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Enrollment Tips

Enrollment Strategies BEFORE the semester begins:

  • Required Courses in Schedule Assistant

    Some courses in the Degree Planner will be labeled as ‘Required’ in Schedule Assistant. They are labeled this way because they are strongly recommended or required for that term of enrollment. For instance, classes that fulfill General Education Area A2 Written Communication and B4 Mathematics are marked as ‘Required’ for many first year students. You are strongly encouraged to enroll in these classes.

    What do I do if all of the seats for the required classes are full?

    If all seats are full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. This will also allow faculty to see that students are waiting for a seat in a required class.

    1. Click SELECT on all lines in Degree Planner for Fall 2020

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    2. If after clicking SELECT, required classes display “Currently Full”

      • Open Schedule Assistant (link on top of page)
      • Click Change button on Course Status (very top of page)
      • Choose Open and Full with Waitlist Open option to be placed on the Waitlist for required courses
      • Then click Generate Schedules after pulling in all courses from Degree Planner

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    3. Click VIEW on your preferred schedule to then click  Send to Shopping Cart

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    4. Import Cart

    5. Under Class Preferences, check the Waitlist if Class is Fullbox.

    6. Click Next.

    7. Click Proceed to Step 2 or 3.

    8. Click Finish Enrolling.

    Your waitlist position number is displayed in the message. Check My Class Schedule to monitor waitlist position and enrollment status.

  • Waitlisting Courses

    How to Waitlist a Course (PDF)

    1. During the enrollment process or in the Shopping Cart, click on the class to view course details.
    2. Under Class Preferences, check the Waitlist if Class is Full box.
    3. Click Next.
    4. Click Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
    5. Click Finish Enrolling.

    Your waitlist position number is displayed in the message. Check My Class Schedule to monitor waitlist position and enrollment status.

  • Still Looking for Classes?

    Still Looking for Classes? (PDF)

    • Strategy 1: Monitor My Class Schedule closely
    • Strategy 2: Regenerate Schedules to find other sections of that same class
    • Strategy 3: Adjust filters and breaks for more flexibility
    • Strategy 4: Make a new class selection from that same requirement line in the Degree Planner
    • Strategy 5: Arrange Degree Planner to find a different requirement to consider
    • Strategy 6: Monitor the Class Schedule regularly

    CSU Fully Online

    •  If you are a continuing student you may be eligible to take a CSU Fully Online course. 
    • The enrollment window for CSU Fully Online courses is limited, the link will only be available to you in your Student Center prior to the start of the semester.

    UNIV 495: Internships

    • UNIV 495 was developed primarily to meet the needs of students from majors that do not have or are not currently offering an internship course, as well as for students wanting to do an internship outside their major.
    • This variable-unit (1-6 credits) course is also ideal for students who may only need 1 or 2 elective units to graduate.  More information about UNIV 495: Internships.
  • Reserved Courses

    You may receive a message stating the class you are attempting to enroll in has reserved seats for students in particular majors or minors. Therefore, this may be the reason you are unable to enroll. Placing yourself on the course waitlist may be a good strategy until which time open seats become available to all students.

    Important Dates
    Date Event

    June 4

    Seats reserved for students in certain majors in upper division GE courses become available to all students. Eligible wait list students will have priority (see individual class notes for details).

    June 29

    Seats reserved for students in certain majors in lower division GE courses become available to all students. Eligible wait list students will have priority (see individual class notes for details).


Enrollment Strategies AFTER the semester begins:

  • Adding Courses

    During the first week of the semester, a permission number will not be required to enroll in an open course. You may add the class yourself, online in your Student Center.

    • If instructor onsent is required, a permission number is still needed to enroll.
    • If a class is not displayed as "open", a permission number is still needed to enroll.

    During the second week of the semester, the only way to add a course will be with a permission number provided by the instructor.

  • Dropping Courses

    If you are enrolled in a course you do not intend to complete, you are encouraged to drop the course prior to the start of the semester to avoid tuition related fees and negative grading.

    Be sure to check the enrollment calendar for the last day to drop a class without receiving a W.