The waitlist option is only available once all seats in a class have been filled and the section closes. When a Class Search is performed, and the search includes closed sections, a yellow triangle will appear on sections that have waitlist seats. Not all sections will have the yellow triangle icon, because not all sections choose to use the my.SMU waitlist. If there is no waitlist option available and the section is closed, then you can contact the department with any questions about enrolling for the section.

Students may waitlist a class via my.SMU when the Waitlist box on the Add Classes page is available for a particular class. When the Waitlist box is checked, and the transaction is submitted, students who are successfully added to a waitlist will see a Success/Message link under the Status column for the waitlisted class. This message contains the student’s Waitlist Position number. This number is updated each time the waitlist process is run, and is also accessible on the View My Class Schedule page. Additional information about adding waitlisted sections can be found at my.SMU Student Essentials – Enrolling in Classes.

When seats become available in a section that has a waitlist, the class remains closed until a process runs that automatically enrolls students from the waitlist. The class stays closed until the process attempts to enroll any waiting students.

The waitlist process attempts to enroll students based on waitlist position number. If a student does not meet the criteria to enroll in the class, the process will skip that student and attempt to enroll the next student on the list. If the waitlist is unable to enroll any of the students who are on the waitlist, the class will open and other, non-waitlisted students will be able to enroll for the open seats.  Please see the question, "What would prevent me from being auto-enrolled from the waitlist?"  for additional information.

Students who were on the waitlist and were not enrolled will maintain their position on the waitlist. Students will have an opportunity to be auto-enrolled the next time a seat is made available, if they resolve the issue that prevented them from being auto-enrolled previously.

If there are no students on the waitlist, the class will open as usual whenever seats are available.

Students on the waitlist are not guaranteed enrollment in the waitlisted class. Successful enrollment depends on space availability and meeting class requirements.

The waitlist process runs each business day beginning at 4pm. The process begins running on the first day of Continuing Enrollment, and continues through the Add/Drop period.

The number of waitlist seats are determined by the departments. You can view the number of available waitlist seats by using the Class Search in my.SMU, and clicking on the section detail information.

Students cannot get on a waitlist until their enrollment appointment or open enrollment has begun.

Students may add themselves to the waitlist through the fourth day of classes during Fall/Spring enrollment, and through the first day of classes during Summer enrollment, and through the day before the last day to enroll for Jan/May.

The waitlist process will run through the Add/Drop period.

The waitlist will be purged on the sixth class day during Fall/Spring, and the second class day during Summer, and the day after the last day to enroll for Jan/May. This process removes all remaining students from the waitlist and waitlisted classes will no longer appear on student schedules.

Email notification will be sent to students who are successfully moved from Wait List to Enrollment in a waitlisted class section. In accordance with University Policy, the email notification will be sent to the student’s campus email address only.

There is no notification sent to students who do not move from the waitlist due to schedule conflicts and/or not meeting class requirements.

  • Requisites for the class are not met
  • Department/Instructor Consent is required
  • Negative service indicators (enrollment holds)
  • Enrollment appointment has not arrived
  • Last day to waitlist has passed
  • Maximum number of waitlist hours has been reached (Fall/Spring/Summer - 6 hours; Jan/May - 3 hours)
  • Already enrolled in that class section
  • Already waitlisted for the class section
  • Waitlist is at capacity
  • Class is not closed

  • Open seats are restricted, and the student doesn’t meet the restriction criteria
  • Adding the waitlisted class will exceed the maximum number of units for which a student can be enrolled
  • Waitlisted section has a time conflict with another class section that the student is already enrolled for
  • Student is enrolled in another section of the same class, and did not use the SWAP function when adding themselves to the waitlist.

Students should use the SWAP function to swap the section that they are currently enrolled in with the section that they would like to waitlist, if the preference is to be enrolled in the waitlisted section if space becomes available.

If students ADD themselves to the waitlist for a different section of the same class (instead of using the SWAP function), then they must be dropped from the section in which they are enrolled before they will be moved from the waitlist. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@smu.edu) for assistance.

If students are unable to be enrolled by the waitlist process, they will be skipped, and the system will attempt to enroll the next eligible student on the waitlist. The skipped student will remain on the waitlist.

If students are already enrolled in another section of the class for which they want to waitlist, SWAP should be used. If students use the ADD enrollment function to get on a waitlist for a different section of the same class, they must DROP the section in which they are enrolled before they will be moved from the waitlist.

Students may also want to use SWAP if there is a known time conflict between an already enrolled section, and the section that they want to waitlist. If students use the ADD enrollment function, they will not be auto-enrolled into the waitlisted class section until they DROP the class that is conflicting.

Additional information about swapping waitlisted sections can be found at my.SMU Student Essentials – Enrolling in Classes.

Students can drop a waitlist class section by using the DROP function in self-service enrollment. If a student is enrolled in another section of the same class that they want to drop, please contact the Registrar’s office for assistance. Additional information about dropping waitlisted sections can be found at my.SMU Student Essentials – Enrolling in Classes.

Students are not able to waitlist more than 6 hours for Fall/Spring/Summer (3 hours for Jan/May), and cannot exceed the maximum until load of 18 hours in Fall/Spring and 14 hours in Summer, and 5 hours in Jan/May. The maximum unit load is a student's enrolled hours.

The Class Roster page will list all of the students that are on a waitlist for a section, as well as their waitlist position number. You will need to change the roster view from Enrollment to Waiting in order to see the students who are on the waitlist.

To see if an individual student is on a waitlist, you can use any of the following pages – Enrollment Summary, Study List, and Advisee Class Schedule.

Students are not able to see who is on a waitlist for class. They are able to view their own waitlisted class sections by viewing their class schedule in my.SMU.

If a section has restricted seats, and the only open seats are restricted, students who do not meet the restriction can add themselves to the waitlist for the class. Students will only be auto-enrolled by the waitlist process if the seat that opens is unrestricted.

The self-service enrollment process does not check for a time conflict whenever a student adds themselves to a waitlist. Whenever the waitlist process runs, the system will not be able to enroll the student in the waitlisted section if a time conflict exists. The student would need to drop the conflicting section in order to be moved off of the waitlist.

Alternatively, the student should use the SWAP function when first adding themselves to a waitlist for a section that conflicts with a previously enrolled section. That way, if a seat opens up in the waitlisted section, the student will automatically be dropped from the conflicting section.

Additional information about swapping waitlisted sections can be found at my.SMU Student Essentials – Enrolling in Classes.

Students should use the SWAP function to swap a section that they are currently enrolled in with the section that they would like to waitlist, if the preference is to be moved out of the enrolled section and moved into the waitlisted section if space becomes available.  If the ADD enrollment function is used instead, the system will attempt to enroll the student in the waitlisted section without swapping the class with another enrolled section.  If a student used the ADD enrollment function, but intended to use the SWAP enrollment function, the student must drop themselves from the waitlisted class, and then add themselves to the waitlist again using the SWAP enrollment function.  The student’s original waitlist position will not be retained.