ECON Permission Numbers and Waitlists

The Economics Department uses the Wait List function in Studentadmin for certain courses, see below for list. The rest are first come first served as seats open up.

They also reserve some seats for ECON majors and minors. For classes with waitlists (see below), others who are restricted due to reserved seats should waitlist and Permission Numbers (P#s) will be emailed as seats become available either by being unused or dropped and reopened.

If you are unable to enroll in an ECON class because the class is full or the open seats are reserved for majors, as long as you have met the prerequisites, you can add yourself on the wait list for the class.

The following ECON courses have Studentadmin Waitlists for the Fall 2022 semester:

ECON 1201 010 – Svalestad

ECON 1202 020 – Svalestad

ECON 2201 Section 001 – Liu

ECON 2202 Section 002 – Wang

ECON 2301

ECON 2447

ECON 2500W all sections

ECON 3208 sections 001 and 002

the rest of the ECON courses are wide open, first come first served


How to waitlist in Studentadmin

Once majors have had the opportunity to register, we will begin to issue permission numbers to others on the wait list for unused seats. We will also continue to issue permission numbers to those on the wait lists as students drop their seats in the class until the semester begins and through the add/drop period during the first 2 weeks of the semester.

The permission number system for the ECON Dept is centralized and we will adhere to those on the wait list to ensure all students have the same opportunity. Therefore, it is best to put yourself on the wait list and you will be notified if we can issue you a permission number.

If the course is in your shopping cart:

Follow these instructions to change preferences to Waitlist if Full
Then attempt to enroll in the course to be added to the waitlist

If the course is NOT in your shopping cart:

– Click on the “Manage Classes” tile on your homepage
– Click on “Class Search and Enroll” in the left side panel
– Type in the Course Number in the search field
– Click anywhere in the course section you want
– Click the yellow “Next” button in upper right corner
– Change the tab for “Add to Waitlist if Class is Full” to YES
– Click the green “Accept” button
– Decide if you want to enroll or add to shopping cart
– Click “Next”
– Click “Submit”
– You must attempt to enroll in the course to add to the waitlist. The shopping cart is not the waitlist.

No. Instructors are not issuing permission numbers for ECON classes. The permission number system is centralized using the wait list function in Studentadmin and numbers will be issued ONLY to those on the wait list.

No. Once you waitlist, you will be considered for any open seats and we will only issue P#’s based on the priority set (see next question). Sending an email to the instructor or department will not affect your ability to receive a P#.

Although Studentadmin will tell you what number you are on the waitlist, we issue P#’s based on priority of all students on the list at any given time. Therefore, there is no easy way to identify where you stand on the wait list. The ECON Dept. issues P#’s based on the order of priority listed below and will change day-to-day to account for new additions to the waitlist. We must first accommodate ECON majors before proceeding to other students on the list, and also considers class standing (if someone needs to graduate that semester) and other factors. StudentAdmin shows the order you placed yourself on the waitlist, and the ECON Dept.’s prioritized list is SEPARATE, so there is no way to know your exact position on the list.

NOTE: Your waitlist position on student admin ONLY reflects the order in which you added yourself to the waitlist and DOES NOT reflect the Economics Department’s prioritization within the waitlist.

Order of priority:
1. ECON Majors
2. Individualized Majors
3. ECON Minors
4. Others
We also give priority based on class standing within these groups: seniors first, juniors, sophomores, then freshmen.

You will receive an email to your UCONN email with a P# to use by a deadline. Always check your UConn email, even over breaks! Be sure to use your # by the deadline or the seat will be issued to the next person in line.

After majors have had the opportunity to register, we will begin to issue permission numbers to the other students on the wait list. We will also continue to issue permission numbers as students drop their seats in the class, until the semester begins and through the ADD-DROP period of the first 2 weeks of the semester. Therefore, you may be emailed a permission number anytime after registration begins, till when classes begin. If you no longer want a permission number, please delete your wait list entry so we can issue the number to the next person in line.

Once your enrollment date (pick time) starts.

You can add yourself to the waitlist until the last day of add/drop.

If you are not offered the waitlist option box for an ECON class, you most likely have not met the pre-requisites. Check the pre-reqs for the class in the course descriptions. Some other reasons may be:
• Enrollment appointment date/time (pick time) has not yet been reached
• Requisites for the class are not met (Message is returned to student that requisites are not met, does not tell them specifically what type of requisite is not met)
• Maximum units to wait list reached (10 credit waitlist limit)
• Instructor or Department Consent required to enroll in the class
• The academic department has chosen not to offer waitlist seats for the class.
• A hold that prevents adding a class
• The last day to wait list has passed
• Already on the waitlist for the class
• Class is not yet closed
• Waitlist is at its capacity

Classes that require students have completed certain courses prior to this course or have a particular class standing (number of credits), or declared a particular major or minor plan.

The class will remain closed and only those students issued permission numbers will be allowed to enroll. But only those on the waitlist will get emailed a P#. And they are issued by priority based on who is currently on the waitlist at that time.


Students are sent a UConn email with a class permission number to add themselves to the class. Students will use the class permission number to enroll in the class via the student administration system. Permission numbers will have expiration dates that could be as long as 24 hours to a few weeks. Students need to be sure to make note of how long they have to register, otherwise the seat will be given to someone else.

No, class permission numbers are used only for official registration.

Yes, students are allowed to wait list for classes that may conflict with enrolled classes. The student would have to resolve the time issue when allowed to enroll in the class. Permission numbers do not override time conflicts.

The limit is set by using credits/units rather than classes. Students have a limit of 10 credits/units of waitlisted classes at one time.

Enrolled units and wait listed units are counted separately. Waitlisted courses are not counted towards full-time status or calculated in bills.

If you are a major and there are open reserved seats for majors, you can enroll freely in the course. Once the class fills, majors may waitlist for the class. As students drop and the seat opens, a P# will be emailed to the student on the current waitlist with the most priority.

Non majors may enroll freely for any non-reserved seats. Once the unreserved seats fill, the student can waitlist for the class. The student will first receive the error message that only reserved seats remain and will be offered the option to wait list if a wait list capacity is set for the class.

Yes, wait listed classes will appear on both.

Yes, but only if you waitlist for a section AFTER you are already enrolled in another section.
• Only if the class has a single component such as a lecture
• Class with multiple components that does not auto enroll into the same lecture.
• Class with multiple components that does not share any class numbers.
If you are waitlisted for more than one section of the same class, once you enroll in one section with a P#, you will automatically be removed from the waitlist for the other section. You may re-add yourself to the waitlist for a preferred section after you are enrolled in the other.

No, the student’s name is removed from the wait list of that section and any other section of the same course.

Class waitlists are available through class rosters in Studentadmin.

No, a student can only confirm that s/he is on the waitlist for the class.

When students register for the wait list, they are notified of their position on it. However, this does not reflect their priority on the list.

Yes, and they should when they decide they no longer want a P# for that class, so the # can be issued to the next person in line.

No. Once the enrollment component of the class is closed, students can add themselves to the wait list. If a class offers 3 different discussion sections that all auto-enroll into the same lecture, once the discussion section is closed, students can add themselves to the wait list. The lecture and other discussion sections do NOT have to also be closed.