Frequently Asked Waitlist/Registration Questions (FAQ)

 

1. What is the purpose of the Waitlist?

The Waitlist System is used to enroll students into undergraduate courses that are currently closed on Penn-In-Touch. It was designed to ensure Wharton Finance concentration students are able to take their required course load.

 

2. How do I access the Finance Waitlist?

The Waitlist is located through the Finance Department's web site https://waitlist.wharton.upenn.edu/

 

3. Penn InTouch says I need a permit to register for this class. Can I have one?

If you received a message indicating you need a permit due to restrictions, you should first review the restrictions listed under the course description. Some Finance upper level electives are prioritized for Wharton, Finance Majors, seniors. The priority codes are listed below the course description. If you meet those restrictions and are still not able to register, please E-mail fnce-waitlist@wharton.upenn.edu We will check the system to see why you are not able to register and get back to you. If your current status does not align with the priority codes noted, you will need to wait until the waitlist opens. In some cases the course restrictions are modified during the registration process based on demand.

 

4. Can I get a permit if the class is closed?

If the course is closed due to the capacity on Penn In Touch, you will need to request a seat by signing onto the Waitlist.

 

Q. Do I need to be a Wharton Student to use the Waitlist?

No, any PENN student can request a seat in a Finance Course.

Q. Will I need a Wharton Log-In?

No, the Waitlist uses the PennNet Authentication process. When prompted, you will enter your University PennKey and password. For questions regarding your PennKey please contact: www-help@isc.upenn.edu

Q. Does the Waitlist encompass all Finance Courses?

The Waitlist is only used for Undergraduate Core and Elective courses, with the exclusion of Honors sections. An application process is used to determine enrollment in the honors sections. All MBA courses are closed to non-MBA students, enrollment is controlled by the Wharton Auction process.

Q. When does the Waitlist open?

The Waitlist will generally open two weeks prior to the start of classes. At this point you should pick the course(s) you are most interested in taking. An e-mail is also sent out to all Wharton Undergraduate students regarding updates. We are not able to mass mail other schools but if you are interested in receiving additional information please e-mail – fnce-waitlist@wharton.upenn.edu

Q. How does the Waitlist Rank my request?

When the Waitlist opens requests are sorted based on your ranking and the date and time your request is received. The day before classes start we will begin the process of registering wait-listed students should seats become available. The Waitlist system will assign students to courses based on the following pre-set priority status:

1) Finance majors before non-finance majors
2) Seniors before juniors
3) Wharton students before non-Wharton students
4) The date and time you enter your Waitlist request

Q. How does the Waitlist determine my priority?

Your priority status is determined from the information in the University Students Records System (SRS). Therefore, it is your responsibility to check with your school office regarding your major and your class status (SR, JR). Your scheduled graduation date is a factor in our ranking process.

Q. How does the Waitlist work?

Each morning we review the [SRS] Student Registration System to determine if any seats have become available. If a seat does open, we go to the first name of the Waitlist for that particular course, and begin the process of registering that student.

Q. How will I know when I am given a seat from the Waitlist?

If we are able to register you, you will receive an e-mail alerting you of the registration. Please double check that the e-mail address that appears under your name when you log into the waitlist is the correct address. The address that appears is the one listed in SRS, and that is the address we will send your e-mail alerts to.

Q. When will I find out if I have been given a seat?

There is no set answer to this question; seats are given out as they become available. If there are no drops there will be no movement on the Waitlist.

Q. How many classes can I ask for?

The Waitlist system will allow you to pick 4 classes, but please choose only the classes you are interested in. Remember that there is no guarantee you will get a seat in your first choice, and we could end up registering you in anyone of the courses you select depending on availability.

Q. What is the purpose of prioritizing my requests?

We can't stress enough how important it is that you prioritize your requests based on your semester requirements and needs. Your course preferences will be maintained within the Waitlist system. If a seat should open at a later date in one of your higher prioritized courses, you will be notified via e-mail and will be able to register. The system will also automatically remove your unwanted requests.

Q. What happens if I have a class scheduled at the same time as the class I'm requesting?

If your schedule cannot accommodate your selection because you have a scheduling conflict, you will receive an e-mail alerting you of the problem. You will have until 12:00 Noon the following day to resolve your conflict. At this point we try to register you one additional time. If registration is still unsuccessful, your name will be dropped, and that seat will be given to the next person on the Waitlist.

Q. How do I switch to a different section?

If the section you want is full you will need to place your name on the Waitlist for the section you want. We cannot move you into a closed section.

Q. What do I do if I get a class I no longer want?

You must go to Penn In Touch and drop the class.

REMINDER: The Finance Department's Drop and Add Deadlines are different than the University's. Should you decide to drop a Finance course, you must do so through Penn In Touch prior to the Finance Department's drop deadline.
If you drop a Finance course after the department deadline you will receive a "W" on your transcript.

Q. How is my Waitlist rank (or "status") determined?

Your Waitlist rank (or "status") is determined by a combination of 1) Wharton/non-Wharton status, Finance/non-Finance concentration, and graduation date. Wharton Seniors with a Finance Concentration whose graduation date is May 2009 have the highest ranking.
Note: Wharton Juniors with a Finance Concentration will have priority over Wharton Seniors without a Finance Concentration.

**However, requests AFTER the initial period above, WILL be date/time ranked (i.e., those ARE "first-come, first-served" among others with the same status). **

Q. My waitlist rank is very low, or I was pushed to lower on the list. Why?

Students who have a higher "status" than you, will be placed higher on the waitlist than you (during both the initial and regular periods). Even though a "higher-ranked" student may make a request at a later time than you this new entry would push your rank down as a natural result. If you signed up AFTER the open period, you were then put AFTER those of the initial sign-up period, and are "date-ranked" (i.e., requests of an earlier date have a better ranking).

Q. Why do I have to tell you how many courses I want to register for?

The Waitlist Application uses that number to remove unnecessary course requests which keeps spaces open for people who need the courses. Whenever you are registered for a course, the application checks to see how many courses you said you wanted. If you have gotten your prefered number of courses, the application deletes all of your requests that you have ranked below your lowest-ranked registered course.

Q. As an undergrad, can I enroll into MBA sections?

No, seats in MBA sections are controlled by the Wharton MBA / Graduate Division in their auction process.

Q. My graduation date is May 2013. Why isn't my waitlist ranking higher?

You may need to verify that your SRS record is actually what you think it is. The Waitlist checks your record in the SRS (Student Registration System) Warehouse that stores your transcript data. It can only read what is in the system, including your "expected graduation date" (i.e., the final semester in which you will take classes). We cannot make changes to student records. We can check what it is, but if you need to make changes, you will need to see your Undergraduate Advisor (either Wharton Undergraduate, or your specific school's office).

 

 

Q. Am I guaranteed to get the course/section that I request?

Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences, but there is no guarantee a seat will open in your first or second choice. You will be enrolled in the first seat that becomes available within your selections.

Q. Should I go to the class that I've requested on the Waitlist (but not gotten into)?

Yes, but if all seats are occupied by registered students, then those students have the right to a seat in the course.