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

There are 20 spots available on any given waitlist for each section. So, as long as there are still spots available, if a class is closed, you may add your name to the list. If a seat becomes available in that class, the next student on the waitlist will be notified via their mySierra student email. Once the email is sent, the students will then have 48 hours to register and pay for the class or they will be dropped from the wait list and the next student on the waitlist will be notified.

It is recommended that students monitor their email and waitlisted status in mySierra registration regularly in order to check on the current class status.

For detailed information watch the videos or find your question in the FAQs below.

Videos

How Waitlist Works

How to Get On Waitlist

How to Tell If You Are On Waitlist

Frequently Asked Questions

Waitlist in General

What is a waitlist?

A waitlist keeps track of students who are next in line to get a spot in a class that is full or closed. Prior to the first day of class, if a spot becomes available for such classes, that open spot is reserved for the first student on the waitlist. The student is sent an email notification from studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu and has the next 48 hours to register into the open spot. If the student does not register within the given 48 hour window, he or she is dropped from the waitlist and can no longer register into the class. The open spot is reserved for the next person on the waitlist, and that student will be notified via email of the vacant spot and be given 48 hours to claim the spot.

How do students join a waitlist?

If students attempt to register in classes (section/CRN) that are full, they will encounter registration error messages depending on the availability of spaces in the class or on the waitlist at time of registration. Depending on the situation, students may be given the option of joining the waitlist.

Situation

Error messages displayed

Recommended student action

The class is full but waitlist spots are available.

Closed - Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join waitlist. x student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!

Student can choose to join waitlist using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. There are waitlist spots available.

Closed - Open seats reserved for waitlisted students. Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join Waitlist. student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!

Student can choose to join waitlist using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. Waitlist is full.

Open seat(s) being filled by waitlist - waitlist currently full

Check back later!

Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Class is full and waitlist is full.

Class closed & waitlist full

Check back later!

Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Student is already registered in another class of the same subject.

STOP! Not allowed to register - maximum number of satisfactory grades recorded.

Make a choice!

The student has 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 happens when a seat becomes available in a full class?

When a seat in a class becomes available, the first student on the waitlist is sent an e-mail via the Sierra College e-mail account. This email informs the student that he or she has 48 hours to register into the reserved open seat. Registration instructions are also included in the email.

Example of email:

Example of email

How do students know what number they are 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.

Students can look up their current positions on waitlisted classes by checking their Student Schedule/Bill.

Example of Student Schedule/Bill

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.

Classes with co-requisites such as those combining lectures and labs will have a waitlist available on the lectures only. When attempting to register into those classes that are full, students are given the option to join waitlist on the lectures only. When waitlisted students become eligible to register, students will need to enroll into both the lecture CRN and lab CRN.

Classes within learning communities and restricted classes do not have waitlist available. Students will need to register into available spots, or look for alternative classes to enroll in.

Please refer to the class schedule for specific class information. Below are the recommended actions students can take for these classes.

Class Combination Type

Error messages displayed

Recommended student action

Classes with co-requisites
(E.g. CHEM 1A & CHEM 1X)

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. 

Waitlist into lecture section first. Then register into both sections after receiving email notification.

During registration, students should attempt into both CRNs of the corequisite classes. When the registration error messages are encountered, waitlist for the class with available waitlist.

After receiving email notification, include the other corequisite CRNs when registering into the waitlisted class inside mySierra. 

Classes with concurrent pre-requisites, such as lab classes
(E.g. ESCI 1L with ESCI 1)

STOP! Missing required prerequisite or have not passed the appropriate assessment test. Visit Assessment website for details. 

Wait to register in the prerequisite class first before attempting to register or waitlist into the lab class.

Students have to be currently registered in the prerequisite class or completed it in a previous semester in order to waitlist into the class.  

Classes within a learning community or restricted classes

STOP! Section Closed. 

Classes within a learning community and restricted classes do not have waitlist available to students. 

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.

What happens when a student attempts to register for a course that is closed?

