Waitlisting for Classes

Cal Poly Pomona allows "waitlisting" for most classes. Waitlisting provides students the opportunity to "get in line" to get into a closed class. Waitlists are processed every half hour during general registration periods.   We ask that you use the waitlisting system with care, and that you drop all waitlisted classes once your final schedule is determined.

How it works

  • Students will be given an option during the registration process to put their name on a waitlist if the class they want is closed.

  • Students will be instantly notified if they were successful in adding their name to a waitlist and will see their position on the waitlist through their Student Schedule in BroncoDirect.

  • Students may remove the waitlisted class from their "enrollment cart" any time while registration is open.

  • When the waitlists are processed, students on waitlists will be moved to "enrolled" status in classes that have open seats, if the following conditions apply:

    • The student meets all class prerequisites
    • There are no co-requisites for the class for which the student is waitlisted
    • There is no time conflict with a student's class schedule
    • A student is not already enrolled in another section of the same class
    • A student has not reached the enrollment limit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many units may I waitlist?

A: Students may waitlist up to 10 units.

Q: Can you waitlist for two sections of the same class, or waitlist for another section of the same class in which you are already enrolled?

A: No, a student may only enroll in or waitlist one section of a course. While BroncoDirect will initially allow you to enroll in and waitlist more than one section of a course, Cal Poly Pomona will require you to drop one of the sections you have selected prior to the end of general registration. Prior to the end of general registration, the Registrar's Office will send you a communication indicating that you must drop one of the sections sections in which you are enrolled, or for which you are waitlisted.

Q: Do classes I waitlist for count towards my total unit cap?

A: Yes, waitlisted classes do count towards a student’s total enrollment

Q: What are my chances of getting a seat in a class for which I am waitlisted?

A: This depends on a number of factors, most notably how many students drop the course for which you are waitlisted.

Q: I am trying to waitlist for a class and I am unable to, why is this?

A: There are several reasons a student may not be able to waitlist for a class. Two common reasons a student may be unable to waitlist for a class are: 1. the class has a co-requisite 2. The student has not met a prerequisite for a class.

Q: If I have finalized my schedule, do I need to remove myself from the waitlist?

A: It is strongly recommended that a student drop waitlisted classes, once the student's schedule is finalized. If a space opens up in a class, and you have not reached your enrollment limit, you will be enrolled in the class, and responsible for completing and paying any associated fees relevant to it.

Q: Will I be able to waitlist for a class that has a co-requisite that I have already taken and passed?

A: You will need to get a permission number from your department to waitlist a class in this scenario.