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What you need to know

Priority registration allows you to register early so you can get into courses before they fill up. To be eligible, you must participate in orientation, complete the assessment process for math and English course placement, and develop an Education Plan with your counselor or advisor. This process will help you to clearly define your goals, stay on track, and take the most direct route from start to finish.

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If you are in a degree or certificate program or planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, achieving and maintaining priority registration is a crucial part of getting into the courses you need to reach your goals.

In addition to completing the three basic steps—orientation, assessment, and Education Planning—all campuses have additional requirements for maintaining priority registration eligibility.

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Complete at least half of your courses each semester
  • Don’t accumulate too many units—in most cases, you can lose priority registration if you accumulate more than 100 units. Check with your college for guidelines about unit caps for specific majors and programs.

Special circumstances

Certain students will always receive the highest registration priority. If you fall into one of these groups, talk to a counselor to find out more:

  • Former and current foster youth
  • Active duty military
  • Recent veterans
  • Students served by the following programs:
    • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services
    • Disabled Students Programs and Services
    • CalWORKs

Lost your status?

There is an appeal process available if you lose priority registration eligibility or are on academic probation. Contact your college’s counseling center for assistance getting back on track.

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