Registration Information

Registration Assistance is always available at the Admissions and Records Service Windows in the Joyal Administration Building. You can also call the Help Desk at 278-7000 for assistance 7:00am-9:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am-5:00pm on Saturday.

Online Registration Instructions (Before You Register)

  1. Check for registration holds at My Fresno State. They are listed as "Important Info & Holds" in your Student Center.
  2. Your registration appointment can be viewed from your Student Center at My Fresno State after being issued.
  3. Use Class Wish List at My Fresno State to search for classes and build a class schedule.
  4. To register using the web, it is recommended that you use a Windows computer with Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6. A Macintosh computer with Safari (only on OS 6); or Mozilla Firefox 3.6 should also work.
ITS recommends AOL customers use Mozilla Firefox 3.6 to access my.csufresno.edu. Please avoid using the back button on your browser; this may cause you to lose the classes you have entered but not yet submitted.

Online Registration Instructions (During Online Registration Session)

  1. Launch web browser and go to My Fresno State.
  2. Use your Fresno State email user name and password to login.
    If you have not established a Fresno State email account, click Get An Account Now below login button.
  3. Please be patient. There may be occasional system delays.
    Do not click additional links while waiting for the system to respond. These actions will cause significant registration difficulties.
  4. Once in My Fresno State read all messages carefully.
  5. Avoid the browser Back button; this will cause you to lose classes you selected but have not yet registered. Use RETURN prompt at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Do not double-click links.
  7. Under My Menu, click on Student Self Service, then click on Student Center.
  8. To expand My Academic Records & Registration, click on the green arrow at the left of the bar.
  9. Click on Class Enrollment.
  10. Select the term you wish to enroll in. If the term you want is not listed, call the Admissions & Records Service Windows at (559) 278-2261 during normal business hours.
  11. Enter a 5-digit Class Number in the Class Number box. Click on Enter.  This will bring you to a new page.  This page allows you to verify your request, and if necessary, select a related component, such as a lab, change your grading option, or enter a permission number.  At bottom of screen, click Next to proceed.
  12. If you do not know the 5-digit class number, use the Search feature to find open classes. Enter the course subject and course number (i.e. HIST 12) and click Search (leave the box checked to show open classes only).  If you find a class you want to add, click on the Select Class button to add it to your Enrollment Shopping Cart.
  13. You can place additional courses in the Enrollment Shopping Cart by repeating the instructions described in Steps 11& 12 above.  If you want to delete a class, click on the Trash Bin.  After you have selected all of your classes, click on the button labeled Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  14. Click on the Finish Enrolling box to enroll in your courses.
  15. Be sure to check the Status column for possible errors with your registration. If your registration is successful, the message “success” will be displayed. If errors exist, the class was not added. Specific details about the error are listed.
  16. To drop a class previously added, click on Drop a Class tab.  Select the class you want to drop.  View your results by checking the box in the Select column.  Then click Drop Selected Classes.  Confirm your selection and click Finish Dropping.
  17. To verify all classes are correct, click on My Class Schedule.
  18. Print a copy of your schedule.
  19. Sign Out (Top Middle of screen) of registration when finished. Close Browser when sign off is completed.
  20. Confirm and print your schedule each time you make a change by using the My Class Schedule tab in Class Enrollment on the Student Cente

How to Search for General Education or Learning Community Courses

In order to narrow down the search results when looking for open class sections, the Additional Search Criteria can be a useful tool. Be aware that every criteria entered will reduce the number of available sections that the search will return, so use sparingly.
  1. In the Student Center, under the My Academic Records & Registration, click on Class Enrollment.
  2. Select the term you wish to enroll in.
  3. Under the heading Add a class using one of the following, click on Search.
  4. Near the bottom of the screen, click on Additional Search Criteria.
  5. Enter the limitations desired and click on Search.
Additional search criteria includes:
  • Meeting start and end time
  • Day of the week
  • Instructor's last name
  • Course attribute (enter GEA for General Education classes or LCOM for Learning
           Communities classes.)
  • Course attribute value (GE classes).
  • Location (Digital Campus = On-line Course).
Additional Search Criteria screenshot

Course Attribute Value

  Description
A1 Foundation - Oral Communication
A2 Foundation - Written Communications
A3 Foundation - Critical Thinking
B1 Breadth - Physical Sciences
B2 Breadth - Life Science
B4 Foundation - Quant Reasoning
C1 Breadth - Arts
C2 Breadth Humanities
CAP Capstone - Catalog pre 98-99
D1 American History
D2 American Government
D3 Social Science
E1 Lifelong Understand & Self Dev
IB Integration - Physical Universe
IC Integration - Arts & Hum
ID Integration - Soc. Econ. Behavior
M/I Multicultural / International
If no classes return, remove some of the limitations and click on Search. If the class you want to register in appears, follow steps 5 - 9 under Add a Class.

