the course grading to credit/no credit, we recommend that they do not add the course section to the wait list.

Course Demand

  • If there’s a long wait list, will the university recognize that and open another section?

    The wait list numbers will be shared with departments and departments will be able to view how many unique wait listers there are on the wait list. Unique wait listers are students who are not currently enrolled in any sections of the course. Departments can download the list of students that are on the wait list at that time and email the students directly once a new course section has been created. If this happens before the 6th day of registration, then the students will still need to manage their own class schedule and wait list. If this happens on the 6th day of registration or after, then faculty will need to add students from the wait list to the new course section.