Frequently Asked Questions

Waitlisting is a process where you can wait in line electronically for a full class.  Being on a waitlist does not guarantee that you will be able to register for the class, but it does allow you to wait for a seat to become available without having to constantly check the status on the class schedule.

When the course has reached its maximum enrollment capacity, students will encounter an error and may choose to join the waitlist.

  • You may have a hold on your account that prevents you from making any enrollment changes.  Check your myOC account to see if you have a hold and what you need to do to take care of it.  You will not be able to register for classes or add yourself to a waitlist until the hold is removed.
  • You may be on a waitlist for another section of the same class.  Waitlist rules only allow students to waitlist themselves for one section of each class.  To change a section for which you are waitlisted, drop yourself from the section for which you are currently waitlisted and add yourself to the waitlist for the new section.
  • You may not meet the requirements to be added to the waitlist.  Check with your advisor to make sure you are eligible to take the class.

Waitlisted classes with available seating will give priority to those already on the waitlist.

No.  Being on a waitlist does not guarantee registration.  By joining a waitlist for a class, you may be offered a seat in the class if one becomes available.  Waitlisting does not guarantee a seat.

If you encounter an error while trying to enroll in a class from the waitlist, you should email as soon as possible for additional assistance.

You can check your number on a section waitlist by logging into myOC and searching for “Web Registration Process.”  Your number in line for a course will show up in “Manage My Waitlist,” right under the “Drop Sections” option.

You can be on more than one waitlist for different courses, but not for different sections of the same course.  Once you are registered for a course that you intend to keep, you should remove yourself from any other waitlisted courses that you no longer want to be in.

You will receive an email at your OC student email account.  Make sure that you check your email daily as you will only have 24 hours to register for the course before you are removed from the waitlist and the class is offered to the next person in line.

You can sign up for the waitlist again; however, you will be added to the bottom of the list.  If you have questions, you can contact the Registrar’s Office.  If you’d like to discuss an alternative schedule, please contact your advisor.

You can check for open seats in the class during late registration (the first week of the semester).  You should also review the class schedule for alternative courses that may be offered or ask your advisor about other course options.

The order of the waitlist is formed on a first come, first serve basis (as student classification groups are able to register).  You can check the registration schedule on the Academic Calendar in myOC.

Tuition will be assessed AFTER you have actually registered for the course.  Waitlisted courses do not count as attempted, enrolled, or earned hours toward your enrollment status UNTIL you officially register for the course.

No, waitlisted courses do not count for any hours attempted, enrolled, or earned UNTIL you officially register for the course.

Waitlisting will be available for all undergraduate classes at OC.

Yes, the course will be on your schedule with a registration status of “Waitlist.”  You can see your waitlisted classes and your position in line for each waitlist you are on.  You will not be charged for the course until you are officially registered.  A waitlist status does NOT mean that you are registered for the course. Again, this does not guarantee a seat in the section.

A waitlist in a course is available as soon as enrollment begins and a class section becomes full.  Students can add themselves to a course or a waitlist for a course until the last day that students are allowed to add classes.  After that time, waitlists for all courses will be cleared.

  • Be aware of any holds you may have on your account, both currently and in the future.  Most holds will prevent you from registering and waitlisting, even if you have received an email notification.
  • Check your email daily!  Notifications will be sent to your OC student email address.
  • Be considerate!  Remove yourself from a waitlist if you no longer want the class so that others might have the chance to get into the class.

No.  If you receive an email notification when a seat becomes available, you will have to login to myOC to register before the 24 hour deadline.

You have 24 hours to register for the course after you are notified of an available seat in it.  Your email notification will send at midnight and you will have until 11:59 p.m. (CST) to register.  If you do not register during this timeframe, you will be removed from the waitlist.  If you want to get back on the waitlist, you will have to add yourself to the waitlist again, where you will start at the bottom of the list.

  • Login to myOC
  • Click on “Services” on the left hand side of the screen
  • Search for “Web Registration Process”
  • Click on “Manage My Waitlist”
  • Select “Register” from the drop-down menu labeled “Action” to enroll in your waitlisted class
  • Click “Submit”

For more detailed directions, visit the Waitlist Information Website.

The waitlisted class will be dropped from your schedule in myOC if you do not register before the deadline.

No, but you will not be able to register for the class if the time conflict has not been resolved.  Any expected registration errors should be taken care of ahead of time.

You should remove your name from the waitlist so that others can have a chance of being able to register for the class.  To drop yourself from a waitlist, login to myOC, go to the “Web Registration Process,” click on “Manage My Waitlist,” and drop yourself from the waitlisted class.  Remember to click “Submit.”  For detailed directions, visit the Waitlist Information Website.

If this occurred during registration time, you were most likely notified by email that you could register for the course, but failed to do so by the deadline.  Remember, waitlisting is NOT an automatic process.  If the semester has started and the last day to add a class has passed, the waitlists for all courses will have been cleared.

You can try to get into another section of the same course (if there are multiple sections).  You can also keep checking the waitlist or talk to your advisor about a possible schedule change or course substitution.

You will need to see your advisor or the Registrar’s Office for assistance or add yourself back to the waitlist.

Yes.  The first seven students on the waitlist will be notified of the available seats.  If there are only six students on the waitlist, all six will be notified and seats will be reserved for them for the 24 hour notification timeframe.  The seventh seat will be available for any student, who will not encounter a waitlist and will be able to immediately register.

Not exactly.  Your academic advisor has the ability to add you to a waitlist, but no other instructors do.  If you need assistance, please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.