Manage Your Schedule

Waitlist a Class
Waitlist a Class
Before You Waitlist

Understand the basics.

If you want to register for a class that has already reached maximum enrollment, you can sign up for the waitlist. Class openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and given to students who still have availability in their course load (min/max hours) and course schedule (conflict of time). After you sign up for the waitlist, you will be informed how many other students are ahead of you on the list.

Don’t use the waitlist to get a more convenient schedule.

Waitlisted classes are in demand because there are a lot of students who need them to fulfill their graduation requirements. You should enroll in available classes before submitting any waitlist requests.

If you have a schedule conflict, you must choose “Drop if Enroll” to join a waitlist.

One.IU will not allow you to register for two classes that meet at the same time. You can join a waitlist for a class that meets at the same time as a class you are currently taking or if you are already taking your maximum amount of hours. But you must agree to drop the conflicting class if you are enrolled in the waitlisted class.

You can make multiple waitlist requests for different sections of the same course.

If you are trying to enroll in a course without related components (such as lab or discussion), you can join the waitlist for each section. If you enroll in an open section of a course after waitlisting other sections, your waitlist requests will be automatically removed.

Continue to attend “Drop if Enroll” classes.

If you plan to drop one of your current classes if you get into a waitlisted class, you should continue attending that class until your waitlist request is accepted or expires. You are still enrolled in that class until you are accepted from the waitlist.

Check your waitlist status daily.

Once you join a waitlist, it is your responsibility to monitor your requests. If you decide not to take a course you have waitlisted, you must drop the waitlist request to ensure you are not placed in the class. Once waitlist processing has ended, your request will automatically expire if you have not been added to the class.

Check your IU email.

Pay attention to any email you receive from or

Waitlist a Class

Ready to Waitlist?

Log in to One.IU.

Go to the Student Center. Choose the link for Register & Drop/Add, then Drop/Add.

Find a class.

Choose the Class Search function, then enter the department (e.g., SOC-S) in the Course Subject box, and the course number (e.g., 100) in the Course Number box. To choose a class that is already full, make sure you unselect the Show Open Classes Only option.

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Request to join the waitlist.

Check the Waitlist? box. If you plan on a dropping a class in which you’re already enrolled in order to get into the waitlisted course, enter that class number in the Drop if Enroll field by using the magnifying class. Then choose Enroll.

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Or use the Enrollment Shopping Cart.

You can also join a waitlist from the Enrollment Shopping Cart, also accessible via One.IU.


If your waitlist request is successfully processed, you will be told your position on the waitlist. If there’s a problem with your request, you’ll receive an error message that explains why you cannot be waitlisted (schedule conflict, prerequisite, etc.). Note that waitlist requests do expire. You can check out the Official Calendar to find this semester's waitlist expiration date.

After You Waitlist

Change your mind?

Cancel your waitlist request by logging into One.IU and choosing the Drop or Add Classes (through the 1st week) app (search term: Drop and Add). If you have joined a waitlist and later decide you don’t want to enroll in that class, you must drop your waitlist request through the Student Center, or you might be enrolled in the class automatically.

If the waitlist places you in a class you decide to drop, consult the bursar’s refund schedule to see if you will receive a tuition refund.

Didn’t get into your waitlisted class?

Better luck next time! At least you don’t need to worry about dropping your waitlist request once the waitlist period ends. The system will cancel it automatically.

Other questions?

Contact us any time. You can also choose to email We’ll always aim to get back to you within 24 hours.