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Registration Strategies and Waitlist Tips

Strategically thinking about your class schedule for each semester plays a vital role in helping you achieve the goal of graduating from UT.

Be Diligent and Learn How the System Works

Most courses have a first in/first out waitlist. When a seat becomes available, you will be notified through your UT email address that you are now eligible to enroll in the course. You have 24 hours from when the e-mail is sent to login to MyUTK and register for the course. If you do not register for the course in this timeframe, your seat will be given to the next person on the waitlist. Be diligent and check your e-mail every day to see if you are offered an opportunity to add the course.

It may appear that there is one seat available in a section that has a waitlist. This seat is being held for the student who has received the seat notification, so no other students will be able to register even though Banner will show one seat is available.

Work with Your Academic Advisor

Always remember that you are the person responsible for strategically planning your academic schedule, but you are not in this process alone. Consult with your academic advisor before the registration process and also during the registration process. If you are unable to get into a course you absolutely must have to graduate, let your advisor know. The faculty and staff of each college are responsible for scheduling classes and the more they know about student needs, the better your chances that additional seats will be added.

Check for Other Sections

Have you checked to see if other sections have seats available for the course you have waitlisted? Did you know many courses offer more than one section, and more sections and seats are added on a regular basis? Take a moment to check your course schedule and the timetable to see if other sections are available.

Check Other Waitlists

Did you know you can look at all the course offerings and see how many students are enrolled in each course? The deeper you are on the waitlist, the lower your chances become of getting in the course. Some sections of a course are more popular than other sections. You should consider all course offerings and look at the size of the waitlist for all sections. Being number one on a waitlist has dramatically better odds of getting in a course than being number five.

Take a moment to look at the other sections and see if you can improve your position on a waitlist by registering for another section. Remember, you can only register for one section at a time. You will have to drop your current section before you can add a different section. Once you drop from the course, you will lose your spot in the waitlist and not be able to return to it. Think carefully and check your schedule before changing sections.

Know Your Chances and Consider Alternatives

Waitlisting for a course should be the last option you choose. If you are deep in the waitlist and the course has very few total seats available, understand your chances of getting into the course. A student on the waitlist is given 24 hours to enroll in the course, regardless of how close the semester enrollment deadline is. If you are number five on the waitlist and one seat becomes available, it could take five days before your chance becomes available. However, being number one on a waitlist does not guarantee you the possibility of getting in the course.

As the semester gets closer, work with your academic advisor and plan alternative course options.

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