Waitlisting

Frequently Asked Questions About Waitlisting

What does it mean to be on a waitlist?
How do I know if a class has a waitlist available?
How do I get on a waitlist for a class?
Will I be notified if I get into a class for which I was on a waitlist?
Will I be charged for being on a waitlist?
For how many classes can I be on a waitlist?
What is the deadline for waitlisting for a class?
How do I know my position on a waitlist?
When is the last day I might get enrolled in a class from the waitlist?
Should I get on a waitlist for a course if I'm in one section and want to be in a different one?
I am on a waitlist for a class but I see there are seats open. Why haven't I been enrolled?
Why is there no waitlist checkbox when Course Offerings says there is a waitlist available?

What does it mean to be on a waitlist?

By joining a waitlist, you acknowledge you might be enrolled in that class without further notification, as well as your obligation to pay any fees resulting in your registration in the class. Being on a waitlist means that you are on a list of students who will be enrolled automatically in a class if seats become available and you meet all other requirements. Other requirements that could keep you out of a class are:

  • you are in another section of the same course and the course does not allow multiple enrollments in the same semester;
  • you have another class on your schedule and the time of that class conflicts with the waitlisted class;
  • instructor permission is required to get into the class.

This means that if you are on a waitlist, a seat becomes available, and you meet all of the requirements to get into the class, you will be enrolled in the class without additional notice to you. You will not be charged for being on a waitlist, but you will be charged if you are subsequently enrolled in that class and the additional enrollment results in an increase in what your fees should be.

Being on a waitlist does not mean you will necessarily be enrolled in a class. Not all students who are on waitlists get into those classes. This could be because they don't meet some additional requirements (as described above) or simply because seats do not become available for the classes. You should not assume you will be enrolled in a class for which you waitlist.

How do I know if a class has a waitlist available?

Classes that have waitlists available will be identified in Course Offerings with a class note indicating a waitlist is available. Additionally, a class that has a waitlist available will be identified in the My OHIO Student Center by a "Wait list if class is full" checkbox. If a class has a class note in Course Offerings indicating it has a waitlist, but the "waitlist if class is full" checkbox does not appear, it means the waitlist for that class is full (i.e., there are no more spaces available on the waitlist).



How do I get on a waitlist for a class?

A class that has a waitlist available will be identified in the My OHIO Student Center by a "Waitlist if class is full" checkbox. To be added to the waitlist, check that box before adding the class to your shopping cart. After that, when you attempt to register for the class, you will be placed on the waitlist automatically if the class is full and you meet the requisites for the class.

Will I be notified if I get into a class for which I was on a waitlist?

No. No notifications are sent to students if they are enrolled into waitlisted classes. It is your responsibility to check your schedule in the My OHIO Student Center to see if you have been added to any waitlisted sections, and to make scheduled adjustments, as needed.

Will I be charged for being on a waitlist?

No. You will not be charged for being on the waitlist for a class. However, you will be charged if you are enrolled in a class from a waitlist. By joining a waitlist, you acknowledge you might be enrolled in that class without further notification, as well as your obligation to pay any fees resulting in your registration in the class.

For how many classes can I be on a waitlist?

You can be on the waitlist for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

What is the deadline for waitlisting for a class?

The last day to add yourself to a waitlist for a full semester class is the Friday of the first week of the semester. This date will vary for flexibly scheduled classes.

How do I know my position on a waitlist?

You can check your waitlist position on your class schedule in the My OHIO Student Center. Keep in mind even if you are in waitlist position 1, you might not get into the class.


When is the last day I might get enrolled in a class from the waitlist?

The last day students will be enrolled in classes from waitlists for full semester classes is the Friday of the first week of the semester. This date will vary for flexibly scheduled classes. You will never be enrolled in a class from a waitlist after the last day to add the class, as displayed in Course Offerings.

Should I get on a waitlist for a course if I'm in one section and want to be in a different one?

If you are enrolled in one section of a course and are on the waitlist for another section of the same course, you will not be enrolled automatically unless the course allows multiple enrollments in the same semester (i.e., the course is repeatable) or you used the Swap function to get on the waitlist. Using the Swap feature allows you to be on the waitlist for a class, and have another class (already on your schedule) be dropped only if the waitlisted class becomes available (i.e., you will be dropped from the first class and added to the new one if a spot becomes available and all other criteria are met). However, you should not use the Swap feature for multiple component courses (i.e., lecture/lab, lecture/discussion, etc.), since swapping for a multiple component course will drop you from the original section and put you on the waitlist for the new one (i.e., you will lose your seat in the original class).

I am on a waitlist for a class but I see there are seats open. Why haven't I been enrolled?

There are several reasons you might not be enrolled in a class even if there are seats open. When a student drops a class, you are not enrolled from the waitlist immediately - the process can take up to 30 minutes to enroll students from waitlists. Other requirements that could keep you out of a class are:

  • you are in another section of the same course and the course does not allow multiple enrollments in the same semester;
  • you have another class on your schedule and the time of that class conflicts with the waitlisted class;
  • instructor permission is required to get into the class.

Why is there no waitlist checkbox when Course Offerings says there is a waitlist available?

If a class has a class note in Course Offerings indicating it has a waitlist, but the "waitlist if class is full" checkbox does not appear, it means the waitlist for the class is full.