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How Does Waitlisting Work?

Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. When an open seat becomes available, an e-mail will be sent to the SVCC e-mail address of the student at the top of the waiting list. The student will have 24 hours to go online or come to the Office of Admissions and Records to add the class.

The open seat will be reserved for that student and no other student may login and register for that seat during that 24-hour time period.

If the student does not respond they will be removed from the waitlist and the next student on the list will be notified and have 24 hours to respond.

Prerequisite for Waitlisting

Students must meet all of the course prerequisites and requirements in order to sign up for a waiting list.

How do I sign up for a waiting list?
All registration for waiting lists must be done online or in the Office of Admissions and Records. Click here for a tutorial.
Is there a way for me to see how close I am to the top of a waiting list?
Yes. If your waitlist position is number 1 (one), it means that you are next in line to receive an e-mail when an open seat becomes available. If you are in the number 1 position when a seat becomes available, you will move into the number 0 (zero) position and an e-mail will be sent to your SVCC e-mail address.
What happens if I don’t register for a course within 24 hours after receiving an e-mail notification?
If you do not register within 24 hours from the time the e-mail was sent, you will automatically be removed from the waiting list and will not be registered for this course. The next student on the waiting list will move to the top of the list. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you check your SVCC e-mail frequently, especially if you know that you are close to the top of a waiting list.
May I get on the waiting list for more than one section of the same course?
Yes you may add yourself to the waiting lists of more than one section of a course. For example, you may be registered for a course, but you would like to take the course at a different time. The system will allow you to stay in your current section and also get on the waiting list for additional sections of the course. If you are notified via e-mail that a seat is now available in a different section, you must first drop the class for which you are registered, and then you may register for the section in which you were previously waitlisted. As a common courtesy to other students, it is expected that you will drop yourself from any classes or waiting lists that you do not intend to take.
May I get on the waiting list for a class that has a time conflict with another course?
Yes. Although you may not register for courses with time conflicts, you may add yourself to the waiting lists of courses that have time conflicts with courses for which you are registered or with other courses that you have waitlisted. If you are notified via e-mail that a seat is now available for a waitlisted class, you must drop any course for which you are registered that has a time conflict before you may register for the waitlisted course.
How does waitlisting work with the fee payment deadlines and purges?
If you have an outstanding balance at any of the payment due dates, you may be dropped from your registered and waitlisted classes. After a payment due date, your position on a waiting list may change as a result of the non-payment drops.
At what point does a waiting list go away?
Prior to the start of classes you will no longer be able to waitlist the course. You may still receive notification if a seat becomes available in a currently waitlisted course through the Registration Change period.
Can I contact the course instructor to get permission to register for a filled class?
No. Once the course is full the instructor will refer the student to the Waitlist procedure.
I received a waitlist e-mail, but when I tried to register I couldn’t because of a registration hold. What’s wrong?
All registration holds must be cleared prior to any registration activity (this includes waitlisted classes). Types of Holds: Past Due Balance Hold, Library Fine Hold, Parking Fine Hold, etc.
I accidentally dropped my waitlisted class. How do I get back in?
As long as you are still within the 24 hour window you can add the class by going to the Add or Drop Classes screen on SOAR. You will then need to type in the CRN in the Add Classes Worksheet and click submit changes. This will register you for the class, and not put you on the waiting list.