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Degree Planner

Degree Planner is a required degree planning tool which provides you with a personalized, pre-populated path to graduation. Your path contains a sequence of courses that you are encouraged to regularly adjust to accurately reflect your future plans.


Simplified Planning

Degree Planner automatically generates and updates your plan regularly based on your personal academic progress. It recognizes important factors, such as prerequisite and term typically offered information. You are able to view required courses in a clear visual map and seize the opportunity to manage your path to graduation.


Enhanced Registration Experience

Keeping your Degree Planner maintained will simplify registration as planned courses are automatically imported to Schedule Builder. Degree Planner and Schedule Builder are fully integrated tools that create a seamless user experience.


Improved course availability

Degree Planner improves course availability by providing valuable course demand data to Cal Poly. Maintaining an accurate plan improves your odds of getting your desired courses.



There is one compliance requirement before each deadline:

Login Requirement

Log in at least once between the end of Add/Drop for the current term and end of Add/Drop for the next term (excluding the summer quarter). The Add/Drop deadline falls on the 8th business day of each term. Check important dates on the Compliance Calendar (below) or the Office of the Registrar's Calendars and Deadlines page.

*All undergraduate degree-seeking students are required to use Degree Planner and must meet the login compliance requirement each term to prevent receiving a delayed registration appointment penalty.

*If you plan to take a term off, adjust your term units to zero to signal that you will be away and complete the Undergraduate Informal Time Off form.

In the event of a documented emergency or other circumstances beyond your control, see our Degree Planner Exception Request page for online compliance exception request submissions.


Compliance Calendar

YEAR registration term Login window Start login window end (5:00 p.m.)
2020-2021 Fall 2020 Compliance requirement waived  
Winter 2021 April 16, 2020  September 23, 2020
Spring 2021 September 24, 2020  January 13, 2021
2021-2022 Fall 2021 January 14, 2021 April 8, 2021
Winter 2022 April 9, 2021 September 24, 2021
Spring 2022 September 25, 2021 January 12, 2022


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