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Important Message for Graduate and Professional Students: 

While most graduate and professional students will enroll through CalCentral, the following programs may have different enrollment dates and processesIf you are a student of one of these programs, please contact your advisor for more information.

Berkeley School of Law 

Haas School of Business MBA, EMBA EWMBA

School of Optometry OD

School of Public Health OOMPH

School of Information MIDS

Goldman School of Public Policy MPA

The UC Berkeley class enrollment process will be streamlined in the new system through CalCentral.

Graduate and Professional Students

Please see the Graduate Student enrollment page for more information.

Undergraduate Student Enrollment

To Know

Not Changing

  • The hard enrollment limit of 10.5 and 16 units for Phase I and Phase II respectively. (This limit includes waitlisted units.)


  • Longer Appointment Windows
    Beginning with fall semester 2016 enrollment, you will be able to enroll from the start of your appointment to the end of each phase, e.g. through July 15 for Phase I.

  • Swap Function
    “Swap” can be used to drop one class and simultaneously add another. By swapping rather than dropping and then adding, you ensure that you will not give up your spot in one class and be unable to enroll in the other. See The "Swap" Function document.

  • Enrollment Time Conflict Process
    Beginning with fall semester 2016, you will no longer be able to automatically enroll in two classes that meet at the same time. If you try to enroll in two classes that have a time schedule overlap, CalCentral will alert you at the point of enrollment and give you an opportunity to submit an online request to enroll in both classes. It will take approximately one business day to process request forms. If no other restrictions prevent you from enrolling in both classes, your time conflict restriction will be waived and your enrollment will be processed.

  • Unit Caps Enforced in the System
    Although the unit caps are not changing, they will now be enforced in the system. Students will be able to enroll up to their college's maximum unit cap during the Adjustment Period. If you have concerns about their maximum caps can consult with their advisors.

    • Unit Caps for Undergraduate Students: 10.5 units for Phase I and 16 units for Phase II
    • Unit Caps for Graduate Students: 12 units for Phase I and 20.5 units for Phase II
  • Course Level Restriction Enforced in the System
    Although the restriction that prevents Undergraduate students from enrolling in Graduate courses has not changed, this rule was not enforced in the system before. However, it will now be enforced. If you are an Undergraduate student who is interested in taking a Graduate course, please consult with your advisor to find out if your department will grant permission for you to enroll in that class.
  • Final Exam Schedule
    In the past, you have been able to see the final exam schedule when you registered for classes. This year, the final exam schedule will not be displayed with the schedule of classes. You will receive information about exams later in the summer.  Note that if you don’t have a conflict between scheduled classes, it is likely that you will not have a conflict within your exam schedule.

  • Enrollment Appointment Priority
    Enrollment appointment priority is now assigned based on the number of terms completed, not units. Transfer students join UC Berkeley with a four-term credit. 

New tools

  • In March 2016, “Schedule Planner” replaced “Schedule Builder” to help you create a semester schedule based on your class preferences and scheduling conflicts.
  • In September 2016, a new multi-year “Academic Planner” will be available so you can work with your advisor to create a multi-year class plan.
  • In September 2016, “Academic Progress Report” (APR) will allow you and your advisor to determine your progress towards degree.

Tools being retired

  • In March 2016, “Schedule Builder” was retired.
  • In October 2016, “Academic Progress Report” (APR) will replace DARS.
  • Tele-BEARS will be used to add and drop classes for spring 2016 and enroll in classes for Summer 2016. Tele-BEARS will be retired after these enrollment activities.

To Do

  • Create your fall semester 2016 class schedule with “Schedule Planner.”
  • Check your enrollment and waitlist status on the CalCentral “Dashboard.”
  • Search and add classes directly to your “Shopping Cart,” or import your plan from “Schedule Planner.”
  • Work with your advisor to create and populate your “Academic Planner.”
  • Go to CalCentral and click on your profile picture to view and act on any holds or critical notifications. Notifications may include the need for you to pay your bill.

How to Use the "Swap" Function

Swapping one class section for another

CalCentral Class Enrollment Video

Class Enrollment Video

Tour of Enrollment Pages

Tour of Student Enrollment Pages

CalCentral Guide for Students

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CalCentral Student Guide

Enrollment Card