The Banner registration system offers electronic waitlisting. Not all courses utilize waitlisting; academic departments determine which of their courses will have a waitlist and how they will utilize waitlisting. Please contact the academic department if you have questions on their waitlisted courses. If a waitlist is available for a closed class, the student will be offered the waitlist option during registration.

A regular process is run to look for open spots in waitlisted courses and send notifications to the next person on the waitlist. These spots become available when someone drops the course or the department increases the quota. When this happens, the available seat(s) will show; however if the course has students on a waitlist, the system will not allow anyone to enroll in the open seats. The seats are saved until the notification is sent to the next student on the waitlist. The process runs at 10:00 am Sunday through Friday, except for certain excluded dates during extended periods when University offices are closed. During times when the process is not run, students may see that there are vacant seats but no one is able to enroll in the course until the process sends a notification to the next waitlisted student.

The below timeline provides information on dates when the process will and will not be run.

Spring 2023
Date Process Stage
November 14, 2022 Spring registration begins 
November 15, 2022 Spring automated waitlist process begins
November 23-27, 2022 Thanksgiving Break - Waitlist process NOT run*
December 21-29, 2022 Holiday Closedown - Waitlist process NOT run*
January 12, 2023 Last day students can waitlist a first eight-week spring course
January 13, 2023 Last day Waitlist process is run for first eight-week spring courses
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Last day students can waitlist a full-term spring course
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Last day Waitlist process is run for full-term spring courses
March 5, 2023 Last day students can waitlist a second eight-week spring course
March 6, 2023 Last day Waitlist process is run for second eight-week spring courses

* When the Waitlist process does not run, invitations for open spots are not sent out and no one can enroll in the open spots.

Other Important Waitlisting Information:

  • Courses in other parts-of-term may also use waitlisting. The last day notifications of open seats will be sent will always be before the course begins.

  • Once a class starts, a process is run to remove students from those waitlists. Students are informed via email when this process has been completed.

  • Students cannot waitlist/enroll for more than one section of the same course.
  • Students can waitlist a lecture that has a lab without waitlisting the lab.
  • Students cannot enroll in one course of a co-requisite pair (ie, lecture and lab) and waitlist the other.