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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 2021
All Applications accepted beginning October 15, 2020

Fall 2021 Admission Deadlines

Audience 

Deadlines

Freshmen

December 15, 2020

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

December 15, 2020

Upper Division Transfer

December 15, 2020

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.

December 15, 2020

Returning CSULB Students
No college work completed elsewhere since CSULB.

December 15, 2020

 

Reinstatement (Disqualified) CSULB Students
For detailed information on the Reinstatement process,
visit  Academic Standing and Appeals.

 

December 15, 2020

Teacher Credential

June 1, 2021

Master's Programs & Certificates

Varies by program but no later than June 1, 2021

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

August 3, 2021

Cross-Enrollment

Closed to All Applicants

Application Deadlines: Spring 

Spring 2021
Transfer Applications accepted beginning  August 1, 2020

Spring 2021 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.

August 31, 2020

Upper Division Transfer

August 31, 2020

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.

August 31, 2020

Returning CSULB Students
No college work completed elsewhere since CSULB.

August 31, 2020

Reinstatement (Disqualified) CSULB Students
For detailed information on the Reinstatement process,
visit 
Academic Standing and Appeals.

August 31, 2020

Teacher Credential

November 1, 2020

Master's Programs & Certificates

Varies by program but no later than November 1, 2020

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

January 2, 2021

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 2021 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 22, 2021

Residency Reclassification Deadline

Deadline to be reclassified as a California Resident. You must submit the Residence Reclassification form and supporting documents. See Residency for details.

April 1

Class Registration Begins

Continuing students can begin to register for classes through the MyCSULB Student Center. Registration appointment times are determined by graduation status, class level and units earned. Review your registration appointment email and visit Registration Information for details.

April 5, 2021

Self-Service 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 5 - September 6, 2021

Educational Leave Deadline
(No Fee)

Deadline to file an Educational Leave for Fall without a missed deadline fee. (After this date, a $10 missed deadline fee will apply.)

May 21, 2021

$500 Partial Payment Deadline

Deadline to deposit $500 for Fall to avoid class cancellation. 

July 14, 2021

CSU Visitor/Concurrent
Enrollment Deadline

Deadline for non-CSULB students who wish to take a course at CSULB to enroll. See Visitors to CSULB for details. 

July 30, 2021

Petition for Exception to Maximum Unit Load

The first day students can go above 18 units with an approved petition.

August 2, 2021

Waitlist Deadline 

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

August 9, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

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

August 11, 2021

Full Refund Drop Deadline

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

August 22, 2021

First Day of Class Instruction

Classes begin for the Fall semester.

August 23, 2021

Late Registration Fee

Once classes begin, there is an additional $25 nonrefundable fee for late registration.

August 23, 2021

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 23 -
September 20, 2021

Self-Service Registration and
Adjustments Ends

This is the last day you can register for classes or make adjustments to your class schedule in MyCSULB Student Center without approval. (After this date, you'll need approval to add or withdraw from classes.)

September 6, 2021

Drop Class Deadline
(Without W)

Deadline to drop a class without receiving a W on your official university record. Drops must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m. For more information, visit Dropping and Withdrawing.

September 6, 2021

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees

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

September 6, 2021

Permission to Add (with Approval Only)

Use the Permission to Add process in MyCSULB Student Center to request to add a class to your schedule. Since class instructor and department approvals are required, you must contact the class instructor and get approval before you submit the request. (After the deadline, the request is considered an exception to academic policy and you must get faculty approval prior to submitting the request. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply when you submit the request after the deadline, regardless of the outcome.)

September 7 - 13, 2021

Withdraw (with Approval Only)

Use the Withdraw process in MyCSULB Student Center to request to withdraw from a class with a W. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for more information.

September 7 - November 19, 2021

Grade Option Change Request Deadline (No Fee)

Deadline to submit a Grade Option Change Request for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU) without a fee. Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for details. (After this date, a $10 missed deadline fee will apply.)

September 13, 2021

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 at ES-Registration@csulb.edu by the deadline stated.

September 13, 2021

Late Add

During the fourth week of class, you may only add a class if extenuating circumstances prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. Such requests are an exception to academic policy and require documentation. Contact the class instructor and get approval before submitting your Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center. Class instructor and department approvals are required. There is a $10 missed deadline fee to submit your request, regardless of the outcome.

September 14 - 20, 2021

Grade Option Change Request Final Deadline (with Fee)

Final deadline to submit a Grade Option Change Request for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU). Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply.

September 20, 2021

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 20, 2021

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 20, 2021

Deadline to Withdraw From All Classes for Pro-rated Refund

Deadline to withdraw from all classes and receive a pro-rated refund. Students who withdraw from all classes after this date will be assessed full tuition charges for the term. See Tuition and Fees for details.

October 27, 2021

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

Deadline to withdraw from all classes with Instructor and Department Chair approval. 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 and Withdrawing for details.

November 19, 2021

Catastrophic Withdrawals 
(Last Three Weeks of Class)

Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction is not permitted unless there are serious and extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from continuing in your classes and Incompletes are not possible. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for details.

November 20 - 
December 10, 2021

Last Day of Class Instruction

Last day of class instruction before final exams begin.

December 10, 2021

Catastrophic Withdrawal Deadline

Last day to submit a Catastrophic Withdrawal request. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for detailed information. 

December 10, 2021

Final Exams Begin

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

December 13 - 18, 2021

Last Day of Semester

Last day of the Fall semester. 

