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Course Wait Lists FAQs

What is a wait list?

It is the policy at Bank Street College that if you encounter a closed course, you are invited to add yourself to a list of students waiting to be notified if and when a seat becomes available. Students can add themselves to the wait list of a closed course through the regular registration and Add/Drop processes.

Seats in the course can become available at the last minute if a registered student drops the class. If a seat becomes available and you are next on the wait list, you will automatically receive an email at your College-issued email address (or for non-degree students, the email address you provided at the time of registration), notifying you. Students invited off of a wait list will have 24 hours to add themselves to the course. If a student is called off the wait list and does not register, they will be dropped off the wait list and the open seat will be offered to the next person on the list.

Non-degree students who are unable to register electronically will be provided with further steps to take if they are notified via email a seat is available for them.

How will I know if a seat becomes available?

If your turn comes up on the wait list, you will automatically receive an email at your @bankstreet.edu account (or for non-degree students, the email address you provided at the time of registration).

If I'm notified, how long do I have to respond?

Students who receive email notification of an available seat will have exactly 24 hours register for the open seat. The system is run by an internal, automatic clock. If you do not register within 24 hours, the system will automatically drop you from the wait list and will offer the available seat to the next student in line. Because this is an automated process, if you are dropped from the wait list for non-registration you cannot reclaim your position on the wait list. Anyone who is dropped from the wait list, however, may add themselves back on to the bottom of the wait list during registration periods.

Non-degree students who are unable to register electronically will be provided with further steps to take if they are notified via email a seat is available for them.

How do I know what my position is on the wait list?

Students are notified of seat availability in the order you added yourself to the wait list. To see what your position is on the wait list, please log on to your my.bankstreet account and review your ranking under "Wait Status." For example, if you are third on a wait list, three people need to drop the class for you to be offered a seat. An email will be sent to you as soon as a seat is available. If you have not received an email at your College-issued email account  a seat is not available.

Non-degree students will be notified at the time of registration what their position number is on the wait list.

If I haven't been emailed, should I attend a class I'm on the wait list for?

It is the college’s policy that, if you are first or second on a wait list, you are allowed to sit in on the first class.

You do not have to sit in, and you do not lose your spot on the wait list if you do not sit in.

If you chose to sit in on a class, this does not mean that you are registered for the class. The first and second people on the wait list are allowed to sit in if they choose, so that if a seat becomes available, they will not have missed the first class. Students who sit in on a class but do not receive email notification of an available seat must stop attending the class after its first session.

How long should I wait to hear?

Wait lists for most classes and IMPs are maintained until 12:00 am the day of the second class meeting. After that time, the wait list is no longer in affect.

For 1-credit courses and IMP2s, no registration is allowed after 12:00am the day of the first class meeting. All wait lists for 1-credit courses and IMP2s will be dissolved after the class/IMP has met once.

Thus, if you are on a wait list and you do not receive an email notifying you of an available seat prior to the above deadlines, enough students did not drop the class in order for you to register.

Is it possible to get instructor permission to join a course?

In any course with a wait list, available seats must be offered to the students on the wait list in the order of their turn. Instructors of a class with a wait list can't give permission for a specific student to jump the wait list line and join the class.

Questions about wait lists should be directed to the Registrar’s Office