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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 and Registration Details 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

Check MyCSULB or your emailed registration appointment notification for your registration access date and time. Access is assigned based upon graduation status, class level and units earned.

Continuing students usually begin registering for Fall in April, for Winter in early November, for Spring in mid-November, and for Summer in mid-March. New students begin registering after all continuing students have had access to register.

Spring 15 Appointment Categories:

Appointment Groups Round 1 (14 units)
Start Dates November 3-21
Round 2 (18 units)
Start Dates December 3-9
Priority Registration* November 3 Day 1 (December 3)
Post-bac Graduating student (filed prior to deadline)** November 4 Day 1 (December 3)
Other Masters/Doctorate November 5 Day 2 (December 4)
Other Post-bac – CRED/CERT/ABD, etc. November 6 Day 2 (December 4)
Undergrad Graduating students (filed prior to deadline)** November 10 Day 1 (December 3)
Other Seniors November 12 Day 3 (December 5)
Juniors November 14 Day 4 (December 8)
Sophomores November 19 Day 5 (December 9)
Freshmen November 21 Day 5 (December 9)

*Students with Priority Registration will be able to register any time after initial appt.
**Has filed to graduate by October 15.

  • Round 1: Unit limit is 14 units
  • Round 2: Unit limit is 18 units
  • Round 3: Exception to Maximum Load begins January 5, requires appeal to Associate Deans

SOAR

  • New Freshmen will be set at 16 unit limit. Unit limit can increase to 18 with advisor approval (beginning December 9)
  • New Transfers will be set at 14 for SOAR and can increase to 18 units during Round 2 consistent with continuing students

Term

  • Last Date to Waitlist – January 5
  • Instruction Begins – January 20

In Person Registration dates:

  • Spring 2015: February 3 - 16, 2015
    In Person Registration and Adjustments

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 and 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 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 2014: January 6, 2014
    Last day to waitlist full classes
  • 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 from Classes

What is CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit?

Undergraduate students may 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 for any reason).

Exceptions to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit include:

  • Courses dropped during the first two weeks of term (see published deadlines for Winter and May Intersessions)
  • 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

Once a student’s total number of withdrawal units reaches the 18 unit maximum, any subsequent Petition to Withdraw will not be processed; therefore, the student will remain enrolled in the course(s) and the faculty member(s) will assign the appropriate grade(s).

Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for the class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation.

Note: Students may appeal this policy by submitting a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. An exception will be considered only in rare cases of extraordinary need and documented circumstances.

For a summary of your total number of units/courses applied to the Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit, go to your Student Center in MyCSULB, in the Academic section select Withdrawal/Repeats in the pull-down menu.

For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limit Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessments

Why Drop/Withdraw?

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.

Prior to withdrawing from classes, students should consider the consequences of this action. After the 2nd week of the term, a withdrawal generally will impact progress towards degree, future course enrollment and future financial aid eligibility. In addition, the withdrawal units will be applied to the student's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

Students should also be aware that after the 2nd week of instruction, class withdrawals are permissible only for serious and compelling reasons and will be subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit. The definition of serious and compelling reasons as applied by faculty and administrators will be defined more narrowly as the term progresses. Please be advised that poor academic performance or poor time management is not justification for withdrawing from classes.

When withdrawal involves a serious, documented medical condition that requires withdrawal from all classes, the student must complete the Medical Withdrawal Petition. The student’s physician must submit a statement confirming the serious illness or injury. If the request for a Medical Withdrawal is approved, the administrative grade of WE is assigned and the class units will not be subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

Students who have any questions regarding their decision to withdraw from a class should consult with their advisor as soon as possible. Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for each class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation.

For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limit Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessments

Does it Matter When Students Drop/Withdraw?

Yes. The date on which a student drops/withdraws will determine:

  1. If or how many signatures of approval are required.
  2. Whether the student receives a full refund, partial refund or no refund.
  3. Whether the class appears on the student’s academic record.
  4. Whether the units assigned to the class are subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for each class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation.

Dropping During Self-Service Registration (see published deadlines).

Students may drop courses online during the self-service registration period; this process does not require departmental approval. Drops during this period will not appear on the student's academic record.

If the student drops below seven units or drops all of their classes, the student will receive an automatic refund of registration fees. For instructions, refer to Changing your schedule in the first two weeks of classes or Changing your schedule starting the third week of classes.

Withdrawal Prior to the Final 3 Weeks of Instruction (prior to the last week of instruction for Winter, May and Summer Sessions)

Class Withdrawals during this period are subject to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit and are permissible only for a serious and compelling reason. Class Withdrawals require approval from the instructor and chairperson of the department offering the class. The definition of "serious and compelling reasons" as applied by faculty and administrators will be defined more narrowly as the term progresses. Students must submit the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) form to Enrollment Services as soon as possible but no later than the established deadline for that term. If the petition is approved, a grade of W will be assigned and the class units will be applied toward the Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit. See Drop/Withdrawal from a Class for instructions.

