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Frequently Asked Questions

Waitlist

What is the Waitlist?

The Waitlist is a way for you to reserve a seat in a class that is full. In the event that someone should drop out of that class, you may take their seat if you have built a proper waitlist request. In other cases the department may increase the enrollment limit and those seats would be given first to students on the waitlist without conflicting conditions.
For example:

If you are 3rd on the waitlist, that means if 3 people drop that class and there are no conflicting conditions with your request, you will get that spot in the class.

Condition 1: The waitlisted class must not conflict with a class already on your schedule.

Condition 2: Some classes require department consent. You need to contact the correct department to obtain authorization for a class that you are waitlisting. Otherwise if a seat opens up, since you have not gotten authorized, that seat will be given to someone else who has taken that step.

Condition 3: You must not exceed the credit hour load for a given term. If you waitlist a class and enrollment in it will bring your total credit hour load above the limit for the given term, the waitlist will be processed ONLY if you use the Drop If Enrolled option. (See "How do I Waitlist a class and drop another class if I am enrolled via the waitlist?" in the FAQ)

Condition 4: If the waitlisted class remains full (no other students drop and the department does not increase the limit), your waitlist will not be processed.

How do I Waitlist a class that is closed?

Login to One.IU. (See "How do I login to One.IU" in the FAQ.)

  1. Navigate to One.IU with your user name and password.
  2. In the Search box, type Student Center and press ENTER.
  3. Click the Student Center SIS icon.
  4. Find the heading that says Academics, and click on the link below it that says Register & Drop/Add.
  5. Select the correct term, then click on continue.
  6. Under the Add Classes to Shopping Cart heading, click the Class Search button.
  7. Enter the Course subject, for example ENG-W, or click [Select Subject] to search for the Subject in an alphabetical list.
  8. Enter the Course number.
  9. Click Search.
  10. When you find the class that fits your schedule, click [Select Class].
  11. (For a different way to find classes, see "Where can I find the class number for the class that I need to enroll in." in the FAQ.)

    If the class is one that can be waitlisted, the Waitlist box will display. The Waitlist box is not needed unless the class you wanted is closed.

  12. For a waitlisted class, if there is a class you wish to drop if you successfully add this class, click in the Drop if Enroll column (which will display if you select Waitlist) and simply select the class from your schedule.
  13. If you want to add this class to your shopping cart, click [Add to Shopping Cart].
  14. Repeat the process from step 6 down until you have added, all the classes you want, to your shopping cart. Classes will remain in your shopping cart through the end of the term unless used to register.
  15. Select the classes in which you want to enroll and click [Validate].
  16. Review the validation results for possible action, then click [Shopping Cart].
  17. If you are ready to register for these classes and your enrollment appointment time has arrived, select the classes in which you want to enroll and click [Enroll].

How do I Waitlist a class and drop another class: (drop if enrolled)?

(Please follow the steps in the above question "How do I waitlist a class that is closed?" in the FAQ.)

For a waitlisted class, if there is a class you wish to drop if you successfully add this class, click in the Drop if Enroll column (which will display if you select Waitlist) and simply select the class from your schedule.  Please go to the Drop if Enrolled section (page 7) of the registration instructions

How will I know if I get into a Waitlisted class ?

You should log in to One.IU periodically to check your schedule.

(See"How do I view my class schedule in the SIS Student Center through One.IU?" in the FAQ)

Your enrollment status is listed under the status column of your class schedule. Enrolled means you have been successfully placed in the class. Waiting means you are still on the Waitlist.

Also, as a courtesy, the Office of the Registrar will send an email notification if you are successfully placed into a waitlisted course so check your IUPUI email often.

How do I drop a class or Waitlist in the SIS Student Center through One.IU?

Login to One.IU. (See "How do I login to One.IU" in the FAQ.)

  1. Navigate to One.IU with your user name and password.
  2. In the Search box, type Student Center and press ENTER.
  3. Click the Student Center SIS icon.
  4. Find the heading that says Academics, and click on the link below it that says Register & Drop/Add.
  5. From that point follow the online drop procedures.

Note: If you are not officially enrolled by the morning of the 4th day of classes (see the academic calendar), the system will never attempt to place you in the class. You do not need to drop the class if you did not get officially enrolled.

Note: Your enrollment status is listed under the status column of your class schedule. Enrolled means you have been successfully placed in the class. Waiting means you are still on the Waitlist.

When does the Waitlist end?

Classes are added from waitlist requests for the first 3 days of the major term or summer sessions. For example: if classes begin on the 24th, the last run of the waitlist will be the evening of the 26th. After the waitlist is shut off there is no chance of getting into a class via the waitlist system.

Please see the Academic Calendar for important dates, including Waitlist dates Academic Calendar

(See "The waitlist is over, how will I get into my class now?" in the FAQ)

The Waitlist is over, how will I get enrolled in my class now?

  1. On the fourth day after classes begin check your schedule to see if your waitlist request was fulfilled. (See "How do I view my class schedule in the SIS Student Center through One.IU" in the FAQ).
  2. If it still shows a Status of Waiting, instructor and academic advisor approvals are required. If it is still possible to add the class, seek approval from instructor and academic advisor via the Late drop/add classes (eDrop/eAdd) link on the self service page or by form from your advisor or school with the instructor and academic advisor signatures submitted in person at the Office of the Registrar, Campus Center 250. 

Bring the form to the Campus Center, Suite 250 by the end of the 100% refund period to be processed; you will be manually added to the class. (See "Where can I find all of the important dates regarding registration?" in the FAQ.)


Note: The instructor retains the right to not sign the form, in essence not allowing you to add the class.

Note: You will not be billed for a waitlisted class until you have been officially enrolled.