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Student COVID-19 Testing Compliance

If you are unable to access your portal, university applications, classes, and services, it is possible that your single sign-on (SSO) has been restricted due to COVID-19 testing non-compliance.

PLEASE NOTE: The Office of the Registrar does not have the ability to reverse SSO restrictions due to COVID-19 testing non-compliance. To regain access to your Cal Poly Portal, you must follow the instructions on the Single Sign On Lockout Recovery page.

Winter 2021 Continuing Students

Winter 2021 Registration Appointment Categories 1st round (18 units) Start dates 2nd round (22 units) start dates
Special Exception and New Undergraduate Students Oct 29 Nov 17
Continuing Graduate Students Oct 30 Nov 17
Academic Progress Level IV (100% - 75.1%) Nov 2-3 Nov 18
Academic Progress Level III (75% - 45.1%) Nov 4-5 Nov 19
Academic Progress Level II (45% - 20.1%) Nov 6, Nov 9 Nov 20
Academic Progress Level I (20% - 0%) Nov 10, 12-13 Nov 23
Degree Planner Non-Compliant Nov 16 Nov 24

See your Student Center for specific day and time of registration appointment.

1st round Registration Appointments continue through November 16, 2020

Open Enrollment for All Students (Continuing and New) November 30, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Refer to your PolyProfile on your Cal Poly Portal for your Academic Progress Gauge.

Please Note: You will not be able to register beyond your stated degree completion term. If you want to move your expected graduation to a later term, it is recommended that you submit a Request to Extend Expected Graduation Term (undergraduate) or a Change of Degree Completion Term Request (graduate) one quarter prior to the quarter in which you are currently scheduled to graduate.

Request a form


Spring 2021 Continuing Students

Spring 2021 Registration Appointment Categories 1st round (18 units) Start dates 2nd round (22 units) start dates
Special Exception and New Undergraduate Students Feb 18 March 8
Graduate Students Feb 19 March 8
Academic Progress Level IV (100% - 75.1%) Feb 22-23 March 9
Academic Progress Level III (75% - 45.1%) Feb 24-26 March 10
Academic Progress Level II (45% - 20.1%) March 1-2 March 11
Academic Progress Level I (20% - 0%) March 3-4 March 12
Degree Planner Non-Compliant March 5 March 12

See your Student Center for specific day and time of registration appointment.

1st round Registration Appointments continue through March 5, 2021

Open Enrollment for All Students March 13 - March 26, 2021

Refer to your PolyProfile on your Cal Poly Portal for your Academic Progress Gauge.

Please Note: You will not be able to register beyond your stated degree completion term. If you want to move your expected graduation to a later term, it is recommended that you submit a Request to Extend Expected Graduation Term (undergraduate) or a Change of Degree Completion Term Request (graduate) one quarter prior to the quarter in which you are currently scheduled to graduate.

Request a form


Fall 2021 Continuing Students

Fall 2021 Registration Appointment Categories 1st round (18 units) Start dates 2nd round (22 units) start dates
Special Exception May 18 August 23
Graduate Students May 19 August 23
Academic Progress Level IV (100% - 75.1%) May 20-21,24 August 24
Academic Progress Level III (75% - 45.1%) May 25-26 August 25
Academic Progress Level II (45% - 20.1%) May 27-28 August 26
Academic Progress Level I (20% - 0%) June 1 August 27

See your Student Center for specific day and time of registration appointment.

1st round Registration Appointments continue through June 30, 2021

Registration closed for Continuing Students July 1 - August 22, 2021

Open Enrollment for All Students(Continuing and New) August 28 - September 17, 2021

Refer to your PolyProfile on your Cal Poly Portal for your Academic Progress Gauge.

Please Note: You will not be able to register beyond your stated degree completion term. If you want to move your expected graduation to a later term, it is recommended that you submit a Request to Extend Expected Graduation Term (undergraduate) or a Change of Degree Completion Term Request (graduate) one quarter prior to the quarter in which you are currently scheduled to graduate.

Request a form


Student Definitions

CONTINUING STUDENT

Enrolled in classes at Cal Poly without being absent more than two consecutive quarters (excluding summer term). Students on approved leaves of absence, Cal Poly Study Abroad or Exchange Programs are considered continuing students.

If you have not attended any of these consecutive quarters: Then the Next quarter you have to attend to avoid discontinuation is:
Winter, Spring, Summer Fall
Spring, Summer, Fall Winter
Fall, Winter Spring

If you are not eligible to register at the university, the registration system will direct you to contact the Admissions Office at (805) 756-2311 for information and instructions.

QUALIFIED STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (with prior approval)

Some students with documented disabilities may qualify for Special Exception Registration. Please review the eligibility criteria at DRC Priority Registration and contact the Disability Resource Center (805) 756-1395 for more information.