If the student has reached the maximum withdrawal units allowed 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 should continue to complete the class or initiate the incomplete process, when applicable. Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for each class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation. (see Grades for additional information).

Withdrawal During the Final 3 Weeks of Instruction (until last week of instruction for Winter, May and Summer Sessions)

Class withdrawals during the final 3 weeks of instruction are not permitted except for a very serious and compelling reason such as accident or serious injury that is clearly beyond the student's control and the assignment of an Incomplete grade is inappropriate (see Grades).

In almost all cases, this ) will involve total withdrawal from all classes due to the serious nature of the circumstances, i.e. a documented, serious medical condition that requires withdrawal from all courses, and is accomplished by using the Medical Withdrawal Petition. If the medical withdrawal request is approved, the administrative grade of WE is assigned and the units will not be subject to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

If the basis for the request cannot be substantiated by medical documentation, the documented death of an immediate (not extended) family member, a call from reserve to active military service or a request for only a partial withdrawal, the student should complete the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) including the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) Addendum. In addition, the student must provide appropriate documentation to substantiate the request. Due to the unusual nature of these requests, a withdrawal from a course in the final 3 weeks of instruction requires approval from the instructor, chairperson of the department offering the class, the dean of the college in which the class is taught and the Office of the Provost. These requests are carefully reviewed and approved only when the documentation supports a serious and compelling reason beyond the student's control. If the request is approved and meets the definition above, the administrative grade of WE is assigned and the units will not be subject to CSULB's Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit.

Should the request not be approved, the student must initiate the incomplete process where applicable or complete the class. Students who cease attending class may be assigned a WU or F for each class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation.

For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limit Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessments

Does Dropping Classes Affect Fees, Refunds and Financial Aid?

Yes, it can and does!

Students must drop or withdraw from classes, regardless of the reason, by the refund deadlines to avoid charges or to be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. Students’ failure to track enrollment and resolve student account balances may result in charges and holds which will prevent access to critical university services.

Students who have a financial aid fee deferment in place at the time of registration and are later determined ineligible for aid or decline the aid, must drop their classes. 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 withdrawal. See Refunds for information on how university charges can be affected by dropping or withdrawing from classes.

Students who withdraw from all their classes more than halfway through the semester and have received a financial aid check or had financial aid applied to their account will probably have to repay all or part of the award received. Prior to withdrawing from classes, students should visit the Financial Aid Office (BH-101) or refer to the Financial Aid. website

Withdrawing for Medical Reasons

Students who are seriously ill or injured and need to withdraw from CSULB must obtain the Medical Withdrawal Petition. Both the student and the attending physician or health care provider must complete this form; only a disability (permanent or temporary) will merit a medical withdrawal. Forms must be completed and submitted before the end of the semester.

Students who withdraw from all classes will no longer have access to CSULB services, including library privileges, campus computer labs, and email accounts. In addition,

  • The WE (Withdrawal for Extenuating Circumstances) grades will be posted to the student’s academic record.
  • The approved units will not be subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit
  • The student’s refund will be calculated according to the California Code of Regulations. See Refunds
  • Repeat Medical Withdrawal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; the student may be required to obtain a clearance from an appropriate medical professional prior to subsequent enrollment. For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limit Final Course Grades, Grading Procedures, and Final Assessment
  • Financial Aid recipients may have to repay all or part of their award; check with the Financial Aid Office (BH-101) before withdrawing

Withdrawing for Extenuating Circumstances

If the basis for the withdrawal request cannot be substantiated by medical documentation and the withdrawal request is due to the serious nature of circumstances beyond the student's personal control, i.e. a documented death of an immediate (not extended) family member; a call from reserve to active military service, etc., the student must complete the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) form including the Petition to Withdraw from a Class(es) Addendum. In addition, the student must provide appropriate documentation to substantiate the request. Due to the unusual nature of these requests, approval for withdrawal from a course is required from the instructor, chairperson of the department of the class, the dean of the college in which the class is taught, and the Office of the Provost. These requests are carefully reviewed and approved only when the documentation supports a serious and compelling reason beyond the student’s control. If the request is approved and meets the definition above, the administrative grade(s) of WE is applied and the units will not be subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Withdrawal Limit. If the request is approved and does not meet the definition above, the administrative grade of W will be issued.

Should the request not be approved, the student must initiate the incomplete process where applicable or complete the class. Students who do not follow the appropriate withdrawal procedure and cease attending class will have a symbol of WU or F placed on their record for each class. The WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation.

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.

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 2014: May 23, 2014
      Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
      • Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
    • Spring 2014: December 24, 2013
      Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave without $10 missed deadline fee
      • 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 2014: December 23, 2014
      Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave with $10 missed deadline fee
      • Last day of semester
    • Spring 2014: May 23, 2014
      Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave with $10 missed deadline fee
      • 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, Online CSU Courses, 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.

Concurrent Enrollment Program-Online CSU Courses

Full-time CSULB students have access to online courses offered by other CSU campuses through the CSU CourseMatch program. For additional information about this program, go to Taking Online Classes at Another CSU Campus.

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.