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Waitlisting for Classes

If a class is full, and you are a current CSULB student you can place yourself on a waitlist for any seats that might become available. If a seat becomes available, the student highest on the waitlist will get the seat (subject to the limitations listed).


When Can I Waitlist?

You can add yourself to the waitlist for a class from the time the class is full until:

  • Spring 2017: January 9, 2017
  • Fall 2017: August 14, 2017

Waitlists become null and void after this date.

How Waitlisting Works?

  • All scheduled class sections have waitlists, which are based on the size of the class.
  • You can waitlist for a maximum of 10 units, provided that each course’s waitlist is not already full. (Note: waitlisted units are included toward your enrollment unit limit.)
  • You must meet any requisites for the class before you can be placed on the waitlist, e.g., course pre-requisites, section co-requisites, major and class level restrictions. See Search for Classes/Browse Catalog at MyCSULB.
  • If a seat becomes available, the student highest on the waitlist will get the seat (subject to the restrictions below).
  • Students will be moved from the waitlist into the class if other students drop or are dropped due to non-payment of fees.
  • If students drop, seats will not be available to students who happen to log in if there is someone on the waitlist.
  • If you are moved from the waitlist into the class, you will only receive email notification if you have specified a preferred email address in your Student Center/Personal Information at MyCSULB.
  • You will not be billed for waitlisted classes but will be billed if moved from a waitlist into a class and the additional units result in higher registration fees. It is important to check your class schedule and account summary regularly at MyCSULB to avoid possible cancellation of newly added classes.
  • If you are moved from the waitlist into a class, it is your responsibility to drop the class (as with any other class) if you decide not to attend. Failure to do so will result in a 'WU' grade on your record which will lower your grade point average.
  • There is no guarantee you will be moved off a waitlist and enrolled in a class. Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of classes, the process to move students from the waitlist runs for the final time. Students unable to be moved into classes at the conclusion of this process are removed from the waitlists, then all waitlists are purged. Instructors are not required to add students who were previously on a waitlist.

Waitlist Restrictions

Students will be moved from the waitlist into the class if space becomes available, and in the order placed, unless:

  1. There is a time conflict with another registered class. Since potential time conflicts are not checked when you place yourself on a waitlist, you should ensure that waitlisted classes do not conflict with your enrolled schedule.
  2. You are already enrolled in another section of the same course. Do not use waitlisting to try to get into another section of a course in which you are already enrolled, as you will not be moved from the waitlist if space becomes available. You will need to choose whether to take a chance and place yourself on the waitlist of the full section in the hope space becomes available or remain enrolled in the section you have already scheduled.

If you cannot be moved from the waitlist, for either of the reasons given above, you will be skipped and the next student considered. You will not be reconsidered until the next time space becomes available in the class.

Check your schedule regularly at MyCSULB to monitor your position on a waitlist. If you decide you no longer wish to wait for space to become available, you may drop yourself from a waitlist.