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Waitlists for closed courses are established chronologically.  Students must claim approved seats upon notification of the seat being available.  Waitlists for each term are abolished on the third day of classes of that term.  Any unclaimed seats are available to all students on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The typical advice given to students regarding waitlisting courses includes the following:

  1. While you have nothing to lose by putting your name on the waitlist, always have an alternate plan in mind in case you do not get a seat from the waitlist.
  2. Do not drop a class until after you have received a seat from the waitlist.
  3. Be patient and keep checking your WPI e-mail.

You should discuss selection of an alternate class with your academic advisor in case you are not able to get into the course that you are waitlisted for.  If you get the message "Open - ## waitlisted", this means that a waitlist exists but there are seats available.  Those available seats, however, will be offered to the students on the waitlist first.  We suggest you add yourself to the waitlist at this point.  Please be advised that the web will allow you to waitlist a course that will have a time conflict with another course you are registered for or for a course that will put you in an overload status.

Waitlists are moved weekly throughout the prior term up until the start of the next term.  If you are waitlisted for a course, please keep checking your WPI e-mail.  When a seat becomes available, you will receive an e-mail from the Registrar's Office.  Once you receive an email from the Registrar's Office informing you of an available seat, please go directly to Banner web and register for the course.  Please note:  If you do not register for the course within 72 hours of receipt of the notification email, you will lose the seat. 

***The only term this does not apply to is A Term.  The waitlists for A Term are moved twice before classes end for the summer and then again in August prior to the start of A Term classes.***