A waitlist is just as the name suggests. When you place yourself on a waitlist for a course, you are getting in line behind other people, just as you often must do at a restaurant. For example, if your schedule on myUK indicates you are “Waitlisted (#4),” four students must drop the course for you to become enrolled in that section.
When you are waitlisted, you are not actually enrolled in the course and are not guaranteed enrollment. In fact, after the last day to add a course, all the waitlists are purged, and the class will disappear from your schedule if you remain waitlisted.
Being waitlisted for a course means taking a calculated risk, so you want to be realistic about your chances of getting into that particular section. For example, if you are waitlisted #23 for a COM 252 section that has a maximum capacity of 30 students, you will probably not become enrolled in the class.
Neither you nor your academic advisor can predict whether you will get in a waitlisted section.
Enrolling in a section with open seats (even if it is the dreaded MWF 8-8:50 a.m. time slot!) is a better strategy than simply placing yourself on the waitlist and seeing what happens.
If you must be waitlisted, you may wish to consider the following to help maximize your chances of getting into the class:
Choose the waitlist on which you will be the highest.
To determine this, go to the course catalog and search for all of the sections of the class by entering the course abbreviation (e.g., PSY) and course number (e.g., 100), and clicking “Search.” Then, click on (Check All) to bring up the number of open/waitlist seats available for each section of the course.
The area where it says “___ waitlist seats available” shows you how many spots remain on the waitlist.
The waitlist on which you will be the highest is simply the one with the most spots still remaining on the waitlist.
Below is an example of this concept. In this scenario, you are better off placing yourself on the waitlist for section 001.
Consistently monitor any course for which you are waitlisted.
Check both your schedule, to determine whether you’re moving up the waitlist, and the course catalog, to determine whether a spot opens in a different section of that course. Check these two sources throughout the add/drop period.
Please consult with your academic advisor any time you have questions. We are here to serve as one of your main campus resources and are always glad to help.