Registration Basics

Enrollment Appointments

Enrollment appointments are posted on MySJSU about three months before the start of the semester and ends 3 days before the first day of instruction. See Registration Calendar for more details. To view your enrollment appointment, login to your MySJSU, click "Academics: Enrollment" link, then click Enrollment Dates, your available terms will show in the middle window. See screenshot:

Enrollment Appointment on MySJSU

New students will receive their appointments later than continuing students.  See the New Admits Appointment date on the Registration Calendar for exact dates.

Why don't I have an enrollment appointment?

Check these 3 reasons:

1. If it is your first semester at SJSU, you must wait until the Admissions office fully admits you. Contact Admissions office for your admission status.

2. Graduation Date has passed. You applied to graduate in the last semester but did not graduate.

3. You have not enrolled for 2 consecutive semesters(Spring & Fall).

Contact our office if you still have questions.

How are enrollment appointments determined?

Registration start dates are based on class level(freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors) and priority registration policy. See F17-4 Academic Senate policy [pdf] for descriptions of priority students & registration groups.  Students are grouped by class level, then last name groups.  The order of the last name groups within the same class level rotates each semester.  All priority students and registration groups are approved by the Student Success Committee of the Academic Senate

Class level is determined by a student's earned units and current work-in-progress.  

See Priority Students & Registration Groups on SJSU catalog.

Advance Registration vs Late Registration

Advance Registration begins 3-4 months prior to the first day of instruction. Students can view their enrollment appointment via MySJSU. 

Late Registration begins the first day of instruction and ends on the add deadline. Students can add or drop courses via MySJSU by the deadlines posted on the Registration calendars. A late fee applies after Census date. Contact the Bursar's office for all fee related questions.

Swap Class Enrollment Function

The Swap class enrollment function allows you to replace an enrolled class with another open or waitlisted class. To learn more, go to FAQs for Swapping Classes.

Swap class link on MySJSU

Common Registration Issues:

  1. Your enrollment appointment has not yet started.
  2. Graduation Date has passed.
  3. Prerequisites are missing.
  4. Co-requisite is required.
    • Some classes require you to simultaneously enroll in a component class such as a lab or workshop.
    • You must register for both the lecture & a component at the same time.
    • If you are exempt from co-requisite, a memo on a department letterhead is required. Contact our office with this letter, our staff need to register for you.
  5. Time Conflict (schedules of two or more classes are overlapping).
  6. You have registration hold(s) on your account.
  7. You have exceeded the number of enrollment units or waitlist limit allowed.
  8. You are a "special session" student trying to enroll in "regular session" classes or vice versa.
    • Choose "special session" section of the class if you are a special session student or choose "regular session" section of the class if you are a regular session student. Look at class details. Section# 10 and above are usually "special session" sections, section# 1 through 9 are usually "regular session" sections. See screenshot:

Special session versus Regular session

9. You are repeating a class.

10. You already enrolled in another section of the same class.

      • You must drop the other section of the same class in order to add the new section.
      • You cannot be enrolled from the waitlist until you drop the other enrolled section.

11. Permission number you received is not valid or has been used. 

        • Contact the instructor of the class to obtain a new one. 

12. You want to enroll in SJSU Studies class (Areas: R, S, V or Z) but have not earned 60 units or above (upper division standing).

For all other issues, please contact us.  

Covid-19 Compliance for Late Registration:

If you have attested NOA (No Access to Campus), please DO NOT add any classes that meet in person or hybrid (with in person meetings). You will be denied. You are only allowed to late add fully online classes. Go to COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements page for more information.