Course Full? Join the Wait List
You may face the dilemma of preferred class sections being full during registration. In this case you’ll either have to choose a different section of the course, watch for an opening in the preferred section, or not take the course at all that semester. Some departments on campus maintain wait lists in designated sections based on departmental requests to the Office of the Registrar.
How do I know if a class has a wait list?
The wait-list information will appear as shown in the highlighted area on a class section in the Schedule of Classes. If a class does not have a wait list, these columns will all contain zeros.
How do I add myself to a wait list?
Below the list of classes, click on the "Register" button. Type in the course reference number (CRN) on the Registration-Add/Drop Classes page and click on the "submit changes" button.
You may see one of the following error messages on classes designated for wait listing:
1. Section is full. There are currently (#) on the wait list.
“Closed” (shown under Select as "C") indicates that no regular seats are available. The number (#) provided indicates the number currently on the wait list. You may wait-list only this class or choose another section. Make a note of the CRN you wish to register for and Click "Register".
2. Type in the CRN for the course you want and click "Submit Changes."
3. If the class has a wait list, you will receive a registration add error (shown below). Click the dropdown arrow under "Action" and choose "waitlist."
4. Once you have successfully been added to the waitlist, you will see this message:
5. Section and wait list are both full.
“Closed” indicates that no regular seats are available. “Wait list full” indicates that no wait-list seats are available. You may not register or wait-list this class.
How will I be notified of an opening in the class?
When a seat becomes available in a class, the first person on the wait list for that class will receive a system-generated email to their Purdue Fort Wayne email account. It is essential that you check your Purdue Fort Wayne email daily. Here is an example of the email:
You have 24 hours to enroll in the class section in goPFW. After 24 hours from your time stamp on the wait list, you will be dropped from the wait list, and the next student on the wait list will be offered the seat. No notification of this drop will be sent. Please be sure to monitor your junk email. If you have been dropped from the wait list and wish to be re-added, please use steps 1-4 to get re-added to the wait list.
How do I enroll when notified?
Go to the Add/Drop Classes page on goPFW. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Action column for the class you wait-listed that is now available. Choose Web Registered. Click on the Submit Changes button below.
Your status will change to Web Registered on this page, indicating that you have successfully enrolled.
Please keep the following information in mind about registering.
Make sure that you do not have registration holds on your goPFW account. A hold will prevent you from enrolling or placing yourself on a wait list.
Wait lists will enforce the same registration restrictions when it comes to prerequisite or corequisite courses as regular enrollment. You must have the needed prerequisite or corequisite courses to wait-list. Another wait-listed course will not count as a prerequisite or corequisite.
You can only wait-list one section of a course. You can be enrolled in one section and wait-list a different section of a course, but only one.
Fees are not assessed for wait-listed class sections. Fees are assessed only if you register for a class section.
Please be considerate of your fellow students. If you decide you no longer want a wait-listed section, please drop it as you would drop an enrolled section.
How long are the wait lists available during a term?
The wait list functionality is turned off at 5 p.m. on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes in the term (fall, spring, or summer), and all students will be purged from the wait lists at that time.
Where can I find what my position is on the wait list?
Go to the goPFW portal. Under the Enrollment Tab, under "Registration Tools," open your "Detailed Schedule of Classes." Your wait list position is shown in the information. It will list the term, the CRN, the Status (if you are on the wait list, it will show the date you were placed on the wait list). The next line displays your wait list position.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
You can contact the Office of the Registrar at