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Fall 2020 Continuing Students

Fall 2020 Registration Appointment Categories 1st round (18 units) Start dates 2nd round (22 units) start dates
Special Exception June 29 September 4
Continuing Graduate Students June 30 September 4
Academic Progress Level IV (100% - 75.1%) July 1 - July 2 September 8
Academic Progress Level III (75% - 45.1%) July 6 - July 7 September 9
Academic Progress Level II (45% - 20.1%) July 8 - July 10 September 10
Academic Progress Level I (20% - 0%) July 13 September 11
Degree Planner Non-Compliant - -

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

Registration closed for Continuing Students July 18, 2020 - September 3, 2020

1st round Registration Appointments continue through July 13, 2020

Open Enrollment for All Students (Continuing and New): September 12 - September 13, 2020

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.


Fall 2020 New Students

Fall 2020 Registration Appointment Categories 1st round (18 units) Start dates 2nd round (22 units) start dates
NEW Incoming Transfer Students and Readmitted Undergraduate Students August 28 September 4
NEW Graduate Students and Readmitted Postbac Students August 28 September 4
NEW Undergraduate Students August 31 - September 2 September 4

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

Open Enrollment for All Students (Continuing and New): September 12 - September 13, 2020


Student Classification/Standing

You are considered a Freshmen if you have fewer than 45 units.
You are considered a Sophomore if you have 45 to 89 units.
You are considered a Junior if you have 90 to 134 units.
You are a Senior if you have 135 or more units.


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.


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

Students that have not met the Degree Planner requirement are assigned the last registration appointment and are not eligible to receive a special exception 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?

Yes, if you are in an Undergraduate degree program. If you do not log in to Degree Planner at least once every term, you will be placed in the last registration appointment time, regardless of your actual academic progress level percentage.

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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