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Registration Access

Eligibility

You will have access to register during Self Service Registration if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You are admitted to or are eligible to continue in an approved program of study at CSULB.

  2. You register within the correct dates and deadlines. See Registration Access Dates for additional information.

  3. You have no hold placed on your registration access. See Registration Holds.

To be eligible to continue in an approved program, you have to maintain continuous enrollment. This means you must attend at least one class for at least one Fall or Spring semester every calendar year after you are admitted to CSULB, unless you are on an approved leave (medical, military, educational). See Educational Leave.

Registration Access Dates

Continuing Students - Round 1 (Undergraduates may register for up to 16 units)

Continuing student registration usually begins in early April for Fall, in mid-October for Winter, early-November for Spring, and in mid-March for Summer. New Graduate or New Returning students begin registering after all continuing students have had access to register. New Undergraduate Students must attend SOAR in order to register for classes.

For Fall and Spring terms, registration access is assigned by graduation status, class level and units earned.

For Winter and Summer terms, registration access is assigned by class level and units earned.

To find out when your registration access begins, please go to your Student Center in MyCSULB, and check the Enrollment Dates box on the right side of the page. Your enrollment appointment access date is displayed. Click on the details link for your access time and other important information.

 

Spring 2017 Appointment Categories - Round 2 Register for (18 units)
Start Dates
Priority Registration November 28
Post-bac Graduating student (filed prior to deadline)** November 28
Undergrad Graduating students (filed prior to deadline)** November 28
Other Masters/Doctorate November 29
Other Post-bac – CRED/CERT/ABD, etc. November 29
Other Seniors November 30
Juniors December 1
Sophomores December 2
Freshmen December 2

**Has filed to graduate for Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 by October 15.

Unit Limits by Round:

  • Round 1: Unit limit is 16 units
  • Round 2: Unit limit is 18 units
  • Round 3: Exception to Maximum Load begins January 6, requires appeal to Associate Dean

SOAR

  • New Freshmen – 16 unit limit.
  • New Transfers – 16 unit limit.

Registration Holds

A registration hold occurs when the University blocks your access to the registration system because you have not met a particular requirement.

You can view any holds you may have at MyCSULB under "Student Center" as well as additional information pertaining to clearing the hold. Your emailed registration appointment notification will also include a notice of any holds placed on your registration access. If you still have questions, call Enrollment Services at (562) 985-5471.

Here are some possible reasons for a registration hold:

  • You owe money to CSULB (course fees, a library fine, an earlier registration payment, etc.).
  • You have failed to return property, such as a book or laboratory equipment, to a university department.
  • You have not taken a required entrance test.
  • You have not submitted required documents for admission.
  • You have not participated in a required advising session.
  • You have not taken the Writing Proficiency Exam at the right time.
  • You have 60 or more units completed but have not declared a major.
  • You have failed to meet another eligibility requirement, such as getting an immunization or clearing an international visa.
  • You are required to, but have not filed a Request for Graduation with the Office of Enrollment Services.

Waitlisting for Classes

If a class is full, you can place yourself on a waitlist for any seats that might become available by using MyCSULB. Classes that are on your waitlist will count towards your unit limits for the term.

When Can I Waitlist?

You can add yourself to the waitlist for a class from the time the class is full until:

  • Spring 2017: January 9, 2017
    Last day to waitlist full classes

Waitlists become null and void after this date.

How Waitlisting Works

  • All scheduled class sections have waitlists, which are based on the size of the class.

  • You can waitlist for a maximum of 10 units, provided that each course’s waitlist is not already full. (Note: waitlisted units are included toward your enrollment unit limit.)

  • You must meet any requisites for the class before you can be placed on the waitlist, e.g., course pre-requisites, section co-requisites, major and class level restrictions. See Search for Classes/Browse Catalog at MyCSULB.

  • If a seat becomes available, the student highest on the waitlist will get the seat (subject to the restrictions below).

  • Students will be moved from the waitlist into the class if other students drop or are dropped due to non-payment of fees.

