Waitlisting: How it works

  • Waitlisting is not available for all sections, however, if the section can be waitlisted, the “WL Rem” column on the Course Offerings will be greater than zero. 
  • To join a waitlist you must first attempt to add the section to your schedule in GoWMU.  If the section is closed, the error message “Closed – # waitlisted” will display.  The # will represent the number of students already on the waitlist.  If you decide to join the waitlist, using the drop down under action, change the status to “Waitlisted” and click “Submit Changes.” 
  • You will only be permitted to join a waitlist if you satisfy all course restrictions and prerequisites. 
  • If the time of the course conflicts with a course already on your schedule or if it conflicts with a course you have previously waitlisted, you will not be allowed to join the waitlist.
  • Waitlisting will not guarantee you a seat, but if a seat becomes available an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail account letting you know that the section you have waitlist is open and you can register through GoWMU. 
  • You will not automatically be registered for the course.  The e-mail notification you receive will contain instructions on how to register for the course in GoWMU.
  • Once notified that a seat is available, the course will be held for you for 24 hours.  After that time frame, you will automatically be removed from the waitlist and the course offered to the next student in the waitlist queue. 
  • If at any point you wish to be removed from the waitlist, you can do so through GoWMU by going into Add/Drop Course and changing the waitlist status to Drop Course.

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