To help students navigate enrollment through CalCentral, below are pages that describe the process and commonly used terms. Review step-by-step registration instructions in the Enrollment Center guide.
Getting the classes and schedule you want requires planning. You need to know what courses you want and have a back up plan if you can’t get your first choice.
Enrollment occurs in CalCentral. You choose classes, add them to a shopping cart, and then enroll.
A waitlist typically starts when a class is full, to prioritize enrollment when seats become available.
Consider your options once you are waitlisted for a class.
Prerequisites are requirements for taking a class.
Permission numbers allow enrollment in some restricted classes.
Swap allows you to drop one class and add another.
Switching related sections is possible for enrolled classes only.
The maximum number of units that a student can enroll in during an enrollment period.
Enrollment appointments and phases determine when a student is able to enroll, drop, swap, and update classes.
Reserved seats are set aside for certain student populations. They may affect your ability to enroll or get enrolled from a waitlist.
Time conflicts occur when two classes are scheduled at the same time. This can prevent enrollment, including from a waitlist.
Explanations for common error messages.
Instructor or department consent is sometimes required to add or drop a class.
Adding and dropping classes to manage enrollment.