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Frequently Asked Questions

New Students Entering Spring 2023

About the Office of Academic Advising


Enrolling in Classes: 

  • What is the Degree Planner?

    The Degree Planner is an important enrollment tool all students use to enroll in their classes each semester. It will provide you an idea of your remaining degree requirements and what to plan on taking each semester.

  • How do I access my Degree Planner?

    Please access our Enrollment Tutorial on December 5th to learn how to access your Degree Planner. 

    On-time Spring 2023 admissions applicants should have updated Degree Planner records by December 12, 2022.

  • How do I enroll into my classes?

    Please access our Enrollment Tutorial On December 5th to learn how to enroll in classes. 

  • Will I have help enrolling in my classes?
    Yes, our online Enrollment Tutorial goes live on December 5, 2022, and will provide more details on how to enroll and our advising support services, including Enrollment Workshop opportunities which will start the week of December 12, 2022.
  • What happens at an Enrollment Workshop?
    Enrollment Workshops cover the basics of the enrollment process and field your questions. Attendance is not required but could be helpful to you.
  • Am I required to attend an Enrollment Workshop before I register?
    No, however by attending an Enrollment Workshop, we can provide you further direction and guidance with the enrollment process.
  • What if I can’t make it to an Enrollment Workshop, is that okay?
    Yes. You will still have ample resources and support to accomplish the task of enrolling into your courses, including our online Enrollment Tutorial which goes live on December 5, 2022 and will provide more details on how to access our services.
  • What classes are being offered?
    You can take a “sneak peek” at the Spring 2023 Class Schedule starting November 14, 2022. Starting December 12, 2022, you’ll have access to your Degree Planner in order to see the suggested courses for your upcoming semester.
  • How many units can I take?
    You may enroll up to 16 units. Then, starting December 19, 2022, students will be able to increase to as many as 19 units. Although, 19 units is considered a very heavy course load.
  • What are the requirements for my major?

    Your Degree Planner will list all your requirements for your major and reflect correct catalog year requirements. You can also access our major worksheets to review your requirements.

    Note: Catalog rights may determine which worksheet to follow and why your Degree Planner is a better tool to use as it will already display your correct catalog requirements. Remember that our on-time Spring 2023 admissions applicants should have updated Degree Planner records by December 12, 2022.

  • Will there be classes still available when I enroll?
    To give yourself the best chance of getting into your desired classes, we recommend enrolling on your assigned enrollment date, for most of our new Spring 2023 students, this will be on December 13, 2022
  • When do I enroll into my classes?
    Students are granted access to course enrollment each semester during the enrollment period. Your enrollment period begins December 13, 2022. Your Enrollment Date is the date and specific time when you can begin enrolling. You will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar near this date with more specifics. You will also eventually see your enrollment date/time in your Student Center via MyCSUSM. 
  • Do I enroll in courses at orientation?
    No. Enrollment takes place well in advance of your orientation. Our  Enrollment Tutorial goes live on December 5, 2022 and will provide you with more details on how to enroll as well as our advising support services. 
  • Why can’t I enroll in my classes yet?
    Students are granted access to course enrollment each semester during an assigned enrollment period.  Your assigned Enrollment Date is the date and time when you can begin enrolling. You can find your enrollment date in your online Student Center in MyCSUSM which becomes visible just prior to the week of December 12, 2022. 
  • What if I don’t enroll in any courses in the Spring 2023?
    As a new Spring 2023 student, you are required to enroll into a minimum of one baccalaureate level course to maintain admission to the University. If you do not enroll into any courses, you will forfeit your admissions status and will not be able to enroll in a subsequent term. You will be required to reapply for a future admissions cycle should you wish to attend CSUSM in the future.
  • Can I take all my classes online?
    While occasionally it may be possible, most of our courses will be offered in person. We advise students to build a schedule that works best for them. However, we offer this word of caution: it is not likely that an entire online class schedule can be built. Flexibility is key as it may not be possible to build the “perfect schedule”. 
  • Can I take all my classes in-person?
    More than likely, yes. However, you may encounter scenarios where the class(es) you need are offered only online. Flexibility is key as it may not be possible to build the “perfect schedule”.  
  • How long do I have to decide to drop or add a Spring 2023 course?
    Generally speaking, you should finalize your schedule no later than the end of the add/drop period (first two weeks of the semester). However, the best strategy is to have your schedule finalized prior to the start of the semester. For more specifics, please visit Enrollment Information and click on "Spring 2023".

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The following FAQ’s can be found in the Enrollment Tutorial:

  • Where do I find what classes I need to take?  
  • I’m a transfer student and my degree planner is suggesting a class that I’ve already taken. What should I do? 
  • What if classes on my Degree Planner are full? 
  • How do I waitlist a class? 
  • How do I know if I’m enrolled or waitlisted in classes? 
  • What important dates do I need to be aware of? 
  • How do I know what the class format/mode of instruction means? 
  • I'm a transfer student. How do I know what units transferred in? 
  • I’m a transfer student. I am getting a prerequisite error when I try to enroll. 
  • Q: Why am I having trouble enrolling in CHEM 150/150L? 
  • Q: Why don't my Asynchronous classes show up on my weekly schedule?