Office of the Registrar

Phone: (208) 885-6731
Fax: (208) 885-9061
875 Perimeter Dr MS 4260
Moscow, ID 83844-4260

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Bruce M. Pitman Center, Room 119

*The Registrar's Office holds a bi-weekly staff meeting every other Tuesday. The office will open one hour later on those days.

How Wait Lists Work

The University of Idaho uses wait listing for all regular classes (this excludes directed studies, research, internships, etc).  When a class reaches its maximum enrollment capacity and additional students attempt to register, a wait list is created.  Students must proactively select to wait list themselves for the class when registering; they are not automatically placed.  If room becomes available in the class, eligible students on the wait list will automatically be registered in the order in which they were put on the wait list.  If another section of the same class has space available and meets at the same time, the student will be registered in the open section.  A student may not wait list for a section of a class that he or she is already registered in another section of.  Wait listed classes for which a registration already exists, will be automatically dropped.

In VandalWeb, when a student attempts to register for a class that is full, he or she will receive a registration error and notified that a wait list is available.  In order for the student to officially wait list for the class, he or she must select the Wait List option from the Action drop-down and click the Submit Changes button to complete the request.  Students are not automatically put onto wait lists.  Being on a wait list does not constitute registration and therefore the credits do not count toward enrollment.

Wait lists are only available through the sixth day of the fall and spring semesters for all classes, including those beginning after midterm.  On the seventh day of the fall and spring semesters, remaining wait listed classes are automatically dropped.  Summer wait lists are available through the third day of each session; on the fourth day remaining wait listed classes are automatically dropped.

Students who are automatically registered from the wait list when space opens will receive a courtesy notification to their VandalMail account.  However, students are encouraged to monitor their official registration through their VandalWeb account to ensure that it is accurate.

Problems Preventing Automatic Registration from Wait List

Automatic registration from a wait list may fail to work under certain circumstances.  If the wait listed class will exceed the maximum credits allowed for registration, the student will not be registered if room becomes available in the class.   Students wishing to exceed their maximum allowed credits for registration must obtain permission from their academic dean using an Add/Drop form.

VandalWeb also monitors class prerequisites.  A student will be unable to wait list in a class if the prerequisite has not been met.

A registration override granted by the instructor or department for registration from the wait list will not automatically register the student.  Rather, it just gives the student permission to officially register.  The student must access their VandalWeb registration and select the Web Register option in the Action drop-down and click the Submit Changes button to accept the enrollment.