New Registration Timeline - Plan Ahead and Register Early

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Continuing students will begin registration for the Fall 2018 semester in April 2018 rather than over the summer. This change will allow students to meet with academic advisers as needed. For the Spring 2019 semester, registration will begin in November of 2018.

For students, this change will allow you to plan for classes as well as work schedules, internships, study abroad, etc. in advance of the semester. It also allows you to meet with advisers prior to registration. In addition, college administrators will have more time to add sections of high-demand classes in order to meet student needs.

This change will allow you to consult with advisers before your registration date to determine the best options for your academic path. It will also allow colleges to add classes that are in high demand, helping you get the classes you need to graduate faster.

The fee schedule is changing. Under the new schedule, the basic tuition installment plan has four installments. Fees for the Fall semester are due on August 20th, September 20th, October 20th and November 20th. For the Spring semester, fees will be due in installments on January 20th, February 20th, March 20th and April 20th. Please refer to the Financial Aid FAQs for details.

This depends on the test. For certain tests, like the WPA, you will not be able to register unless that test is cleared. Students will be able to enroll in any class where the prerequisite is checked but may be dropped later if they do not meet the prerequisite. You are responsible to ensure that you meet the basic requirements listed in the course catalog for all classes. Please see an adviser or the Assistant Dean of the college to get information about your specific situation.

The semester in progress grade level determines registration dates.

During registration, you will be able to register for classes that have prerequisites that you may be in the process of completing. Once grades are posted, if you have not successfully completed a prerequisite, you may be dropped from a class.

As per current practice, you will need to resolve all holds before registration.

As per current practice, you will be able to register while on academic probation.  However, if you are academically dismissed after final grades are posted, you will be dropped from any registered courses.

In most cases, the names of instructors will be available by the time of registration. However, in some cases, especially classes staffed by graduate students or newly hired faculty, staffing information may not be available at the time of registration.

Just like in the current system, you are permitted to register any time after your registration appointment assuming basic fees have been paid (or arrangements made) and there are no holds or other impediments to registration.

The university encourages you to see your adviser regularly to review your academic progress and before you register for classes.  March is focal advising month to prepare for summer and fall registration.  October is focal advising month to prepare for spring registration.

If you are a graduation candidate for May or August 2018, you will not be able to register in April for fall 2018. The university expects that you will complete your requirements in the term you have applied for, thus you are not assigned a registration date and time for a future term. If you do not successfully complete your requirements at the end of the respective term, your graduation will be cancelled and then a registration date/time for the following term will be assigned. For example, if you have applied for May 2018 graduation but do not complete all your requirements at the end of spring semester, your graduation will be cancelled in May, then a registration date/time will be assigned thereafter so that you can register for summer or fall.

There are a small subset of courses that have enforced registration requirements, meaning the faculty have designated that the WebPortal registration function must check for completion of these requirements before you are able to take a specific course.  If any of your planned fall classes have these enforced requirements, then in April, you will be able to enroll in the courses on a "contingent" basis.  At the end of spring semester, you will need to complete these enforced requirements.  If you are going to complete these enforced requirements in the summer, then you will need to meet with the academic department to determine what alternatives you may have to remain in the class, otherwise you will be dropped from the class.  You will be able to enroll in the class after your transcript from the summer has arrived and been evaluated.  If your fall courses do not have enforced registration requirements, then you will be able to remain enrolled in those courses and will not be dropped.  The "contingent" enrollment and being dropped from courses only applies to a subset of courses, not all SDSU courses. Review your WebPortal to see if any of your fall classes have the "contingent" indicator, and meet with your academic adviser if you have additional questions.

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Key Benefits

  • Know class times and needs earlier so administration can add classes where there are needs and hire more highly-qualified faculty
  • Time for students to consult with advisers during academic semester, as opposed to during breaks
  • Students can plan work/internship schedule in advance with employers
  • Positive impact on graduation and retention rates
  • Less suffering for at-risk sophomore students