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Registration Waitlisting FAQ

What is Waitlisting?

Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

When an open seat becomes available, an email will be sent to the University of Richmond email address of the student at the top of the waiting list.

The student will have the allotted time designated in the notification email to go online and add the class. During this time period, the student can add and drop the waitlisted class in the Add or Drop Classes screen in Banner. After the designated time period has expired, if the student did not register for the waitlisted class, the next student on the list will then be notified to respond.

Registration holds will prevent the student from adding a waitlisted class, even if the student was sent an email.

Students will need to meet the same requirements to waitlist for a section as they would to register for that section. Students will not be able to waitlist for a class if they have not met the pre-requisites or corequisites (or if they are not currently taking the pre-requisites or corequisites). Students will not be able to waitlist if they do not meet the registration requirements or special authorization permissions

Waitlisting is not registration nor is it a guarantee for future registration. Students should use registration to get courses they need and want, registering for open sections rather than waitlisting for closed sections, using waitlisting only to revise or optimize their schedules.

Full-time students should register for a full course load as waitlisting is neither a "credit-bearing registration" nor a guarantee for future registration.

Fall 2018: Many courses offer waitlisting. When registering for courses, if waitlisting is available, waitlisted seats will be displayed.


NOTE: Students are permitted to put themselves on 4 waitlists; students will automatically be removed from waitlists in excess of 4.

FAQ's for Students

Is there a way for me to see how close I am to the top of a waiting list?

Yes. When you view the Student Detail Schedule page in BannerWeb, you will see your actual position in line for the waitlist.

What email address will the waitlist email be sent to?

Your University of Richmond email address will be used for waitlist emails.

What happens if I don't register for a course within my designated time period after receiving an email notification?

If you do not register within the designated time period from the time the email was sent, you will automatically be dropped from the waiting list. The next student on the waiting list will move to the top of the list. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you check your University of Richmond email at least twice a day, especially if you know that you are close to the top of a waiting list.

May I get on the waiting list for more than one section of the same course?

Yes. Although you may not register for two or more sections of the same class, you may add yourself to the waiting lists of more than one section of a course. For example, you may be registered for a course, but you would like to take the course at a different time. The system will allow you to stay in your current section and also get on the waiting list for additional sections of the course. If you are notified via email that a seat is now available in a different section, you must first drop the class for which you are registered, and then you may register for the section in which you were previously waitlisted. As a common courtesy to other students, it is expected that you will drop yourself from any classes or waiting lists that you do not intend to take.

May I get on the waiting list for a class that has a time conflict with another course?

Yes. Although you may not register for courses with time conflicts, you may add yourself to the waiting lists of courses that have time conflicts with courses for which you are registered or with other courses that you have waitlisted. If you are notified via email that a seat is now available for a waitlisted class, you must drop any course for which you are registered that has a time conflict before you may register for the waitlisted course.

How many waitlists can I add myself to?

A student may sign themselves up for a maximum of 4 waitlists for the term. A student who signs themselves up for more than 4 waitlists will be dropped from the last waitlists that the student put themselves on, in order, by the Registrar's Office.

Why can't I get on a waiting list for a class that has a lab?

Unfortunately, the current system treats courses differently that require a concurrent lab or recitation section. At this time the waitlist option is not available for a class that has a lab due to system limitations.

What if I am a senior? Shouldn't I get priority over a first-year student?

All classes that use the automated waitlisting feature will function on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted.

I accidentally dropped my waitlisted class. How do I get back in?

As long as you are still within your designated time period you can add the class by going to the Add or Drop Classes screen in Banner. You will then need to type in the CRN in the Add Classes Worksheet and click submits changes. This will register you for the class, and not put you on the waiting list.

Will I be billed for a waitlisted class?

No. A waitlisted class is not a registered class and has "0" credits associated. You are only billed for registered classes.

There's a seat available in a class. Why can't I register for it?

If there are students on the waitlist, that "open" spot has been made available to the next student on the waitlist. If the class does not have a waitlist, check to see if there is a BannerWeb error message that explains why you are unable to register.

Once I receive the WL notification email, how long do I have to register?

The email will tell you how long you have to register.