  • If students drop, seats will not be available to students who happen to log in if there is someone on the waitlist.

  • If you are moved from the waitlist into the class, you will receive email notification but only if you have specified a preferred email address in your Student Center/Personal Information at MyCSULB.

  • You will not be billed for waitlisted classes but will be billed if moved from a waitlist into a class and the additional units result in higher registration fees. It is important to check your class schedule and account summary regularly at MyCSULB to avoid possible cancellation of a newly added class(es).

  • If you are moved from the waitlist into a class, it is your responsibility to drop the class (as with any other class) if you decide not to attend. Failure to do so will result in a 'WU' grade on your record which will lower your grade point average.

  • There is no guarantee you will be moved off the waitlist and enrolled into the class. Once the process to move students from the waitlist has run for the final time and classes have begun, instructors are not required to add students who were waitlisted for the class.

Waitlist Restrictions

Students will be moved from the waitlist into the class if space becomes available, and in the order placed, unless:

  1. There is a time conflict with another registered class. Since potential time conflicts are not checked when you place yourself on a waitlist, you should ensure that waitlisted classes do not conflict with your enrolled schedule.

  2. You are already enrolled in another section of the same course. Do not use waitlisting to try to get into another section of a course in which you are already enrolled, as you will not be moved from the waitlist if space becomes available. You will need to choose whether to take a chance and place yourself on the waitlist of the full section in the hope space becomes available or remain enrolled in the section you have already scheduled.

If you cannot be moved from the waitlist, for either of the reasons given above, you will be skipped and the next student considered. You will not be reconsidered until the next time space becomes available in the class.

Check your schedule regularly at MyCSULB to monitor your position on a waitlist. If you decide you no longer wish to wait for space to become available, you may drop yourself from a waitlist.

Dropping and Withdrawing

Dropping and Withdrawing

Students not attending a class in which they are enrolled must drop or withdraw from the class; failure to do so will result in a failing grade on the student’s record (F or WU).  Students should not assume the University will remove them from a class for non-payment of fees or that the instructor will remove them for non-attendance.

The difference between dropping a class and withdrawing from a class is based on the timing of the student’s decision to stop participating in a class and when they take action on that decision. Dropping occurs when a student takes appropriate action to remove the class(es) from their academic record BEFORE the end of the second week of instruction. Students may drop a class(es) online throughout the self-service registration period without departmental approval. The class(es) will not be included on their transcript and the units will not count toward the Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit. Dropping may affect the tuition calculation and Financial Aid.

Withdrawing occurs when the student takes action AFTER the second week of instruction. Before withdrawing, students should consider the consequences of such an action and consult with their academic advisor since it will generally impact progress towards degree, future course enrollment and financial aid eligibility. Poor academic performance or poor time management is not justification for withdrawing from classes.

Withdrawal after the first two weeks and prior to the final three weeks of classes

When a student decides to stop participating in a class(es) and takes action to withdraw after the first two weeks of instruction, the class will be included on the transcript with a W symbol. The W indicates that the student attempted the class but eventually withdrew prior to completing it for a letter grade. Withdrawn classes will be included in the tuition calculation.

  • Withdrawals during this time period are subject to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit and are permissible only for a serious and compelling reason, per CSULB policy. Withdrawing requires approval from the instructor and chairperson of the department offering the class on the Petition to Withdraw From a Class(es) After the First Two Weeks and Prior to the Final Three Weeks of Instruction. If the petition is approved, a W will be assigned and will appear on the student’s transcript. Poor academic performance or poor time management is not justification for withdrawing from classes.

    CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit policy allows students to withdraw from a maximum of 18 units over the course of their entire CSULB undergraduate career including special sessions, CCPE enrollment and re-enrolling after separation from the University. Once the limit is reached, the student can no longer withdraw and must remain enrolled in the course(s) and the faculty member(s) will assign the appropriate grade(s). Students may review their courses and number of units applied to their Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit by accessing their Student Center in MyCSULB and selecting Withdrawal/Repeats from the pull-down menu in the Academics section.

