How It Works

Closed courses with a waitlist option will be marked with a yellow diamond icon in MyRed, similar to the Open or Closed indicators. If a waitlist is available, students may add themselves to it during enrollment. When a seat becomes available, waitlisted students will be enrolled automatically provided they have no time conflicts, holds, missing prerequisites, etc. Seats are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Registering for a Waitlisted Course

Once you have selected your course and appropriate section, check the Waitlist if class is full box and attempt to register even if the course is already closed. You will receive a confirmation that you have either been enrolled in the course or added to the waitlist.


Students are only allowed to be on a waitlist for six total credit hours. This can be one six credit hour course or six one credit hour courses. Students can also add themselves to the waitlist for multiple sections of the same course.

MyRed will attempt to register students from the waitlist whenever a seat becomes available. However, a student will only be enrolled in the course if the following conditions are met:

  • There are no time conflicts.
  • They meet all prerequisites.
  • They are not currently enrolled in any other section of the same course.

Other restrictions may also apply that prevent registration. If a student cannot be automatically registered, the open seat will go to the next person in line on the waitlist.

Other Considerations

  • Students who need to be enrolled at full time (12 credit hours for undergraduates) should note that waitlisted courses do not count toward enrolled credit hours.
  • If students enroll in a course and waitlist a different section of the same course, they will not be enrolled in the waitlisted section until the original enrollment is dropped.
  • Students will be notified via email when they have been added to a course.
  • If a student believes they are being skipped during automatic enrollment, they will need to contact an adviser.
  • Once students have been enrolled they must remove themselves from alternate waitlisted courses in MyRed.
  • Students who want to get on the waitlist for PHYS153 must do so through the Physics & Astronomy Main Office, 208 JH.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which courses have a waitlist via MyRed?

Courses with waitlists change per term but the following typically have a waitlist option:
ASTR204, PHYS141, PHYS142, PHYS211, PHYS212, PHYS213, PHYS221, PHYS222, PHYS223

I was enrolled in a course and switched my recitation or lab sections via MyRed. Why am I no longer enrolled in the lecture?

If you switched your recitation or lab to a section that is full, you are automatically removed from the lecture section until you can be enrolled in the attached lab or recitation. Some courses require you to be enrolled in the lecture, recitation and/or lab section. If any of these are waitlisted, you will be placed on the waitlist for each section you have chosen.

If I am on several waitlists for the same course and one of the sections auto registers me, will I be removed from the other waitlists?

No; it is your responsibility to remove yourself from the other sections to allow other students to get on the waitlists.

What if the course is still full after classes have begun?

Unfortunately, this means that it is unlikely you will be able to enroll in the course for the current term. You will have to wait until enrollment for the following term.

What if I’m still on the waitlist the first week of classes? Do I still have a chance at getting into the class?

There is a chance you can get into the class. You are welcome to show up for the first day of classes and check with the instructor if there are last minute open seats. If the instructor agrees to add you to the class, you will need to contact the main office, JH208, to get an override.

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