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Crashing Classes

chelsealmiller89chelsealmiller89 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
edited August 2009 in San Diego State University
Since i'm a new transfer student, i was forced to register late for classes. Most of the classes I need are filled up including EVERY one of my major requirements. Has anyone had any luck with crashing classes or know how lenient they are at SDSU with crashers? Do they have a lot of extra spots, or is it a mad dash? Basically, do I have a good chance of getting into at least one?!?
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  • Psycho'78Psycho'78 Posts: 273Registered User Junior Member
    I'm also a transfer student and I'm worried about the same thing. Did you go to orientation? What is your major?

    Supposedly, those who attend orientation this week are able to register the day after they go. Even that doesn't look like it will help....in my case, at least. I hope all goes well.
  • chelsealmiller89chelsealmiller89 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Yes, I went to orientation yesterday and it was the first one available to transfer students so I figured at least SOME seats would be open. I went to create my "wish list" classes to find that both Spanish classes I need to take before I can move on in my degree (I'm a Spanish major) were completely full except for one seat in some evening class that I'm going to fight to the death for. Yes you can register the next day, but all of the current students have been registered since June so pickings are slim to none! Hopefully next semester my standing will allow me some more class options. I was so upset when I looked for availible classes!!! Can't they add just a few more seats? Some classes had 32 while others had just 28...?
  • Psycho'78Psycho'78 Posts: 273Registered User Junior Member
    Wow, that's tough. My situation is not as bad.

    I feel professors allow students to crash as long as there are seats. When it comes to crashing, I've always read/heard that you should tell the professor of your situation, and keep attending the class for a couple of sessions. Some students end up dropping the classes and that will make room for you.

    Are the classes you need prerequisites you can take at a community college? You can think of doing that if you are not allowed to crash at SDSU.

    Also, if you can't do either, then take upper division GE classes. Look into that.

    Good luck!

    One more thing: Did you have a hold on your registration? Did they talk about that at orientation? I'm worried about that.
  • SanDiegoStateGuySanDiegoStateGuy Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
    Actually all of the regular sophomore students haven't even registered yet... the registrations are like this -

    Freshmen - July 15th

    Seniors - July 20th

    Juniors - July 23rd

    Sophomores - August 15th

    Those are all the basic registration days for each class (give or take 2 or 3 days depending on which end of the spectrum you're at - either early or late)

    But as to your original question, yeah I've yet to come across a teacher who wasn't very understanding of crashers. I've met people who had to crash literally all 5 of their classes their Sophomore year... so it's a very very common thing. I definitely recommend emailing the teacher of each class that you need to crash to get your name in, then show up to class early the first day if possible.
  • chelsealmiller89chelsealmiller89 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Thanks so much for the info! Geeze, I knew Sophomores had it bad but not THAT bad! That's horrible! well, I ended up switching some classes around and taking one I had been planning on skipping to save me from a hassel next semester. So I have a wacky schedule but it's all classes that I need and I don't have to crash now. Next semester I'll have a better chance of getting into my other upper division classes.

    And about the hold question...my registration date changed the day after i had orientation, and luckily there were no holds on my record. If you have a hold, they usually provide a specific department you have to talk to to get it cleared up...thats all i know, sorry! :( but they do address all those types of problems at the orientation and you can talk to an advisor there if your specific question isn't answered.
  • tmjtmj Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Be prepared to try and crash a number of classes so you have a better chance. If you need Spanish, for example, crash as many classes as you can until you get in. I've tried to crash one class, been denied, rushed over to another class at the same time slot and got in. Have a lot of options to up your chances.

    My best advice would be to send an e-mail to the teacher before school even starts. That's what has helped me tremendously in the past. Send a polite, well written e-mail explaining your situation (being a transfer and having to register late) and ask if you could get into their class (specify which one). Often times I've been in classes with tons of crashers and the teacher gave a ton of preference to those who had e-mailed beforehand.

    Good luck!
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