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Thursday, April 9, 2015

How the class waitlist process will work after the Upgrade

The class waitlist process is undergoing some major process changes as a result of the Upgrade. We would like to provide some additional information and resources to guide you and your students through this transition.


Currently, students usually find an alternate class, add themselves on the desired class waitlist if one exists, and wait for a spot to open up. If a seat becomes available, they would be invited to enroll in the class from the department offering the class. The invitation includes a permission number that allows them to register. With that in hand, they then have the opportunity to adjust their enrollment to avoid time conflicts before registering for the desired class.

What’s changing?

The new class waitlist process eliminates the invitation step and automatically enrolls students when seats open. Students will receive an email if they are successfully enrolled from the waitlist. However, this auto-enroll process will not complete if the student was added to the waitlist and is enrolled in another class that has a time overlap. Instead, they will receive a notification alerting them that there was a conflict. The student can then resolve the conflict by dropping the other class before the auto enroll process starts again.

Along with the auto-enroll class waitlist process, the University will begin using delivered functionality that allows students to have the system automatically drop them from a conflicting class if a seat becomes available for them. Rather than placing themselves to the waitlist from the “Add” function, they will use the “Swap” functionality in the enroll tab. This will place them on the waitlist (that can be prioritized by faculty or departments), but in a way that tells the system to drop them from the conflicting class if a seat becomes available for them in the desired class.

What’s the timeline?

  • During the systems interruption (approximately April 10-20): Students will be unable to add or remove themselves from waitlists. An email will be sent the week of April 13 to Twin Cities students who are currently on a waitlist informing them that they will be unable to add or remove themselves from a waitlist during the system down time and what the process will be after the Upgrade. They will be directed to the how to guides on the One Stop website and to contact One Stop (or the Office of the Registrar in Crookston) with any questions. 
  • After go-live (April 20): The new auto-enroll process will start on Friday, May 1 for the Twin Cities campus. Students on a waitlist approximately two days prior to this will receive an email stating that the process is about to start, and if they do not wish to be auto-enrolled, they need to remove themselves from the waitlist immediately.


For students

How to swap classes
How to future swap classes
How to enter a permission number
How to add yourself to a class waitlist

For staff and faculty

Waitlist and Auto-Enroll UPK

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