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Key Dates and Deadlines

This section of the website is your one-stop information page on important dates and deadlines you need to be aware of.  Whether you are applying to CSULB and need to know when to apply for admission and financial aid or whether you are a newly admitted or current student wanting to know registration information for each semester, all of this information can be found below.  

Additionally, this page directs you to other important deadlines such as final exam schedules and when to apply for graduation.

 

Application Deadlines - Fall 

Fall 2018 
All Applications accepted beginning October 1, 2017

Fall 2018 Admission Deadlines

Audience 

Deadlines

Freshmen

November 30, 2017

Lower Division Transfer 
Closed with the exception of highly-qualified Nursing applicants by referral of the department.

November 30, 2017

Upper Division Transfer

November 30, 2017

Second Bachelors
Open only for highly qualified applicants to the following majors: Foreign Languages, Nursing, Engineering, Natural Sciences (with the exception of Biological Sciences), and Math.

November 30, 2017

Returning CSULB Students
No college work completed elsewhere since CSULB.

May 31, 2018

Teacher Credential

May 31, 2018

Master's Programs & Certificates

Varies by program but no later than May 31, 2018

CSU Visitor or Concurrent
Applicants must have obtained at least junior status to be considered.

August 4, 2018

Cross-Enrollment

Closed to All Applicants

Application Deadlines - Spring 

Spring 2018
Transfer Applications accepted beginning  August 1, 2017.  
Please Note: Spring Admission is only open to Transfer Students.

Spring 2018 Admission Deadlines

Audience 

Deadlines

Freshmen

Closed to all applicants

Lower Division Transfer 
Closed with the exception of highly-qualified Nursing applicants by referral of the department.

September 8, 2017

Upper Division Transfer

September 8, 2017

Second Bachelors
Open only for highly qualified applicants to the following majors: Foreign Languages, Nursing, Engineering, Natural Scinces (with the exception of Biological Sciences), and Math.

September 8, 2017

Returning CSULB Students
No college work completed elsewhere since CSULB.

November 1, 2017

Teacher Credential

November 1, 2017

Master's Programs & Certificates

Varies by program but no later than November 1, 2017

CSU Visitor or Concurrent
Applicants must have obtained at least junior status to be considered.

November 1, 2017

Cross-Enrollment

Closed to All Applicants

Registration Dates and Deadlines- Fall 

The following grid is organized by date.  The description column gives you detailed information and any links to forms or additional information.

Fall 2017 Dates and Deadlines

Event 

Description

Dates 

Schedule of Classes Available         

Schedule of Classes posted online, so you can begin your class planning. During this time, you can validate certain classes to see if you are eligible to enroll in your selected classes. 

March 13, 2017

Residency Reclassification Deadline

Deadline to be reclassified as a California Resident. Students must submit the Residence Reclassification form (PDF) and appropriate supporting documents.  For more information, please visit the Residency website.

April 1, 2017

Online Class Registration Begins

Continuing students can begin to register for classes through your MyCSULB Student CenterPlease see your email registration appointment for more information.

April 3, 2017

Online Registration
and Adjustments Period 

During this period of time, you can adjust your schedule through your MyCSULB Student Center.  Please make sure to consult with your assigned advisor and use your Degree Planner to navigate the best path to your degree. 


April 3 - September 11, 2017

Educational Leave Deadline
(No Fee)

Deadline to file an Educational Leave for Fall without a missed deadline fee. (After this date, missed deadline fee of $10.00 applies)

May 26, 2017

18 Unit Registration
(Round 2 Registration)

Round 2 Registration. This is the first day you can register up to 18 unitsYou will receive an email notification informing you of this.

July 24, 2017

CSU Visitor/Concurrent
Enrollment Deadline

For Non-CSULB students who wish to take a course at CSULB. View the Visitor section of our website for more information.

