Wait List Process

If a section in which you want to enroll is already closed, you may check to see if there is a wait list. Not every course will have a wait list; that decision is up to the department offering the course.

To get onto a wait list, you must have satisfied the pre-requisites for the course. At the time that you put your name on a wait list for a course, you have the option to indicate that you want to drop (swap) the wait list course for a course in which you are already enrolled.

Students on waitlists should still attend the first three meetings of the class or they may be dropped from the waitlist.  Additionally, being on the waitlist is not an assurance of enrollment, and all students on the waitlist should consult with the instructor of record who has the final decision on the class roster.  

We run the wait list process every night, beginning on the first day of registration. It is run for the last time at the end of the last day to add for the term. If there is a spot open in a course, the wait list process will check 3 things for each student in turn on the wait list for that course. If the answer to any of these 3 questions is “yes”, then that student will not be brought into the course, and the next student will be considered in the same way.

  1. Are any pre-requisites not met?
  2. Will the addition of the wait list course put the student at or above the student's unit limit?
  3. Will the student have a time conflict with the addition of the wait list course?

If you are already enrolled in 12 or more units, you are limited to 10 units of wait list courses. If you are enrolled in less than 12 units, then you can request permission from the Dean of the school of your major to get on the wait lists in more courses.

There is a message sent to you if you get added to a section by the wait list process. So if you are on one or more wait lists, please check your myCSUB account first thing every day to see if you have been added to any sections by the process.


If you have any questions about the wait list process, please contact your academic advisor or:

Dr. John Dirkse, Director of Academic Operations and Support

Phone: (661) 654-6181
Email: jdirkse@csub.edu