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Wait List FAQs

Question: How does the Wait List work?

Answer: The Wait List feature in LionPATH is replacing the Watch List function in eLion. You can choose to enroll in the Wait List when a class is full. The Wait List is like a line. When a seat becomes open, the student at the top of the list is automatically enrolled in the class, and everyone moves up a spot. Students should monitor the courses they add to their Wait List and remove courses they do not wish to keep on their Wait List. The Wait List will be available and run through the last day of the regular drop period.

For more information on how to use the LionPATH Wait List, please read the Wait List FAQs.

Question: I cannot get on Wait List for a class. What should I do?

Answer: It is important to note that not all courses have a Wait List. First, verify the class you want has a Wait List. You can see this information when searching for a class in the Class Search.

If the class status is listed as a blue square, the class is closed. There is no Wait List or Wait List space available. If you must take this course in a particular semester, contact the department.

Screenshot of a course with a closed waitlist.


If the class status is a yellow triangle, the course is full and Wait List spots are available.

Screenshot of a course with a waitlist with available spots.


If the class status is a green circle, then the class is open for enrollment.

Screenshot of a course that is open.


For more information on how to use the LionPATH Wait List, please read the Wait List FAQs.

Question: How do I find out how many spots are left on the Wait List?

Answer: You can view the Wait List capacity and total number of students on the Wait List by viewing the class details. Click on the class number or section to view the class details.

Screenshot of how to find waitlist availability for a course.

Here is an example of a class that has 7 spots left on the Wait List:

Screenshot of where to view waitlist capacity numbers.

Question: How do I know if the course Wait List is full or has no Wait List?

Answer: Click on the class number or section to view the class availability section within the class details.

Here is an example of a class with no Wait List:

Screenshot of course with no waitlist.

Here is an example of a class with a full Wait List:

Screenshot of course with full waitlist.

Question: How often is the Wait List updated?

Answer: Wait Lists are updated periodically throughout the day. So, there may be a period when there is an opening in a class and a Wait List. During that period, a student who attempts to register for that class will be able to join the Wait List. The open spot will be assigned to the first person on the Wait List when the process runs.