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Registration Waitlists FAQ

What is a waitlist?

Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waitlist.

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 or Registration menu in BannerWeb. 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 prerequisites or corequisites (or if they are not currently taking the prerequisites or corequisites). Students will not be able to waitlist if they do not meet the registration requirements or have 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 simply waitlisting for closed sections.

Full-time students should register for a full course load as a waitlisted course neither carries credit nor guarantees future registration.

Many courses offer a waitlist. When registering for courses, if a waitlist is available, waitlisted seats will be displayed.

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

FAQ's for Students

When is the Waitlist available for registration?

Waitlist is available at various points during registration.  Generally speaking:

  • Undergraduate student registration for fall and spring: the waitlist gets turned on when registration opens for all undergraduate students; this occurs after the first two weeks of during which students register by class. The waitlist option ends at 5 p.m. on the fifth day of classes.
  • Law student registration for fall and spring: the waitlist gets turned on when registration opens for 2L students.  The waitlist option ends at 5 p.m. on the fifth day of classes.
  • Registration for summer:  waitlists are not available on summer courses.
Is there a way for me to see how close I am to the top of a waitlist?

Yes. When you view the Student Detail Schedule page in BannerWeb, you will see your actual position in line for the waitlist. However, you can only view your position on the waitlist when the waitlist is active. Generally speaking:

  • Undergraduate student registration for fall and spring: the waitlist gets turned on when registration opens for all undergraduate students; this occurs after the first two weeks of during which students register by class  . The waitlist option ends at 5 p.m. on the fifth day of classes.
  • Law student registration for fall and spring: the waitlist gets turned on when registration opens for 2L students.  The waitlist option ends at 5 p.m. on the fifth day of classes.
  • Registration for summer:  waitlists are not available on summer courses.
What email address will the waitlist email be sent to?

Your University of Richmond email address will be used for waitlist emails.  Waitlist emails will not be forwarded to outside addresses.

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 by the expiration time listed in the email, you will automatically be dropped from the waitlist. The next student on the waitlist 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 waitlist 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 waitlist 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 waitlist for additional sections of the course. If you are notified via email that a seat is now available in a different section, you must drop the class for which you are registered and add the section in which you were previously waitlisted. As a courtesy to other students, it is expected that you will drop yourself from any classes or waitlists that you do not intend to take.

May I get on the waitlist 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 waitlists 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 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 four waitlists at a time. A student who signs themselves up for more than four waitlists will be dropped from the last waitlist(s) the student put themselves on, in order, by the registrar's office.

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

If you have not yet received a waitlist notification email, you may add yourself back to the waitlist but you will be at the end of the list. If you have received the notification email, as long as you are still within your designated time period you can add the class by going to the Add or Drop Classes or Registration screen in Banner. You will then need to type in the CRN in the Add Classes worksheet and click submit or, in the registration summary block, change the status of the waitlisted class to register and click submit.

Will I be billed for a waitlisted class?

No. A waitlisted class is not a registered class and has no 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 waitlist notification email, how long do I have to register?

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