How do Enrollment Limit and Waitlist work?

Spring 2020

Enrollment Limit

Undergraduate students will have an initial unit limit of 17 units. Graduating seniors who applied by October 4, 2019, will have their enrollment limit raised to 19 units on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. These students may submit the excess units petition to register up to 21 units. Excess units petition form will be available on the Registrar’s forms page on Monday, January 2, 2020.

Continuing undergraduate students in good standing (SJSU cum. GPA > or = 2) may register for up to 19 units without a petition beginning Friday, January 10, 2020. Those who desire to enroll up to 21 units can file an excess units petition form. 

Graduate students will have the enrollment limit of 16 units throughout the advance registration period.  An excess unit petition is available on the Graduate Admission & Program Evaluation(GAPE) website

  Spring 2020 Enrollment Limit
  10/29-12/30 12/31-1/5 1/6-1/9 1/10-1/20
All Undergraduate Students


Continuing Undergraduate Students
(in good standing)

              17    19 - 21*

Graduating seniors
(applied by 10/4/19)

 17  19       19 - 21* 
Graduate Students


*Petition required to raise the enrollment limit above 19 units 

**Petition required to raise enrollment limit over 16 units


Students may choose to be on a waitlist for classes during the advance registration period.  The waitlist policy provides students with a process to secure a seat in a class that is full.

The waitlist process will enroll students on a first come first serve basis if a seat becomes available, and if the student meets the requirements for the course. Note, if a student has already registered for another section of the same course, student will not be added to the class unless that same course in another section has been dropped. This process will only be available during the advance registration period. Waitlist is no longer valid once the semester starts, which is when the Late registration begins.

See SJSU catalog for assistance with:

o   Signing up for waitlist

o   Issues that prevent you from being enrolled

o   Billing information

Undergraduate Students

During the first two weeks of the advance registration, students are limited to 5 waitlist units. Starting November 18, 2019, the Variable Waitlist Unit Limit will apply.   

The Variable Waitlist Unit Limit defines the available units a student can waitlist at a given time. See table below on how to find out the amount of your available waitlist units: 

                     Spring 2020 Enrollment Limit - Undergraduate Students

  10/29-11/17 11/18-1/20
Waitlist Units Formula 5 (Fixed) Variable (17* minus Enrolled Units)

*Waitlist units formula remains at 17 despite the raise of enrollment limits or approved of excess units petition.

The system will refresh the student’s enrollment on a nightly basis. See table below for an example of the nightly changes on the variable waitlist:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Total Units 17 17 17 17 17
Enrolled 6 9 11 12 14
Available Waitlist Units 11 8 6 5 5*

*The available waitlist units will remain at 5 once your enrollment has reached 12 or more units.

Graduate Students

Waitlist is limited to 5 units for the entire advance registration period.