Wait Lists

General Information

Beginning with Pass Two registration, if the class you want to add is closed, you can place yourself on a wait list. Wait lists are established on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The units of a wait-listed course count towards the maximum units allowed. However, the units of a wait-listed course do not count toward financial aid eligibility.

Students are moved from the wait list into a course as seats become available. The wait-list process is run several times a day while wait-listing is in effect, except during the registration freeze. You will be notified via your UC Davis email if you are added to the class.

Starting with the Schedule Adjustment registration period, some courses have departmentally controlled enrollment, and as a result, you will not be automatically registered from the wait list when seats become available.

To view where you are on a wait-list, check Schedule Builder. Position #1 means the course is full and you are first on the wait list. When a seat becomes available, you will be moved temporarily to position #0 until the system attempts to register you. If the system encounters one or more registration errors when attempting to add you to the course, an email notification will be sent providing the registration error that the system encountered. The system will attempt to add the next person on the wait-list, but you will not lose your position on the wait-list. Please note that we are not currently able to report more than one registration error in the email notification even if you have multiple registration issues.

If you decide that you no longer want that course, you are responsible for dropping a wait-listed course via Schedule Builder. It is your responsibility to drop any courses you are not actually attending. During academic terms (fall, winter, spring), if all your courses are wait-listed courses and you have not paid your registration fees by the student fee payment deadline, you may be dropped during the drop for non-payment process.

If you are moved from the wait list into a course on the 12th day of instruction and the drop deadline for the course falls on the 10th day of instruction, you have a 72-hour grace period to come to the Office of the University Registrar, in 3100 Dutton Hall, to drop the course. This grace period is only for students who are added into a 10-day-drop course from the wait list after the 10th day of instruction.

Common Registration Issues

To ensure you are successfully added to a course when a space becomes available, please check your schedule periodically for potential registration issues with the courses you are wait-listed for such as enrollment limits, conflicts, restrictions, and current registration holds.

If the system could not add you to the course, as a result of registration issues, you will continue to remain on the wait-list until it ends. If you still wish to enroll in the wait-listed course, you will need to resolve the registration error as listed in the email notification and check your schedule for additional registration issues.

If you received notification of an error and still wish to enroll in the course, you will need to resolve the registration error as listed in the email notification and check your schedule for additional registration issues.

The following error descriptions provide information regarding common wait-list registration issues that would stop the system from enrolling you into an available seat. While we attempt to provide a comprehensive list, registration errors could exist that are not covered here.

Max Hours Exceeded

The number of units you are allowed to enroll, or attempt to enroll, into is limited during Pass 1, Pass 2, and Schedule Adjustment for each term. Your combined total of wait-listed courses and registered courses may not exceed the established limit. You may need to drop units to ensure you remain below this enrollment limit.

Registration Hold

Students with current registration hold(s) are not allowed to register for courses nor be added from a wait list. You must clear your registration hold(s) before the system can add you to a course from the wait list.

Registration holds may be viewed on Schedule Builder. For information about a hold or how to clear a hold, please contact the department that placed the hold on your record.

Duplicate Course, Section, Equivalent, or Cross-Listed

You may not enroll in multiple sections of the course or the same course more than once, including cross-listed and equivalent courses. The wait-list email notification will indicate the CRN of the course section that is considered a duplicate. You will need to drop the registered course before the system can proceed.

Time Conflict

On occasion, departments need to change the time for which a course is offered. If this occurs, the wait-list email notification indicates the CRN of the course that conflicted with your wait-listed course. If you still wish to enroll, you will need to drop that conflicting course.

Student Level Restriction

Student-level course restrictions are listed in Schedule Builder and the Class Search Tool. A student-level restriction refers to Undergraduate, Second Baccalaureate, Graduate, etc. Some restrictions may be added late at the request of the department offering the course. Please note most course restrictions are removed starting with Pass Two registration.

College Restriction

College course restrictions are listed in Schedule Builder and the Class Search Tool. Some restrictions may be added late at the request of the department offering the course. Please note most course restrictions are removed starting with Pass Two registration.

Major Restriction

Field-of-study major course restrictions are listed in Schedule Builder and the Class Search Tool. Some restrictions may be added late at the request of the department offering the course. Please note most course restrictions are removed starting with Pass Two registration.

Class-Level Course Restriction

Class-level course restrictions are listed in Schedule Builder and the Class Search Tool. A class-level refers to Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, etc. Some restrictions may be added late at the request of the department offering the course. Please note most course restrictions are removed starting with Pass Two registration.

Illegal Repeat Errors

Undergraduate students will be prevented from enrolling in courses that are considered an illegal repeat effective Fall 2012. Please review the information for the specific illegal repeat error on the Illegal Repeats web page as you may be eligible to enroll after you have resolved a pending grade or obtain appropriate approval.

Wait List Ended

The wait list is in effect starting with Pass Two registration and ends on the 12th day of instruction for the academic terms. Some professional schools and summer terms may have different wait-list periods. If you have not been added to the course by the time the wait list ends, you will be dropped. The registration error, Dropped-Wait-list Ended, will be displayed in the status box for the class on Schedule Builder.