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Permission to Add

During the first two weeks of class, you may add classes using self-service registration on MyCSULB Student Center.

Starting the third week of class, if you wish to add a class, you must complete the online Permission to Add request on MyCSULB Student Center. The Permission to Add process is only used to add classes after the self-service registration deadline has passed.

Students may use self-service registration until the end of the second week of class (or proportionate for winter or summer terms). If you must add a class during the third or fourth week of class, you will need to use the Permission to Add request on MyCSULB Student Center. Class instructor and department approvals are required. All requests to add classes must be completed (including approvals) by the last day to enroll for the term, which can be found at Key Dates and Deadlines.

Guidelines

  • Clear all registration holds before submitting this request. If you have a hold on your registration, Enrollment Services will not be able to process your request and your request will be denied.
  • Registration transactions may result in additional charges to your account balance. You are responsible for confirming your account balance and payment due date regularly on MyCSULB Student Center. See Tuition and Fees for more information.
  • Make sure that you use the correct class number for each class you wish to add.
  • If you wish to add a class on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU) basis, you must be enrolled in the class before submitting the Grade Option Change Request. See Understanding Grades and Grading for more information.

Instructions

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Submit a Permission to Add request

Select Enroll in MyCSULB Student Center. 

Enroll option in Academics menu

Select Permission to Add.

The Enroll menu

Select Create New Request to continue.

Screenshot of Create New Request button

The instructor and the department that offers the class may choose to waive certain restrictions so that you may:

  • Add a closed (or full) class
  • Add a class that you met the requisites for by taking a class at another institution that isn't recorded on your transcript yet
  • Add a class that requires instructor/departmental consent

Screenshot of Permission to Add instructions page and Next button

Select Next to continue.

Screenshot of Class Number field and instructions

Enter the four- or five-digit class number for the class you wish to add in the Class Nbr field. You can use the Schedule of Classes to find this number.

Use the Tab key after entering the class number to continue in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you are using Safari, use the Return key after entering the class number to continue. If the class you selected requires a corresponding lab, activity, or other co-requisite, an alert will appear and you will need to select the corresponding section before continuing.

Related Class Section menu

The class units and a text box to enter your justification will appear if you entered a valid class number.

Class units and justification fields

Double-check the number of units. If you are registering for a variable unit class, enter the number of units.

Provide the reason for your request in the Justification field. Please be specific to avoid delays in reviewing your request. Be sure to include the following information if it is relevant to your request:

  • If the class is a major requirement
  • If you need the class to graduate on time
  • If the class is full

Select Submit. Your request will automatically go to the class instructor for review and approval. If the instructor approves, then the request will go to the department for review and approval.

Screenshot of Submission confirmation page

Once your request is approved or denied, you will receive an email notification. You are not officially registered in the class until you receive an email notification that your request was approved and processed. Please allow 2 to 3 business days for processing.

Check the status of a request

Select Enroll in MyCSULB Student Center. 

Enroll option in Academics menu

Select Permission to Add.

The Enroll menu

If you have any existing requests, they will be listed here. Select View Detail for a request to see more information about the request status.

View Detail button

Cancel a request

It is your responsibility to cancel a request if you no longer wish to enroll in a class. You can cancel your request until the instructor approves it. Once your request is processed, you will need to follow the Dropping and Withdrawing instructions to withdraw from the class.

Select Enroll in MyCSULB Student Center. 

Enroll option in Academics menu

Select Permission to Add.

The Enroll menu

If you have any existing requests, they will be listed here. Select View Detail for the request you wish to cancel.

View Detail button

If the instructor has not yet approved your request, you will be able to select Cancel Request.

Request details and Cancel Request button


Frequently Asked Questions

Who reviews my request?

After you submit your request, it will automatically go to the class instructor and the department that offers the class. Class instructor and department approvals are required.

How long will it take for my request to be approved or denied?

Your request must receive class instructor and department approvals. Please allow 2 to 3 business days for processing. Once your request is processed, you will receive an email notifying you that your request was approved or denied. You are not officially registered until you receive an email notification that your request was approved and processed.

Can I get approval to register for a closed class?

The instructor and the department that offers the class may override the restriction to allow you to add a closed (or full) class.​

When you submit your request, be sure to include details to help the instructor understand your justification for an override. Please be specific to avoid delays in reviewing your request. For example, if you need to enroll in the class to graduate on time, be sure to explain this in your justification.

Approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the instructor and the department that offers the class.

What if I completed the requisite(s) for a class at another college or university?

If you met the requisite for a class by taking a class at another institution (such as a community college) that isn't recorded on your transcript yet, the instructor and the department that offers the class may override the requisite to allow you to register. When you submit your request, be sure to explain in your justification that you completed the class at another institution, where you completed the class, what term, and the final grade you received.

Approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the instructor and the department that offers the class.

What if the class I am registering for has a scheduling conflict?

You cannot register for two classes that have a scheduling conflict. If you submit a request to add a class that has a scheduling conflict with a class you are enrolled in, Enrollment Services will not be able to process your request and your request will be denied.

Can I change sections of the same class?

You may swap sections of the same class if you wish to remain in the class but switch to another section at a different time. If you wish to swap sections of the same class, submit a Permission to Add request for the new section you want to add. In your justification, explain that you are requesting to swap sections of a class you are already enrolled in.

If your request is approved, Enrollment Services will drop the section you are currently enrolled in and add your new section at the same time.

If your request is denied, Enrollment Services will notify you and no change will be made to your schedule. You will not be dropped from the section you are currently enrolled in unless your request to add the new section is approved. If you do not want to stay enrolled in your current section as a backup, you will need to drop it following the instructions at Dropping and Withdrawing by the deadline.