Continuing students are eligible to register during assigned registration periods or the add/drop period. All continuing students will be assigned a specific time and make-up time to register for classes online. Students may also register during the add/drop period (first two weeks of each semester), but this is discouraged due to limited course availability.

Students cannot register for classes after the add/drop deadline at the end of the second week of classes. (See Add/Drop/Withdrawal for details.)

Online registration via WebAdvisor is available during the initial assigned registration period and through Monday of the second week of the term; students registering after this period must submit an add/drop form to the Student Records Office.

Note: Online registration is not available for summer courses; students registering for summer must do so in person at the Student Records Office on either campus.

Registration for Continuing Students

Registration for the upcoming semester occurs on each campus simultaneously for three consecutive weeks. Students are assigned appointments based on units completed within their class level. All continuing students will receive their registration appointment time via their CCA email address in mid October and at the beginning of March. Students can also view their registration times via WebAdvisor.

To view the breakdown of registration dates for the upcoming term (see Student Records for details).

New Student Registration

Registration provides new degree and nondegree students an opportunity to register for classes before they begin their studies at CCA. Incoming degree students are encouraged to make their initial registration for courses by phone (see the Enrollment Guide for details and timelines). New degree students can also register or adjust their schedules at New Student Registration sessions during orientation week.

Fall 2014: Registration for the fall 2014 semester is scheduled during orientation week, August 25-29, on the San Francisco campus.

Spring 2015: Registration for the spring 2015 semester is scheduled for January 14-15, on the San Francisco campus.

Please refer to the Student Orientation links under Admissions for additional information on New Student Registration at (/admissions/orientation).

Continuing students are ineligible to register or adjust their schedules during New Student Registration sessions during orientation.

Registration Periods for Nondegree Students

Members of the community need not be admitted as degree-seeking students in order to take courses at CCA. However, applicants who have been denied admission to the college and wish to enroll as nondegree students must have the prior approval of the college. Such requests must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office.

Nondegree students interested in attending the fall 2014, or spring 2015 terms may register for courses with the Student Records Office during the first week of the term. The first week for the fall 2014 term is September 2-5, and the first week of the spring 2015 term is January 19-22.

Nondegree students interested in attending the summer 2015 term may register for classes beginning Monday, April 20.

Nondegree students should be prepared to document relevant professional and educational experience, especially for courses that have prerequisites, and to provide evidence of technical competence on equipment when appropriate. Course registration will be on a space-available basis.

Because popular courses often fill early, nondegree students are advised to be prepared with alternative selections.

Nondegree courses earn college credit and are charged per the degree program tuition and fee schedule. Nondegree courses must be paid for in full at the time of registration.

CCA is not authorized to issue Certificates of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students (F-1) or Exchange Visitor Status (J-1) to students enrolled solely in nondegree coursework, including CCA Extension.

Enrollment Monitoring

The Student Records Office monitors class enrollment in the following ways:

  • Students who place into Writing Skills Workshop and do not enroll in the course during their first semester will not be allowed to register for the following semester without including it.

In addition, these students will be dropped from any courses for which Writing Skills Workshop is a prerequisite or English 1 is a corequisite.

  • Students who have received a grade lower than C in a course will be dropped from additional courses for which they have subsequently registered that has said course as a prerequisite.


CCA maintains cross-registration agreements with Mills and Holy Names colleges. For no additional cost, CCA students may register for one regularly scheduled undergraduate course per term at either of these institutions under the following conditions:

  • student must be registered in at least 12 units at CCA and must be a second-, third-, or fourth-year student in good academic standing
  • student’s combined unit total may not exceed 18 units at Holy Names College or 19 units at Mills College
  • course at the other college must not be offered at CCA in the same semester
  • student must meet the registration deadline set for cross-registration by the host school
  • student must not be currently enrolled in the final semester at CCA

Procedure for Cross-Registration

To qualify for cross-registration, students must:

  • obtain a cross-registration permit from the CCA Student Records Office
  • obtain information about available courses from the Student Records Office at the host institution
  • complete the permit form, including obtaining signatures from the CCA Registrar and an advisor
  • present the cross-registration permit with all the appropriate signatures to the Student Records Office at the host institution and submit a copy to either Student Records Office (San Francisco or Oakland) by the end of the first week of classes

Unit Overload

Student enrollment is normally limited to 18 units in the fall and spring semesters, and 9 units in the summer term. Enrollment in more than 18 units for fall and spring (or 9 units for summer) requires the student obtain written permission from the director of academic administration for the overload and complete a supplemental registration permit, available in either Student Records Office (San Francisco or Oakland).

Enrollment in more than 18 units is extremely rare and requires additional tuition charges.