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Registration Information

As you prepare to register for next semester, we recommend that you start by mapping out your path to graduation using the Degree Planner. This online tool can be accessed through your MyCSULB Student Center and will help you figure out what courses to take and when to take them.  Using the Degree Planner will give you a complete picture of your academic journey at CSULB.

Explore your registration tools @ Beach Central workshops

Come get insider tips (waitlisting!) and learn more about how your online tools can help you manage your academic career - the Degree Planner, Academic Requirements Report, Class Schedule Planner.  To attend one of the following Zoom workshops below, just send a note to and we'll get you signed up.  You will receive a Zoom meeting invitation with the login information.​

  • Monday, May 18th 9:30-10:30am
  • Monday, June 1st 2-3pm
  • Thursday, June 18th 10:30-11:30am
  • Monday, June 29th 10:30-11:30am
  • Thursday, July 16th 2-3pm
  • Monday, July 27th 2-3pm
  • Thursday, August 13th 10:30-11:30am
  • Monday, August 24th 2-3pm

If you're thinking about taking some time away from CSULB, we recommend you attend an Educational Leave workshop.  This Zoom workshop will help you understand the requirements and benefits of a Leave.  You'll learn how to avoid losing your catalog rights and having to re-apply to the University.  To attend one of the following Zoom workshops below, just send a note to and we'll get you signed up.  You will receive a Zoom meeting invitation with the login information.​

  • Thursday, May 21st 2-3pm
  • Friday, June 12th 9:30-10:30am
  • Thursday, July 2nd 2-3pm
  • Friday, July 24th 9:30-10:30am
  • Friday, August 14th 2-3pm
  • Thursday, August 27th 9:30-10:30am


When Can I Register?

Registration access is determined by graduation status, class level and units earned for the Fall/Spring terms and by class level and units for Summer and Winter terms. 

  • Continuing student registration usually begins:
    • Fall: Early April
    • Winter: Mid October
    • Spring: Late October
    • Summer: Mid March
  • New Graduate or New Returning students: 
    Begin registering after all continuing students have had access to register.
  • New Undergraduate Students:
    Must attend SOAR in order to register for classes. 

To find out when your registration access begins, please go to your Student Center in MyCSULB, and check the Enrollment Dates box on the right side of the page. Your enrollment appointment access date is displayed. Click on the details link for your access time and other important information.

Fall 2020: 

  • All Students will have access to enroll in up to 18 units
  • Exception to Maximum Load begins August 3, 2020 and requires an appeal to the Associate Dean

Steps to Successfully Register for Your Courses:

1. Prepare to Register

All class registration and class adjustments are completed through your MyCSULB Student Center.  In order to successfully register or adjust your class schedule, you must have a Campus ID (this appears in your registration appointment email) and be assigned a registration appointment.  You can register for classes starting on the day and time assigned in your registration appointment email.

You can register during Self-Service Registration, if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are an admitted or eligible student in an approved CSULB program.
  • You register within your assigned registration appointment window. 
  • You have no registration holds placed on your student account.

Please note: In order for you to maintain eligibility to enroll, you must attend and complete at least one class  every Fall  and Spring semester every calendar year after you are admitted to CSULB, unless you are on an approved educational leave. 

2. Plan Your Class Schedule

  • View the Schedule of Classes available for the semester. 
    Up-to-the-minute course offerings are also available in MyCSULB under Class Search. Working with your Degree Planner and Course Catalog in MyCSULB, you can view courses and semesters in which classes are typically offered for enrollment (e.g. Spring Only, Fall Only, etc.) Once you have chosen your classes, go to the “Plan” tab in MyCSULB and access your Class Schedule Planner.  This tool will help you quickly create and review a variety of potential class schedules, factoring in your time preferences, time commitments, work schedule and other scheduling issues. 
  • Validate Your Enrollment.
    Once you have selected your optimal schedule, you can import it into your enrollment-shopping cart and validate your enrollment. This process will confirm your eligibility to enroll in specific courses.  Some course registration depends on pre-requisites or approval from instructors. Validation does not enroll you in the course; it only confirms your eligibility.  

3. Enroll in Classes 

When your appointment time arrives, undergraduate students can register up to 16 units during Round 1 of registration. The registration process occurs in two rounds, for those students who want to register for more than 16 units in a semester. For more information on Registration rounds, see When Can I Register? above.

Please note:  Access is available 24/7 through MyCSULB and we encourage you to enroll as close to your registration appointment as possible as classes quickly fill up. 

Students may not enroll in any two or more classes whose scheduled times overlap. Students are advised to enroll in an alternate section or a different class which does not conflict with the rest of their schedule. Department permission will not override time conflicts.

4. Pay Your Fees

Payment is due within 30 days of registration or by the pre-semester payment deadline, whichever date comes first unless you qualify for a financial aid deferment. Once the pre-semester deadline has passed, payment is due the day of registration. Failure to confirm your registration request with payment, by your payment due date, may result in cancellation of your class schedule.

For more information on tuition payment dates and fees, please visit Tuition and Fees.

5. Adjust Your Schedule - If Necessary

During Round 2 of Registration, you may enroll in up to 18 units.  Please continue to refer to your Degree Planner when you alter or change your schedule, to guarantee timely graduation. You can adjust your schedule in your MYCSULB Student Center until the last day of Self Service.  Please view Key Dates and Deadlines for more information.

Please note: It is YOUR responsibility to drop classes, regardless of the reason, by the deadlines to avoid charges or be eligible for a full or pro-rated refund. Failure to track your enrollment and student account balance at MyCSULB may result in charges and holds preventing critical university services. If you had a financial aid fee deferment in place when you registered and are later determined ineligible for aid, or you decline your aid, you must drop your classes. Students, who do not plan to attend the semester at all, should drop all classes before the first day of instruction to get a full refund. After instruction begins, students who drop all their classes will owe pro-rated fees based on the date of withdrawal.