December 23, 2021

Educational Leave Deadline (with Fee)

Last day to file an Educational Leave for the Fall Semester. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply.

December 23, 2021

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 2021 Dates and Deadlines

Event 

Description

Dates 

Schedule of Classes Available         

The Schedule of Classes will be posted online so that you can begin your class planning. Before registration begins, you can validate certain classes to see if you're eligible to enroll.

October 5, 2020

Residency Reclassification Deadline

Deadline to be reclassified as a California Resident. You must submit the Residence Reclassification form (PDF) and supporting documents. See Residency for details.

November 1

Class Registration Begins

Continuing students can begin to register for classes through the MyCSULB Student Center. Registration appointment times are determined by graduation status, class level and units earned. Review your registration appointment email and visit Registration Information for details.

November 2, 2020

Self-Service 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. 


November 2 - February 1, 2021

Educational Leave Deadline
(No Fee)

Deadline to file an Educational Leave for Spring without a fee. (After this date, a $10 missed deadline fee will apply.)

December 18, 2020

CSU Visitor/Concurrent
Enrollment Deadline

Deadline for non-CSULB students who wish to take a course at CSULB to enroll. See Visitors to CSULB for details.

January 4, 2021

Waitlist Deadline 

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

January 4, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

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

January 6, 2021

Full Refund Drop Deadline

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

January 18, 2021

First Day of Class Instruction

Classes begin for the Spring semester.

January 19, 2021

Late Registration Fee

Once classes begin, there is an additional $25 nonrefundable fee for late registration.

January 19, 2021

Open University
Enrollment Begins

Open University provides an opportunity for those 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 19, 2021

Drop Class Deadline
(without W)

Deadline to drop a class without receiving a W on your official university record. Drops must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m. For more information, visit Dropping and Withdrawing.

February 1, 2021

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees

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

February 1, 2021

Self-Service Registration and
Adjustments Ends

This is the last day you can register for classes or make adjustments to your class schedule in MyCSULB Student Center without approval. (After this date, you'll need approval to add or withdraw from classes.)

February 1, 2021

Permission to Add (with Approval Only)

Use the Permission to Add process in MyCSULB Student Center to request to add a class to your schedule. Since class instructor and department approvals are required, you must contact the class instructor and get approval before you submit the request. (After the deadline, the request is considered an exception to academic policy and you must get faculty approval prior to submitting the request. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply when you submit the request after the deadline, regardless of the outcome.)

February 2 - 8, 2021

Withdraw (with Approval Only)

Use the Withdraw process in MyCSULB Student Center to request to withdraw from a class with a W. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for details.

February 2 - April 16, 2021

Grade Option Change Request Deadline (No Fee)

Deadline to submit a Grade Option Change Request for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU) without a fee. Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for details. (After this date, a $10 missed deadline fee will apply.)

February 8, 2021

Deadline to File Credit by Examination

In order to file for credit by examination, you must contact your department for the proper form. Once approved by the department, it must be submitted to Enrollment Services at ES-Registration@csulb.edu by the deadline.

February 8, 2021

Late Add

During the fourth week of class, you may only add a class if extenuating circumstances prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. Such requests are an exception to academic policy and require documentation. Contact the class instructor and get approval before submitting your Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center. Class instructor and department approvals are required. There is a $10 missed deadline fee to submit your request, regardless of the outcome.

February 9 - 15, 2021

Grade Option Change Request Final Deadline (with Fee)

Final deadline to submit a Grade Option Change Request for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU). Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply.

February 15, 2021

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 15, 2021

Open University
Enrollment Ends

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

February 15, 2021

Deadline to Withdraw From All Classes for Pro-rated Refund 

Deadline to withdraw from all classes and receive a pro-rated refund. Students who withdraw from all classes after this date will be assessed full tuition charges for the term. See Tuition and Fees for details. 

March 25, 2021

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

Deadline to withdraw from all classes with Instructor and Department Chair approval. 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 and Withdrawing for details.

April 16, 2021

Catastrophic Withdrawals 
(Last Three Weeks of Class)

Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction is not permitted unless there are serious and extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from continuing in your classes and Incompletes are not possible. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for details.

April 17-
May 7, 2021

Last Day of Class Instruction

Last day of class instruction before final exams begin.

May 7, 2021

Catastrophic Withdrawal Deadline

Last day to submit a Catastrophic Withdrawal request. Visit Dropping and Withdrawing for details.

May 7, 2021

Final Exams Begin

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

May 10-15, 2021

Last Day of Semester

Last day of the Spring semester.

May 21, 2021

Educational Leave Deadline
(with Fee)

Last day to file an Educational Leave for the Spring semester. A $10 missed deadline fee will apply.

May 21, 2021

 

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

Spring 2021
Spring Final Exam Days are Monday through Saturday, May 10-15

Fall 2020
Fall Final Exam Days are Monday through Saturday, December 14-19

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

When Do I Apply to Graduate? 

Undergraduate Students:

Graduation Term 

Apply to Graduate Deadline

Application Window

FALL

Preceding March 1

October 16 through March 1 

WINTER

Preceding March 1

October 16 through March 1 

SPRING

Preceding October 15

March 2 through October 15

SUMMER

Preceding October 15

March 2 through 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

October 16 through March 1 

WINTER

Preceding March 1

October 16 through March 1 

SPRING

Preceding October 15

March 2 through October 15

SUMMER

Preceding October 15

March 2 through October 15

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