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Changes to block schedule?

AppleteamAppleteam Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
I received my fall schedule today and I want to know if it is possible to change some classes because I already know I want to change my major.
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Replies to: Changes to block schedule?

  • jamestgjamestg Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    According to my son, there will be an open enrollment session when you can change classes. But you will have to wait until after your first quarter to try to change your major. And you have to be in good standing for that first quarter.
  • Question0Question0 Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    Hi, I'm a current student here. This happened to me last year. I wanted to switch my classes and didn't realize that I could basically switch into any class I want since I was given priority over the continuing students.

    If you are a freshman student, you can switch classes earlier than the continuing students. Open enrollment starts on August 19th. HOWEVER, YOU get to switch/change classes on August 13, 14, and 15 depending on your last name: Registration Rotation- Fall 2013: New & Readmitted Students (Including TRANSFERS, NEW PBAC, & NEW UGRD) - Office of the Registrar - Cal Poly

    I would take advantage of this because right now, there are a lot of spots open for Freshman students that have a lot of sophomores/juniors/seniors waitlisted for those classes. You will get priority over them.

    Jamestg is correct when he says that you have to be in good standing after the first quarter. You may have to take certain classes for the transfer process and it depends on your major. If you are in the same college at Cal Poly, it may take a week to transfer. If you are switching to a different college in Cal Poly, it may take two quarters.
  • AppleteamAppleteam Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    I created my own schedule using the pass but all i could do was save it. On the 13th-15th, do i have to redo everything?
  • Question0Question0 Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    PASS plays no role in signing up for classes other than providing you a class# that you can add in the student center (to sign up for the class). PASS just allows you to see what classes are open/waitlisted and what your schedule MAY look like if you choose to take certain classes.

    Since I'm not a freshman, I don't really have much access to the student center for Fall Quarter yet. You may though. To save the classes you want/sign up for them, you can go to your portal. Then, click on student center. Click enroll. The page will show something about "shopping cart" and adding classes. On PASS, when you choose a specific class you want, there is something that says "Class#" and it has four digits under it. Copy and paste that into the student center page.

    Type the class# code (that you copied from PASS) under:
    Add to Cart:
    Enter Class Nbr

    Once you enter the class number, a button should appear that says "Enroll" at the end of the shopping cart. You won't be able to enroll into the classes yet until your registration period, but your classes you put in the shopping cart will be saved the whole time.

    Make sure that you press "enroll" when your registration time comes.
    Let me know if you have any other questions!
  • AppleteamAppleteam Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    Awesome. Thanks!
  • AppleteamAppleteam Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    Quick question about that link you posted the open enrollment for freshmen. I don't think I fully understand the order. each category has 3 - 3 letters. Do people with their last name starting with any of those six letters get to go under those times? For example, on August 13th at 8:00 am, SWE-VAL goes first. If your last name starts with SWE or VAL, are you eligible to enroll at that time? Hope this question makes sense. :P
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    @Appleteam: It means that anyone with a last name starting with any combination of letters between SWE and VAL can register at that time. So for example, last names such as Sweeny, Roberts, and Valle can all begin registering at that time and anytime after.
  • kschallkschall Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    NTKS17, I have a question about waitlisting...if you are registered for a class during a certain time block and let's say you want to try to get into another section because of a professor preference...can you waitlist for a class (same course) at the same time and then if you move up on the waitlist to the point of being enrolled in the class, drop the original section? Does that make sense? Thank you!
    Also, do you have any insight on taking anything CR/NC?
  • starbucks001starbucks001 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I have the same exact question regarding waitlisting. I tried calling the registrar's office, but the operator thought it was closed early today.
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Yes, you should be able to waitlist a class that takes place at the same time as the class you are currently enrolled in. If enough spots open up and you move up on the waitlist, you may be automatically enrolled in the course, in which case you will be notified via email and you will have to drop the original section of the class since there will obviously be a time conflict. There is also no limit as to the number, or number of sections, of classes you can waitlist. And if you really want to get into a certain class, don't be shy to email the professor and express your interest. There may be nothing they can do atm, but if you show up on the first day of class and remind them that you did this, that could work in your favor.

