Registration FAQs

Q: Why are some classes blocked from registration?

A: When classes are full, registration is blocked to accommodate waitlisted students and move them into any open seats. You can still register for the waitlist for blocked sections.

Q: Why am I blocked from registering on a waitlist?

A: Waitlists count towards your overall credit limit for the year – make sure the waitlist doesn’t exceed your credit max.

Q: I am waitlisted for a required course and I’m a GRSJ major/minor – how can I get a seat?

A: Staying on the waitlist is your best bet. GRSJ majors and minors are prioritized for open seats in required courses.

Q: Why is a section/class restricted?

A: Some classes are temporarily restricted to allow majors to register or to make sure that students can get into the appropriate courses for their year standing.  There are no restrictions for waitlists and this is your best option.

Q: I tried to register for a 3rd-year course and was told I don’t meet the prerequisites but I have transfer credits and/or 3rd-year standing. Why do I get a warning and can I register?

A: Yes, you can still register. The SSC doesn’t recognize year standing, transfer credits, or equivalent courses as prerequisites – you can still successfully add these courses.

Q: I want to take an upper-level course but I haven’t completed the prerequisites yet.  Can I still register and is this okay? 

A: While we prefer that students complete the prerequisites of lower-level courses before proceeding to upper-level courses, we recognize that this isn’t always possible.  You can still progress through your major/minor and register in upper-level courses.  If you are concerned about course content and assignments, contact the instructor.

Q: I received a warning when I tried to register in a course. Was my registration successful?

A: Typically, the warning will say “section successfully added” if you were able to register. Otherwise, you can check your timetable or look at your degree navigator to see if you have been added to a course

Q: I really, really, really want to take this course but it’s full – can I be added anyway? Should I email the instructor?

A: We really appreciate your enthusiasm but, unfortunately, faculty and staff can’t add you ahead of waitlisted students.  The waitlist is your best option.