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Enrolling After Classes Start

Changing Class Schedules the First Two Weeks of Classes

During the first two weeks of classes, all enrollment and schedule changes are done online at MyCSULB .

Self Service Registration dates:

  • Fall 2014: April 7 - September 8, 2014
    Self Service Registration and Adjustments
  • Spring 2015: November 3, 2014 - February 2, 2015
    Self Service Registration and Adjustments

Add or "Crash" a Class

Follow these steps to add a class:

  1. Attend class. Don't wait! Go to the first class meeting and check with the instructor to see if there is space available. If a class is full, you can add it only if an already enrolled student drops the class or if a permission to enroll is entered online by your instructor or the department offering the class.

  2. Waitlists are cancelled just before instruction begins and you cannot place yourself on a waitlist once instruction begins. If you were on a waitlist, check your schedule to see if you were enrolled into the class. If you were not enrolled into the class and still want to add, attend class and ask the instructor for permission to add. Instructors are under no obligation to give priority to previously waitlisted students.

  3. Get online permission to enroll in any class that indicates department or instructor consent is required. Many departments add a permission requirement to their classes just before instruction begins. Contact the appropriate department or instructor. If given permission to register, add the class.

    Online permission does not mean that you are enrolled in a class, only that the system will allow you to enroll in the course when you register via MyCSULB. An instructor or department cannot enroll you into a class. You must do it yourself!

  4. Verify your enrollment and check your account summary on MyCSULB immediately for any additional registration and course fees and your payment due date.

  5. Pay your fees. All payments are due the same day of registration. If payment is not made, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing further enrollment activity, transcript and other services. If you are enrolling for the first time on or after the first day of instruction, you will also need to pay a Late Registration Fee.

    The final deadline to pay fees is:

    • Fall 2014: September 22, 2014
      Census
    • Spring 2015: February 16, 2015
      Census

For more information, see Paying Your Fees After Classes Start.

If you are enrolling in a course in order to remove the original grade from your grade point average, see Repeating Courses

Drop a Class

Students should drop or withdraw from classes, regardless of the reason, by the deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. See Refunds.

Students should drop or withdraw at MyCSULB until online Self Service Registration and Adjustments ends for the term:

  • Fall 2014: September 8, 2014
    Deadline to withdraw or drop classes using MyCSULB (by 10:00 pm)
  • Spring 2015: February 2, 2015
    Self Service Registration and Adjustments ends

Attend every class meeting!

Students not attending a class in which they are enrolled must drop/withdraw from the class or receive a failing grade. Students should not assume that the University will drop them for non-payment of fees or that the instructor will drop them for non-attendance. In addition, students must drop/withdraw from classes by the published deadlines to avoid charges or to be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. See Refunds.

Credit by Examination

It is possible to challenge a course by examination and, if successful, to earn a grade of CR. There is no limit on the number of credits a student may receive by examination, but not all courses are available for credit by exam.

Follow these steps to receive credit by examination:

  1. Contact the department offering the course to determine whether credit by exam is available for the course and whether you are eligible to take the course credit by exam.

  2. Complete the 'Petition to Establish Credit by Examination' form, available from the department office.

  3. Obtain written approval on the form from the chair of the department offering the course.

  4. Enroll in the class and make arrangements with the instructor for the examination to be taken, scored and the results reported within the first three weeks of class.

  5. If you pass the exam, credit for the class will appear on your transcript as test credit for the semester and you will be dropped from the class.

    If you do not pass the exam, you may choose to continue in the class or drop as you would any other class.

Changing Class Schedules Starting the Third Week of Classes

Starting the third week of classes, students should complete a Late Registration Request form to enroll or change their schedule. Once the student obtains the necessary approvals, they should present the form in person to Enrollment Services (BH-101). NOTE: Online registration is no longer available in the third week of classes.

In Person Registration dates:

  • Fall 2014: September 9, 2014
    In Person Registration and Adjustments begins
  • Spring 2015: February 3 - 16, 2015
    In Person Registration and Adjustments

The deadline to enroll and make changes to class schedules without a $10 missed deadline fee is:

  • Fall 2014: September 15, 2014
    Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options with NO 10$ missed deadline fee
  • Spring 2015: February 9, 2015
    Deadline to add courses without fee

The final deadline for all enrollment and changes to class schedules is:

  • Fall 2014: September 22, 2014
    Census
  • Enrollment Services will consider late registration requests only if accompanied by a $10 missed deadline fee.

  • Spring 2015: February 16, 2015
    Census
  • Enrollment Services will consider late registration requests only if accompanied by a $10 missed deadline fee.

Students may not attend classes after the final deadline and will not receive credit for classes in which they are not officially enrolled.

Add a Class

Follow these steps to add a class:

  1. Attend the class and check with the instructor to see if there is space available.

  2. Print and complete the Late Registration Request form.

  3. Ask the instructor to approve your request and sign your form.

  4. If the instructor approves your request, go to the department offering the class and ask for the department stamp on your form.

  5. If the department approves your request, bring the completed form to Enrollment Services (BH-101) with your CSULB ID card

  6. Verify your enrollment and check your account summary on MyCSULB immediately for any additional registration and course fees and your payment due date.

  7. Pay your fees. All payments are due the same day of registration. If payment is not made, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing further enrollment activity, transcript and other services. If you are enrolling for the first time on or after the first day of instruction, you will also need to pay a Late Registration Fee.

