How to Register for Classes


In this step you will register for your first semester classes at CBU.

First, you need to learn how to search for, add, drop, and swap courses on InsideCBU.  Work through the tabs below before building your first semester schedule.

Once you are familiar with the course registration process, you can then register in your first semester classes.


  • How to Add a Course

    This page will explain how to add classes.  Please note, as you follow these steps certain Add/Drop pages will take a little time to load.  DO NOT HIT THE BACK BUTTON - just let it cycle and when the page is completely loaded you can proceed.

    Spinning Add Drop screen load - just wait.

    1.  Start by logging into InsideCBU.

    2.  From the Home tab in InsideCBU, click the Add/Drop Courses icon.

    Navigation to Add-Drop Icon 

    3. Select the Term in which you would like to register.  For new students, starting Fall 2020, this will be FA 2020.

    Selecting term in Add Drop process


    4. On the lower left click and complete the required Registration Agreement.Registration Agreement


    5. Scroll down and click on the More Search Options link in the Course Search box.

    More Search Options


    6. Scroll down and change the Section Status to OPEN. This will prevent closed courses from appearing in your search results and make your enrollment easier.

    Section Status


    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.

    Course Search 1


    8. You can further refine your search using the other filters on this page, however these are not required. Click SEARCH. 

    Search Button


    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/or 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.

    Results Code

    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.

    Results Seats 

    The schedule column displays the days that class will meet (R means Thursday), the time of day for each meeting, and location.

    Results Schedule 

    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.

    Results Dates


    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.

    Add Course  

    After each add, take a second to read the Messages area 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
    • 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, the Message will indicate such and the class will appear in your semester schedule below. 

    Course Now in Schedule

    You can continue to add additional 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.

    Swap 1 

    2. Enter the search criteria for the new course you want to add and click Search.

    Swap 2


    3. Select the section you would like to add and then click swap.

    Swap 3


    4. If the courses are swapped successfully you will see a confirmation message.

    Swap 4

  • 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, then click the Drop Selected Courses button.  Once dropped the course will no longer appear on the screen.

    Drop 1


    2. If the course is dropped successfully you will see a confirmation message. 

    Drop 2


    Note: Once the last day to drop has passed, this same process will result in a withdraw.  Remain aware of all enrollment deadlines.



Having accessed and reviewed your Degree Guide and Major Planning Guide you can now register for your first semester courses.

Be sure to register into at least twelve (12) units. Twelve is minimum for full-time status. If you are not planning to be a full-time student please contact your Academic Advisor.  Your advisor's contact information and remote access can be found at the Find My Advisor site.  You might want to bookmark this site as well.

While twelve (12) units is the minimum amount of units needed to be considered a full-time student, we highly recommend that students enroll in an average of 15-16 units per semester.




Once you have registered for 12 (or more) units, your Academic Advisor will review your schedule and contact you via email / phone to let you know your registration is complete or if you need to make any adjustments.



If you have any questions please contact your Academic Advisor.