Permission Numbers: When and How to Use Them

Permission numbers override registration restrictions such as:
  • Closed Class: Class is full.
  • Student Level: Restricted to specific student level(s).
  • Major: Class is restricted to specific major(s).
  • Consent: Requires consent from the department.
  • Administrative Add: Third and fourth weeks of instruction.

Where to get a Permission Number:
Numbers are issued by either the instructor or department. Search for a class to find instructor name then use the Campus Directory to search for contact information by name or department.

How to use a Permission Number with Web Registration:
  1. Launch your Web browser and go to My Fresno State.
  2. Login in using your email user name and password
  3. Under My Menu, select Student Self Service.  Then click on Student Center.
  4. Under the Academic Records & Registration bar, click on Class Enrollment.
  5. Select the term.
  6. Enter the Class Number in the Class Nbrbox.  Hit the Enter key.
  7. The Enrollment Preferences Panel will appear.  Under the section labeled Class Preferences, enter the Permission Number in the box.   Click the Next button.
  8. This will return you to the original Add page.  A message will appear which confirms that the class has been added to your shopping cart.
  9. Continue to add other classes or proceed to Step 2 by clicking the box labeled Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  10. A confirmation panel will appear.  Verify class information.  If request is correct, click box labeled Finish Enrolling.
  11. Verify status of Add(s) in the "Status" column for "Success"
  12. Continue to add classes, or click Submit when finished
  13. Verify status of Add(s)under the Message column.  It should say Success.
  14. In the event of an error in the Message column, such as "permission number is invalid", contact the instructor.

Enrollment Limits

To help ensure students have the opportunity to obtain the classes they need to stay on track toward graduation, all undergraduate students will be subject to enrollment limits during early registration (see calendar). The unit limitation includes both enrolled units and Wait List units.

Enrollment Limits for Undergraduate Students


Undergraduate students are cautioned against registering for more than 18 units. However, students are eligible to register for more than 18 units based on the following grade point average exceptions:
GPA Early Registration Open Registration
0.00 - 2.49 16 18
2.50 - 2.99 16 19
3.00 - 4.00 16 22
Undergraduate - Credential 16 19

Permission to enroll in excess units
may be considered after Open Registration begins.

All first-time freshmen are limited to 18 units. Undergraduate students seeking a credential will all be limited to 18 units regardless of their grade point average. Exceptions to these limits must be approved by the chair of the student's major department. An absolute limit of 22 units is enforced and may only be waived with the approval of the dean of the college/school of the student's major and the approval of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Enrollment Limits for Post-baccalaureate Students


In order for Masters, Doctoral, and Certificate students to enroll in additional units beyond 16, you must obtain permission on an Academic Overload Petition from the Division of Graduate Studies. Approved Academic Overload Petition forms will not be accepted until after Open Registration begins.
Degrees/Credentials Early Registration Open Registration
Credential 20 20
Second Baccalaureate 16 See undergraduate enrollment limits
Masters 16 16
Doctoral 16 16
Certificate 16 16

Credential and Second Baccalaureate students see "Undergraduate" instructions above.

Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Credential Program Office, Kremen Education Building , Room 100, by using an Excess Units Petition form obtained in the Admissions and Records Office.

A student seeking a second baccalaureate degree will follow the same enrollment restrictions described above for undergraduate students (based on the student's overall grade point average).

Class Wish List

The Class Wish List allows for class and schedule verification. When registration appointments are enabled for a semester, the Class Wish List becomes available for use. It saves the classes in a Wish List Shopping Cart and allows you to verify the schedule and/or your eligibility to enroll in the class. When your registration appointment day and time arrive, you can then register for your classes either from the Wish List Shopping Cart or the Class Enrollment Shopping Cart.

To avoid problems during registration:

  1. Do not double-click links.
  2. Do not click additional links while waiting for the system to respond. These actions will cause significant registration difficulties.
  3. Avoid the browser Back button; this will cause you to lose classes you selected but have not yet registered. Use RETURN prompt at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Be patient! There may be occasional system delays.
  5. Read all messages carefully!

