Waiting Lists

Waiting lists enable you to “line up” for a space that might become available in a lecture section that is full, or in an enrolment category that is full. If a space becomes available, and you are next on the waiting list, you will automatically be enrolled. After the enrolment happens, a notification email will be sent to your UofT email address (see Question 12 for details.)

There are no fees associated with being on the waiting list for a course, but if you are enrolled from the waiting list, you will automatically be charged the appropriate academic and incidental fees.

Note: Being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a space in the course.

Additional Information on Waiting Lists for students enrolled in Commerce, Computer Science, Computational Biology, or CTEP

Question 1: How do waiting lists work?

If you try to enrol in a course that is full, or in a course in which the space for your enrolment control group is full, ROSI will give you the waiting list option (if the course has a waiting list.)

The message might be:

  • "Meeting section is full. There are currently 6 students on the waitlist for 50 total spaces."

You will be given the choice to join the waiting list for any lecture section. If you decide to join a waiting list, you will get a message indicating the sections to which you have successfully added yourself. You will now have to view your courses to see your rank on the waiting list(s) that you joined. If a student drops out of the course or a new space is made available in the section, and you are the first person on the waiting list, you will be enrolled in the section. The rankings of all others on the waiting list will improve by one.

Question 2: What does "rank" mean?

Rank is your place in line. When you list your courses on ROSI, the courses will appear in the following sections:

  • APPROVED (successfully enrolled)
  • INTERIM (for AE courses awaiting decision)
  • REFUSED (unsuccessful enrolment or removed)
  • WAIT (on a waiting list)

For courses listed under the "WAIT" category, each lecture section will include a "rank." The message about rank that ROSI displays will contain information about the number of students already on the waiting list and the total number of spaces in the section.

  • "Currently Waitlisted. Your rank is 4 out of 20 total space(s) in the meeting section."

In this example, you are the fourth person on the waiting list for a section that has a total capacity of 20 students.

For you to be automatically enrolled through the waiting list process, 4 students out of the 20 currently enrolled have to cancel the course.

Question 3: When are waiting lists in use?

Waiting lists are available from the start of course enrolment for your year of study until September 15, 2013 for F/Y section code courses and January 12, 2014 for S section code courses. The exceptions are 1) with courses which have “AE” or “PE” indicators—waiting lists for these courses are turned off when the department assumes control of enrolment (July 28 for “AE” courses and August 13 for “PE” courses), and 2) with courses which have an asterisk (*) indicator—waiting lists for these courses do not begin until August 8. See the chart below for a summary of waiting list availability dates.

When Waiting Lists are available

Enrolment Indicator Type Course Duration Available From: Available Until:
AE F, S and Y July 15 July 28
PE F, S and Y July 15 August 13
No Indicator/P/R/RP F and Y July 15 September 15
S July 15 January 12
Indicator with an asterisk (*) F and Y August 8 (if enrolment control met); August 13 for all others September 15
S August 8 (if enrolment control met); August 13 for all others January 12

Question 4: How many courses can I choose to "waitlist"?

You are allowed to be on waiting lists for a maximum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (i.e. any combination of Y and H courses totalling no more than 2.0 credits); however, "waitlisted" courses count towards your maximum allowable course load. Since the maximum course load changes during the enrolment period, check the charts below to see how many courses you can enrol in, and be on the waiting list for:

From July 15 to August 6, the maximum course load is 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCE's).

If you are enrolled in this many courses (with "approved" or "interim" status)...: ...you can have this many "waitlisted" courses... ...for a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents between July 15 and August 6
3.0 FCE's or less 2.0 FCE's 5.0 total
3.5 FCE's 1.5 FCE's 5.0 total
4.0 FCE's 1.0 FCE's 5.0 total
4.5 FCE's 0.5 FCE's 5.0 total
5.0 FCE's 0.0 FCE's 5.0 total

From August 8 to September 15/January 12, the maximum course load is 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCE's).

If you are enrolled in this many courses (with "approved" or "interim" status)...: ...you can have this many "waitlisted" courses... ...for a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents between August 8 and September 15/January 12
4.0 FCE's or less 2.0 FCE's 6.0 total
4.5 FCE's 1.5 FCE's 6.0 total
5.0 FCE's 1.0 FCE's 6.0 total
5.5 FCE's 0.5 FCE's 6.0 total
6.0 FCE's 0.0 FCE's 6.0 total

Note: students restricted to part-time studies have a maximum course load of 2.5 full-course equivalents. These students can still have 2.0 "waitlisted" courses.

Question 5: Do all courses have waiting lists?

Not all courses have waiting lists. Meeting sections with a waiting list will have a "Y" in the "Wait List" column of the timetable pages.

Question 6: Are there waiting lists for practicals and tutorials?

No. Waiting lists are only available for lecture sections of a course.

Remember—if you are enrolled from a waiting list into a lecture section of a course that has practicals and/or tutorials, you are responsible for adding those practical and/or tutorial sections on ROSI yourself. If you get in after the start of classes, check Departmental instructions for enrolment in the Timetable listings.

