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Early and Final Priority Registration

SF State wants to give students better access to the classes they need to graduate. We have developed a new registration process with two priority registration periods to help students get key classes.

An FAQ about Early and Final Priority Registration can be found below.

Question #1: Why are we implementing Early Priority Registration?

Question #2: How are registration priority time periods assigned to each student during Early Priority Registration?

Question #3: Why are students allowed to register for only 8 units during Early Priority Registration?

Question #4: If one or both of a student’s “most important” classes chosen are filled what are their options?

Question #5: Can a student add to a wait list in Early Priority Registration?

Question #6: Do students have to pay fees to register in Early Priority Registration?

Question #7: If students have holds can they register during Early Priority Registration?

Question #8: Is there an “Open Registration” period in Early Priority Registration?

Question #9: What if a student misses their date to register during Early Priority Registration all together?

Question #10: When do new freshmen and transfer students get to register?

Question #11: Will the new registration process be used all year?


Question #1: Why are we implementing Early Priority Registration?

San Francisco State wants to help our students get the classes they need to graduate. In a poll of undergraduates conducted in Fall 2005, students indicated that the ability to enroll in a class in the semester they needed it was a major barrier to graduating in a timely manner.  A new registration process has been created with two registration priority periods to give students better access to key classes. The benefits of Early Priority Registration are several:

  • Students will have access to a wider selection of courses before they fill.
  • Departments will learn earlier what courses are in highest demand and can adjust the class schedule when possible.
  • Students will be able to get advising from faculty advisors who are on campus in May when Early Priority Registration is in progress.
  • Early Priority Registration will be just one part of changing the campus to have a greater “culture of graduation”.

Question #2: How are registration priority time periods assigned to each student during Early Priority Registration?

Just like in Final Priority Registration, registration priority in Early Priority Registration is based on number of units a student has earned. Certain groups, like students registered with the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), will continue to receive 1st day priority registration.

Question #3: Why are students allowed to register for only 8 units during Early Priority Registration?

In order to give better course access to students at all class levels, students are not allowed to register for more than 8 units during Early Priority Registration.  Students with earlier registration times are allowed to register for fewer classes, leaving more seats available for students with later registration times.  A limit of 8 units was chosen as the maximum because then all students will be able to register for at least two courses (some majors have 4 unit courses)

Question #4: If one or both of a student’s “most important” classes are already filled during Early Priority Registration, what options are available?

Students whose top choices filled during Early Priority Registration will have several options. First, a student could get on the wait list for one of the high priority courses. (A wait-listed class counts toward the eight-unit limit).  Second, with good advising, the student can add another course needed for his/her degree.  Last, students should watch for schedule changes and additions that departments may make before the Final Priority Registration period begins.  Students should consult an advisor and continue to look at the online schedule to see if changes occur.

Question #5: Can a student add to a wait list in Early Priority Registration?

Yes, students may add themselves to a wait list in Early Priority Registration but that wait-listed course counts as part of the 8-unit limit.

Question #6: Do students have to pay fees to register in Early Priority Registration?

No. Fees will not be collected for Early Priority Registration, but all holds will be considered when clearing students to register. If fees are not paid by the fee payment deadline for Final Priority Registration, classes enrolled through Early Priority Registration will be dropped.  Students whose classes are dropped for not paying fees by the fee payment deadline will be able to register during Final Priority Registration in classes which have seats still available after the fees have been paid.

Question #7: If students have holds, can they register during Early Priority Registration?

If students have holds, they will not be allowed to participate in Early Priority registration until the hold is cleared/released. Those who are in violation of the university policy that requires that JEPET must be taken by the time 80 units are achieved will receive a priority registration time on the last day in Early Priority registration.

Question #8: Is there an “Open Registration” period in Early Priority Registration?

There is an open registration period in the evening of every day of Early Priority Registration from 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM and on the final day of Early Priority Registration just as there is during Final Priority Registration.

Question #9: What if students miss their assigned date during Early Priority Registration altogether?

If students miss their assigned time for Early Priority Registration, they will have the opportunity to register during the limited evening open registration hours on the last day of Early Priority Registration.  Students who miss Early Priority Registration will also be able to register in July for the classes that are still available during Final Priority Registration.

Question #10: When do new freshmen and transfer students get to register?

In addition to being able to register at their assigned time in Final Priority Registration, new freshmen and transfers will be allowed to register for courses when they attend New Student Orientation. (Transfers will register for 8-units maximum).

Question #11: Will the new registration process be used all year?

Early and Final Priority Registration will be used for registration for the Spring and Fall semester, but not for Summer registration.

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