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

Situation

Error messages displayed

Recommended student action

The class is full but waitlist spots are available.

Closed - Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join waitlist. x student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!
Student can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. There are waitlist spots available.

Closed - Open seats reserved for waitlisted students. Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join Waitlist. student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!
Student can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. Waitlist is full.

Open seat(s) being filled by waitlist - waitlist currently full

Check back later!
Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Class is full and waitlist is full.

Class closed & waitlist full

Check back later!
Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Can an instructor add a student to the class waitlist?

No, students are required to join waitlists independently. Instructors do not have the capability to add students to waitlists. Students are also required to register themselves once they are notified that there is a seat available.

If a student chooses to be waitlisted for a class, does it show up on the student’s class schedule?

Yes, if a student chooses to be added to a waitlist, the waitlisted class will be reflected on the student’s schedule under “Waitlisted Courses”.

Example of class schedule

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

No, students are not charged for being on a waitlist. Registration fees will be assessed when they are registered for the class.

How often will students be notified of an available seat?

Waitlisted students are notified once on their Sierra College email of their eligibility to register as seats become available.

Email notifications are sent from studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu. If a student chooses to auto-forward their mySierra emails, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the forwarded email address is correct and that studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu is not blocked by the external email provider’s spam filters. 

Students are given 48 hours from the time of email notification to register into the reserved seat. Students will only receive one e-mail notification per CRN they have waitlisted if a seat is available.

How do students register when they receive an e-mail about an available seat?

Students 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 Class link in mySierra and selecting “Web Registration” from the drop down menu for the class.

If students are dropped for non-payment, what happens to their waitlisted classes?

If students are dropped for non-payment, the students lose all registered classes that are not paid for. Waitlisted students will not lose their places on waitlists since they have not yet officially registered in the class.

If a student is dropped for non-payment, how does the student get back into a closed class?

If a student is dropped for non-payment the student no longer has a seat in the class. If the class is closed the student must join the waitlist and wait for his or her email notification to register back into the class at a later date.

If seven seats open up in a class, will seven notifications be sent to waitlisted students?

Yes, within 15 minutes the first seven students on the waitlist will be notified of the available seats. If there are only six students on the waitlist, all six are notified and seats are reserved for them for 48 hours. The seventh student to register will not encounter the waitlist and will be able to immediately register in the class.

What is the total number of students allowed to waitlist?

A maximum of 20 students can be on each waitlist.

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

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

For instance, a student 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 the student is notified and registers into the class @ 8:00 AM M W F, the student will remain on the waitlist for the class @ 3:00 PM M W F but will not be able to get on additional waitlists.

When is the last day I can join a waitlist?

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

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

What email address will my email notification be sent to?

Your email notification will be sent to the Sierra College email address that you received when you applied to Sierra College. It is your responsibility to check your Sierra College email regularly for email notifications.

Email notifications are sent from studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu. If a student chooses to auto-forward their mySierra emails, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the forwarded email address is correct and that studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu is not blocked by the external email provider’s spam filters. 

Must waitlisted students attend the first and second class meetings?

Yes, faculty will be using waitlists as their guides to distribute add codes.  Waitlisted students who do not attend both the first and the second class meeting will lose the opportunity to add the class.

How is the waitlist used after the class begins?

Students who fail to appear for the first and second class meetings will lose their place on the waitlist. Faculty who add students on the first and/or second day of class will give students on the waitlist first priority in the order in which the students are listed on the waitlist.

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 wait list 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 a student drops from a class by accident with waitlist in place?

If a student drops from a class with an existing waitlist for any reason and wants to rejoin the class, the student will have to join the waitlist and wait for the opportunity to register at a later time. The college cannot assist with preferential placement privileges due to accidental drops. Students are advised to be careful during registration so as to avoid accidental drops.

Can a student waitlist for more than one section in a time slot?

