How it works:
- Students add and drop classes throughout the registration period. Classes that reach capacity (meaning they have filled) are closed to enrollment.
- Students who wish to register for a class that has reached capacity are given the option of placing their names on the waitlist for that class.
- As spots become available, students are moved from the waitlist into the class.
- An email notification is sent to students using the email address on file letting them know that they were successfully enrolled for the waitlisted class.
- See our Tuition Deadlines page to make sure you pay by the deadline.
Other Important Notes:
- The ctcLink system prevents students from registering for multiple sections of the
same course. If the class you want is full, but there's another section that's open
and would work as a backup section, it's recommended that you do the following:
- Enroll into the backup section, but don't put yourself on the waitlist for the other section just yet.
- Set up a "swap" to tell the system to drop the backup section if, and only if, it can add the waitlisted section. Doing this will also put you on the waitlist.
- If you add yourself to the waitlist without going through the "swap" option, the waitlist system will ignore you as long as you are still enrolled in another section of the same course.
- You can view your waitlist status, or remove yourself from a waitlist, within the ctcLink Portal.
- If you have a hold on your account that prevents registration, and if you are then at the top of a waitlist for a reopened class, we'll send you an email notifying you of the hold. Note that until the hold is removed, the system will automatically ignore you and enroll other waitlisted students instead.
- At their discretion, instructors may give permission to overload a waitlisted class, provided that students are given permission in the order they appear on the waitlist.
- Do not contact the instructor prior to the start of the quarter to inquire about registering as an overload for a class that has a waitlist.
- Not all campus courses have a waitlist option.
What to do once the quarter begins:
After the third day of the quarter, waitlists are shut down and students are no longer moved into open slots. If you are on a waitlist and were not successfully moved into the class you want, take the following steps:
- You must go to the first class meeting or, for online classes, contact the instructor via email on the first day of the quarter if you still want to register for the class.
- The instructor will use the waitlist to prioritize students who want to register. If you fail to show up for class or fail to contact the instructor, the next person on the waitlist may take the spot if an opening or overload occurs.