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 good 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, completion of the core competencies during your first year is REQUIRED. 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.
SPRING SEMESTER ISN’T OVER – HOW CAN I CHOOSE CLASSES FOR SUMMER and/or 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 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. However, you should be aware that prerequisites exist for a reason. Some classes are much more difficult if taken out of sequence. Discuss this with your advisor.
I AM TAKING ESL/BRIDGE COURSES THIS TERM – WHEN DO I REGISTER?
See the ESL section for details.
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 must maintain continuous enrollment while working on your dissertation. The chair must approve continuous enrollment so be sure to have her sign your registration form. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment may result in the loss of your candidacy status.
Note for students on an F-1 Visa – you are considered to be enrolled full-time when registered for continuous enrollment even though the unit load will be fewer than 9 units.
WHAT IF I DON’T REGISTER BY MAY 16?
Students who do not register for 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 $50.00 Late Registration Fee. This fee is in addition to the $100.00 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 fulltime enrollment. Delaying your registration may have a serious impact on your F-1 status.
I MISSED THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER. CAN I ATTEND THE SUMMER and/or FALL SEMESTER?
You will need permission from both the Dean of Student Affairs and your department chair. If you have already been dropped you will need to petition for reinstatement too. In addition, you will be required to pay the $50.00 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. You should expect to wait in line if you put off paying until the last minute.
WHAT ABOUT MY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, LOAN FOR SUMMER/FALL?
Speak with the Financial Aid Department if you have any questions about your funding.
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 SUMMER SESSION and/or FALL SEMESTER OFF. IS THIS A PROBLEM?
Taking Summer Session off is not an issue – while attending in summer will hasten you to graduation, summer is a standard period of non-enrollment and students do not lose status when they skip the Summer Session.
Fall Semester is a different story. Taking a semester off is a big decision with potentially expensive side effects. 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. 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 Fall and Spring Semester. 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.