Wait List Policy and Procedures

Automated Wait Lists

Wait lists at UC San Diego are automated. When a seat becomes available in a course, the next eligible person on the waitlist will be automatically enrolled. If you do not meet the class requirements/prerequisites or have other enrollment holds the waitlist system will not add you to the class. Classes can be waitlisted until the end of the second week of classes.

Resource: How to Wait-List a Class

Add Cards

At the end of the second week of classes, instructors teaching upper-division courses may choose to enroll students over the enrollment limit for the class through the use of add cards. Each professor will decide how many students they would like to enroll, and students who are present and on the wait list will be given add cards in the order they appear on the waitlist. 

Instructors teaching HILD courses may not add students over the enrollment limit because that would put the department in violation of our contract with the TA Union.

Add Card Procedure

1. Receive add card with the instructor's signature from the instructor of the class.

2. Go to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, (HSS 5005) to get the Department Stamp.

3. Take the add card to the Registrar's Office to be enrolled in the class.