The final deadline to pay fees is:

  • Fall 2014: September 22, 2014
    Census
  • Spring 2015: February 16, 2015
    Census

For more information, see Paying Your Fees After Classes Start.

If you are enrolling in a course in order to remove the original grade from your grade point average, see Repeating Courses.

Drop or Withdraw from a Class

What is CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit?

Effective Fall 2009, all undergraduate students may withdraw from a maximum of 18 units over the course of their entire CSULB undergraduate career (including special sessions, enrollment by extension, and re-enrolling after separation from the University for any reason).

Exceptions to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit include:

  • Courses dropped during the first two weeks of semester (for Winter and May Intersessions, see published deadlines)
  • Courses taken prior to Fall 2009
  • Courses in which the student received a grade of WE (Withdrawal for Extenuating Circumstances)
  • Courses taken at other institutions

Refer to MyCSULB for a summary report providing the total units which have been applied to your Undergraduate Unit Limit.

For additional information, see Academic Policy Statement 09-07 Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessments

Students should drop or withdraw from classes, regardless of the reason, by the deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund.

Follow the steps below to withdraw from one, some, or all of your classes in person.

To withdraw from a class prior to the final 3 weeks of the semester—with 'W' grade

  1. Print and complete the Petition to Withdraw from a Class

  2. Attach documentation to support the serious and compelling reason for withdrawing, if appropriate

  3. Review your situation with your Instructor. If he/she approves, obtain the Instructor’s signature on this Petition

  4. Review your situation with the Department Chair. If he/she approves, obtain the Department Chair’s signature on this Petition

  5. Make a copy of all documents for your records

  6. Submit completed form to Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101, by the established deadline

  7. Check your class schedule at MyCSULB to ensure that the ‘W’ grade(s) was recorded

  8. For undergraduates, check your withdrawal limit on MyCSULB

To Withdraw from a class during the final 3 weeks of a semester — with 'W' grade

  1. Print and Complete the Petition to Withdraw from a Class

  2. Attach documentation to support the serious and compelling reason for withdrawing

  3. Review your situation with your Instructor. If he/she approves, obtain the Instructors’ signature on the Petition

  4. Review your situation with the Department Chair. If he/she approves, obtain the Department Chair’s signature on the Petition

  5. Print and Complete the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) Addendum

  6. Review your situation with the Dean of the College. If he/she approves, obtain the Dean’s signature on the Addendum

  7. Make a copy of all documents for your records

  8. Submit completed form to Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101, prior to the established deadline

  9. Continue to attend classes until a decision is made on your ‘Petition to Withdraw.’ Once a final decision on your Petition has been made, an email notification will be sent to you

  10. If Petition is approved , check your class schedule at MyCSULB to ensure that the ‘W’ grade(s) was recorded

  11. For undergraduates, check your withdrawal limit on MyCSULB

  12. If Petition is not approved, you must initiate the incomplete process where applicable or complete the class

The final deadline to withdraw from a class is:

  • Fall 2014: December 23, 2014
    Last day of semester
  • Deadline to withdraw with college dean's and Provost signature

  • Spring 2015: May 8, 2015
    Deadline to drop with college dean's signature
  • Deadline to withdraw with college dean's and Provost signature

Class withdrawals are not permitted after the last day of instruction.

Attend every class meeting!

Students not attending a class in which they are enrolled must drop/withdraw from the class or receive a failing grade. Students should not assume that the University will drop them for non-payment of fees or that the instructor will drop them for non-attendance. In addition, students must drop/withdraw from classes by the published deadlines to avoid charges or to be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. See Refunds.

Change Your Grading Option

Under certain circumstances the student may choose to take a class for credit/no credit (CR/NC) instead of a letter grade. The student may also attend a class and receive no recorded grade (audit the class). No class that a student audits will count towards an academic program.

In Person Registration dates:

  • Fall 2014: September 9 - 22, 2014
    In Person Registration and Adjustments
  • Spring 2015: February 3 - 16, 2015
    In Person Registration and Adjustments

All grading option changes must be submitted by:

  • Fall 2014: September 15, 2014
    Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options with NO 10$ missed deadline fee
  • Spring 2015: February 9, 2015
    Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options without fee

Request Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)

Follow these steps to request a CR/NC grading option:

  1. Be sure you are already enrolled in the class or have approval to add the class on the '' form.

  2. Check your CSULB Catalog or ask your program advisor about restrictions on CR/NC classes. Late Registration RequestYou can also go to What is the Credit/No Credit Option?

  3. Go to the Enrollment Services website and print out a 'Grade Option' form.

  4. Ask your program advisor to approve your request and sign your form.

  5. If your advisor approves your request, go to the department offering the class and ask for the department stamp of approval on your form.

  6. Bring the completed form to Enrollment Services (BH- 101) with your CSULB ID card by the deadline:

    • Fall 2014: September 15, 2014
      Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options with NO 10$ missed deadline fee
    • Spring 2015: February 9, 2015
      Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options without fee

Audit a Class

Follow these steps to request an audit grading option:

  1. Be sure you are already enrolled in the class or have approval to add the class on the 'Late Registration Request' form.

  2. Go to the Enrollment Services website and print out a 'Grade Option' form

  3. Ask the instructor to approve your request and sign your form.

  4. If the instructor approves your request, bring the completed form to Enrollment Services (BH-101) with your CSULB ID card by the deadline:

    • Fall 2014: September 15, 2014
      Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options with NO 10$ missed deadline fee
    • Spring 2015: February 9, 2015
      Deadline to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options without fee

For more information, see Grading.