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Waitlist FAQ

The waitlist allows students to wait for a course and be enrolled automatically if an open seat is available. By selecting wait list if class is full during enrollment, the student will be added to the waitlist for the course. For detailed instructions on waitlisting a course, please visit the Office of Academic Advising site.

  • Before classes begin

    Students are automatically enrolled from the waitlist early each morning. Eligible students are automatically enrolled from the waitlist early each morning into open seats.

    An email is sent to the student’s CSUSM email account notifying them of enrollment in the class from the waitlist.

  • First week of classes

    Students are not enrolled from the waitlist once classes begin.

    All students, including those on the waitlist, will need a permission number to enroll in a CLOSED class. See our Add/Drop page for info on how to request a permission number.

  • Obstacles to automatic enrollment

    Students not eligible to enroll will remain on the waitlist in the same position, and will not be enrolled into the class. Reasons for not being enrolled include:

    • Student is enrolled in another section of the same course (students cannot enroll in 2 sections of the same course)
    • There is a time conflict with another enrolled class
    • Enrollment in the course would exceed the unit limit
    • Student does not meet requisites for the course (includes catalog pre/co-requisites, as well as requisites for reserved seats)

Best Practices for Students

  •  Register for open course sections before waiting for any course sections. The Wait List does not guarantee enrollment in a course section.
  • Since the waitlist is automated, students and faculty must actively monitor and manage their wait lists and class schedule in MyCSUSM until classes begin. A student's position on a course section's wait list may change at any time depending on other students who are added or removed or faculty adding seats.
  • Review My Class Schedule in MyCSUSM and remove wait list classes that are no longer wanted to avoid being automatically enrolled. If a student fails to remove unwanted course sections from the Wait List, the student risks being automatically enrolled, which could result in enrollment in a class that the student does not want or need.
  • Avoid wait listing classes that contain a time conflict with enrolled classes.

Frequently Asked Questions