    As far as taking a class CR/NC, it's really up to you. Most majors allow you to take a certain number of units CR/NC, so I'd check up on this first, since it tends to vary slightly depending on your major. If you want to take a class CR/NC because you think it may be difficult and are worried about how you'll do, I'd actually advise against this. I did this once, and I ended up not spending as much time on the course as I probably should have because I knew that even if I happened to fail it, it would not effect my GPA. Plus, if you take a class CR/NC, you need to get at least a C to pass the class and earn credit. If you want to take a class CR/NC because you're taking a lot of units, or because you don't think it'll be the most challenging class but still don't want to worry too much about it because your other classes are more time consuming or something, then is up to you. Of course, I can only speak from my personal experience, and if you still aren't sure whether to take a class CR/NC or not, I'd recommend researching what types of resources are available to you (especially if it is a more challenging class) - such as tutoring, online materials, open lab hours, etc - as well as trying to see if you can find anyone else who's taken the class and asking them how it was.
  • kschallkschall Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    You are so nice to respond...so I called the registration office because didn't want to do something wrong and accidentally disenroll for a class (bad teacher or not) in effort to get on waitlisted classes (same time, same class). She said you can waitlist for another section of the class you are already enrolled in (at same time), but the computer will automatically bypass you because it sees you are enrolled in same class already...so don't know why the system even lets you try to waitlist in that way cuz nothing happens. :( Anyway, she said that they strongly discourage students from dropping a class you are enrolled in so that you can waitlist for other sections at the same time because of something such as a professor preference.
    So my new question is...what is a person's chances of getting off waitlist and into a class like COMS 101/102...#6 on waitlist? Also, I know there are bad profs out there and you just do your best and suck it up, but this particular teacher really stood out and has almost 300 horrific ratings! I'm concerned that a standard freshman class could really make it hard to do well in my other courses...what do you think? Take the chance to drop the class block scheduled and hope to get off waitlist and into class? Thank you!
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Hmm, the computer may bypass you when it comes time to enroll you off the waitlist in that case, but I think you'll still move up on the waitlist as spots open up in the class. Even if nothing really happens, you're still on the list, which is better than just flat out crashing and may give you some amount of priority over those who are not on the waitlist at all. So it's still worth it to waitlist. Definitely don't drop a class without getting another one for sure though first.

    As for your new question, certain classes, such as Coms 101/102 and English 134/145, are pretty strictly capped - meaning that the amount of openings listed on PASS are usually the amount of people the teacher will allow to enroll in the class. Others, especially large lectures, will frequently over enroll more people than just those who were able to enroll during registration. Therefore, if you're high on a waitlist for a large lecture class, your chances of getting in are very good. However, for a smaller class, such as Coms, you still have a chance. Not everyone on the waitlist shows up on the first day, so if you really want the class go. You may be the only one on the waitlist to show up and you have a decent chance of getting in. Also, a lot of people switch their schedules around that first week of classes, so even if you don't get into the class on the first day, keep going, or ask the teacher to email you if a spot opens up later in the week. I've found that in this type of situation persistence pays off. I'm pretty sure I might know which teacher you're talking about lol. If s/he really seems that bad then I'd try to avoid them if possible. Occasionally you might have to just suck it up and take what's available, but I think that in this case, if it's for a Coms GE, you could probably crash a few other sections of the class and manage to get into one eventually. Just don't give up if you don't get in the first day. Good Luck!

    Oh, and one more thing. Keep watching PASS during the add/drop period (first week or so of the quarter). If a spot opens up in another section of the class with a more desirable teacher (even if it's one that you weren't waitlisted for or did not try to crash), don't hesitate to get in contact with the teacher of that section - email, office hours, or even just show up to the class. Adding is still fair game during that time frame, so there's a good chance that even if you missed the first one or two class meetings they'll let you in. Plus by this point, a lot of people who were on the waitlist are no longer trying to get in, so you have a good chance. Just make it clear to the teacher that you're willing to make up any missed work and since you may have already missed a class, will not miss any more.
  • SocalDad13SocalDad13 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks everyone for all of your helpful info.
    My son was enrolled into is Fall Qtr with 5 classes, 17 units total.
    This morning when his Pre-Open enrollment period opened up, he tried to swap a class with another (4 units), but he was informed that he cannot exceed the max number of 16 units and would have to wait until the Open enrollment period starting Aug 19 to make changes. I thought it was strange that they enrolled him in 17 units as a freshman, thus, not allowing him the benefit of making changes before open enrollment. Anyhow, I was wondering if he simply dropped 1 class to bring him to 13 units first, would the system then allow him to add another 4 unit class now (instead of trying to do a swap)? Or would this also be prevented since it would bring him back to 17 units? Does he have no choice but to wait until the 19th?
    Thanks again for your help!
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    @SocalDad13: If your son drops one 4 unit class, bringing him down to 13 units, he will still only be able to enroll in up to 16 units at this time. So if there is a 2 or 3 unit class he wants, that will work. But if he wants a different 4 unit class, he will have to wait until open enrollment in this case. What I would suggest is to watch the classes during this registration. If a class fills up, try to be the first one to get on the waitlist.
  • SocalDad13SocalDad13 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks NTKS17 for the feedback!
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