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.
Instructor or department consent is sometimes required to add or drop a class.
Add and Drop
Adding and dropping classes to manage enrollment.
Enrollment Appointments and Phases
Enrollment appointments and phases determine when a student is able to enroll, drop, swap, and update classes.
Enrollment Errors Messages
Explanations for common error messages.
How to Plan For Enrollment
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.
How to Enroll
Enrollment occurs in CalCentral. You choose classes, add them to a shopping cart, and then enroll.
How Waitlists Work
A waitlist typically starts when a class is full, to prioritize enrollment when seats become available.
Permission numbers allow enrollment in some restricted classes.
Prerequisites are requirements for taking a class.
Reserved seats are set aside for certain student populations. They may affect your ability to enroll or get enrolled from a waitlist.
Swap allows you to drop one class and add another.
Switching Related Sections
Switching related sections is possible for enrolled classes only.
Time conflicts occur when two classes are scheduled at the same time. This can prevent enrollment, including from a waitlist.
The maximum number of units that a student can enroll in during an enrollment period.
What to Do When You’re on a Waitlist
Consider your options once you are waitlisted for a class.