What to Do on a Waitlist

Are you currently on a waitlist, or trying to put yourself on one? Have questions? See our helpful hints below: 

Always use the swap function when signing up for a waitlisted course.  If you do not use the swap functionality in Albert, but choose instead to individually enroll and waitlist yourself into courses, it is possible that you will not be enrolled into a course from the waitlist due to enrolling in more credits than allowed or due to a time conflict between the waitlisted course and one of your enrolled courses.  The system will not register you if you have two courses that take place at the same time or overlap.

  • Enroll into your alternative selection first.  If your primary selection is closed with a waitlist option (it will say “waitlist” on Albert), you should first enroll into your alternate or backup course.  Then be sure to use the swap functionality when placing yourself on the waitlist for the course you would prefer if seats become available.
  • Placing yourself on a waitlist does not guarantee that you will eventually be able to enroll into a course.  As you continue to prepare for the summer, if you are on the waitlist for a course, it may be useful to begin looking at alternate courses.  You can view all courses online via the link above.  If you would like to view only open courses (i.e., those courses with seats currently available), please select “Open” from the “Open/Closed Classes” drop down menu on the right side of the course search screen.

Here are some additional tips if your first-choice course is currently waitlisted.

  • Enroll in another course of interest.  There are many great courses available, so explore the full list and find other courses that may be interest to you, or explore something new!  You never know – you might discover a new subject of interest by delving into an unexpected course.
  • Waitlisting is automatic. This means that Albert will roll the next person on the waitlist into the course if another student drops out and you meet the requirements outlined above.  No one – not even the course instructor – can grant you permission to enroll in a course if it has a waitlist.
  • Students cannot sit in on waitlisted courses.  Only students enrolled in a course are allowed to attend.  This is due to the size of classrooms and the available seats.

Remember, an instructional video and online guide on how to use Albert and register for courses is available to all students and may be helpful to you as you learn the NYU system.

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