Registration Waitlisting FAQs
Waitlisting allows you to “get in line” for a closed undergraduate class and receive an email if a spot opens. Once notified of an open seat, you must officially register for the course in Cyberbear. If you don’t register within 72 hours, you will be dropped from the list, giving the next student the option to register.
How do I add myself to a waitlist?
Attempt to register for the course by typing the CRN into the worksheet and click “Submit Changes.”
If the class is full, you will get a Registration Add Error that says “Closed – ## Waitlisted”. You now have the option to add to the waitlist. Choose “Wait List” from the dropdown menu then click the “Submit Changes” button.
Your schedule will reflect your addition to the list and you must now wait for an opening. Once a spot opens, you will receive an email to your UM email address prompting you to return to this screen to officially register.
How long is the waitlist?
I tried to add an open class but Cyberbear says “Open- Reserved for Waitlist.” Why?
Why can’t I add myself to a waitlist?
- Some linked classes don’t have waitlists. Lecture courses with a mandatory discussion group or lab (i.e. M 115, CHMY 141N) may allow you to waitlist only for the lab or the lecture. Once a spot opens for the section you waitlisted, add the CRN for the link at the same time you register for the open spot in the waitlisted class.
- Usual restrictions must be cleared first. Major, class, pre-requisite, college errors, etc. must be cleared with the corresponding paper or electronic override.
- It’s a 500 or 600-level graduate course. Currently, graduate-level courses are not included in waitlisting. The enrollment cap must be overriden with a paper Registration Override form.
Can my instructor just override the waitlist?
Not until the first day of the semester. If you submit an override slip to the registration counter prior to the first day of class, we will override any usual restrictions and add you to the waitlist. In very unusual circumstances, the Dean of your School or College may request override capabilities.
But my instructor said it was okay because I need it to graduate! What can I do?
If you have made an agreement with an instructor, he or she may choose to grant you an override on the first day of the semester if you’re still on the waitlist. In the meantime, we recommend you remain on the waitlist and pick an alternative if you have one.
How will I know if a spot opens?
How do I add the class after I am notified of an open spot?
I missed my 72 hour window, but I still want the class! What can I do?
Where am I in line for a waitlisted class?
You position on the waitlist for a course can be found in the Register for Classes section on the bottom left under the Schedule Details tab within the Message line.Example:
Message: Wait List| Hours: 0|Level: Undergraduate| Campus: UM-Msla| Schedule Type: Lab| Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit| Waitlist
Position: 1| Notification Expires: None
I decided I no longer want to be on a waitlist. How can I remove myself?
It’s the first day of class and I’m still on the waitlist. Should I go to class?
If I turned in an override slip before classes started, do I have to turn in another slip if the instructor said I could be in the class on the first day?
Do waitlisted classes counted toward my credit hours?
Can I waitlist for classes that would put me over the 21 credit maximum?
If you have further questions about waitlisting functions or policy, feel free to contact us at
The Registrar's Office
Lommasson Center Rm. 201
(406)243.5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org