Office of the University Registrar

Waitlist Process

When a section of a course has reached full enrollment capacity, students may add themselves to the waitlist. As space becomes available, students have the opportunity to enroll in that course through the automated process.

Please note that students may not waitlist for more than one section of any course at any given time. Students may not waitlist for more than three unique courses at any point in time.

How the Waitlist Works

Students register online through their myau.american.edu account. To join the waitlist, select "Yes" from the dropdown menu under the "Waitlist" field displayed next to the course. Students will receive confirmation that the course is closed, and they have been added to the waitlist.

Active students on a waitlist are granted permission to register as space become available on a first-on/first-off basis. Before 8 AM, eligible students receive an email in their AU email account from the University Registrar that alerts them to an available space in the waitlisted section. Students will have until 5:59 AM the following day to enroll in that section of the course. If a student does not register within this allotted time frame, their waitlist status expires and the space becomes available for the next eligible student.

To drop from a waitlist, students may log into their myau.american.edu account and select "My Waitlisted Sections" under their "Academics" expanded menu. From the "Drop Waitlisting?" section, select "Yes" from the dropdown menu. Click "Submit." Students will then see their status as dropped.

Student eligibility and registration rules, including prerequisites, are always enforced.

For more information, please email registration_services@american.edu.