EXTENDED EDUCATION STUDENT

You may enroll in regular classes offered by the university through Open University if you meet eligibility requirements and are not a matriculated Cal Poly student. You may also enroll for extension or vocational courses, workshops, or other programs which offer academic or professional credit. For more information, contact the Extended Education Office at (805) 756-2053.

FORMER STUDENT

You matriculated previously but have not enrolled in classes for two consecutive terms (excluding Summer term) and must reapply for re-admission (See chart above in Continuing Student).

POSTBACCALAUREATE STUDENT: (Graduate Student)

Hold a bachelor's degree and admitted to a master's degree, credential, or certificate program. A new post baccalaureate student qualifies for registration as a New Student for the first term. A Cal Poly student admitted to a post baccalaureate program will not be allowed to register for more than one term without proof of bachelor's degree completion. Courses taken during that term will not automatically apply toward post baccalaureate work without special approval.

POSTBACCALAUREATE STUDENT

(2nd Bachelor's Student) Students that hold a bachelor's degree and admitted to pursue a second bachelor's degree or to enroll for professional development courses. Students fall under the same rules as other undergraduate students for honors and register as a New Student the first term and then as a Continuing Student.

NEW STUDENT

First-time freshman, first-time transfer student from another college, or first term in a post baccalaureate program. (You do not qualify if you are a California resident aged 60 or older, a CSU intra-system visitor, or a transitory student who has been admitted for one term only.)

SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS

If you are in a program which qualifies you for Special Exceptions registration, confirm with your sponsor that your name and correct ID number have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar at least two weeks before registration begins.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Admitted to the university and have not yet been awarded an initial bachelor's degree.

DEGREE PLANNER NON-COMPLIANT

Degree Planner compliance enforcement has been suspended. Failing to log into Degree Planner during a term login window will NOT result in a delayed registration appointment. While Degree Planner compliance is suspended, no student will be assigned the Degree Planner Non-Compliant registration appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been allowed a special exception, or I am registered with Disability Resource Center. Will I still get to register before anyone else?

Yes, students with disabilities (prior approval required), special exceptions, and new students will still register first. The next group to register will be graduate students, then continuing undergraduates, and finally, any Degree Planner non-compliant students.

Do I have to use Degree Planner?

Degree Planner compliance enforcement has been suspended. Failing to log into Degree Planner during a term login window will NOT result in a delayed registration appointment.

However, Degree Planner is a tool that benefits you. Your accuracy helps you graduate on time as Cal Poly can anticipate your plans and ensure that your academic needs are accommodated.

To ensure that your planned courses are included in course demand data for the upcoming terms, log in at least once between the end of Add/Drop for the current term and the end of Add/Drop for the next term (excluding summer). The Add/Drop deadline falls on the 8th business day of each term. Check important dates on the Course Demand Login Calendar or the Office of the Registrar's Calendars and Deadlines page.

How will this affect me if I go into a Blended program?

Once you are in a Blended program, you will be considered a Graduate student, and will be able to register after special exceptions and new students, and before graduating seniors. However, until the Office of the Registrar processes your paperwork to put you into the Blended program, you will still be given an appointment based on your actual academic progress level percentage with continuing undergraduates.

How will this affect me if I am attending Cal Poly part-time?

Your registration appointment time will still be based on your actual academic progress level percentage, regardless of your enrollment status (full-time or part-time).

How will this affect me if I am studying abroad?

While you are abroad, your actual academic progress level will consider your study abroad placeholder units (IP 300, AP 300, DE 300) as degree-applicable units. This will allow you not to fall behind in your actual academic progress level, so that your registration when you return will not be negatively affected. Once your international transcripts are received and evaluated by Cal Poly, your actual academic progress level percentage and future registration appointment time will be updated with the actual degree-applicable units that you earned while abroad, the next time the gauge is updated.

How will this affect me if I have transcripts from another school or other paperwork (concentration declarations, substitution forms, etc.) that will affect my degree progress?

Effective Fall 2018

Forms Include: Course Substitutions, Concentration Declarations, Advisor Approved Electives, Technical Electives, Individualized Course of Study, and Change of Catalog.

Transcripts (received from other colleges) - Excludes Study Abroad transcripts

Study Abroad coursework will take more time to evaluate, but if you are going through a Cal Poly affiliated program, then you will have placeholder units to make sure your registration appointment includes those courses taken abroad.

 


Evaluations processing timeline
Forms and transcripts submitted by will be processed by the end of Will affect registration appointment for

Fall Deadline: Last Day of Classes for Fall (NOT finals)

January Spring and Summer Registration

Winter Deadline: Last Day of Classes for Winter (NOT finals)

April Fall Registration

Spring and Summer Deadline: Last Day of Classes for Summer (NOT finals)

October Winter Registration

 

Expected Academic Progress Gauge runs its calculations 3 times a year (April for Fall Reg / October for Winter Reg / January for Spring Reg)

Detailed information about the Academic Progress Gauge can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

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