Instructions to add classes to your Wish List:

  1. Log in to "My Fresno State." (Use your Fresno State email user name and password. If you have not established a Fresno State email account, click Get An Account Now below login button.)
  2. Under My Menu, click on Student Self Service -> Student Center -> My Academic Records & Registration (Click on the green arrow at the left of the bar.)
  3. Click on "Class Wish List."
  4. Select the term. (If the term you want is not listed, call the Admissions Office at (559) 278-2261 during normal business hours.)
  5. Enter a 5-digit Class Number in the Class Number box.
    • Click Enter. This will bring you to a new page that allows you to verify your request; change your grading option; enter a permission number; and, if necessary, select a related component, such as a lab.
    • Click Next to proceed. (Located at the bottom of the screen).
  6. If you do not know the 5-digit class number, use the Search feature to find open classes.
    • Enter the course subject and course number (i.e. HIST 12) and click Search (leave the box checked to show open classes only).
    • If you find a class you want to add, click on the Select Class button to add it to your Class Wish List.
  7. You can place additional courses in the Enrollment Shopping Cart by repeating the instructions described in Steps 5 & 6 above. If you want to delete a class, click on the Trash Bin.
  8. Check the Select box and click the Verify button to determine if there are time conflicts or you meet the pre-requisites for classes.
  9. Check the Status column for possible errors with your registration.
  10. To enroll from the Class Wish List, check the Select box for that class and click on the enroll button.
The courses in your Class Wish List will be in your Class Enrollment Shopping Cart when your registration appointment day/time arrives and you can follow the registration instructions to enroll from there.

Need Help? Call the Help Desk at (559) 278-7000,
7:00 am-9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am-5:00 pm on Saturday.

How to Add a lecture with the Lab

Some lecture classes have labs or activities as a required component. Some of these lecture/lab or lecture/activity combinations include a number of lab or activity sections for the student to choose from.

  1. Launch your Web browser to http://my.fresnostate.edu
  2. Key in your username and password.
  3. Under My Menu, select Student Self Service.
  4. Click on Student Center.
  5. Under the My Academic Records & Registration bar, click on Class Enrollment.
  6. Select the term.
  7. Enter the Class Number in the Class Nbr box. Hit the Enter key.
  8. The related class sections panel will appear. On this panel, select the laboratory section you wish to add. Click Next.
  9. The Enrollment Preferences panel will appear. On this panel, you will verify the lecture and lab you have selected. Detail information appears on this panel. To proceed, click Next.
  10. This will return you to the original enrollment page. Continue to add other classes or if you have completed all adding, click Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  11. The Confirmation Panel will appear. Verify the class lecture and lab information again. If request is correct, click box labeled Finish Enrolling.
  12. Verify status of Add(s) under the "status" column. It should say Success.
  13. If you have an error, read the detail description.

How to Add a Learning Community

Some courses have been combined into Learning Communities. The courses in a Learning Community have to be taken together and must be registered for at the same time.

  1. In the Student Center, under the heading of Enrollment, click on Add a Class.
  2. Select the term.
  3. Enter the Class Number for the first course in the Learning Community in the Class Number Box. Hit the Enter key.
  4. Verify the class information.
  5. Add the second course in the Learning Community to the enrollment Shopping Cart by following steps 3 and 4.
  6. This will return you to the original enrollment page. Verify that both courses are in the Shopping Cart.
  7. Continue to add other classes or if you have completed all adding, click Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  8. The Confirmation Panel will appear. Verify the class lecture and lab information again. If request is correct, click
    box labeled Finish Enrolling.
  9. Verify status of Add(s) under the "status" column. It should say Success.
  10. If you have an error, read the detail description.  

Possible Learning Community Errors :
    1. Requisite Not Met: The sections in a Learning Community are requisites of each other. Concurrent enrollment in both sections is required.
    2. Time Conflict: This message indicates that you are already enrolled in a class that has an overlap in time with one of the sections in the Learning Community.
    3. Class is Full: This Learning Community is full.

    Waitlisting is not possible for Learning Communities.

How to Swap Classes

  1. Launch your Web browser to http://my.fresnostate.edu
  2. Key in your username and password.
  3. Under My Menu, select Student Self Service.
  4. Click on Student Center.
  5. Under the My Academic Records & Registration bar, click on Class Enrollment.
  6. Select the term.
  7. Currently enrolled classes will appear.
  8. Go to top of screen and click on Swap Classes.
  9. Select the class you want to swap under the heading Swap this Class.
  10. Select the new class you want to add under the heading With this Class. Click Enter.
  11. If there is a Related Class Section (lab), you must also select a lab section. If no related class section exists and the new class selection is open, Click Next. If the class is closed, cancel your request and select a new class/section.
  12. A confirmation panel will appear. On this panel, you will verify the course you are dropping (swap) with the new class you are adding.
  13. Click the Finish Swapping button located at the bottom of the panel.
  14. A Results panel will appear. View the message and check the status of the swap.
  15. If you have an error, read the detail description.

