With nearly 30,000 students concurrently attending San Francisco State University, getting the classes you want is borderline impossible. Because of the limited seating, the average length for an undergraduate student to start from freshmen year to graduation is about six years for San Francisco State University. Here are a few tips to help current and prospective students of San Francisco State University in registering for classes (also applicable for college class registration in general).
Tip #1: Know the Dates
Note: Make sure you don’t have financial, administrative or any other holds. If you do, clear them as soon as possible or you won’t be able to register for classes at San Francisco State University.
The important dates to know are the Fee Payment Deadline, Early Priority Registration Date and Time, Final Priority Registration Date and Time and Open Registration Date and Time. San Francisco State University will notify you to check, either by phone on online, weeks before the important dates.
The priority dates will be different for students of different standings. Freshmen get first dips at class registration at San Francisco State University, followed by seniors, juniors and then sophomores.
Tip #2: The Class Schedule
Study the class schedule before the registration date like you would on a midterm. The class schedule of San Francisco State University provides detailed information for each class: the books, location, perquisites, amount of units, the class instructor, seat availability, waiting list, short description of the class, and other important notes.
It is important to find alternatives because classes can easily be filled before you have a chance to register, especially if you are a sophomore, junior or senior.
Make sure to check the class schedule early and often. Not only for seats but also since new classes are constantly added, especially for the more popular ones (usually classes in General Education)
Although you could check the class schedule via a phone, use the online class schedule (located here) because it gives you a physical representation.
Tip #3: Registration Date
Your first chance to register for classes for San Francisco State University should be the Early Priority Registration Date and Time. Because registration is first come first serve, know the exact time San Francisco State University will allow students to vote and schedule around it. You can either register by phone or on the Internet. If you are well prepared, than the class registration process will only take a few minutes.
When the priority registration period ends, the open registration for classes begins. You are usually limited to a set number of units during your priority registration period. Thus, you must add the rest of the classes during the open registration period. Everyone will have a chance to register no matter of their standing; consequently, the competition will be tougher this time around. Again, know the exact date and time and schedule around it. You should do okay.
Tip #4: After the Registration Date
If you couldn’t register for the class after both the priority and open registration dates ended but you still want to than you must obtain a class permit from the instructor. This also applies if you are on the waiting list.
To obtain a class permit you must show up during the first couple of class meetings and hope someone in the class dropout. Although your chances are unlikely, it is still better than none if you decided not to go. Not to mention that some professors give more leeway others when letting unregistered students in their class. Generally, the bigger the class, the better the chance you have in getting in.
Following these tips won’t guarantee you will get in the classes you want but they will help you avoid certain pitfalls that many students seem to constantly fall into. Good luck in getting the classes you want at San Francisco State University!