Students

Once I sign up for a Wait List, how will I know whether I am registered for a course?

Is the Wish List Feature available outside the registration appointment?

Do I have an option to prioritize my Wait Listed courses, as opposed to being auto-added to courses?

What happens when I get on Wait Lists for two courses at the same time and they both open up?

What if my Wait Listed course causes a schedule conflict or it pushes me over the maximum credits I can register for?

Can I see the Wait List? Or at least know where I am on the Wait List?

Why don't ALL classes have a Wait List?

 

Once I sign up for a Wait List, how will I know whether I am registered for a course?

In general, you will receive two kinds of registration notification, if you are added to a Wait Listed course: first, you will see an automatic email to your Columbia account, and second, the course will be displayed as part of your schedule on SSOL.

For an instructor-managed Wait List where the instructor may reject students’ request to register, students not allowed to register will receive an email notice that their request has not been accepted.

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Is the Wish List Feature available outside the registration appointment?

Yes. The Wish List is currently available to use outside of the registration appointment. You can plan your schedule ahead of time and when your registration appointment opens, you can enroll in courses or join Wait Lists directly from your Wish List.

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Do I have an option to prioritize my Wait Listed courses, as opposed to being auto-added to courses? 

This option is not currently available. However, during the Change of Program period you are allowed to register via the Wait Lists in excess of your school’s cap on courses and/or points.

This allows you to be registered for courses which are lower priority for you, but drop them if you are accepted into a course with a higher priority.

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What happens when I get on Wait Lists for two courses at the same time and they both open up?

You will be added to both courses. Only an Add from the Waitlist will allow students to go over their credit limits or have courses in their schedules that conflict.

This is by design, to allow you some flexibility in managing your Wait Listed courses. You will need to reconcile these conflicts or overages before the Change of Program period ends.

You will receive periodic emails notifying you of any conflicts or overages, and if you do not resolve them by the end of the Change of Program period, the Registrar’s office will remove you from the course that was last added via Wait List.

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What if my Wait Listed course causes a schedule conflict or it pushes me over the maximum credits I can register for?

Only a course Add from the Wait List will allow you to go over your credit limits or have courses in your schedule that conflict. This will not be the case for any standard registration.

This is by design, to allow you some flexibility in managing your Wait Listed courses. You will need to reconcile these conflicts or overages before the Change of Program period ends.

You will receive periodic emails notifying you of any conflicts or overages, and if you do not resolve them by the end of the Change of Program period, the Registrar’s office will remove you from the course that was last added via Wait List.

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Can I see the Wait List? Or at least know where I am on the Wait List?

At this time, students are not able to see their position on a Wait List.

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Why don't ALL classes have a Wait List?

There are several reasons a course may not have a Wait List:

  • If a course has open enrollment or doesn’t have a cap, the course will not have a Wait List.
  • Additionally, some programs have opted out of the Wait List process and some programs have indicated a set of courses to exclude. As an example, Core courses are excluded from Wait Lists because registration for those courses is centrally managed. Additionally, courses in English & Comparative Literature, Italian, and Visual Arts are not included in the pilot program.
  • Likewise, there are courses that are restricted for some students but available to others for registration. These restrictions also apply to the Wait Lists.

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