Online Wait List & Restrictions

When Can I use Online Wait List:
You can add yourself to the online Wait List for a class from the time the class is full until the tenth day of instruction. Online Wait Lists become null and void after the second week of the semester.

Online Wait List Restrictions:
Students will be moved from the online waitlist into the class if space becomes available, and in the order placed, unless either of the following restrictions apply:
  • There is a time conflict with another registered class. Since the potential time conflicts are not checked when you place yourself on an online waitlist, you should ensure that waitlisted classes do not conflict with your enrolled schedule.
  • You are already enrolled in another section of the same course. Do not use waitlisting to try to get into another section of a course in which you are already enrolled, as you will not be moved from the online wait list if space becomes available. You will need to choose whether to take a chance and place yourself on the online wait list of the full section in the hope space becomes available or remain enrolled in the section you have already scheduled.

How Online Wait List Works

 
  • If a class is full, you can place yourself on an online wait list for any seats that might become available.
  • Most scheduled class sections have online wait lists, which are based on the size of the class.
  • You can waitlist for a maximum of 8 units, provided that each course's online wait list is not already full.
  • You must meet any requisites for the class before you can be placed on the online wait list, e.g. course pre-requisites, section co-requisites, major and class level restrictions.
  • If a seat becomes available, the student highest on the online wait list will get the seat (subject to the restrictions below).
  • Students will be moved from the online wait list into the class if other students drop or are dropped due to non-payment of fees.
  • If students drop, seats will not be available to students who happen to log in if there is someone on the online wait list.
  • If you move from the online wait list into the class, you will receive email notification confirming enrollment in the class.
  • You will not be billed for waitlisted classes but will be billed if moved from an online wait list into a class and the additional units result in higher registration fees. It is important to check your class schedule and account summary regularly to avoid possible cancellation to your classes for non-payment of fees.
  • If you are moved from the waitlist into a class, it is your responsibility to drop the class (as with other classes) if you decide not to attend. Failure to do so will result in a 'WU' grade on your record which will lower your grade point average.
  • There is no guarantee you will be moved off the online wait list and enrolled into the class. Once the process to move students from the online wait list has run for the final time and classes have begun, instructors are not required to add students who were waitlisted for the class.

How to Add Using Online Wait List

  1. Enter the Class Number in the Class Nbr box. Hit the Enter key. Or,
  2. Enter Course Information, uncheck Show Open Classes Only. Click Search.
  3. All sections of the course show, the status is designated by the symbols
    • Open - green circle
    • Closed - blue square
    • Waitlist only - yellow triangle
    If online wait lists has been implemented for a course, the class is full, but there is room on the Waitlist; there will be a yellow triangle in the Status field. In this case, click Select Class for the class with the Wait List symbol.
  4. The student should check the box Wait List if Class is Full, if they want to be placed on the Waitlist. (If they only want the class if they can be enrolled, then they should not check the box.) Then click Next.
  5. The course has now been added to your Enrollment Shopping Cart. The Status is the yellow triangle, symbolizing Waitlist. Click Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  6. Confirm that this is the class you want to be wailisted for and click Finish Enrolling.
  7. The enrollment results show that the class is full and that you have been placed on the Waitlist. It will also show where on the list you have been placed.
  8. Your Class Schedule will now show the class with a status of Waiting.
  9. A process is run twice a day to move students from the Waitlist to available spaces in the class. An email will be sent to you notifying you if you have been enrolled in the course.

Prerequisite Checking

  • Academic departments check for the completion of prerequisites during the registration process.
  • If prerequisite courses were completed at transfer institutions and they appear on your DPR, then they will be considered during the registration process.
  • If additional work has been added to your transfer record recently and they appear on your DPR, this additional work will be considered for registration purposes within 48 hours.
  • If you change your major, this can affect whether or not a prerequisite has been met; however, within 48 hours after a change of major is processed, any necessary changes for prerequisite checking will be made. If you are planning on changing your major, this should be done before the day of your registration appointment to assure that it will be processed in time for registration purposes.

After completing all registration/add/drop transactions always print a copy of your class schedule for your records.