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What to do when a Class is full

If a class is full, the next best step is to get on the wait pool. Wait lists open two weeks ahead from the beginning of the term. If the class and the wait pool are both closed, try to enroll in a different section of the class. You can still keep checking to see if your desired section opens up.

If your desired section has not opened up by the time school starts, go to the first class meeting to see if the instructor is going to add any additional students. This is referred to as “crashing” a class.

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