Class Waitlists

Waitlisting allows students to get in a queue, for the next available seat, after a class is full.

It is also helps the faculty and administration determine when more sections should be added, based on demand.

Waitlisting FAQs for Students

A registration waitlist is an electronic list of students who are waiting to register for a filled course. Students may sign up for this when they attempt to register for a section that has reached its capacity. The first student on the Registration Waitlist is notified via email when a space becomes available. This student then has 24 hours to register for the section. If the student does not register for the section within the 24 hour time frame, he/she will be dropped from the registration waitlist, for that section, and the next student on the list will receive notification of an available seat.
You may get on a registration waitlist when you attempt to register for a section that is full. When you receive a Registration Add Error stating “Closed—Waitlist Available”, you can select WAITLIST from the drop down menu under Action and then click Submit Changes. The class for which you just signed up on the waitlist will appear on your Current Schedule on the Add or Drop Classes page as “Waitlisted.”
The “C” means the section has reached its enrollment capacity. You may sign up for the waitlist by clicking on Add to Worksheet at the bottom of the page, entering the CRN for the section on your Registration Worksheet and then Submit Changes. You will receive a Registration Add Error that the class is full. On the Action dropdown menu, select Waitlist, and then click on Submit. The class for which you just signed up on the waitlist will appear on your Current Schedule on the Add or Drop Classes page as “Waitlisted.”
The waitlist system operates on a first in, first served basis; however, the exact position of your placement on the waitlist is not available to you.
Prerequisites and restrictions are checked before you are allowed to join a waitlist; however, time conflicts and link checking (for lecture/labs) are not checked, to allow for waitlist flexibility.
An email will be sent to your NMSU EMAIL ACCOUNT, notifying you there is a space available.
You will have 24 hours from the time the email was sent. The deadline (in Mountain Time) is noted on the email. If you do not register by the deadline, you will be dropped from the registration waitlist. If you miss your registration deadline, but still wish to register for the class, you will have to sign up through the registration process.
In MyNMSU, Registration, Add/Drop Classes, select the drop down arrow under Action. If you are eligible to register for this class, the option Web Registered will be displayed. Select this option, and click Submit.
You may put yourself on as many waitlists as you choose. However, we strongly urge you to remove yourself (Web Drop Delete in the Action box) from all waitlists once your registration has been finalized so that others may have an opportunity to register for available courses in a timely manner.
If you register for one section as a result of a waitlist email, you will be dropped from the registration waitlist for that section only. You will not automatically be dropped from any other waitlists for other sections of the same class. You must drop yourself from the other waitlist(s).
You are responsible for routinely checking your NMSU email. If you miss the deadline, you must re-add yourself to the waitlist if you still wish to register for the course/section.  No exceptions will be made to this rule.
You can view all registered and waitlisted courses on your MyNMSU Student tab, under the Registration tab on the Add/Drop Classes Current Schedule.
You must register for both the lecture and a lab at the same time, even if the lab isn’t the one you prefer. If a full lab fits your schedule better, and there is a waitlist option available for that lab section, you may sign up for the waitlist. When you are notified that a space is available in your preferred lab, you may exchange it (drop the one you are registered for and add the one you want at the same time) with the lab you are already registered for. Not all labs have a waitlist option due to limited space and alignment with the number of seats in the lecture.
No, you may only be on the waitlist for a CRN once at any point in time. If you are dropped from the waitlist or drop yourself from the waitlist, you may sign up for the waitlist again.
No. Only courses you are actually registered in show up on Canvas. Therefore waitlisted courses will not show up on the Courses drop down menu.