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Enrollment Information

To view term specific dates and enrollment times, select the semester or term in the left navigation menu.  Should you have questions or need more information, please call the Office of the Registrar during business hours at 760-750-4814 or email the registrar.

Enrolling the Cougar Way

Visit the Degree Planner website for guided videos and step-by-step instructions on how to enroll the Cougar way.  You can also check out the Academic Advising website for more enrollment tips!

Unit Load FAQ

Glossary of Terms and Phrases

Full-time:  The term “full-time” has different meanings for different purposes.

  • For enrollment status at CSUSM, full-time is defined as taking 12 or more units in a semester for undergraduates.
  • For fees and tuition calculation at CSUSM, an undergraduate student is required to pay full-time fees when enrolled in 7 or more units.
  • For financial aid eligibility, full-time status for undergraduates is defined as 12 or more units. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.
  • For international undergraduate students, the U.S. government requires students using F-1 and J-1 visas to register and complete at least 12 units to maintain status.
  • For Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits, the VA defines full-time as being enrolled in 12 or more units in a semester for undergraduates. For more information, contact Veterans Services.

“Graduate On Time”: Each student must determine what graduating “on time” means to them. For those who desire to graduate in four years, a unit-load of 15 units per semester or 30 units per academic year would be required.

Register/Enroll: The process for signing up for classes. These words may be used interchangeably.

Unit: The measure of credit each course is assigned is based on the amount of time a student should devote to the course each week. For example, a unit of academic credit equates to one hour of classroom/laboratory time and two to three hours of preparation each week. Therefore, a 15-unit course load requires 45 to 60 hours of time each week.

Unit-load: The number of units a student is taking in any given semester.



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Search for Courses

Search for available classes by course, times, days, instructors, course number, locations, and majors.

Browse/Search Courses

Please note, several sections have seats reserved for students with the course as a major/minor requirement. Any remaining seats will be open to all students during the schedule adjustment period. 

Online Courses

Online Course Material

Many professors make course containers available to students in Cougar Courses. After you have officially enrolled in a course, wait 24 hours, and then check for your course in Cougar Courses. Please note your course will only be listed if your professor has made the course visible to student view.

Cougar Courses

Looking for Online Classes?

Go to the Class Search and follow the below instructions.

  1. Select the correct Term in the drop down menu.
  2. Click on “Additional Search Criteria,” which will then display more options for you to choose from.
  3. Click on the drop down on “Mode of Instruction” (second option from the bottom)
  4. In the drop down menu, select “On Line”
  5. Click the search button.

You may select more criteria in these options, such as Subject or Course Number, to narrow down your search as well.

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