    Exceptions to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit include:

    • Dropped courses (see Dropping and Withdrawing above)
    • Courses withdrawn prior to Fall 2009
    • Courses in which the student received a symbol of WE
    • Courses withdrawn at other institutions

    If the student has reached the 18-unit withdrawal limit and presents a Petition to Withdraw, the Office of Enrollment Services will inform the student and the faculty member that the Petition cannot be processed. The student must complete the class or initiate the Incomplete process, when appropriate. Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for the class (a WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation). Exceptions to the withdrawal limit will be considered only in rare cases of extraordinary need and documented circumstances, and must be requested in a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy.

  • Withdrawal due to circumstances beyond the student’s control in which a serious personal life situation, illness or accident prevents the student from continuing in their classes and Incompletes or other arrangements with instructors are not possible, may qualify as a Catastrophic Withdrawal-Beyond Student’s Control or Catastrophic Withdrawal-Medical. Such requests normally involve withdrawal of all classes in the term, require thorough and credible documentation, and are not intended to be made more than once during a student’s academic career. In addition to the Catastrophic Withdrawal, the Petition to Withdraw From a Class(es) After the First Two Weeks and Prior to the Final Three Weeks of Instruction with required signatures must also be submitted. When approved, a Catastrophic Withdrawal results in a symbol of WE for every course in the withdrawal term on the student’s transcript; the withdrawn units do not apply to the student’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

    If the request to withdraw is approved but does not meet the definition of a Catastrophic Withdrawal, symbols of W will be assigned and the units will count towards the Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit. If the request to withdraw is not approved, the student must initiate the Incomplete process, if applicable, or complete the class(es). Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F (a WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation).

Catastrophic Withdrawal during the final three weeks of classes

Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction is not permitted unless there are circumstances beyond the student’s control in which a serious personal life situation, illness or accident prevents the student from continuing in their classes and Incompletes or other arrangements with instructors are not possible. Categorized as a Catastrophic Withdrawal, such requests require thorough and credible documentation, normally involve withdrawal of all courses in the term, and are not intended to be made more than once during a student’s academic career. In order to be considered, requests for Catastrophic Withdrawals require support from the instructor, chairperson of the department offering the class, and the Dean of the college in which the class is taught. Final approval can be granted only by the Office of the Provost.

If seeking a Catastrophic Withdrawal, the student should submit the Petition to Withdraw from Classes in Final Three Weeks of Instruction and the applicable Catastrophic Withdrawal Request – Medical OR Catastrophic Withdrawal Request – Beyond Student’s Control no later than the last day of classes in the requested withdrawal term.

  • If approved, a symbol of WE will be assigned for every class in the term; the withdrawn units will not apply toward CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.
  • The student’s refund will be calculated according to the California Code of Regulations.
  • Financial Aid recipients may have to repay all or part of their award and should consult with the Financial Aid Office (BH-101).
  • The student may be required to obtain clearance from an appropriate medical professional prior to subsequent enrollment.
  • Approval may affect an international student’s visa status. International students should contact International Student Services (CIE-Student@csulb.edu).
  • If it is necessary for the student to be out more than one semester, the student may be eligible for an Educational Leave.
  • Falsification of information may lead to disciplinary action by the University.

If the request to withdraw is approved but does not meet the definition of a Catastrophic Withdrawal, a symbol of W will be assigned for every class and the units will count towards CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

If the request to withdraw is not approved, the student must initiate the Incomplete process, if applicable, or complete the class(es). Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F (a WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation).

For additional information, see the Academic Senate Policy Statement pertaining to Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessment.

How Withdrawals affect Refunds and Financial Aid

Students who do not plan to attend CSULB for the semester should drop all classes before the first day of instruction. Dropping or withdrawing from all classes after instruction begins will result in owing pro-rated fees based on the date of the action. Students’ failure to monitor their enrollment and resolve account balances may result in charges and holds preventing access to critical University services.

