Registering for Classes
Once you know which courses you would like to take you can use the following instructions to
- How to Add a Course
1. From InsideCBU, click on the “Academics” tab at the top of the page.
2. Now click on the “Student Course Registration” tab on the left.
3. Click on the “Add/Drop Courses” link in the middle of the page.
4. Begin by selecting the TERM for which you plan to register. Be sure to select the option that lists only the semester initials and year. For example, FA 2018 for the Fall 2018 semester.
5. Scroll down and click on the “More Search Options” link in the Course Search box.
6. Change the Section Status to OPEN. This will prevent closed courses from appearing in your search results.
7. In the Course Code field type in the course code of the class you would like to add. The course code contains only letters and numbers, no spaces or hyphens.
8. You can further refine your search using the other filters on this page, however these are not required. Click SEARCH.
9. All courses and sections that match your search criteria will appear on the search results page. Before moving on, let's look at a few details in the search results.
First, the course code column contains the course code and section letter for the course. Different section letters simply indicate a unique time, meeting days, location, and professor. For example, while section A and section B of PSY213 are the same course, they are taught by different professors, in different times and places. This allows students to choose whatever section best fits their schedule.
The seats open column displays a ratio of seats open to total seats in a classroom. This can appear confusing to some. If a ratio is 15/25 that doesn't mean that there are 15 students enrolled in that course, it means that there are 15 available seats in that course.
The schedule column displays the days that class will meet (R means Thursday), the time of day for each meeting, and location.
Lastly, the Begin and End Date Columns indicate the first and the last day of that course. Accelerated Online courses are only 8 weeks long (as opposed to 16 weeks) and therefore have different begin and end dates (highlighted below in yellow). We do not recommend these sections for first-time freshmen.
From the list of results, check the ADD box to the left of the Course Code and Click on the “Add Courses” button at the bottom of the page.
After each add, stop and notice the comment in the box above the schedule. This box will notify you of important information such as:
- Schedule Conflicts
- A prerequisite that has not been met
- If you are trying to add a course that is full, or...
- If you are repeating a course previously taken (You are responsible for knowing if the course is repeatable. Please check the course description).
If the course is added successfully it will appear in the bottom portion of the screen in your semester schedule.
You can continue to add courses by repeating these steps.
- How to Swap Courses
1. To Swap one course for another, click the bubble to the left of the course you would like to replace and then click the Swap button below.
2. Enter the search criteria for the new course you want to add and click Search.
3. Select the section you would like to add and then click swap.
4. If the courses are swapped successfully you will see a confirmation message.
- How to Drop a Course
1. To drop (or remove) a course from your schedule during the drop period, click the box to the left of the course you wish to drop and click the Drop Selected Courses button. Once dropped the course will no longer appear on the screen.
2. If the course is dropped successfully you will see a confirmation message.
Note: Once the last day to drop has passed, this same process will result in a withdraw.
- Block Schedule
To help plan your schedule we recommend using the block schedule provided here. You may want to plan out your schedule on paper before actually enrolling in courses on InsideCBU. Click here to download the block schedule.
- Recommended GE Courses List
To determine which General Education classes you might consider registering in you can view / download the Recommended Courses to Meet General Education Requirements list. For any General Education categories you wish to complete, we recommend only taking courses from this list. This list provides you with recommended competency courses, lower division core courses and upper division core courses. You must have at least 30 units completed to take upper division courses.
- Varsity Athletic Practice Times
Download the most up-to-date Athletic Practice Times from the Traditional Students page on InsideCBU.
- Academic Overload
Students may appeal to take more than 18 units in a given semester by submitting an Academic Overload form in the Office of Academic Advising.
A student may be approved to register for more than 18 units if the student has:
3.0 cumulative GPA
Minimum 3.0 session GPA in the preceding semester
No outstanding incomplete course work
Status as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in good academic standing
Permission for overload is granted on a semester by semester basis. A desire to graduate early is, in itself, not sufficient reason to receive approval for academic overload. Students will pay current per unit rate for every unit above 18 units.
- Directed / Independent Study
Directed Study will be limited to those courses listed in the catalog and are part of the University’s regular curriculum. Independent Study will be limited to original coursework not included in the University’s regular curriculum. The course syllabus must be attached to the Directed / Independent Study form. In addition to regular tuition, a per unit Directed/ Independent Study fee will be assessed. Students petitioning for Directed/Independent Study must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Only juniors and seniors are eligible for directed/independent study.
- Only students who have a 3.0 or better grade point average are eligible for directed/independent study.
- No student may take more than a total of four units of independent study or directed study in any given semester.
- A form for directed/independent study may be obtained from Academic Advising. It must be completed with endorsement by the sponsoring faculty member and submitted to the Department Chair and University Registrar for approval.
- A maximum of nine (9) units of directed study or independent study may be applied towards degree requirements.
Talk to your Academic Advisor to begin the Directed / Independent Study appeal process.
- Alternative Chapel
The Alternative Chapel Program Application is an online application. If you have a Class Schedule Conflict, Work Schedule Conflict, Commuting Requirement, or Personal/Family Obligation you might be eligible for the online program.