Wait Lists

What happens if a class is full?

Some COCC classes may be full and have a waitlist. A waitlist is an ordered list of students waiting to register in a class that is full. When a registered student in the class drops, a student from the waitlist will automatically be added. You can see if a class has seats available on the class search.

How do I add myself to the waitlist of a full class?

  1. Go to your Bobcat Web Account.
  2. When a class is full, you will not see the register option, but instead will have the ability to add yourself to the waitlist.
      • With “Wait List” selected in the Action menu, click Submit to add yourself to the waitlist.
      • Your status will update to "Waitlisted" once successfully added.

I want to be registered in a class but I am on the waitlist, now what?

Before the term begins:
When a registered student drops the class and a seat becomes available, the next student on the waitlist is automatically registered in the class.  An email notification will be sent to their COCC email address. This process happens until 7 p.m. on the Sunday before the term. 

After the term begins:
Once electronic approval is provided, using the Register for Classes menu, select "Register" under the Action column and Submit.  Your status will update to "registered" when successfully added (note that once the term begins, instructor approval is valid for two business days).  If you do not have a approval, contact your instructor.


How will I know if I got into the course I was waitlisted for?

An email will be sent to your COCC email as soon as you have been moved from the waitlist into the course.

What are my chances of getting into a course if I am on a waitlist?

It depends. Check your status on the waitlist. This number tells you how many students are ahead of you on the waitlist. The lower the number the greater the chances of you getting into the class.

How do I check my waitlist position?

From the View Registration Information module, select "Schedule Details" then expand the detail view to see your waitlist position.


What if I don’t get on the waitlist and I want to be registered in the class?

If you don't get on the waitlist after the start of the term, you may show up to the first full week of classes and request late registration approval from the instructor, to add the class. The instructor will approve by providing you with an electronic late registration approval in your Bobcat web account. Once electronic approval is provided, check your student Bobcat account for the approval code, and register yourself for the class.

Can I be registered for multiple waitlists for the same course?

Yes, you can register for multiple wait lists. As soon as a seat becomes available in one, you will be registered in that course. You will be dropped from the other waitlist classes with the same name.

Can I register for one course and be on a waitlist for another with the same subject, but different CRN (Course Reference Number)?

If you are registered in a course the system will allow you to add to a waitlist for another section of the same course with a different CRN.  If a seat becomes available for the waitlisted CRN, you will not be registered into the waitlisted course and will automatically be dropped from the waitlist. 

Will I have access to course information in Canvas while I'm on a waitlist?

Yes, you will have access to course information through Canvas until the end of day on Saturday after the first week of the term.