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If a class is closed, you may register yourself on the waitlist anytime on or after your registration date and time.

There are 20 spots available on each class section's waitlist. As long as there are still spots available on the waitlist, you may add your name to the list. If a seat becomes available in that class, the student on top of the waitlist, also known as position (0), will be eligible to add the class. Once you move into position (0) you will then have 48 hours to register or you will be dropped from the waitlist and the next student on the waitlist will move to the top of the waitlist, position (0).

For more detailed information and step-by-step tutorials on the waitlist, watch the videos or find your question in the FAQs below.

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How Waitlist Works

How to Get On Waitlist

How to Tell If You Are On Waitlist

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything You Need to Know about the Waitlist

What is a waitlist and how does it work?

A waitlist keeps track of students who are next in line to get a spot in a class that is full. If before the first day of class, a spot becomes available for your class, that open spot is reserved for the student on top of the waitlist, also known as position (0).

When does a waitlist open?

For most classes/sections/CRNs, the waitlist becomes available after the last seat in a class is taken. It remains available as long as spaces are available on the waitlist. Once the waitlist reaches its maximum capacity of 20, no more students can join the waitlist until waitlisted students enroll into open seats for that class or if students drop from the waitlist. This frees up waitlist seats for other students.

Are all sections of a course waitlisted? Is a waitlist available for all classes?

All sections (classes/CRNs) of a course, with the exception of some classes, have a waitlist capacity of 20 students.

Below are the recommended actions you can take for these classes based on the error message you receive.

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Class Combination Type

Recommended student action

STOP! Corequisite: CHEM 0001A required OR class is part of a Learning Community, which requires enrollment in partner class. See course description or visit Sierra College website for details. Classes with co-requisites
(e.g. CHEM 1A & CHEM 1X)
  1. Waitlist into lecture section first.
  2. You should attempt into both CRNs of the co-requisite classes. When the registration error messages are encountered, you should add yourself to the available waitlist.
  3. After you reach the top of the waitlist, also known as position (0), you should add both CRNs of the co-requisite classes.
STOP! Missing required prerequisite or have not passed the appropriate assessment test. Visit Assessment website for details. Classes with concurrent pre-requisites, such as lab classes
(e.g. ESCI 1L with ESCI 1)

You must register in the prerequisite class first before you are able to register or waitlist into the lab class.

You have to be currently registered in the prerequisite class or have completed the class in a previous semester in order to waitlist into the class.
STOP! Section Closed. Classes within a learning community or restricted classes You need to look for alternative classes to enroll in or find a section that has a spot or waitlist open.Classes within a learning community and restricted classes do not have waitlist available to students.

Can an instructor add me to the class waitlist?

No, you are required to join waitlists on your own. Instructors do not have the capability to add students to waitlists. You are also required to register yourself into the class once you move to the top of the waitlist, also known as position (0). This means you are eligible to add the class.

How do I join a waitlist?

You join a waitlist online through the Add or Drop Classes link in the Registration box on your mySierra account.

What do the registration messages mean and what should I do?

If a class (section/CRN) is closed, you may be given the option to add to the waitlist and you will receive a different error messages depending on class and waitlist space availability.

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Situation

Recommended student action

Closed - Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join waitlist. x student(s) currently waitlisted. The class is full but waitlist spots are available. You can waitlist!
You can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.
Closed - Open seats reserved for waitlisted students. Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join Waitlist. student(s) currently waitlisted. The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. There are waitlist spots available. You can waitlist!
You can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.
Open seat(s) being filled by waitlist - waitlist currently full The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. Waitlist is full. Check back later!
You can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.
Class closed and waitlist full Class is full and waitlist is full. Check back later!
You can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.
STOP! Not allowed to register - maximum number of satisfactory grades recorded. Student is already registered in another class of the same subject. Make a choice!
You have to decide whether to remain enrolled in the class, or to drop from the class and attempt to register/waitlist into the new class. 

What is the total number of students allowed to waitlist?

A maximum of 20 students can be on each waitlist.

Should I still attempt to join a waitlist after I see that it is full? Will the waitlist allow more than 20 students to join?

Once a waitlist reaches 20 and becomes full, no more students can join the waitlist. This situation remains unchanged until someone on the full waitlist enrolls into the class, thus opening up space for another student to join the waitlist.

If you see that the waitlist is full, you have the option to check back in a day or two or consider looking for other classes or waitlists to join.

Does the waitlist check for pre-requisites?

Yes, pre-requisites are enforced throughout the registration process. Joining a waitlist does not waive pre-requisite requirements. If you are able to register in a class and have not met the pre-requisites, you will be dropped. Make sure that you have all your pre-requisites met at the time you register.

What if I do not want to stay on the waitlist?

