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Wait List

The course I need is full!


If you are eligible to take a course but find the course is closed/full, you may request to be placed on a wait list through UCDAccess, if the department has determined that a wait list will be offered. Placing your name on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in that course. However, wait lists have proven to be a very effective tool for students wishing to register in closed classes.

You are able to place yourself on a wait list while enrolled in a different section of the same course. However, because the system recognizes you are already enrolled in a section of the class, you will only advance to the first position in the waitlist and will never get enrolled in the section for which you are waitlisted unless you drop the other section. If you find yourself in this situation, register for your second choice section and then use the “drop ___ class if enrolled” function when adding yourself to the waitlist for your first choice section. By indicating what class you want dropped should your first choice become available, the system will take care of it for you automatically. The exception to this is Special Topics courses.​

Monitor your status on the wait list by frequently logging in to UCDAccess (not Canvas); once a space becomes available you will be enrolled in the course. You will be responsible for the tuition if you are enrolled from the waitlist, even if you do not attend. If you decide not to take the course, it is your resonsibility to drop it according to the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

Wait-list positions and enrollment

When someone drops a closed course, the student who is next on the wait list is automatically enrolled. Schools and colleges reserve the right to make exceptions to manage their wait lists based on unique needs and circumstances. Please check your class schedule on UCDAcess to see if you have been enrolled in the course(s), and refer to the academic calendar for information about wait list deadlines.

CU Online—wait-listed courses

If you are wait listed for an online course, you will have limited access to that course the first week of class. After the first week of class, if you have not been automatically absorbed into the class, you will be dropped. If you want to be added to a closed course, you must obtain permission from the instructor. Contact CU Online for assistance in contacting the instructor.

Dropping wait-listed courses

If you choose not to remain on a wait-list or if you find that you have been enrolled in a course that you no longer want, drop the course as soon as possible.

Financial information for wait-listed courses

Wait listed classes will appear on your billing statement, even though tuition is not due until Census of each semester. Wait lists are purged prior to Census. If you are still on the wait list for a course when the wait lists are purged, you will receive a tuition adjustment. ​