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Waitlist FAQs

What is Waitlisting?

Beginning in the Fall 2014 Semester, students may be able to join a waitlist for select courses that have no seats available. Please review the information below for information on this new process.

If a class for which you would like to register is full, you may be able to sign up for a waitlist. Waitlists will start immediately after the maximum enrollment for the course has been reached. If a course has been selected for a waitlist, a drop down menu will appear after attempting to register for full course. If a seat becomes becomes available, the next student on the waitlistwill receive an automatically generated email notification to his or her HAWKMail address with instructions on registering for the open seat. You will have a limited time to claim the open seat. The time limit for registration will be stated in the notification email. If registration is not completed within that time, you will be dropped from the waitlist and will no longer be able to register for the course. Students on waitlist are responsible for checking email frequently to avoid missing the opportunity to register. Students are also responsible for retaining the advising code received from their academic advisor to be able to register online.
 
  Instructions for Placing Yourself on a Waitlist
  Instructions for Registering for an Open Seat
  Frequently Asked Questions


 Instructions for Placing Yourself on a Waitlist
If the course you would like to register for is closed, you may add your name to a waitlist.

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  • Login to myHACC.
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  • Go to the Student Tab.
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  • Select Register/Add/Drop Classes under the HACCWeb Self-Service) Area.
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  • Select Term you want to register for and click Submit.
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  • Enter your Advising Code, if prompted. If you did not receive or do not remember your Advising Code, contact your advisor immediately.
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  • Read the information on the page carefully then scroll to the bottom.
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  • In the Add Classes Worksheet area, enter the course reference number (CRN) of the class (five digits for fall and spring courses, four digits for summer semesters).
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  • Click on Submit Changes. If the course is full and has a waitlist, the option to sign-up for the waitlist will appear in the Action menu under the Current Schedule section of the Drop/Add/Register page.
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  • Select Waitlist.
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  • Click Submit Changes.
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  • View your Student Detail Schedule to confirm that you have been registered for the Waitlist and review your position in line.
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  • Watch your HAWKMail Inbox for an email notification to alert you when a seat becomes available (Waitlist Position Number).

  Instructions for Registering for an Open Seat
When a space becomes available in the class, an email notification will be sent to your HAWKMail from Enrollment Services with the subject line of Waitlist Notification followed by the course reference number (CRN) of the section. (Example: Waitlist Notification for 12345). Read the email message carefully, registering for the course is time sensitive.Don't miss your opportunity.

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  • Login to myHACC.
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  • Go to the Student Tab.
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  • Select the Term and click Submit.
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  • Your current registration will display on the screen, including all courses for which you are registered, and the waitlisted class.
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  • Find the class for which you received the notification(the CRN is in the subject line and the course subject, number, section, and title are in the email).
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  • Click on the Action drop down menu on the left and choose Web Register.       
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    • Important note: If the waitlisted course takes place at the same day and time as one of your other courses, or if it is a different section of the same course, you will first need to choose Web Drop for the existing course prior to continuing with the next step.
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  • Click Submit Changes.
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  • View your Student Detail Schedule to confirm that you have successfully registered for the course.
       
     

 Frequently Asked Questions

The class I want is closed. How do I get on the waitlist?
Do waitlisted courses count toward your credit hours?
What do Waitlist Messages mean?
Are you automatically added into courses you have waitlisted?
Are you guaranteed a seat in a class for which you have waitlisted?
How am I notified when a seat becomes available on a waitlisted class?
Can I see how far down the waitlist I am?
How much time will I have to register for an open spot?
If I am on a waitlist, receive a notification that a seat has become available, do not register for the class within the 24 hour timeframe, do I remain on the waitlist?
What happens if I miss the 24 hour time limit, but still want the class?
Can I see the exact date and time that my seat expires?
I received a waitlist notification email, but don't have my myHACC username and password.
If I have a HOLD, can I place myself on a waitlist?
I received a waitlist notification email, but don't have my advising code
I received a waitlist notification email, but I can't register
My notification deadline expired, what do I do?
Can I waitlist for more than one class?
Do registration restrictions prevent you from adding yourself to a waitlist?
At what point does waitlisting end?
Can I add myself to a waitlist, if the waitlist maximum has been met?
What happens if I am on a waitlist and drop myself from the waitlist by mistake?
What happens if I drop a course by mistake, and the course has an active waitlist?
How do I drop a waitlisted course?

    The class I want is closed, how do I get on the waitlist?
Follow the instructions above for waitlisting a course. Keep your advising code in a safe place; you will need it if a seat opens. The last opportunity to sign up for a waitlist will occur no less than 48hours before the date the class begins. For example, if the class session begins on Monday, the last chance to place yourself on the waitlist for the class will be the preceding Friday. You should always have a backup plan in case you do not get into the waitlisted course.

 Do waitlisted courses count toward your credit hours?
No. Waitlisted courses do not count toward your credit hours UNTIL you actually register for the class.

