Waitlist FAQ

The waitlist feature allows students to place themselves on a wait list for a class section that is full and be given a position number. As seats open up in the class, the waitlist process will run to auto-enroll students according to their position number.

Which classes have a wait list?

The schedule or classes will display the status of a class: Open, Closed, or Wait List. If a class is full and a waitlist is available, the class status displays as a yellow triangle and the class details display the waitlist capacity. If a class is full and there is no waitlist, the class status displays as a blue box and the class details display the waitlist capacity as zero.

How can I request to be added to a wait list?

If a class is full and a waitlist is available, the class status displays as a yellow triangle. Select the class, check the box to "Waitlist if class is full”, then continue enrolling.

How do I know if I've been successfully added to the waitlist?

You can view your waitlisted classes on your class schedule in my.unt.edu.

Is there a limit to the number of classes that can be waitlisted?

You may waitlist up to 9 credit hours during the Fall and Spring term and 4 credit hours during each summer session. Please note: Regardless of how many units you are waitlisted for, you will not be enrolled in classes beyond the maximum number of credit hours permitted for the term.

Are the waitlisted units counted into the student’s total credit hours for the term?

Waitlisted courses are not considered for official enrollment, therefore they do not count towards full time status nor calculated in tuition and fee bills.

Can I waitlist in more than one section of the same class?

Yes, you can waitlist for multiple sections of the same class. The waitlist process will enroll you in the section that has the first available seat.

Please note if you subsequently drop yourself from a waitlist when you are on the waitlist for multiple sections of the same class, you may be removed from all the waitlists for the same course.

If you are already enrolled in a section of a class and you want to be on the waitlist of another section, use the SWAP feature. (see FAQ 9).

Can I remain enrolled in my current section but waitlist a different section?

If you wish to remain enrolled in your current section until space becomes available in the closed section, enroll in the waitlisted section using the “SWAP” feature (see #9).

Can I waitlist for a class that conflicts in meeting times with a class that I’m already enrolled in?

Yes, you can waitlist for time conflicted classes, but you will not be moved off of the waitlist until the time conflict has been resolved. If you wish to remain enrolled in your current course until space becomes available in the closed course, enroll using the “SWAP” feature (see #9).

When should I use the “SWAP” feature to enroll in a waitlisted class?

Swap allows you to remain in one class while waitlisted in a second class. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, the original class will be dropped. Swap should be used in the following scenarios:

  • If you are already enrolled in another section of the same class for which you wish to waitlist;
  • If you have a time conflict between an enrolled section and the class section for which you want to waitlist.
  • if you are already enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours for a term and want to still get on a waitlist.
What will prevent me from using the Waitlist function?
  • Class is not closed (has available seats).
  • You are already enrolled in that class section (use swap).
  • You are already on the wait list for that class section
  • Waitlist capacity has been met
  • Not a valid enrollment period
  • The last day to waitlist for classes has passed
  • You have not met the requisites for the class or Department Consent is required
  • You have a registration hold on your account.
  • You have reached the maximum number of waitlisted credits hours.
How often does the system check for open seats in waitlisted classes?

The waitlist process is scheduled to run three times a day. If a seat opens in a class the class will remain closed until after the waitlist process has completed. If there are no students on the waitlist, the class will reopen after the process has completed. If there are students on the waitlist, the next student on the list will be enrolled in the class and the class will remain closed.

I was in position number 1 on a waitlist, why wasn’t I enrolled when a seat opened?

The requirements to be moved off of a waitlist are the same as standard enrollment:

  • You will not be enrolled in more units than permitted in that term.
  • You will not be enrolled if you have not met the prerequisites for that class.
  • You will not be enrolled if you have any registration holds
  • You will not be enrolled in a class if it conflicts in meeting times with another class in which you are enrolled. (See #9: When should I use the Swap function?)
Can I take myself off of a waitlist?

Yes, you must remove yourself from a waitlist by performing a drop from the waitlist.

What is the first day I can get on a waitlist?

Waitlists are only available once the class has reached its enrollment capacity. For high-demand classes, this may be the first day of registration, while for other classes, it can be as late as the Add/Drop period.

What is the last day I can get on a wait list?

Students can add themselves to waitlists through the last day of the Add/Drop period.

How will I know when I am enrolled in the waitlisted class?

You should check your myUNT class schedule (and include Waitlisted Classes). An email will also be sent to your official UNT campus email address if you are enrolled in a class from the wait list.
As long as you are on a waitlist, you should monitor your class schedule frequently.