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Waitlists and Closed Courses

Some classes which reach full capacity are set up to allow for electronic waitlisting on Student Planning. Students will be able to place their names on waitlists during web-registration. If a seat becomes available, the next person on the waitlist will be notified via RISD email that they have permission to register for the class. The email recipient will have two days (48 hours) to register for the class. The transaction for adding classes is done via Student Planning. At the end of the forty-eight (48) hours, if the student has not registered, the opportunity to register will be removed and offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Many courses in Wintersession allow for electronic waitlisting on Student Planning. If a course is full, you may add your name to the waitlist. Make your choices count. Limit yourself to three waitlists.

For classes which do not have electronic waitlisting, students can continue to check for an available seat and they may contact the instructor via email to ask if they keep a manual waiting list.

Waitlists shut down about a week before classes begin. After that time--whether you have waitlisted electronically or emailed the professor--you must go to the first class (or subsequent class during the Add/Drop period) and seek the instructor's permission to be added using the 'Add form'. The 'Add' or 'Drop' Forms are available beginning the first day of classes.