First-Year Spartans

Welcome to SJSU! 

Congratulations on your admission to SJSU and the start of your college career! Starting college is challenging enough, so we would like to provide you with the tools and resources to help you along the way. 

For information regarding registration, important deadlines, and other resources, please see the tabs on the sidebar under the heading "First Year Spartans".

First Year Placement and Early Start

For more information review our Admitted Spartan Day Presentation [pdf].

How do I change my major? Should I change my major?

View the video below from our mentor, Polet, detailing some of the first questions you'll want to ask as you think about changing your major.

How do I start thinking about my career and job opportunities?

View this video from our mentor, Charles, about how to use the SJSU Career Center's online resources for everything job and career-related. Keep in mind that majors, jobs and careers are different things from one another!

I received my first term grades and they weren't what I expected...

View the video below to hear from mentor, Polet, about how to process your first semester grades and move forward into Spring with confidence and support.

Registration for Fall 2024

Important dates for registration:

  • Enrollment appointments viewable on MySJSU on Tuesday, April 16
  • Advance Registration for continuing students begins Tuesday, April 23
  • Advance Registration ends Sunday, August 18
  • Late Registration begins Wednesday, August 21, (the first day of instruction). Saturday, August 31, a Permission Number is required to add a class.
  • Late Registration ends Tuesday, September 17. This is also the last day to drop a course without a "W" grade

Visit the Registrar's website for common registration issues.

Do you have an advising hold that is getting in the way of registration? Be sure to address that with an advisor in your College Success Center as soon as possible.

View our registration video below.

Don't forget about Financial Aid!

Student's must complete a FAFSA/California Dream Act application every year they are in college to receive aid. 

October 1 (every year): The FAFSA and California Dream Act applications open. 

March 2 (every year): Priority filing deadline for FAFSA and California Dream Act applications.

For more information, see the Seven Steps to Financial Aid.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid office through the online chat available on their website, or email them at