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Registration Information

Current students can register for classes and make changes to their schedule in MyCSULB Student Center. Once enrolled, students may make changes to their schedule as needed until the last day of self-service registration. After self-service registration ends, registration and adjustments are by approval only.

Students are encouraged to attend a Registration and Online Tools workshop to learn how to use their online tools to manage their academic careers.

When to Enroll

Registration Appointment Times

Registration appointment times are based on graduation status, class level, and units earned. Continuing students register first, followed by new graduate and new returning students, and then new undergraduate students, who register during SOAR.

Class Level  Registration Period

Continuing students

Registration usually begins:

  • Fall: Early April
  • Winter: Mid-October
  • Spring: Late October
  • Summer: Mid-March

New graduate students and new returning students

Registration begins after all continuing students have had access to register.

New undergraduate students

Registration occurs during SOAR.

To find your registration appointment time, refer to the Enrollment Dates section in MyCSULB Student Center. 

Schedule Changes Calendar

This calendar provides an overview of when you can make changes to your schedule for the fall and spring semesters. Deadlines are proportionate for winter and summer terms. See Key Dates and Deadlines for exact dates.

Date Schedule Changes

Initial enrollment through end of week 2 of classes

  • Add/drop/swap: Using MyCSULB Student Center, you may continue to add, drop, or swap classes. Approval is not required (except for restricted classes). Dropped courses do not appear on your transcript. Dropping may affect your status as a full-time student, your tuition calculation, and your financial aid eligibility.
  • Change grading option: You may request to change your grading option for a class to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU).

Week 3 of classes

  • Add/swap: Approval of the instructor and department offering the class is required to add or swap classes. After you obtain the instructor's approval, you will need to submit a Permission to Add request.
  • Withdraw: Dropping is no longer allowed. If you no longer plan to complete a class, you must request to withdraw. If approved, you'll receive a W on your transcript. Withdrawals generally impact your degree progress, future course enrollment, and financial aid eligibility.
  • Change grading option: You may still request to change your grading option for a class to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU) until the end of week 3.

Week 4 of classes

  • You may only add a class if extenuating circumstances prevented you from enrollment before the deadline. Such requests are an exception to academic policy and require documentation. Approval of the instructor and department offering the class is required. An appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required to submit your request, regardless of the outcome.
  • Late requests will be considered only until University Census.

University Census

  • Finalize your enrollment by this day. Schedule changes after this day are not permitted, except for approved withdrawals.
  • Enrollment as of this day is considered the official enrollment and is used for state reporting and select financial aid programs.

Weeks 5-12 of classes

  • Withdraw: You may request to withdraw from a class until the end of week 12 of classes. If approved, you'll receive a W on your transcript.
  • Requests to add or swap classes are not permitted.
  • Requests to change the grading option for a class are not permitted.

Weeks 12-15 of classes

  • Incompletes: If unforeseen, but fully justified reasons prevent you from being able to complete all of the assigned work for a class and there's still a possibility for earning credit, you may contact your instructor to review the possibility of receiving an Incomplete (I).
  • Requests to withdraw are no longer permitted. If serious and extenuating circumstances beyond your control will prevent you from continuing in your classes and Incompletes are not possible, you may request a catastrophic withdrawal. In most cases, catastrophic withdrawals involve withdrawal from all classes for the term.

Before You Enroll

Check Your Degree Requirements

Academic Requirements Report

You can track your degree progress and your major requirements by reviewing your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) in MyCSULB Student Center. If you have any questions about your major requirements, contact your academic advisor.

Degree Planner

The Degree Planner online tool allows all undergraduate and most post-baccalaureate students to map their entire academic path to graduation.

Check for Registration Holds

If you have not satisfied a university requirement or condition, a hold may be placed on your student record that may restrict access to certain services, such as registering for and dropping classes. When a hold is placed on your record, it appears in MyCSULB Student Center in the Holds section.

Each hold will include a description and information about how to resolve the hold. Follow the instructions to remove the hold. Once you have satisfied the requirement or condition to remove the hold and the university has processed the update, your hold will be removed from your record and will no longer be listed in MyCSULB Student Center.

Plan Your Class Schedule

Search the Schedule of Classes

Browse the Schedule of Classes and use the Search feature in MyCSULB Student Center to find classes. Once you've chosen your classes, use the Class Schedule Planner to quickly create and review potential class schedules, taking into consideration your time preferences, work schedule, and other time commitments. 

Time Conflicts

Registering in two or more classes that overlap is not allowed. 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.

Validate Your Enrollment

Once you've selected your preferred schedule, you can import it into your enrollment shopping cart and validate your enrollment. This process will check for possible conflicts and eligibility, allowing you to ensure that you're eligible to enroll in your selected classes. Some course registration depends on prerequisites or approval from instructors. Validation does not enroll you in the course; it only confirms your eligibility.


Enroll

At your registration appointment time, you may begin to officially enroll in your selected classes. You're encouraged to enroll as soon as possible starting at your registration appointment time, as classes fill up quickly.

The maximum number of units a student may enroll in during each fall and spring semester is 18 units. 

Once enrolled, you may make changes to your schedule as needed until the last day of self-service registration (refer to the Schedule Changes Calendar). After self-service registration ends, registration and adjustments are by approval only. Continue to refer to your Degree Planner and your Academic Requirements Report when you alter or change your schedule to guarantee timely graduation.

Before the semester begins, be sure to check your class schedule to make sure you're enrolled in the correct classes. If you're receiving financial aid, be sure to check that you are maintaining the required enrollment level. 


After You Enroll

Pay Your Fees

The deadline to pay your fees depends on when you registered; refer to the Tuition and Fees webpage for details. Payment is due by the deadline 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.

Changing Your Schedule

Once enrolled, you may make changes to your schedule as needed until the last day of self-service registration (refer to the Schedule Changes Calendar). After self-service registration ends, registration and adjustments are by approval only. Continue to refer to your Degree Planner and your Academic Requirements Report when you alter or change your schedule to guarantee timely graduation.

Class Attendance and Participation

Class attendance and/or participation are restricted to officially enrolled CSULB students and visiting students whose names are on the instructor's class roster. Students may only attend classes in which they are officially registered.

Students are expected to attend classes. Class attendance and participation are necessary and important components of learning that affect all students in the class and are essential to achieving a course’s educational objectives.

Faculty members may drop students for unexcused absences during the first two instructional weeks of the semester (or comparable time in special sessions). However, students should not presume that they will be dropped by the faculty member. Students who have registered for a class, but never attended, should verify through the MyCSULB Student Center whether or not they are officially enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from the class. For more information, refer to Policy Statement 17-17.