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Waitlisting is a registration feature that allows a student to "get in line" for classes that are filled. This process notifies the first student on the waitlist via their preferred email when a seat opens. The student has 24 hours from the time the email is sent to register for the class. If the student does not register, the next student on the waitlist will be notified. Getting on a waitlist does not guarantee a seat in a class. Waitlisting a class does not count toward your student status (i.e. full-time, part-time). There is no charge to waitlist a course.

All STLCC classes have waitlist functionality apart from those included in our Selective Admission programs.

To sign up for a waitlist, please refer to our Waitlisting Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students sign up for a waitlist through Banner. Please refer to the Waitlisting Guide.

If there are 8 currently waitlisted for a class, and you have just signed up for the waitlist, you will be ninth on the waitlist.

Students may sign up for a waitlist and receive waitlist notifications that their "spot in line" is up. Please refer to the Waitlisting Guide for a visual representation.

Each individual section of a course has its own waitlist. However, when decisions are being made about course additions, the waitlist numbers are reviewed for the course as a whole. Please note that our selective admissions courses are not assigned waitlists nor are waitlists assigned to part-of-term six (variable POT) courses.

Yes, this is due to a waitlisted student being "first in line" for the class. Students have 24 hours to sign up once their seat becomes available. During this window, the course may appear to have a seat available, but the waitlisted student takes priority over those who are not waitlisted.

Students must use the waitlist to get into a closed course. Course overrides are only permissible by a department chair or program coordinator, but should only be used in the case of fulfilling a final graduation requirement. Returning students are encouraged to take advantage of priority registration to avoid needing an override or the waitlist option.

No. Students may not waitlist for more than one section of the same course. Additionally, students who are registered in ENG 101, for example, may not waitlist a different section of ENG 101.

No. The student will be notified via email that their "spot in line" is up and that they may register. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their email for this notification and register for the waitlisted course.

Waitlists are maintained through the day prior to the start of that part-of-term. Then, they are purged to allow for add/drop week to work accordingly - allowing students to move into and out of 16-week classes quickly.

No. Students may sign up for the waitlist until the Saturday prior to the part-of-term starting.

You will be notified via email to your preferred email.

Yes. Students who no longer wish to waitlist are encouraged to drop their waitlisted class. Being proactive and dropping the waitlisted class, if no longer desired, will speed up the 24-hour window for the next student, so that more waitlist students can be contacted.

The waitlist is used to determine overall course needs, including popular dates, times, and modalities that may be needed. New sections are not automatically created based on a predetermined number, as multiple data points are used to decide adding courses (i.e. availability of the course at a different time, campus, or modality; availability of instructors; actual number of students on the waitlist; etc.). However, department chairs, program coordinators, deans, and other administrators use the waitlist information as a data point in making these determinations.

After it is determined that a course is going to be added, academic departments should contact students on the waitlist to let them know of the new course's availability. Students on a waitlist will not be automatically notified if a new section is added of the course desired; they are only notified when a spot has opened up in the specific waitlisted section.

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