COMM Waitlists – Policies and Procedures

The Communication Department uses the Waitlist function in Peoplesoft (Student Admin system). If you are unable to enroll in a COMM class because the class is full or the open seats are reserved for majors, you can add yourself to the wait list for the class, as long as you have met the prerequisites. (You can waitlist ONLY if you have met the prerequisites - additionally, COMM does not waive pre-requisites under ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.)

Once majors have had the opportunity to register, we will begin to issue permission numbers to students on the waitlist for a course.  We will continue to issue permission numbers after the registration period has ended, as students drop from the class, until the end of the Add/Drop period (during the first 2 weeks) of the semester. The permission number system for the COMM Department is centralized.  Thus, please DO NOT CONTACT INSTRUCTORS or ADVISORS for permission numbers to enroll.

The waitlist manager will issue permission numbers ONLY to the students on the waitlist, to ensure students have the same opportunity to enroll. Therefore, if you wish to enroll in a class for which a waitlist has been generated, you MUST add yourself to the waitlist to be issued a permission number.  You will be notified BY EMAIL if seats are remaining and you have been selected.

Should I contact the instructor of the class for a permission number?

No. Except for classes designated Instructor Consent only, instructors do not issue permission numbers for COMM classes. The permission number system is centralized using the wait list function in PeopleSoft (studentadmin) and numbers will be issued ONLY to those on the waitlist.

How can I know what number I am on the Waitlist?

The number you are assigned when you are on the waitlist does not accurately reflect your position. There is no easy way to identify where you stand on the wait list because we prioritize the list when we issue permission numbers. We must first accommodate COMM majors before proceeding to other students on the list. We will also consider class standing (if someone needs the course to graduate that semester) and other factors.  This is the order of priority we use to issue permission numbers to students on the wait list:

  1. COMM Majors/Individualized Majors (who have confirmed their courses with IMJR)
  2. COMM Minors
  3. CLAS Students
  4. Students in other Schools/Colleges

We also give priority based on class standing within these groups: seniors first, juniors, sophomores, then freshmen.

When will I hear if I can receive a permission number?

After majors have had the opportunity to register, we will begin to assess open seats and email a student once they have been selected.  This process continues until a waitlist is exhausted (no one is left, and we delete it) or until the semester begins and through to the ADD-DROP period of the first 2 weeks of the semester - whichever happens first. Therefore, you may be emailed anytime after registration begins, through the first two weeks of classes.  If you no longer want a permission number, please remove yourself from the waitlist (use the DROP function in Student Admin) so that we can issue the number to the next person in line.

How do I add myself to the Waitlist?

This process is exclusively done in StudentAdmin, there is no internal department list. If you are not familiar with the process, here is a helpful link: How to add yourself to a waitlist in StudentAdmin

What prevents students from adding themselves to a Waitlist?

If you are not offered the waitlist option for a COMM class, you most likely have not met the pre-requisites. Check the pre-reqs for the class in the course descriptions, in Student Admin, or the University Catalog.  Some other reasons may be:

  1. Enrollment appointment date/time has not yet been reached
  2. Requisites for the class are not met (you will see a message in red)
  3. Maximum units to waitlist reached
  4. The academic department has chosen not to offer waitlist seats for the class (we DO NOT have waitlists for COMM 1000 or COMM 1100 - or any cross-listed course). These courses include:
    • LLAS 3320 (COMM 3320) – Media and Diverse Audiences
    • LLAS 3321 (COMM 3321) – Latinas and Media
    • LLAS 3322 (COMM 3322) – Soap Opera/Telenovela
    • PSYC 3241 (COMM 3241) – Motivation and Emotion
    • WGSS 3210 (COMM 3210) – Gender and Communication
  5. The waitlist is at its capacity

What is the first day a student can Waitlist?

Once your Enrollment Appointment begins. If you need help finding your enrollment appointment, click here.

What do you mean by pre-requisites for the class?

Courses that require students to have a particular academic level, a particular major or minor plan, a particular sub-plan, including or excluding specific classes, or a certain number of units (credits) are examples of requisites. These can be checked by accessing the University Catalog.

Can students be on the Waitlist for more than one section of the same class?

Under certain circumstances, a student can be waitlisted for more than one section of the same class:

  1. Not already enrolled in another section of the same class.
  2. The class has a single component only, such as a lecture.
  3. The maximum number of waitlist units (10) has not been reached.
  4. You are on the waitlist for another section in a multiple-component class (such as lecture and discussion or lecture and lab) that does not auto-enroll into the same lecture.

Can a student waitlist for a class that conflicts in meeting time with an enrolled class?

Yes, students are allowed to waitlist for classes that may conflict with enrolled classes. The student would have to resolve the time issue when allowed to enroll in the class. Permission numbers do not override time conflicts.

Will Wait-listed classes appear on the Study List and Enrollment Summary?

Yes, wait-listed classes will appear on both.

Can a student be both enrolled and Wait-listed for different sections of the same class?

  • Only if the class has a single component such as a lecture
  • Class with multiple components that does not auto-enroll into the same lecture.
  • Class with multiple components that does not share any class numbers.