August 4, 2017

Waitlist Deadline 

This is the last day to waitlist for full classes.  For more information, visit Waitlisting for Classes

August 14, 2017

Fee Payment Deadline

Deadline to pay your fees before instruction begins. 

August 16, 2017

Registration Unavailable 

Registration through your MyCSULB Student Center is unavailable during this time.

August 24-25, 2017

Full Refund Drop Deadline

Deadline to drop from all classes and receive a full refund.

August 27, 2017

First Day of Class Instruction

Classes Begin for the Fall semester.  Explore CSULB, learn about parking options and view a campus map (PDF) to orient yourself with CSULB!

August 28, 2017

Late Registration Fee

Once classes begin, there will be an additional fee for Late Registration ($25 non-refundable).

August 28, 2017

Open University Enrollment Begins

Open University provides an opportunity for those people who are not currently admitted to CSULB to enroll in courses offered by the university. (CCPE students looking to enroll in a state university course)

August 28 -
September 25, 2017

Online Registration and
Adjustments Ends

This is the last day you can register for classes or make adjustments to your class schedule via the MyCSULB Student Center.

September 11, 2017

Drop Class Deadline
(Without W)

This is the the drop class deadline without receiving a "W" on your official university record.  Use the MyCSULB Student Center, by 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit Dropping vs. Withdrawing.

September 11, 2017

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees

Deadline for partial withdrawal with refund of fees.  See Tuition and Fees for more information. 

September 11, 2017

In Person Registration &
Adjustments Period

During this period, you can come to the Enrollment Services windows to register and adjust your schedule. Enrollment Services is located on the first floor of Brotman Hall.

September 12 -25, 2017

Add Course Deadline (No Fee)

In order to make adjustments to your schedule, you need to consult with the instructor of the course for space availability and use the Late Registration Request Form (PDF) and bring it to the Enrollment Services Windows.  This is the last day before a fee is assessed. 

September 18, 2017

Deadline to file CR/NC (No Fee)

Last Day to file Credit/No Credit without a $10 fee.  Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. 

September 18, 2017

Deadline to file Credit by Examination

In order to file a credit by examination, you must contact your department for the proper form.  Once approved by the department, it must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the deadline stated.

September 18, 2017

Add Course Final Deadline 
(With Fee) 

Last day to add courses with a $10 missed deadline fee.

September 25, 2017

Final Deadline for CR/NC or
Audit Grade Options with Fee

Last Day to file Credit/No Credit  or Audit Grade Option with a $10 fee.  Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. 

September 25, 2017

University Census

On this day, CSULB takes a "snapshot" of all students' enrollment  which becomes the "official enrollment" that is used for both state reporting and select financial aid programs.

September 25, 2017

Open University
Enrollment Ends

Open University provides an opportunity for those people who are not currently admitted to CSULB to enroll in courses offered by the university.

September 25, 2017

Withdrawal Deadline 
From All Classes (with
Instructor /Department Signatures)

Deadline to withdraw from all classes with Instructor and Department Chair signatures.  When you stop participating in class and withdraw after the second week and prior to the final three weeks of instruction, the class will be included on your transcript with a W symbol. Visit Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

November 17, 2017

Catastrophic Withdrawals 
(Last Three Weeks of Class)

If seeking a Catastrophic Withdrawal, the student should submit the Petition to Withdraw from Classes in Final Three Weeks of Instruction (PDF) and the applicable Catastrophic Withdrawal Request - Medical  (PDF) OR  Catastrophic Withdrawal Request - Beyond Student’s Control  (PDF)  no later than the last day of instruction in the requested semester. Visit Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

November 18 - 
December 12, 2017

Last Day of Instruction

Last day of class instruction before final exams begin.

December 12, 2017

Catastrophic Withdrawal Deadline

Last Day to submit a Catastrophic Withdrawal request. Visit  Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

December 12, 2017

Final Exams Begin

For more detailed information on days and times of final exams, visit the Final Exam Schedule.

