The University of Texas Calendars
Waitlists 101: Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a waitlist? Some classes have waitlists that allow students to ďline
upĒ to get into full classes. If a spot opens up in a waitlisted class, students
are added from the waitlist in chronological order as long as there are no
- Why donít all classes have waitlists? The department offering a course
determines if it gets a waitlist.
- Does a waitlist guarantee me a seat? No. Joining a waitlist doesn't guarantee
that you'll be added to the class; it is a way for you to wait in line for an
open seat. If a seat does not become available, you are not added from the list.
How long you wait is up to you. You have to decide when you need to drop
yourself from the list and find another class.
- How many waitlists can I be on? You can be on up to two waitlists per class.
- I donít see the waitlist option. Why? You have to be registered for at least
one class before you can add yourself to a waitlist.
- If Iím on the waitlist for a class with a preferred time/professor, should I
still register for another section of the course? Yes. It is advisable to be
sure you have the class you need on your schedule, even if not at the best time.
Consider the consequences of not getting the waitlist course. Do you need to be
full-time? Are you trying to graduate on time?
- What is a swap class? This is a class on your schedule that you want to drop
if you get in to a waitlisted class. As an example, you might want BIO 340L but
it is full so you add 455L instead, and list it as the swap class. If a seat
opens in 340L and you are added, the system drops you from 455L. If you drop
455L but donít update your waitlist, you will not be added to 340L even if a
seat opens up. See My Waitlists page in UT Direct.
- If I decide that I no longer want a class I waitlisted, do I have to take
myself off of it? Yes, yes, yes!
- How do I remove myself from a waitlist? There is an option to ďTake me off
listĒ on your See My Waitlists page.
- What do I do if the system wonít let me add myself to a waitlist because the
class is restricted? Some classes are restricted to certain majors/degree
programs. If you have a question about the restriction, contact the department
offering the course.
- Iím a graduating senior and Iím waitlisted for the last class I need to
graduate. What do I do? First -Talk to your academic advisor. Make sure he or
she is aware of your situation and see what options you have. Second - Be sure
to attend the class you have waitlisted if you really want it. You may have to
be manually added after the 4th class day if a seat becomes available. Only your
advisor can help with this.
- Every single class I wanted to take this semester is waitlisted. What do I
do? Talk to your advisor. You probably have other options but may not know what
- Do upperclassmen automatically get priority on waitlists? No. The waitlist
system will add students based on their position in the list, not their
classification. However, advisors will help students who are graduating in the
next semester as best they can.
- Will I be notified before Iím added to a class from a waitlist? Notices from
a section's department are sent to your current e-mail address on file with the
University. Keep this address current, and check it often. Notices from the
Waitlisting system itself are posted to your See My Waitlists page in UT Direct.
Check it often, too. Notices are sent when classes are cancelled, when you've
been blocked from the class for various reasons, or when you've been added to
the class. Check your e-mail and your See My Waitlists page regularly.
- Should I keep my schedule open during the time of the waitlisted class? Yes!
The waitlist system canít add you to a class if there is a time conflict unless
you have the class as a swap option.
- I know there are spots open in a class. Why am I not being added off the
waitlist? Some common errors include: - Time conflict: You may be registered for
a class during the same time as the waitlisted class. - Maximum hours: If adding
the waitlisted class will put you over 17 credit hours, the system will not be
able to add you. - Swap class: If you are no longer registered for the class
that you chose as your swap class, the system will not be able to add you.
Change your swap class or choose ďNone.Ē
- When are waitlists available? If they've been turned on by the department,
lists are active from the start of registration through the fourth class day.
After the fourth day, you'll need approval to add a class. You must have been
attending and the instructor must give permission. Talk to your advisor about
- If Iím not sure I want a class, should I still join its waitlist? No. By
adding yourself to a waitlist, you indicate you want to add the class. If a seat
opens up and you qualify for it, you may be added manually. If you change your
mind, please drop yourself from the waitlist.