Waitlists

Don't be discouraged if you end up waitlisted for courses; seats may become available as other students make changes to their schedules.

When someone drops a course with a waitlist, their space is offered to the first student on the waitlist.

  • Registration offers are sent to the email address you set as 'Preferred' on your My page 'Personal Profile'.
  • To ensure that registration offers are not caught in your spam filter, we recommend that you add "@uvic.ca" to your email safe senders.
  • If you are offered a space in a waitlisted course, you must accept by the deadline indicated in the email. After the deadline, the offer will go to the next student on the waitlist.
  • More detailed instructions can be found in the step-by-step box.

If you're hoping to get an offer for a waitlisted class; you should attend lectures to ensure you do not fall behind with course work.

Be mindful of your fellow students, please remove yourself from the waitlist if you've changed your mind about taking the course.

It is your responsibility to check for any time conflicts that may arise during registration. You will not be prompted if a waitlisted course has a time conflict with a registered course.


Waitlist limits

Undergraduate and Law students may be waitlisted and registered in a Combined Limit. For most undergraduate students this combined limit will be 10.5 units (10.0 units for Law students); 9.0 units is the normal maximum registered units permitted (8.5 units for Law students) and an additional 1.5 units is given to allow waitlist flexibility.

Some section types (e.g. tutorials and labs) do not have unit values and will not contribute towards your Combined Limit.

For example:

Example 1

Combined Limit: 10.5
Current Registered Units: 6.0
Current Waitlisted Units: 0.0
Remaining Units: waitlisted/registered 4.5 with a maximum of 3.0 registered

Example 2

Combined Limit: 10.5
Current Registered Units: 7.5
Current Waitlisted Units: 1.5
Remaining Units: 1.5 (either registered or waitlisted)

Example 3

Combined Limit: 10.5
Current Registered Units: 9.0
Current Waitlisted Units: 1.5
Remaining Units: 0.0 (must drop one course before adding  a new course)

Example 4 (Law students only)

Combined Limit: 10.0
Current Registered Units: 8.5
Current Waitlisted Units: 1.5
Remaining Units: 0.0 (must drop one course before adding  a new course)

Once you’ve reached your combined limit, you won’t be able to add more registered or waitlisted units until you drop a course or remove yourself from a waitlist. See example 3 above.

For course with multiple components, you can waitlist in only one section of each (lecture, lab and tutorial). For example, BIOL 186 has 3 lecture sections (A01 – A03) and 22 lab sections (B01 – B22). You can waitlist for only one lecture section and one lab section.