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Last updated on Nov 21, 2022

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Looking for academic planning support before or after registration?

It is crucial that you regularly review your academic progress towards degree completion at the start and end of every term, before and after any registration activity, and anytime changes are made.

See Academic Planning Questions.


How should I prepare for registration?

As soon as you receive notification that registration in next semester courses is approaching, you should take the following steps to prepare:


What should I consider when planning for registration?

Understand your progress towards degree completion and review Academic Programs for additional information on course offerings related to:

  • Major program
  • Minors
  • Concentrations
  • Humanities & Sciences
  • Additional studio requirements

When selecting course sections for registration as recommended by your program via your Academic Plan, pay special attention to:

  • Typical course offerings
  • Course eligibility like prerequisites and corequisites
  • Section details like description, days, and time

How many units should I register for?

Full-Time Status

Registration in 12 units is considered full time. However, some students may be required to be registered in at least 12 units that meet degree requirements, specifically. Some exclusions like registration in your final semester apply. See Part-Time Status Guide for potential impacts, including eligibility for financial aid and visa-status, as applicable.

Our Recommendation

We recommend registration in 15 units per semester in fall and spring to maintain progress toward degree completion, especially in your first semester at CCA. It may be better to focus on successful completion of less than 15 units in certain instances like academic standing on probation, approved accommodations or reduced course load, and/or final semester. The ideal course load balance is three studio and two Humanities & Sciences courses.

More Than 18 Units

Students pay for a maximum of 12 units in the fall and spring and are welcome to register for up to 18 units. In the summer, students may register for up to 9 units. Registering for more than 18 units is unusual and requires written permission and additional tuition. See Unit Overload for details.


How do I find a studio elective?

What is a studio elective?

To find a studio elective, use the Subject filter on the left-hand side of the CCA Course Schedule to search by undergraduate program. Narrow down results, using the Subject filter to view studios in programs that interest you. Select course sections to review eligibility requirements and verify that you meet them.

Select Add to Schedule to add a course section to a Saved Schedule or select Register during your registration appointment window to register for the course section. If you see Troubleshoot as an option, you may not meet eligible for the course.


How do I find a Humanities & Sciences (H&S) elective?

What is a Humanities & Science (H&S) elective?

To find a 2000-level H&S elective, use the Subject filter on the left-hand side of the CCA Course Schedule to search by H&S program. Course numbers 2000-2999 are considered 2000-level.

To find a 3000-level H&S elective, use the Course Tags filter on the left-hand side of the CCA Course Schedule and select H&S 3000. Course numbers 3000-3999 are considered 3000-level.

Select Add to Schedule to add a course section to a Saved Schedule or select Register during your registration appointment window to register for the course section. If you see Troubleshoot as an option, you may not meet eligible for the course.


Can I substitute a course or take a different one?

In certain circumstances, students can request an exception to complete alternative requirements when required courses are not available, conflict with other necessary courses, or potential alternatives may better align with personal goals or needs. While these exceptions are rare, you may contact your program advisor or program chair to discuss if a course substitution may be beneficial.


Can I register for a course that I'm not eligible for?

Workday will only permit registration into open sections when all eligibility (prerequisite) and co-requisite requirements are met. If you believe there is an error in Workday's assessment of your records and your are sure that you meet all requirements, contact Student Records (studentrecords@cca.edu). In certain circumstances, students can request an exception to override prerequisites. While these exceptions are rare, you may contact your program advisor to discuss if a prerequisite override may be beneficial.


What is a Saved Schedule?

Saved Schedule is a tool, similar to a wishlist or shopping cart, that allows you to prepare possible course schedules in advance of your Registration Appointment Window. When you are able, you may register from a Saved Schedule as long as no alerts (e.g., time conflict, closed capacity, ineligibility) prevent you from doing so. Registering from Saved Schedule is especially helpful when registering for corequisites, courses that must be taken in the same semester. Always review your registration to confirm successful registration from Saved Schedule.

NOTE: Creating Saved Schedule and/or adding a course to one does not complete your registration.


How do I register?

Regardless of whether or not you were registered for your first semester and/or previous semesters, continuing students are expected to register themselves for next semester courses via Workday. Students are assigned appointment times (i.e., registration times) based on previously completed units during which they can register. Number of previously completed units may vary among students in the same class level. See Registration Information from Student Records.

See Register for Courses for instructions including those related to waitlists, closed section registration, cross-level registration, and troubleshooting time conflicts, course sections with the same course number, and inability to register for an open section.


Did I register correctly?

Always confirm your registration by taking the following steps:


Can I change my registration?

Students can add open courses or drop registered courses through the end of Registration and during Add/Drop. They may also withdraw from registered courses before the Withdrawal Deadline.

Check the Academic Calendar for important dates, including those of the Add/Drop Period and the Withdrawal Deadline.

Adjustments during Registration and Add/Drop

What is Add/Drop?

NOTE: Whenever adding a course after the start of the semester, be sure to reach out to the instructor immediately to strategize completion of any course material and assignments you may have missed.

Adjustments before the Withdrawal Deadline

What is the Withdrawal Deadline?


What is the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from one?

While both actions remove a course from your schedule, their timing and impact may vary:

  • Dropping a course may occur before the end of Add/Drop (What is Add/Drop?) and is not reflected on your transcript. Students who drop courses before posted deadlines may be eligible for possible refunds and credits.
  • Withdrawing from a course may occur after the end of Add/Drop (What is Add/Drop?) and before the withdrawal deadline (What is the Withdrawal Deadline?). Students who withdraw from courses will receive a W grade on their transcript. W grades do not impact grade point average (GPA) but do indicate an attempted course.

Need additional help?

  • For assistance with the registration process, contact Student Records (studentrecords@cca.edu)
  • For assistance with reviewing your Academic Plan or courses, contact Advising & Planning
  • For any questions you have related to your student record, billing, financial aid, student immigration regulations and visa status, and housing and dining, email student services at ask@cca.edu or text (415) 915-2503.