Waitlists for Students and Advisors FAQs

For Students

For Advisors

For Students

Q. How do I find out if I am scheduled into a CI-H/HW subject?

A. Once schedules are published, check WebSIS for your schedule (or status of registration after Regstration Day). If the subject appears, you have been scheduled into it. If it does not appear, use the link to the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page (available after schedules are run) to check your status and see which waitlists you are on (if any). You will then have an opportunity to add yourself to or remove yourself from waitlists.

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Q. I was scheduled into a CI-H/HW subject that I no longer wish to take. What should I do?

A. You should drop the subject using the Online Add/Drop (or delete it from your registration, if you have not yet registered). Be sure to do this as soon as you can because you are holding a place that another student would like. Instructors cannot offer a place to a student on the waitlist unless there is an opening.

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Q. Where can I see which CI-H/HW subjects have openings?

A. Once student schedules are published, you can check the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects link on WebSIS for subjects with openings on the same page where you are able to check and manage your waitlist status.

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Q. Where can I view the waitlists?

A. After the term schedule has been run, the waitlists are published to the online Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page. This page can be accessed via the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects link on the MIT WebSIS For Students page, the CI-H/HW Subjects link on the Online Registration Subject Selections page, or the CI-H/HW Subjects link on the Add/Drop form.

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Q. Can I add myself to a subject waitlist after the term schedule has run?

A. After the term schedule has run, you can add yourself to a subject’s waitlist only from the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page. You can add yourself to any waitlist regardless of how many students are already on it, but you should be realistic about your chances. When you add yourself to a subject waitlist, an email confirmation is sent to you.

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Q. How do I remove myself from a waitlist?

A. To see and manage your waitlist options, go the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page which can be accessed via the CI-H/HW Subjects link on the MIT WebSIS For Students page. The text On Waitlist displays beside a subject on which you are waitlisted. If you are on a waitlist and are no longer interested in taking the subject, click the Remove link to make room for another student.

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Q. What waitlist information can I view?

A. The Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page lists all CI-H/HW subjects. For each subject, you see its subject number and title, enrollment cap, number of openings available, and number of students presently on the waitlist. You can filter the subject list to show only CI-H or CI-HW subjects, only subjects with openings, or only those subjects on which you are waitlisted.

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Q. Can I see if I am on a waitlist?

A. The text On Waitlist displays beside a subject on which you are waitlisted. A Remove option allows you to remove yourself from that subject’s waitlist. If you accidentally remove yourself from a waitlist, you can add yourself back to it.

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Q. Can I see my priority within a waitlist?

A. On the Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page, click on the "Students on Waitlist" number to view a message box that tells you how many students are currently on the waitlist, how many of these students are in priority groups higher than yours, and how many students are in your priority group. You cannot see your exact location on the list. Generally, enrollment offers are extended to students in the highest priority group.

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Q. How are waitlists prioritized for CI-H/HW subjects?

A. The priorities are the same as for scheduling, but with additional priority given within groups to continuing students who requested waitlist placement when selecting the subject during pre-registration by the CI-H/HW deadline and to new students and those returning from leaves.

Continuing students who add themselves to waitlists after the CI-H/HW deadline will be placed in the lowest priority group.

Instructors will be strongly encouraged to admit students from the waitlist by priority group.

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Q. Why can't I see what number I am on the waitlist?

A. The waitlists for CI-H/HW subjects are prioritized in groups, not listed on a first-come, first-served basis. For example, when a CI-HW Required freshman adds him- or herself to a CI-HW subject, he or she is prioritized above freshmen already on the waitlist who are not CI-HW Required. Within each priority group, instructors may set their own individual priorities, such as students who are in a particular major.

Although you will not be assigned a specific number on the waitlist, you will be able to view statistics about how many openings there are, how many students are on the waitlist, and where you are on the waitlist in relation to others — how many students are prioritized ahead of you and how many have the same priority as you. This should help you get a sense of how likely it is that you might be offered enrollment from the waitlist.

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Q. How can I assess my chances of receiving an enrollment offer?