December 13-19, 2017

Last Day of Semester

Last Day of the Fall Semester. 

December 22, 2017

Educational Leave Deadline (Fee)

Last day to file an Educational Leave  for the Fall Semester.  $10.00 fee applies.

December 22, 2017

Registration Dates and Deadlines- Spring 

The following grid is organized by date.  The description column gives you detailed information and any links to forms or additional information.

Spring 2018 Dates and Deadlines

Event 

Description

Dates 

Schedule of Classes Available         

Schedule of Classes posted online, so you can begin your class planning. During this time, you can validate certain classes to see if you are eligible to enroll in your selected classes. 

October 9, 2017

Online Class Registration Begins

Continuing students can begin to register for classes through your MyCSULB Student Center Please see your email registration appointment for more information.

October 30, 2017

Online Registration
and Adjustments Period 

During this period of time, you can adjust your schedule through your MyCSULB Student Center.  Please make sure to consult with your assigned advisor and use your Degree Planner to navigate the best path to your degree. 


October 30, 2017

Residency Reclassification Deadline

Deadline to be reclassified as a California Resident. Students must submit the Residence Reclassification form (PDF) and appropriate supporting documents.  For more information, please visit the Residency website.

November 1, 2017

Educational Leave Deadline
(No Fee)

Deadline to file an Educational Leave for Spring without a fee. (After this date, missed deadline fee of $10.00 applies)

December 22, 2017

18 Unit Registration
(Round 2 Registration)

Round 2 Registration. This is the first day you can register up to 18 unitsYou will receive an email notification informing you of this.

TBD

CSU Visitor/Concurrent
Enrollment Deadline

For Non-CSULB students who wish to take a course at CSULB. View the Visitor section of our website for more information.

Closed 

Waitlist Deadline 

This is the last day to waitlist for full classes.  For more information, visit Waitlisting for Classes

January 8, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Deadline to  pay your fees before instruction begins. See Tuition and Fees for more information.

January 10, 2018

Registration Unavailable 

Registration through your MyCSULB Student Center is unavailable during this time.

January 18-19, 2018

Full Refund Drop Deadline

Deadline to drop from all classes and receive a full refund. See Tuition and Fees for more infromation. 

January 21, 2018

First Day of Class Instruction

Classes Begin for the Spring semester.   Explore CSULB, learn about parking options and view a campus map (PDF) to orient yourself with CSULB!

January 22, 2018

Late Registration Fee

Once classes begin, there will be an additional fee for Late Registration ($25 non-refundable).

January 22, 2018

Open University
Enrollment Begins

Open University provides an opportunity for those people who are not currently admitted to CSULB to enroll in courses offered by the university. (CCPE students looking to enroll in a state university course)

January 22, 2018

Online Registration and
Adjustments Ends

This is the last day you can register for classes or make adjustments to your class schedule via the MyCSULB Student Center.

February 4, 2018

Drop Class Deadline
(Without W)

This is the the drop class deadline without receiving a "W" on your official university record.  Use the MyCSULB Student Center, by 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit Dropping vs. Withdrawing.

February 4, 2018

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees.  See Tuition and Fees for more information. 

February 4, 2018

In Person Registration &
Adjustments Period

During this period, you can come to the Enrollment Services windows to register and adjust your schedule. Enrollment Services is located on the first floor of Brotman Hall.

February 5-16, 2018

Add Course Deadline (No Fee)

In order to make adjustments to your schedule, you need to consult with the instructor of the course for space availability and use the Late Registration Request Form (PDF) and bring it to the Enrollment Services Windows.  This is the last day before a fee is assessed. 

February 9, 2018

Deadline to file CR/NC (No Fee)

Last Day to file Credit/No Credit without a $10 fee.  Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. 

February 9, 2018

Deadline to file Credit by Examination

In order to file a credit by examination, you must contact your department for the proper form.  Once approved by the department, it must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the deadline stated.

