Newly Admitted Graduate Students: Enrollment

Newly Admitted Graduate Students: Enrollment

Enroll Early to Be Eligible
for appointments, stipends, services

To be eligible for certain university services and opportunities, you need to enroll early. In contrast to previous registration processes, until you enroll in course units, you will not be assessed any fees and will not be considered a student.Any fellowship fee or stipend payments, fee remissions, financial aid awards, or other transactions will NOT occur until you are enrolled in units and then assessed fees. Even if you are only enrolling in non-classroom courses, such as independent research and writing units, you still need to enroll. Un-enrolled students will not be eligible to:

  1. be hired for academic appointments (e.g., GSI, GSR, etc.);

  2. receive stipend(s) from university fellowships and grants; or

  3. access to some university services and programs (e.g., university health, counseling and psychological services, library).

Check your Holds in CalCentral
(Holds may prevent you from enrolling.)

Check your CalCentral page(link is external)(link is external) to find out if you have any holds that may prevent you from enrolling, and for information on how to remove each hold. There are different types of holds: administrative, academic, financial, etc. Contact your department advisor for further assistance.

Other Important Enrollment Changes

To Know

  • You will have a cap of 20.5 units for class enrollment.

  • “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 cheat sheet.(link is external)

  • You will not  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.

  • Final Exam Schedule: You will receive information about exams later in the summer.  Note that if you do not have a conflict between scheduled classes, it is likely that you will not have a conflict within your exam schedule.


  • “Schedule Planner” replaced “Schedule Builder” helps you create a semester schedule based on your class preferences and scheduling conflicts.

  •  A multi-year “Academic Planner” will be available so you can work with your advisor to create a multi-year class plan.

  • The “Academic Progress Report” (APR) will allow you and your advisor to determine your progress towards degree.

To Do

  • Create your fall semester 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.

Important Dates for
Graduate & Professional Degree Students

October 17 - November 13: 
Phase I Enrollment Appointments
for continuing students

November 14 - January 8: 
Phase II Enrollment Appointments
for continuing students

January 9 - March 24: 
Enrollment Adjustment Period

January 13: 
Spring 2017 tuition and fees are due

January 17: 
Instruction Begins

CalCentral Class Enrollment Video

Class Enrollment Video