Enrollment - FAQ

Why can’t I see the final exam schedules?

Why can’t I register for two classes during the same time slot?

Where do I find information on major requirements and course prerequisites?

Where can I see the grade distributions?

Why can’t I find my [cross-listed, honors, etc] class? E.g. “C162” or “H90"

Where do I enroll for classes next semester on CalCentral? I'm not seeing it.

What are these error messages?

Where are my enrollment appointment dates?

How do I drop or swap my classes?

Where can I find the restrictions for classes?

How do I find information on open seats, class size, or wait list capacity?

How do I add myself to a wait list?

How can I find the classes I want with the search tools?

How can I export classes from Schedule Planner to the Shopping Cart? 

How do I add myself to the graduation list?

How do I take myself off the graduation list?

How do I cancel all my enrollments and not get charged?

How do I cancel all my classes (withdraw) after the start of the term?

Can I take a graduate level course if I am a undergrad?

How are waitlists processed and the importance of my waitlist position?


Why can’t I see the final exam schedules?

Due to Wheeler Hall being under construction during Fall 2016, room arrangements for final exams are still in the works. We can’t display them because the university hasn’t created the official schedule yet. Exam schedules will be published later during the summer.

However, you can get an idea of when a final exam for your class may occur using the Fall 2016 Final Exam Calendar Guidelines (http://schedule.berkeley.edu/examf.html).



Why can’t I register for two classes during the same time slot?

The new SIS does not allow a student to register for classes with conflicting dates and times and we can’t turn the restriction off. We know that this was not the case in the past and students have expressed many needs for enrolling in conflicting classes. To accommodate students’ needs, in the short-term, we have created an online form for you to submit your requests. 

Before submitting the form, you MUST have both classes in your shopping cart. When you try to register, you’ll get the error. You’ll need information from your shopping cart to complete the form. You will see the link to the form in the error message you get when attempting to register for a conflicting class.

Please note you will not be able to generate a schedule through the schedule planner with conflicting classes. You’ll need to manually add the second one from within the shopping cart. More information can be found on the Time Conflict page


Where do I find information on major requirements and course prerequisites?

Visit the guide.berkeley.edu, which continues to be the authoritative site for degree requirements and the class Catalog for UC Berkeley.

The new SIS does not currently check for or prevent you from enrolling in or waitlisting for a class that you have not met the prerequisite requirements for. Many classes, however, are subject to enrollment restrictions based on majors, college or academic level, and this is called Reserve Capacity. If you do not meet the reserve capacity requirements, you can waitlist for the class and seek permission from the instructor.



Where can I see the grade distributions?

You can continue to access grade distributions for classes via BerkeleyTime (berkeleytime.com).



Why can’t I find my [cross-listed, honors, etc] class? E.g., “C162” or “H90”

Search results and behavior in the new system are somewhat different. The course name is being sorted alphanumerically, so the courses that begin with letters appear at the ends of the list, depending how you have it sorted (end or beginning). Meanwhile, we are working on making the search behavior respond in the way that you’re used to. You can search for a class name in Schedule of Classes that “contains” C or “contains” H to find crosslisted or honors classes. Alternatively, you can search for classes in BerkeleyTime (berkeleytime.com).



Where do I enroll for classes next semester on CalCentral? I'm not seeing it.

A new Class Enrollment “card” and set of tools may be found on CalCentral on your My Academics page. Some students will not see this card, are unable to enroll in classes, for several reasons:

  • If you're an undergraduate student on the Degree List who will be graduating this spring 2016.

  • If you want to delay your graduation date, you should go to your departmental advisor and, afterward, email sishelp@berkeley.edu with your SID to tell them you have done so.

  • A small number of students (such as double majors) may have been given approval from advisors to extend attendance for another semester (greater than eight semesters) and you may not see the option to enroll in classes. If so, submit a support ticket to sishelp@berkeley.edu

  • There may be a block or hold on record that impacts students who will be taking more than eight semesters. If so, please see advisor about removing the block or hold.

  • If you are expecting to continue your career as a graduate student at Berkeley, you have not been currently admitted yet and class enrollment begins in August.


What are these error messages?

"You are not authorized to access this component. (40,20)"

This intermittent error message is occasionally appearing for some users. If the problem still persists, reloading the page usually resolves the issue.

"Your account hasn't been created yet. Please try again later."

This intermittent error message occasionally appears and reloading the page usually resolves this.


Where are my enrollment appointment dates?

Some student have a Class Enrollment card on their My Academics page but are unable to view their enrollment dates. Simply reloading the page corrected the issue. If the problem persist, file a support ticket with sishelp@berkeley.edu



How do I drop or swap my classes?

You may update your class choices by selecting the Drop or Swap links found on the Class Enrollment card on My Academics page and follow the instructions on this how to Swap page.



Where can I find the restrictions for classes?

