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Wait-List Specifics:

When a course section (class) fills, you can place yourself on a wait list as long as you have satisfied any prerequisites. However, you cannot be enrolled in a class section and also be on a wait list for the same course that meets at a different time, so choose your course sections carefully! When you place yourself on a wait list, it means that the course section you have chosen has reached its seat capacity; you are now waiting to enroll in the event that any seats become available or the instructor allows for additional students.

You are not guaranteed a seat in the class when you are on a wait list. The process is not automatic. If a seat becomes available during registration, you will be notified via your student email. Once you receive this email notification, you will have 5 days to register for the class. If you do not register within 5 days, you will be dropped from the wait list.

You are not charged for a class until you have registered for the class via connectColumbia or in the Admissions & Records Office. You are only permitted to be on one wait list at a time in any given subject (i.e. one English 1A section, or one Math 104 section, etc.).

What to do if you are on a wait list*:

  1. If you do not receive a notification email to add the class, you MUST attend the first class meeting with an ADD slip found in Counseling or Admissions & Records Offices.
  2. Tell the instructor that you are on the wait list for the class and you would like an access code (add code).
  3. If your request is granted, the instructor will give you an access code and sign the ADD slip. You must register for the course within 3 days of the instructor signing the ADD slip.
  4. Check to make sure that the instructor has provided you with the correct access code for the section. The system will not allow you to register without this information.
  5. Using connectColumbia, you may then register for the course. connectColumbia will prompt you to provide the special access code. Keep the access code for your records.

* If you are on a wait list and decide not to add the class, drop yourself from the wait list.

What to do if you are wait listed for an online course:

  1. On the first day of the semester, submit an Electronic Add Card through connectColumbia. Select "Current Students", Log-in, and select "E-Add Card Request (Online Courses)" under the registration category.
  2. When you've submitted the card, the instructor will e-mail you to notify you if you have been accepted into the course. Then add the course through connectColumbia to officially enroll in the class.

Please note: If you put your name on a wait list while the prerequisite class is in progress, and after that time, you earned a D, F, or No Pass, you will not be permitted to add the class.


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