 What do Waitlist Messages mean?
  Closed - 0 Waitlist: This means that the class is full, and there are no students on the waitlist yet. You can place yourself on the waitlist.
  Closed - Waitlist Full: This means the waitlist is full, and no more students can be added to the waitlist. The waitlist will open only if a.) A registered student drops the class or, b.) A student on the waitlist drops their waitlisted course.
  Open - Reserved for Waitlist: This means the class has the waitlist option and an open seat. The open seat is reserved for a student currently on the waitlist, who is in the 24 hour timeframe to register for the course. You can place yourself on the waitlist.

 Are you automatically added into courses you have waitlisted?
No. Although you are automatically notified that a seat has opened in a course you have waitlisted, you need to register for the course within the specified timeframe.

 Are you guaranteed a seat in a class for which you have waitlisted?
No. Waitlisting DOES NOT guarantee a seat in the class. You will receive an email notification, if/when a seat opens up in the class.

 How am I notified when a seat becomes available on a waitlisted class?
You will automatically receive an email, at your HAWKMail email address, notifying you that a seat has become available.

  Can I see how far down the waitlist I am?
Yes. Log in to myHACC, go to Student Tab under HACCWeb (Self-Service), nd then click on Student Detail Schedule. Find the class on the page and find the line that says Waitlist Position. It is important that you monitor your email daily if you are close to the top of the list; you will have a limited time to claim an open seat.

  How much time will I have to register for the open spot?
Your registration deadline is included in your notification email as the number of hours from the time the email was sent before your spot expires. Students will have 24 hours to register for the open spot.

 If I am on a waitlist, receive a notification that a seat has become available, do not register for the class within the 24 hour timeframe, do I remain on the waitlist?
No. Once a seat in a waitlisted class becomes available, and you are notified, you have exactly 24 hours to register. After the 24 hours, you are dropped off the waitlist automatically.

 What happens if I miss the 24 hour time limit, but still want the class?
You can add yourself back onto the  waitlist, provided the waitlist maximum has not been met.

  Can I see the exact date and time my seat expires?
Yes. Log in to myHACC, go to the Student Tab under HACCWeb Self-Service), and then click on Student Detail Schedule. Find the class on the page and find the line that says "Notification Expires." This line will show you the exact date and time that your seat expires. You must register for the course before that time. If you cannot find the course on your schedule, your notification has already expired and you have been dropped from the waitlist.

  I received a waitlist notification email but I don't remember my myHACC username and password.
Click on the link 'Having problems logging in?' link the myHACC login page and follow the instructions. If this does not work, contact the Help Desk (717) 780-2570, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, helpdesk@hacc.edu

 If I have a HOLD, can I place myself on a waitlist?
No. If you have a registration hold, you cannot add yourself to a waitlist, nor can you register for the class.

  I received a waitlist notification email, but I don't have my advising code.
Only your advisor can give you your advising code. Contact your advisor immediately. You must register for the course before the deadline stated in your notification email.

 I received a waitlist notification email, and I can't register.
Make sure you are following the above instructions for how to register for the open seat. If, after reviewing the instructions, you are still unable to register, you may contact your campus Welcome Centerfor assistance. Please have the notification email and course information ready so we may assist you more quickly.

If you cannot register due to a hold on your account, contact your campus Welcome Center. You may view any holds on your account in myHACC. Go to the Student Tab under HACCWeb (Self-Service), click on Check My Registration, Select a Term, and then scroll to the bottom and click o View Holds.

  My notification deadline expired, what do I do?
You may choose to place yourself back on the waitlist for the course following the instructions above. If another space opens in the class, and you are moved to the top of the list, you will receive another notification.

 How do I drop a waitlisted course?
You can remove yourself from a waitlist, by logging into myHACC, and selecting the Register/Add/Drop Classes. The courses that are waitlisted are noted, and you simply select Web Drop and Submit Changes, to remove yourself from the waitlisted course.

 What happens if I drop a course by mistake, and the course has an active waitlist?
If you are registered for a class, drop that class, and then want to re-enroll in the class, you must add yourself to the waitlist.

 What happens if I am on a waitlist and drop myself from the waitlist by mistake?
If you drop a waitlisted class by mistake, you can add yourself back on the waitlist, provided the waitlist maximum has not been met, however, you will be placed last on the waitlist.

 Can I add myself to a waitlist, if the waitlist maximum has been met?
No. You will need to wait until the Waitlist Maximum Enrollment has an opening. However, our system will allow you to add yourself to a waitlist if you receive the "Open-0 Reserved for Waitlist" message. This message means that there is a student on the waitlist that was notified of an open seat, and is in the 24 hour time limit to register for the class.

 Can I waitlist for more than one class?
Yes. You can add yourself to multiple waitlists, but not multiple sections of the same class (same subject and course number). It is, however, good practice for you to drop waitlisted sections, in which you do not intend to enroll.

 Do registration restrictions prevent you from adding yourself to a waitlist?
Yes. Registration restrictions (Majors, Level, etc.) continue to work- preventing registration as well as waitlisting. For example, if you attempt to register for a class that has a pre-requisite (which you have not taken), you will get the registration error message, and will not be allowed to add yourself to the waitlist.

 At what point does waitlisting end?
You will not be able to add yourself to a waitlist less than 48 hours prior to the start of the class. However, those currently sitting on a waitlist will remain on the waitlist until 24 hours prior to the start of the class.