Class restrictions are defined as either part of Reserve Capacity or Special Consent requirements. You cannot see these from the Schedule of Classes, instead, use Schedule Planner (accessible from the Class Enrollment card of your CalCentral My Academics page). You may view a step by step guide to finding class details

If you feel that you meet the reserve capacity requirements but receive a reserve capacity error, file a support ticket with sishelp@berkeley.edu. As we transition to the new system, we are finding some occurrences where we need to review a class definition or to check a student’s academic standing.

If you add yourself to the wait list of a class for which you do not meet the reserve capacity requirements, you  may potentially be given a seat in the class if your academic record changes to meet the requirements or if the requirements expire or are lifted.



How do I find information on open seats, class size, or wait list capacity?

Access the Schedule of Classes from your Class Enrollment card on CalCentral’s My Academics page and select the class link from your search results to view the “Class Detail” page. The “Class Detail” page lists the: class size, seats taken, seats availability, wait list capacity, and number of students on the wait list.



How do I add myself to a wait list?

To add yourself to the wait list, please have the “Wait list if class is full” checkbox selected as you add the class to your shopping cart. View a graphic of how to wait list if full. If you want to drop another class if you get into this class, check out the waitlist and swap function.

To access wait list information for a class, refer to the question, “How do I find information on open seats, class size, or wait list capacity?”



How can I find the classes I want with the search tools?

Classes can be searched for via the Schedule of Classes, Schedule Planner, the Guide, and BerkeleyTime.com. Each tool has some unique benefits:

Schedule of Classes

  • Detailed searches by different criteria including by instructor.

  • Search across-major, ex: find all classes that include “statistics.”

  • Add classes directly into your “Shopping Cart.”

  • Add classes that have time-conflicts to your “Shopping Cart.”

  • Fast lookup and add to the “Shopping Cart” if you know exactly which class(es) you want to take.

Schedule Planner

  • Search for classes by major.

  • Create a schedule that maps to your availability, ex: not during regular athletics training times, or around part-time job, late start times, etc.

  • View “Reserve Capacity” and how seats in a class have been allocated to schools, majors, or by level.

  • Export a non time-conflicting schedule to the “Shopping Cart.”

Guide

  • Campus Catalog of classes.

  • Includes more descriptive text about the class.

  • View prerequisites, if any.

BerkeleyTime (ASUC supported tool)

  • Fast search and easy to use interface for searching for classes

  • Grade distributions.


How can I export classes from Schedule Planner to the Shopping Cart?

Schedule Planner allows you to preview alternative schedules and export a class schedule to your Shopping Cart for enrollment. 

Instructions to export a class schedule:

  • You can enter Schedule Planner from the My Academics page in CalCentral or from the Shopping Cart.

  • Once in Schedule Planner, select the courses you wish to enroll in, select “Generate Schedules”, view a schedule, then select “Send to Shopping Cart”.

  • Return to the My Academics page in CalCentral to enter the shopping cart. Within the Shopping Cart, select “import” to retrieve those classes.


How do I add myself to the graduation list?

Undergraduate students will be added automatically to the graduation list after 8 terms in attendance and having met a unit count threshold relative to the number of majors they are in. Once on the graduation list, students will be processed to determine if they meet all of the University’s requirements for graduation. During the Fall 2016 semester, students will be able to see a new Graduation Term entry on their My Academics page, as well as a Graduation Status indicator for students in their graduating term.   


How do I take myself off the graduation list? 

Students who are determined to be eligible for graduation will be presented with a message at the start of Phase 2 of enrollment to inform them that they have been placed on the degree list. Students in some colleges will be given the option to opt out by selecting a response in the message. Students who are not given the option to opt out must visit their College Adviser who will review their request and opt them out if approved.


How do I cancel all my enrollments and not get charged?

Students may drop to zero units or not enroll in any units. These students will not be assessed any fees for the term. At a certain point in the term, all students with zero enrollments will be administratively cancelled.


How do I cancel all my classes (withdraw) after the start of the term?

Cancelling all classes after the start of the semester is processed as a withdrawal by the University and can have a number of important impacts. Please refer to the comprehensive withdrawal guide on Cal Student Central’s website.


Can I take a graduate level course if I am a undergrad?

This decision is made on a class-by-class basis. Contact a department advisor to find out how the decision is processed.


How are waitlists processed and the importance of my waitlist position?
Waitlist processing has not changed with the new SIS. The primary waitlist is the main driver for waitlist processing. Waitlist is processed in the following way:
  1. Select the first student on the primary component waitlist
  2. Check to see if there is an open seat for which the student qualifies in the primary (checks seat reservations to see if there is a open seat reserved for that student)
  3. Check to see if there is an open seat in the secondary (it does not matter the student's position on the secondary waitlist; it only matters whether there is a seat open) for which the student is waitlisted for
  4. If there are open seats for that student then they are enrolled. If not, it bypasses that student and selects the next student on the primary component waitlist.