A. You need to assess a number of factors: what is the subject’s enrollment cap, how many openings are there, and how many students are waitlisted in higher priority groups.

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Q. I was waitlisted into a CI-H/HW subject. Is there anything I can do to make it more likely that I will be offered enrollment?

A. If based on waitlist information you have a realistic chance of receiving an offer, you show up on the first day of class and tell the instructor who you are and express your interest in the subject. Once classes begin you can also email instructors about openings.

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Q. Why are there some subjects with openings, but there are people on the waitlist?

A. Once schedules are published, students interested in taking a CI-H/HW subject (other than ones into which they've been scheduled) must first put themselves on the waitlist for it, even if there are openings available. The instructor may offer student admission from the waitlist at his/her discretion beginning on the first day of class.

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Q. How am I informed of an enrollment offer?

A. Instructors can begin offering enrollment from their waitlist subjects beginning at 6 am on the first day of classes. There is no end date for extending offers, but realistically, most offers will be extended during the first weeks of classes. You will receive an email if you have been offered enrollment. The subject line will be "Action Required: CI-H/HW Subject Offer".

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Q. What do I do if I get an enrollment offer?

A. If you want to join the class, add the subject using the Online Add/Drop (or register for it, if you have not yet registered). Act within 24 hours or the offer may be rescinded. If you are not interested, tell the instructor and remove yourself from the subject’s waitlist so another student can be offered the spot. Also, review your other waitlists and delete yourself from those for subjects you no longer wish to join.

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Q. How can I add myself to a CI-H/HW subject?

A. As a first step you must add yourself to the waitlist and then wait for an email offer from the instructor. You cannot add a CI-H/HW subject without an enrollment offer from the instructor.

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For Advisors

Q. Where do I view the waitlist?

A. After the term schedule has been run, the waitlist is published to the online Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page. This page can be accessed via the CI-H/HW Subjects link on the MIT WebSIS for Advisors page, the Online Registration Student Subject Selections Approval page, or the Add Drop Approval page.

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Q. What waitlist information can I view?

A. The Enrollment and Waitlists for CI-H/HW Subjects page lists all CI-H/HW subjects. For each subject, you see its subject number and title, enrollment cap, number of openings available, and number of students presently on the waitlist. You can filter the list to show only CI-H or CI-HW subjects, or only subjects with openings.

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Q. How can I display my advisees’ waitlist status?

A. In the Student Name field, type the student’s name, Kerberos ID, or MIT ID number. When you enter at least three consecutive letters contained within the student name or Kerberos ID, a list of matching students displays directly below the search field. Keep typing until you see the student. Select the student and then click Search Waitlisted Subjects. The message “Student Not Found” appears if the student is not on a waitlist. If the student is on a waitlist, you will see those subjects for which they are waitlisted. Click on the value in the # on Waitlist column to see how many currently waitlisted students have a higher priority than your advisee, as well as how many are within the same priority. (Your advisee can click # on Waitlist for all subject waitlists, even if they are not yet on the waitlist.)

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Q. Can I add my advisee to a waitlist or remove them from a waitlist?

A. No, only students may update their waitlist status. As an advisor, you can view your advisee’s waitlist status and advise them as to their options.

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Q. Can I view other subject waitlists to see my advisee’s chances of getting into one of them?

A. Yes, the full subject listing allows you to view enrollment and waitlist numbers for each subject.

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Q. What happens when an instructor offers enrollment to my advisee?

A. The student will receive the offer via an email. The student usually has 24 hours in which to initiate adding the subject. Once the student adds the subject, you as the advisor will be required to approve it.

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Q. What happens if I cannot immediately approve the subject?

A. The student's placement into the subject will be held until you are able to approve it. During this time, the instructor cannot rescind the offer.

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Q. I'm a student at another school and would like to cross-register for a CI-H/HW subject. How do I get on the waitlist?

A. Cross-registering students cannot participate in the waitlist because their registration is still on paper. If there are spaces in subjects after MIT students have been accommodated, instructors can admit cross-registered students by signing their registration forms.

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