Yes, students may waitlist into more than one section in a time slot. However, when they become eligible to register and wish to add the new class section, they must first drop the section in which they are currently enrolled to be eligible to register for the new section.

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 of registration.

If a student misses the 48 hour window, will the student still be on the waitlist?

No, students are given 48 hours to register from the time the notification email is sent to their Sierra College email account. If students do not register within their given 48-hour window, they will be dropped from the waitlist. Students cannot register into the class after their 48-hour window has passed, and they will need to rejoin the waitlist and wait for the next time they become eligible to register.

How do I maximize my chances of getting my classes? What are my responsibilities?

What if a student does not want to stay on the waitlist?

Please drop from the waitlist. At any time a student may drop from a waitlist. Students 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 registration page and click on the “Submit Changes”.

Why should students check their Sierra College email account frequently?

Seats in the class can open up at any time during the day or night, and the 48 hour notification period begins as soon as the email notification is sent to the student’s Sierra College email account.

Email notifications are sent from studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu. If a student chooses to auto-forward their mySierra emails, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the forwarded email address is correct and that studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu is not blocked by the external email provider’s spam filters. 

What is required to be eligible for a waitlist?

Students must meet all pre-requisites in order to add to a waitlist. This is checked at the time they indicate they want to be on the waitlist.

Will mySierra automatically register a student for a class if the student is notified of an open seat?

No, the student must log in to their mySierra account and change their status from “Waitlist” to “Web Registration”.

If a student does not receive an email notification of an available spot in a class the student has waitlisted, what options are left?

Waitlisted students are notified as they become eligible to register into available spots into class. If a student does not successfully make it off a waitlist, the student should search for late start classes or register for another full term class with available seats before the term begins.

Email notifications are sent from studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu. If a student chooses to auto-forward their mySierra emails, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the forwarded email address is correct and that studentnotifications@sierracollege.edu is not blocked by the external email provider’s spam filters. 

If a student is still on the waitlist once the class begins, how does the student add?

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 will issue add authorization codes 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.

What if there is a hold on a student’s account after the student receives an email notification that a seat is available in a class

The student needs to clear any holds on the account before the student can register. A hold placed on the student account will prevent the student from accessing the Add or Drop Classes page. It is important to act quickly and register within the 48 hour email notification window. No exception will be provided for students who are unable to register within their 48 hour notification window due to account holds.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep his 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. In addition to checking Sierra College email regularly, students are advised to check their Add or Drop Classes page periodically.

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

During the registration process in mySierra, students may encounter any of the messages below depending on the situation.

Situation

Error messages displayed

Recommended student action

The class is full but waitlist spots are available.

Closed - Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join waitlist. x student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!
Student can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. There are waitlist spots available.

Closed - Open seats reserved for waitlisted students. Select WAITLIST from dropdown menu to join Waitlist. student(s) currently waitlisted.

Students can waitlist!
Student can choose to “Join Waitlist” using the Action dropdown menu to get on waitlist.

The class has open seats but they are reserved for currently waitlisted students. Waitlist is full.

Open seat(s) being filled by waitlist - waitlist currently full

Check back later!
Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Class is full and waitlist is full.

Class closed & waitlist full

Check back later!
Student can look for other classes or check back periodically to try to get on waitlist as waitlist spots become available.

Student is already registered in another class of the same subject.

STOP! Not allowed to register - maximum number of satisfactory grades recorded.

Make a choice!

The student has to decide whether to remain enrolled in the class, or to drop from the class and attempt to register/waitlist into the new class. 

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.

How will waitlisted students in online courses receive their add codes?

Online instructors will only email individual students with an add code if they have sufficient 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 the student does not receive an add code from the instructor within the first week of the class, it is safe to assume that the student will not added to the class.

What can I do if my class has a co-requisite and I cannot waitlist into it?

Not all classes have a waitlist option. When waitlisting for a class that has co-requisite(s), waitlist into the class for which the waitlist option is available. This will ensure that you can enroll into both/all classes when you become eligible to register into the waitlisted class.

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