February 9, 2018

Add Course Final Deadline 
(With Fee) 

Last day to add courses with a $10 missed deadline fee.

February 16, 2018

Final Deadline for CR/NC or
Audit Grade Options with Fee

Last Day to file Credit/No Credit  or Audit Grade Option with a $10 fee.  Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. 

February 16, 2018

University Census

On this day, CSULB takes a "snapshot" of all students' enrollment  which becomes the "official enrollment" that is used for both state reporting and select financial aid programs.

February 16, 2018

Open University
Enrollment Ends

Open University provides an opportunity for those people who are not currently admitted to CSULB to enroll in courses offered by the university.

February 16, 2018

Withdrawal Deadline 
From All Classes (with
Instructor /Department Signatures)

Deadline to withdraw from all classes with Instructor and Department Chair signatures.  When you stop participating in class and withdraw after the second week and prior to the final three weeks of instruction, the class will be included on your transcript with a W symbol. Visit  Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

May 11, 2018

Catastrophic Withdrawals 
(Last Three Weeks of Class)

If seeking a Catastrophic Withdrawal, the student should submit the Petition to Withdraw from Classes in Final Three Weeks of Instruction (PDF) and the applicable Catastrophic Withdrawal Request - Medical  (PDF)  OR  Catastrophic Withdrawal Request - Beyond Student’s Control  (PDF) no later than the last day of instruction in the requested semester. Visit Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

April 21-
May 11, 2018

Last Day of Instruction

Last day of class instruction before final exams begin.

May 11, 2018

Catastrophic Withdrawal Deadline

Last Day to submit a Catastrophic Withdrawal request.  Visit  Dropping vs. Withdrawing for detailed information. 

May 11, 2018

Final Exams Begin

For more detailed information on days and times of final exams, visit the Final Exam Schedule.

May 14-19, 2018

Last Day of Semester

Last Day of the Spring Semester. 

May 25, 2018

Educational Leave Deadline
(Fee)

Last day to file an Educational Leave  for the Spring Semester.  $10.00 fee applies.

May 25, 2018

Registration Dates - (Summer/Winter/May Intersession)

Financial Aid Deadlines 

You should apply for financial aid every year.

  • The new financial aid application becomes available each October 1 (for the next academic year).
  • The priority filing deadline for the new application is March 2 (10 pm west coast time).
  • Complete your aid application for each new academic year any time between October 1 and March 2 
    to be considered for the greatest number of aid programs.
  • You must file by the priority deadline to be considered for CSULB or California State financial aid.

Visit Financial Aid for more information on options available based on your education program

Final Exam Schedule

Fall 2017 
Wednesday through Tuesday, December 13-19, 2017.

Spring 2018 
Monday through Saturday, May 14-19, 2018.

Visit the Final Exam Schedule for detailed information on exact days and times. 

When Do I Apply to Graduate? 

Undergraduate Students:

When to Apply to Graduate

Graduation Semester

Apply to Graduate Deadline

FALL

Preceding March 1

WINTER

Preceding March 1

SPRING

Preceding October 15

SUMMER

Preceding October 15

Visit Apply To Graduate - Undergraduate Students for detailed instructions and more information.


Graduate Students:

When to Apply to Graduate

Graduation Term 

Apply to Graduate Deadline

Application Window

FALL

Preceding March 1

November 1 through March 1 

WINTER

Preceding March 1

November 1 through March 1 

SPRING

Preceding October 15

March 15 through October 15

SUMMER

Preceding October 15

March 15 through October 15

Visit Apply To Graduate - Graduate Students for detailed instructions and more information.

Deadlines for Reinstatement

Deadlines for Filing for Reinstatement

Reinstatement Semester

Deadline

Spring 2018

November 1, 2017

Fall 2018

November 30, 2017

For detailed information on the Reinstatement process, visit Understanding Your Academic Standing.