Prior to withdrawing from classes, students receiving financial aid should visit the Financial Aid Office (BH-101) or review the Financial Aid website.

Educational Leave

Why Take an Educational Leave

Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment at CSULB. In order to maintain continous enrollment, the student must attend and complete at least one class every Fall and Spring semester after he/she is admitted unless the student has applied for an educational leave. Any student who does not attend a Fall and Spring semester and does not obtain an approved educational leave will not be able to register for the next semester. The student will have to re-apply to CSULB and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog dated the year they re-apply.

Please note: while on educational leave, you may not attend another CSU campus. CSULB students who want to attend classes at another CSU institution must meet the eligibility criteria and submit the Concurrent and Visitor Enrollment Form to the Office of Enrollment Services. For information on enrolling at another CSU campus through the Concurrent/Visitor program, go to Enrolling at Other Institutions.

Eligibility

Students may take a leave of absence from CSULB for one or two consecutive semesters without having to re-apply to the University. Students are eligible to apply for an educational leave if they:

  • Are registered at CSULB
  • Are in good academic standing with the University
  • Have completed at least one semester (Fall or Spring) and have earned units at CSULB as an admitted student and not had a break in enrollment
  • Have not filed to graduate in the semester of requested educational leave

How to Request an Educational Leave

  1. If enrolled, the student should drop all classes using MyCSULB for the term in which the leave will be taken.

  2. Students should complete the Application for Educational Leave form obtaining the required signatures.

  3. Students should submit the completed, signed application form to Enrollment Services (BH-101) by the last day of the previous semester.

    • Fall 2016: May 20, 2016
      Deadline to file Application for Educational Leave for Fall (after this date, missed deadline fee of $10.00 applies)
      • Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
    • Spring 2017: December 22, 2016
      Deadline to file Application for Educational Leave for Spring (after this date, missed deadline fee applies)
      • Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
  4. Students who miss this deadline must pay a $10 missed deadline fee. Late applications will be accepted only until the last day of the semester in which the educational leave will be taken.

    • Fall 2016: December 22, 2016
      Last day to file missed deadline Application for Educational Leave for Fall - $10.00 fee applies
      • Last day of semester
    • Spring 2017: May 26, 2017
      Last day to file missed deadline Application for Educational Leave for Spring - fee applies
      • Last day of semester

If a student is subsequently placed on academic disqualification, the University will revoke the approved educational leave. For more information, refer to the University Catalog.

Senior Citizen Program

California residents who are 60 years of age or older may apply for admission to CSULB through the Senior Citizen Education program. Through this program, they will pay greatly reduced fees but will be subject to all other requirements and deadlines for admission, registration and enrollment, including Late Registration Fee payment, if applicable.

Contact Enrollment Services, (BH-101) or (562) 985-5471, for more information.

Visitor, Concurrent, CSU Fully Online and Cross Enrollment Programs

CSULB Students Enrolling at Other Institutions

For information on enrolling at another CSU campus through the CSU Visitor or Concurrent Enrollment or at a University of California or California Community College campus through the Cross-Enrollment program, go to Enrolling at Other Institutions.

CSU Fully Online Program

Full-time CSULB students have access to online courses offered by other CSU campuses through the CSU Fully Online Program.

Enrolling at CSULB From Other Institutions

For information on enrolling at CSULB through the CSU Visitor or Concurrent Enrollment or through the Cross-Enrollment program, go to Enrolling at CSULB from Other Institutions.

Open University

Students who have not applied or have not been admitted to CSULB may be able to take classes through Open University, which is administered by the College of Continuing and Professional Education if space is available. Students will receive academic credit for the classes taken; however, attending classes through Open University does not constitute admission to CSULB. A maximum of 24 units taken through Open University prior to the term of admission may be applied to a degree program. See the University Catalog for details. Students who have been academically disqualified from CSULB will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 6 units per semester with a maximum of 15 units per academic year. For these students, enrollment in Open University will be subject to the Undergraduate Unit Limit for repeats and withdrawals.