Newly Admitted Transfer Students
After a transfer student is admitted, Evaluations will evaluate previous college work in relation to Cal Poly requirements. Transfer students will receive an email from Evaluations that their evaluation has been completed and will then be able to access the Degree Progress Report via the Student Center on the Cal Poly Portal. They cannot access the Degree Progress Report prior to that time, nor can Evaluations provide specific information about credit prior to that time.
The Degree Progress Report will be available to transfer students prior to the date of transfer student registration in August and serves as the basis for determining remaining requirements for the student’s specific objectives. The Degree Progress Report is available throughout a student’s Cal Poly career to track progress toward the degree. More information about the Degree Progress Report
Refer to the Advising transfer support page for more information about your first quarter registration.
Where can I find out how my classes transferred to Cal Poly?
After we evaluate your transfer work, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org letting you know that your Degree Progress Report (DPR) is available. This report will show you how your classes transferred to Cal Poly, and your overallprogress toward completing your degree. Your Degree Progress Report is located on the Academics tab on your portal, under the block titled "General Degree Resources".
Course Transfer Equivalence
Transfer students attending California Community Colleges or CSUs may refer to articulation agreements on ASSIST, which equate individual courses to Cal Poly major and support courses. ASSIST also provides CSU General Education lists. For information on using ASSIST to determine Cal Poly credit, please refer to our “How to Use ASSIST?” page. Some major/support courses may need to be petitioned through the student’s major department if articulation agreements are not in place in ASSIST or if classes were taken at a private institution, a UC, or out-of-state. Evaluations will convert semester units of credit to quarter units by multiplying semester-unit totals by one and one-half.
Note: Transfer students with Advanced Placement credit must have their scores sent to Cal Poly directly from the College Board; notation of AP exams on a college transcript is not sufficient for Cal Poly to award credit. It is recommended that students do this as soon as possible, in order for the transfer evaluation to be as complete and accurate as possible, and in order to satisfy registration prerequisites.
How does Cal Poly differ from my previous institution?
Calendars and Deadlines
New Incoming Transfer and Readmitted Undergraduate Students will be able to register for Fall classes beginning mid August. The second round of registration for students that wish to enroll in more than 16 units begins late August. See your Student Center for the specific day and time of your registration appointment.
For a list of more important dates, visit Student Planning Calendars.
How to Register for Classes
Step 1: PolyPlanner
Students are required to use PolyPlanner to plan their desired courses for at least the next two upcoming quarters. PolyPlanner is located on the left-hand side of your portal. The data from PolyPlanner is used by each academic department to estimate which classes are in most demand for the upcoming year, which is why keeping your Poly Planner accurate and up-to-date is vital. Failure to complete your PolyPlanner by the Add/Drop deadline of each quarter (8th day of instruction) will result in placement in the last registration appointment category for the next quarter's registration period. Note: PolyPlanner is a planning tool that informs the faculty on which classes to offer for an upcoming term. It does not enroll you in the classes you choose, nor does it guarantee you a seat. For detailed instructions on using PolyPlanner, visit PolyPlanner General Information.
Step 2: PASS
PASS (Plan a Student Schedule) is a class scheduling tool you will use to create your actual schedule for the upcoming quarter. PASS allows you to see which courses are available, choose your preferred courses, and save your ideal class schedules. PASS is also located on the left-hand side of your portal. For detailed instructions on using PASS, visit PASS (Class Schedule).
Step 3: Student Center
Your Student Center is where you will ultimately enroll in the classes you have chosen through PASS. For detailed instructions, visit the Student Center help page.
Click here for a visual guide to registration at Cal Poly.
How to Add and Drop Classes
The “add/drop period” is the first 8 days of instruction of the quarter, during which students can continue to add and/or drop classes from their schedule. After this period, adding and dropping classes is not allowed, although, students can “withdraw” from a class(es) under specific circumstances (see below).
Between the end of the regular add/drop period and the last day of instruction, a student must petition to withdraw from a course under a "serious or compelling reason". For details on this process, as well as to learn how to withdraw from an entire term, see Withdrawal Information.