Course Waitlist

The Statistics department uses an online waitlist procedure for students seeking to force add STA classes. There is high demand for STA classes and they do regularly fill up. We believe this system is the fairest way to help students get the classes they need. The system does NOT work on a first-come-first serve basis. Instead, it allows us to prioritize access to student who need specific classes to graduate and grade standing.

Waitlists for STA classes are now open for the spring semester.  You will not be considered until after your registration ticket is open. 

Note:  You must be logged in to your Miami email to have access to the Google form, to add yourself to the waitlist.

STA261 Waitlist Form

STA404/504 Waitlist Form

All other STA classes Waitlist Form

How does the STA waitlist system work? Each semester, we force add students at TWO different times.

Round #1: Registration-Period Waitlist Opportunity
If a class you want is closed when you log online to register for the next semester, you need to fill out the online waitlist form. That form will be available on the STA website during the normal registration period. At the end of the registration period (i.e.., early May for fall classes; early December for spring classes), we review the forms and place students on waitlists, giving priority to STA majors and students with the most credit hours earned. We will then add as many students from the waitlist as we can and will email you to tell you if you have been added to a class. Typically you will receive this notification email no later than two weeks after the end of the semester (i.e., by the end of May for fall classes; by the end of December for spring classes).
Round #2: Start-of-Semester Waitlist Opportunity
If you didn't get into a class during normal registration OR if you discovered that you want to take a STA class after registration closed, you need to fill out the waitlist form. The form will be available from Sunday through Thursday the week before classes start. At the end of that week, we will review the forms and place students, giving priority to STA majors and students with the most credit hours earned. We will then add as many students from the list as we can and will email you to tell you if you have been added to a class. Typically you will receive this notification email no later than noon on Monday of the first week of the semester.

Important Requirements/Tips

  • When you fill out the form, please tell the truth; these forms will be checked against your DARS. If you misrepresent your credit hours or your major status, your request will be deleted.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ASK INDIVIDUAL FACULTY TO FORCE-ADD YOU TO A CLASS. Faculty cannot add students to the waitlist.
  • We will use your Miami email to contact you regarding your waitlist request. Therefore, it is important that you check that email account. If you are added to a class but do not attend class on the first day, you may be dropped from the class.
  • Use the comments section on the waitlist form to explain anything that needs clarification or it you feel there are any special circumstances we should know about (see below for some examples).

Even if there are openings in a course, you might have trouble adding IF:

  • You already are in one section of the class and are trying to move to another section. If this is the case, indicate what you want us to do in the comments sections of the waitlist form. This will increase your chances of getting into the section you want.
  • You do not have the pre-requisite for the course you are requesting.
  • You are not a major in our department (if you are a STA minor or analytics co-major, indicate that in the comments section).
  • The class you are requesting is a high-demand course that is specifically required by other majors but is one of several options. As a result, students with more credit hours or who required that specific class have priority because you will have other opportunities to take that class in the future.

If you have a hold on your registration, we CANNOT hold a spot for you. To resolve any outstanding registration holds you must log into myMiami (details about who you should contact regarding the registration hold will be in a red box).