How do Enrollment Limit and Waitlist work?

Enrollment Limit for Fall 2020

All undergraduate students will have an initial unit limit of 17 units. Graduating seniors who applied by March 23, 2020, will have their enrollment limit raised to 19 units on Friday, June 26, 2020. These students may submit the excess units petition to register up to 21 units. 

Continuing undergraduate students in good standing with a cumulative SJSU GPA of 2.0 or higher may register for up to 19 units without a petition beginning Friday, July 3, 2020. Those who want to enroll up to 21 units can file an excess units petition [pdf]

Graduate students will have the enrollment limit of 16 units throughout the advance registration period.  If you need over 16 units limit, submit the excess petition which is available at the Graduate Admission & Program Evaluation (GAPE) website.

Download a printable version of Enrollment Limit & Waitlist charts for easy reference [pdf].

Enrollment Limit Chart for Undergraduate Students

  4/28 - 6/25 6/26 - 7/2 7/3 - 8/2 8/3 - 8/16
New admits and students on probation 17 17 17 17
Continuing students
(in good standing)
17 17 19 19 - 21*
Graduating seniors
(applied for graduaton by 3/23/2020)
 17  19 19 19 - 21*

*Petition required to raise the enrollment limit above 19 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 help them secure a seat in a class that is full.

This waitlist process only applies during the advance registration period. Waitlists are not valid after the semester starts, which is when the Late Registration period begins.

The waitlist process will enroll students on a first come first serve basis if seats become 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, the student will not be added to the class unless they first drop the enrolled section of the course.

See SJSU catalog for assistance with:

  • Signing up for waitlist
  • Issues that prevent you from being enrolled
  • Billing information

Undergraduate Students

During the first two weeks of the advance registration, students are limited to 5 waitlist units. Starting May 13, the Variable Waitlist Unit Limit will apply.   

The Variable Waitlist Unit Limit defines the available units a student can waitlist at a given time. It is equal to 17 minus the number of Enrolled Units. Here is the formula:

Variable Waitlist Unit Limit = 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.