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Important CSULB Policies & Requirements

Students’ progress is often affected by university policy and requirements, which are approved by the University’s Academic Senate.

Of particular importance to undergraduates are policies detailing the:

Timely Graduation

To ensure that upper-division students are on a clear path to a timely graduation and maintain good progress toward degree completion, the university restricts students who have achieved senior status from changing their degree objectives without permission.

Students who have earned between 120-132 Timely Graduation units must:

  • File for graduation
  • File an appeal to add any degree objective or to extend their graduation date.

Additional details and the university policy are available online. 

Repetition of Courses and Grade Forgiveness

Undergraduate students may repeat 28 units during their entire CSULB undergraduate career. A maximum of 16 units can be repeated for grade forgiveness, in which the first grade is excluded from the student's GPA.

Additional details and the university policy are available online. 

Withdrawing from Courses


During their entire CSULB undergraduate career, students may withdraw from a maximum of 18 units, including

  • Special sessions
  • CCPE enrollment, and
  • Re-enrolling after separation from the University for any reason.

Additional details and the university policy are available online.


Maximum Student Load

Undergraduate students are limited to 18 units per semester. They may register for up to 16 units during the initial registration period and may add an additional two units two-three weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Additional details and the university policy are available online.

Educational Leave

Matriculated undergraduate or graduate students, in good standing, who have completed at least one semester and earned units may apply for an Educational Leave for a minimum of 1 semester or a maximum of 2 semesters.