How To: Waitlisting
Waitlist provides many advantages to students, instructors, and administrators. The biggest advantage to students is that they are notified when a seat becomes available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the registration cycle, until the 5th day of the semester.
Waitlist is advantageous to instructors and students by eliminating add cards for full classes until the fourth day of the semester. Waitlist is helpful to administrators by allowing them to track the demand for certain courses and better manage curriculum offerings.
How does a Waitlist work?
Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. When an open seat becomes available, an e-mail is sent to the Dmail address of the student at the top of the waitlist. The e-mail will state the deadline for going online and adding the class.
The seat is reserved for that student only to login and register during the timeframe stated on the e-mail. Waitlists and deadlines work daily (24/7), even weekends and holidays.
If the student does not respond before the deadline they are dropped from the waitlist and the seat will be automatically offered to the next student on the waitlist.
Prerequisite and Corequisites for the Waitlist
Students must have activated their Dmail account because the waitlist notifications will be sent to this email address only. Students must meet all of the prerequisites and requirements for the course to sign up for the waitlist.
How do I sign up for a waitlist?
When you attempt to register online for a class that is full, a registration “add” error appears. To fix the “error,” select the drop down box under "Action" to be added to the waitlist. Remember to check your Dmail everyday (including weekends and holidays) for your waitlist notification. If you experience problems, contact the Registration Office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a way for me to see where I am on a waitlist?
Yes. Login to myDixie --> Student tab --> Registration --> View Registration Information (select correct term) --> Schedule Details. Any waitlisted courses will tell you your waitlist position and expiration date.
If your waitlist position is number 1 (one), it means that you are next in line to be offered a seat in the class. When you move into the number 0 (zero) position, an e-mail will be sent to your Dmail address. Remember to check your Dmail once or twice a day when you are on the waitlist.
What happens if I don’t register for a course within the deadline in the Dmail notification?
If you do not register before the deadline stated in the e-mail, you will automatically be dropped from the waitlist. The next student on the wait list will then move to the top of the list. Remember to check your Dmail at least once every day to ensure that you do not miss a notification. If you are close to the top of the waitlist, it is highly recommended that you check your Dmail at least once or twice a day.
May I get on the waitlist for more than one section of the same course?
Yes, you may add yourself to the waitlist of more than one section of a course. The system will allow you to stay in your current section and also get on the waiting list for additional sections of the course. If you are notified via Dmail that a seat is now available in a different section, you must use the Add/Drop screen to simultaneously add the new section and drop the old one in one transaction. DO NOT press Enter until you have input the course numbers (CRNs) for both sections! If you do not follow this process you will lose any attached co-requisites ( i.e., if you are switching labs, you will lose the lecture).
As a courtesy to others, please take yourself off of any waitlists for classes or sections that you do not intend to take.
May I get on the waitlist for a class that has a time conflict with another course?
Yes, you may add to the waitlists of courses that have time conflicts with courses for which you are registered or with other waitlisted courses. If you are notified via Dmail that a seat is available for a waitlisted class, you must drop any course for which you are registered that has a time conflict, before you register for the waitlisted course.
At what point does a waitlist stop working?
All waitlists will be discontinued at midnight on the 5th day of class. Starting on the 6th day of class, an instructor’s signature is required to add a course.
I received a waitlist e-mail, but when I tried to register I couldn’t because of a registration hold. What should I do?
All registration holds must be cleared prior to any registration activity (this includes waitlisted classes). Types of holds: Past Due Balance, Advisor, Orientation, Library Fines, Parking Fine, etc. Always check your hold status before registering.
I accidentally dropped my waitlisted class. How do I get back in the class?
As long as you are still within the time limit on the e-mail, you can add the class by going to the Add or Drop Classes screen in myDixie. To do this, enter the CRN to the Add Classes Worksheet and click on submit changes to register for the class. If it is past the time limit on the e-mail, you will need to start over by putting yourself back on the waitlist.