Please drop from the waitlist. You can drop from a waitlist at any time. You are encouraged to do this because it frees up a waitlist spot for someone else who needs the class. To drop from the waitlist, select the “Drop before Start by Student” action from the drop down menu in the Add or Drop Classes page and click on the “Submit Changes” and "Finalize Registration".

Can I join a waitlist if there is a hold on my account?

No, you must clear all holds before you attempt to register into the class. A hold placed on your account will prevent you from accessing the Add or Drop Classes page.

It is your responsibility as the student to keep your account in good standing. Holds will be placed on student accounts for reasons such as outstanding fees, unpaid library fines, parking citations, unreturned books/materials, and disciplinary issues. Please contact the Bursur’s Office at 916-660-7617 for more information on the holds on your account.

Can I waitlist multiple sections (class/CRNs) of a course?

You can be on waitlists for multiple sections of the same course as long as you are not already registered for that course. Once you are registered in a section (class/CRN) of a course, you cannot join additional waitlists for other sections of that course.

For instance, you can be on a waitlist for ENG 1A @ 8:00 AM M W F and on a waitlist for ENG 1A @ 3:00 PM M W F. After you are notified and register into the class @ 8:00 AM M W F, you will remain on the waitlist for the class @ 3:00 PM M W F, but will not be able to get on other waitlists.

When is the last day I can join a waitlist?

You can join waitlists for classes up to 11:59 PM of the day before the first day of class.

For instance, you can waitlist for a class starting on a Friday up to 11:59 PM the prior Thursday. Starting 12:00 AM Friday, you can no longer add to the waitlist and will need an add authorization code to register.

How do I know what number I am on a waitlist?

When a student originally receives the registration error message that a class is closed and there is a waitlist available, the number of students currently on that waitlist is displayed. You can look up your current position on the waitlist by checking your Class Schedule.

How do I register when I reach the top of the waitlist and my waitlist position is (0)?

You can register for the class by changing the status from “Waitlist” to “Web Registration.” You do this by clicking on the ‘Add, Drop or Withdraw from Classes’link in mySierra and selecting “Web Registration” from the drop down menu for the class.

If I do not add the class within the 48 hour window, will I still be on the waitlist?

No, you are given 48 hours to register from the time they reach the top of the waitlist which is position (0). If you do not register within your given 48-hour window, you will be dropped from the waitlist. You must must re-add yourself to the waitlist and wait for the next available seat to become eligible to register.

Will the student be charged any fees for being on a waitlist?

No, you will not be charged for being on a waitlist. You will need to pay registration fees once you are able to add the class.

How will I know my waitlist position?

Once you are at the top of the waitlist in position (0), you have 48 hours to register for the class. A courtesy email will be sent to your mySierra email account, however, it is your responsibility to check your waitlist position on your class schedule. Failure to check your class schedule will result in being dropped from the waitlist.

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If I am dropped for not paying for the class, how do I get back into a closed class?

If you are dropped for non-payment, you no longer have a seat in the class. If the class is closed, you must join the waitlist and wait until you reach the top of the waitlist, also known as position (0), to register back into the class.

If I am still on the waitlist once the class begins, do I still attend the class?

Students remaining on a waitlist after the class begins who still wish to add must attend the first and second class meetings to be considered for adding into the class if space is available. Faculty may issue an add code to students in the order they appear on their waitlist at their discretion. Waitlisted students who are given a seat on or after the first day of class will require an add code to register into the class.

If a class is cancelled, what happens to the waitlist?

If a class is cancelled, all students registered in the class and on the class waitlist will be notified that the class is cancelled. All students will be dropped from the class as well as from the waitlist.

What happens if I drop from a class by accident?

If there are no seats available in the class, you will have to add yourself to the waitlist. If there are seats available in the class, you can add yourself to the class.

How will I receive an add code if I am waitlisted in an online class?

Online instructors will only email individual students with an add code if they have enough space in the course for that student.

  • If an email was received, pay attention to the instructions provided by the instructor.
  • Once given an add code to the course, be sure to add the course within the time frame given by the instructor.

If you do not receive an add code from the instructor within the first week of the class, it is safe to assume that you will not added to the class.

Top 10 Waitlist Strategies

  • Make sure all holds are cleared on your student account and your account is in good standing
  • Complete pre-requisites for the class you want to join to waitlist (if needed)
  • Double check your class schedule to make sure you joined the waitlist properly
  • Be flexible. If you really need a class, register in multiple waitlist sections to maximize your chances of getting into one of the sections of the class.
  • If a waitlist is full, but you still want to join the waitlist, check regularly to see if waitlist spots open up
  • Be patient if you really want to add the class. 
  • Check your waitlist position daily on your class schedule on your mySierra account to see if you are eligible to add the class
  • Add the class within 48 hours after you move to the top of the waitlist, also known as position (0) or your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist.
  • Attend the first and second class meetings even if you are still on the waitlist
  • Let your instructor know you are on the waitlist and still interested in adding when you attend class

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