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Degree Planner

Degree Planner is a 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.



When to Log In

To ensure that your planned courses are considered in course demand data for the upcoming terms, log into your plan regularly and keep it updated. We post login window deadlines which fall on the 8th business day of each term. Deadlines correspond with departmental planning dates, and we recommend that you regularly log into your plan and keep it updated.

Your accuracy helps you graduate on time, since Cal Poly can anticipate your plans and ensure that your academic needs are accommodated.
There are incentives for logging in regularly to ensure that your plans are accurate:

  • Registration is simplified in Schedule Builder, which automatically imports your planned courses.
  • Seat capacity is accurately adjusted by departments as they finalize their plans for upcoming terms.
  • Course demand data is reliable when departments strategize future staffing needs.
  • Communication is enabled; departments can proactively alert you regarding unforeseen upcoming course issues (term typically offered changes, staffing shortages, etc.).

Check important dates on the Course Demand Login Calendar (below) or the Office of the Registrar's Calendars and Deadlines page.

*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.


Course Demand Login Calendar

REMINDER: Degree Planner compliance enforcement has been suspended. Failing to log into Degree Planner before the "Login Window End" dates below will NOT result in a delayed registration appointment.

YEAR registration term Login window Start login window end (5:00 p.m.)
2020-2021 Fall 2020 N/A N/A
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 29, 2021
Spring 2022 September 30, 2021 January 12, 2022


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