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Registration Procedures

Registration Help

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.

Print Your Class Schedule

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

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Online Registration Instructions:
http://my.csufresno.edu


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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.

During Online Registration Session

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

  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 Office 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 Center.

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How to Search
for General Education or Learning Community Courses

Class 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).

 

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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.

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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 can I 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.

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How to Add a Lecture With a 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.

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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.

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How to Change Grading Option:

Some classes allow students the option of either a letter grade or credit/no credit. These instructions are for classes which allow a choice in grading option.

  1. Launch your Web browser to http://my.csufresno.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. Go to top of screen and click on the Edit button.
  8. Under the heading Classes You are Allowed to Edit select the class you want to change the grading option.
  9. Click on Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  10. On the Enrollment Preferences panel under Class Preferences, select the grading option using the drop down choices. Click Next.
  11. Confirm your selection. If correct, click the Finish Editing button.
  12. View your Results. It should say Success.
  13. If you have an error, read the detail description.

Note: The choice of grading option can be made during initial enrollment in the class or after initial enrollment, however, no later than the end of the fourth week of instruction - see calendar.  The instructions above are to change the grading option after enrollment in a course. To change grading option during initial enrollment, follow the Choose Grading Option link on the Class Enrollment Options screen.

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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.

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Online Waitlist - When and How To Use Them

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.

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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.

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 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.

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Credit by Examination (CBE)

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at California State University, Fresno. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Credit by examination is designed to encourage regularly enrolled students to seek college credit in courses in which they have competence but for which credit has not been earned by the usual academic process.

CBE is not available to graduate students for use on programs for the master's degree.

To receive CBE credit you must complete at least an equal number of units in regular enrollment during the semester.

Students interested in taking a course Credit by Examination must see the department offering the course for approval.

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Excess Units/Enrollment Restrictions


To help ensure that all undergraduate students have the opportunity to obtain the classes they need to stay on track toward graduation, all undergraduate students will be limited to 16 units during the Early Registration Period (see semester calendar). The 16 unit limitation includes both enrolled units and Wait List units. The 16 unit limitation will be lifted once the Open Registration period begins. Approved Excess Units petitions forms will not be accepted until after the Open Registration period begins.

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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:

To register for 19 units, an undergraduate student must have an overall grade point average of 2.5; for 20-22 units, a student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0. 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.

Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students:

Graduate students, Doctoral students, and Advanced Certificate students are limited to 16 units. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator on an Academic Overload petition obtained from the Division of Graduate Studies.

Credential program students are limited to 18 units. 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).

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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 DARS report, 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 DARS report, 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.