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August 26 – December 14, 2013
|Wednesday, April 10
|Friday, May 10
|Saturday, May 11
||Late Registration Opens: Late fee due
|Friday, May 17
||Late Registration Closes
|May 18 - August 25
||Add/Drop Period: Schedule adjustments - full refund
|May 18 - September 6
||Students who register after May 17 will be required to obtain approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs, and will be subject to the Special Exception Registration Fee.
||Fall 2013 Semester Begins
|August 26, 4:30 pm
||Payment Deadline. Students who have not paid by 4:30 pm on the first day of the term are charged a Late Payment Fee of $100.
|August 26 - September 6
||Add/Drop Period: Schedule adjustments - partial refund
STEPS TO A GOOD SCHEDULE
- Meet with your advisor to discuss your progress and options.
- Schedule the optimal number of units – if you work full-time, taking an extra class is probably not a sound idea. On the other hand, if you are trying to graduate as quickly as possible, are doing well in school, and have the time to dedicate to your studies, an extra class each term will speed you to completion.
- Undergraduates, completing your core competencies during your first year is VERY IMPORTANT. Be sure to schedule so that you are on track to do so.
- If you are on an F-1 Visa, you must maintain full-time enrollment every term:
||= 12 units
||= 9 units
||= 20 hours (5 ESL classes)
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY CLASSES?
Review the schedule and then meet with your Advisor for a review of your proposed schedule. Program requirements are outlined in the catalog.
CAN I REGISTER ONLINE?
After meeting with your Advisor you may enter your approved schedule directly through the Portal. This option is appropriate for students who meet all prerequisites for requested courses, and have no financial or other holds. If you are taking any courses that require prerequisite waivers or if you have a hold on your record, you will need to register in person at the Registrar’s office.
SPRING SEMESTER ISN’T OVER – HOW CAN I CHOOSE CLASSES FOR FALL?
Good question! Just assume that you will successfully complete your current classes. If you need to change your schedule after grades are posted, you may adjust your classes until the posted add/drop deadline.
I DON’T MEET THE PREREQUISITES FOR A COURSE I WANT/NEED TO TAKE.
You will need to meet with your Advisor to discuss your course options. If the Advisor agrees that the class is right for you, have your Advisor sign your registration form then bring the approved form to the Registrar’s office to finish registering.
I AM GRADUATING IN SUMMER or FALL – IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL I NEED TO DO?
I am glad you asked! Yes, you should complete an Intent To Graduate form and submit it with your registration for your final term. If you register via the portal, submit the Intent form before Registration closes. You will need to have this form signed off by:
- your Advisor, who will confirm that you are graduating, and
- the Bursar, to whom you will pay the Graduation and Commencement fees.
Once that form is submitted, you just need to work hard and get those classes done!
I AM A PhD STUDENT AND HAVE FINISHED ALL OF MY COURSEWORK. DO I NEED TO REGISTER?
Yes, you will need to maintain continuous enrollment while working on your dissertation. See your Advisor to check in and have the Advisor sign off on your registration form.
Note for students on an F-1 Visa – you are considered to be enrolled fulltime when registered for continuous enrollment even though the unit load will be fewer than 9 units. Submit a “Request for Reduced Enrollment” form with your registration.
WHAT IF I DON’T REGISTER BY MAY 17?
Students who do not register for the fall semester by the close of the current term will be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from the University. This will affect scholarships and aid, and for those of you who didn’t plan on taking time off, petitioning for reinstatement will create lots of paperwork for you. In addition, if you successfully petition for reinstatement, you will be subject to the Registration Late Fee. This fee is in addition to the Late Payment Fee that will be assessed by the Bursar’s office if you do not make your payment on time.
Note for students on an F-1 Visa – the University is required to report all F-1 students who do not maintain their full-time enrollment. Delaying your registration may have a significant negative impact on your F-1 status. This applies only to the spring and fall semesters. Summer is considered a standard period of non-enrollment. Students, including those on F-1 Visas, are not required to enroll in the Summer semester.
I MISSED THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER. CAN I ATTEND THE FALL SEMESTER?
You will need to petition the Dean for approval to register. If you have already been dropped you will need to petition for reinstatement too. In addition, you will be required to pay the Special Exception Registration Fee.
DO I NEED TO PAY WHEN I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
While we encourage students to pay when they register, we understand that sometimes this may not be possible. To avoid a late payment fee of $100, you must make your payment NO LATER THAN 4:30 pm on the first day of the term, August 26, 2013. Please note that you may expect to wait in line if you put off paying until the last minute.
WHAT ABOUT MY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, LOAN FOR FALL?
Speak with the Financial Aid Department if you have any questions about your funding for the Fall semester.
HOW ABOUT MY BOOKS?
Books are listed on the Schedule of Classes posted on the portal. If the course does not include textbook information, the professor has not yet finalized the textbook selection. Check back for updates.
I WANT TO TAKE THE SUMMER OFF.
The summer is considered a standard period of non-enrollment. Students are not required to take classes during this period. You do not need to notify the University if you are taking the summer off – just complete your fall registration on time then enjoy your break!
If you are an F-1 student and are making plans to travel out of the US, be sure to include a discussion with Jennifer Derry, your International Student Services Advisor in your plans. It is easy to leave the US, but we want to be sure that you are allowed to reenter when it is time to return to school!
I AM THINKING ABOUT TAKING THE FALL SEMESTER OFF. IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?
Generally speaking, it is better to stay in school and finish your degree. Before making such a significant decision, be sure to sit down with your advisor and discuss the ramifications. Taking time off may impact scholarships and grants you are receiving, as well as start the countdown to beginning repayment on your loans. And of course, taking time off will definitely delay your graduation.
Taking a semester off is a big decision with potentially expensive side effects. Make sure that you consider all of your options. If you can do so, restrict your time off to just the summer term.
Note for International Students: You are required to maintain full-time enrollment in both the fall and spring semesters. If you plan on taking the fall semester off, be sure to meet with your International Student Services Advisor as regulations allow time off only for significant cause.