Question 7: Can I be on a waiting list for more than one lecture section of the same course?

Yes. Regardless of the number of meeting sections you "waitlist" for a particular course, the course will still only count as either 1.0 credit (Y course), or 0.5 credit (H course) toward your course waiting list total.

For example, if does not matter if you are on the waiting list for one or both lecture sections of ENG364Y1Y (L0101, L5101), this will only count as 1.0 credit toward your waiting list total of 2.0. Or if you are on the waiting list for three lecture sections of CHM138H1F (L0101, L0201, L5101), this wll only count as 0.5 credits toward your waiting list total of 2.0.

Please note: If you are on the waiting list for multiple lecture sections of a course, and are subsequently enrolled into any one of these lecture sections, you will be automatically be removed from the other waiting lists, so make sure that you are only on the waiting list for lecture sections of the course that fit your schedule and that you are willing to take.

Question 8: Can I be enrolled in one lecture section and be on a waiting list for another lecture section of the same course?

No. If you are enrolled in a lecture meeting section of a course, and choose to waitlist for another lecture meeting section of the same course, you will be removed from the lecture section that you are enrolled in, along with any associated practical or tutorial sections, as soon as you join the waiting list. For this reason, it is important that you carefully consider a choice to "waitlist" for a meeting section if you are already enrolled in a course.

Question 9: If I am on the waiting list for one section of a course, can I add myself later on to the waiting list for another section of the same course?

Yes. For example, if you are on the waiting list for section L0101 of CHM138H1F, you may add yourself to the waiting list of L0201 at a later date without affecting your position on the L0101 list. As explained in Question 7 (above), the two "waitlisted" sections of CHM138H1F will count as 0.5 credits toward your waiting list maximum of 2.0 credits.

Question 10: Can I change or drop sections that I'm on a waiting list for?

Yes. To change sections, you must ADD yourself to the waiting list of the new section, and THEN WITHDRAW from the waiting list of the original section. Once you remove yourself from a waiting list, you lose your position—if you add yourself back, you will be at the bottom of that list.

Question 11: How many students can be on each waiting list?

There is no limit to the number of students who can join a waiting list.

Question 12: Will I be notified if I'm enrolled in a course through a waiting list?

Yes. ROSI will send an email to your U of T email account notifying you that have been enrolled into a course from a waiting list. It is extremely important that you activate and regularly check your U of T email account, and update your ROSI personal information to include the UofT email address. You will still be responsible for enrolling in any practical or tutorial sections associated with the course (see Question 6.)

Question 13: How do I know if I've been successfully enrolled?

Log on to ROSI periodically, and list your courses and/or check your rank. You can also check your UofT account regularly for an email notification of enrolment.

It is recommended that you check your rank on ROSI occasionally so that you can assess the situation and make an informed decision about remaining on the waiting list or choosing an alternate course that has available space.

It is important to note that ROSI does not enrol students from the waiting lists into courses in real-time; instead, the enrolments are done in batches. This means that there is no need to check ROSI many times per day to see if you've been enrolled from a waiting list.

Since the last day that you can join a waiting list or be enrolled into a course from a waiting list is September 15 for F and Y section code courses and January 12 for S section code courses, you should log on to ROSI on September 16 and/or January 13 and list your courses to see if you were enrolled in anything through the waiting list process.

You'll know that you've been enrolled because the course will be listed in the section called "Approved." If the course has any practical and or tutorial sections, you are responsible for enrolling in these sections as per the departmental instructions. You are also responsible for any academic and or incidental fees arising from the course enrolment.

Question 14: What happens if I'm not enrolled from the waiting list?

Waiting lists will be closed as of September 15 for F and Y section code courses; January 12 for S section code courses. Log on to ROSI on September 16 and January 13 if you were on a waiting list and list your courses.

If courses still appear in the section called “Wait” in the listing, check back later in the day. If the course is NOT listed in the section called “Approved” AND you no longer have courses in the section called “Wait," you were not enrolled through the waiting list process.

From September 16-22 (for F and Y section code courses) and January 13-19 (for S section code courses), enrolment in courses that previously had waiting lists becomes first-come, first-served. At this stage, you should try to enrol using ROSI.

Additional Information on Waiting Lists for Students Enrolled in Commerce, Computer Science, Computational Biology or Concurrent Teacher Education Program Subject POSts

If you are enrolled in a part-time course load load (2.5 full-course equivalents or less) on September 22, you will be frozen at part-time status. See Full/Part-time Status Changes.

Please note that if you are on the waiting list for any S section code courses, and space becomes available, you will be automatically enrolled and your course load could become a full-time course load. If your status becomes full-time, you will be responsible for full-time program fees. If you change your course load and your status becomes part-time after this occurs, you will be responsible for any charges resulting from the status changes. For details, see Full/Part-time Status Changes.

Your status will be reviewed periodically and updated to full-time if your course load changes to full-time; if this happens, your fees will be adjusted to reflect your full-time status.