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January 13 – May 17, 2014
|November 11 - December 6
||CONTINUING STUDENT REGISTRATION
No ESL registration during this time
|December 7 – 13
Late registration fee due unless in ESL
|December 9 – 13
Late registration fee applies after December 13
|December 14 – January 20
||Add/Drop Period: Schedule adjustments – full refund
|December 14 – January 20
||Students register after December 13 may be required to obtain approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs in addition to their department chair.
|January 21, 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.
|January 21 – February 3
||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 there is a hold on your record, you will need to register in person at the Registrar’s office.
FALL SEMESTER ISN’T OVER – HOW CAN I CHOOSE CLASSES FOR SPRING?
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 deadlines.
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 TAKING ESL/BRIDGE COURSES THIS TERM – WHEN DO I REGISTER?
You will be taking the EPT during the 15th week of the term and registering week 16 (finals week).
I AM GRADUATING IN SPRING – 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:
1] your Advisor, who will confirm that you are graduating, and
2] 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 must 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 an approved “Request for Reduced Enrollment” form with your registration.
WHAT IF I DON’T REGISTER BY DECEMBER 13?
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 Late Registration 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 serious impact on your F-1 status.
I MISSED THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER. CAN I ATTEND THE SPRING 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 Late 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 the Late Payment Fee of $100, you must make your payment NO LATER THAN 4:30 pm on the first day of classes, January 21, 2014. You should expect to wait in line if you put off paying until the last minute.
WHAT ABOUT MY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, LOAN FOR SPRING?
Speak with the Financial Aid Department if you have any questions about your funding for the Spring semester.
HOW ABOUT MY BOOKS?
Books are listed on the Schedule of Classes posted on the portal under course details. If the course does not include textbook information, the professor has not yet finalized the textbook selection. Check back for updates.
I AM THINKING ABOUT TAKING THE SPRING SEMESTER OFF. IS THIS A PROBLEM?
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 repayment of 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 are considering taking the spring semester off, be sure to meet with your International Student Services Advisor as regulations allow time off only for significant cause.