Step 1: Learn more about the block scheduling process
Cal Poly’s Office of the Registrar will be enrolling freshmen students in some courses for winter and spring quarters.
Please see the Registrar’s Office website for more information about year-long block scheduling: registrar.calpoly.edu/first-year-cal-poly
How many units will I be blocked into?
Ideally, most students will be enrolled in a full-time schedule (at least 12 units). However, the number of units in which you are block enrolled could range between 0-16. If you receive a less than a full-time block schedule or would like to take more units, you are expected to supplement your schedule with additional classes according to your degree flowchart. You may add classes or make changes to your block schedule during your enrollment appointment (see below for more information).
What courses will I be blocked into?
Unlike fall quarter, you will only be enrolled into some major and support courses, and possibly GE area A courses.
The courses you are block enrolled in for winter and spring quarters are not necessarily those that you had planned via PolyPlanner.
Step 2: Check your Student Center
Student Center is accessible through "My Apps" on your Portal. Check Student Center for the following:
View your "Holds and Warnings: in order to be blocked enrolled, all holds must be cleared by October 20, 2017. If you have a hold, click on it for more information, including contact information for the appropriate office that placed it.
View your “First Round Registration Appointment:" on October 23, 2017, your assigned day/time that you can make additions/changes to your block schedule (if necessary) will be posted.
View courses in your block schedule: To access your block schedule, click on "My Class Schedule" and select Winter Quarter 2018. The Registrar’s Office will start scheduling courses on October 23, 2017. However, your block schedule will not be finalized until November 2, 2017. Make sure to check your schedule after this date.
Should I make changes to my schedule?
It is not recommended that you drop any courses from your block schedule. You were blocked into a course because it is a course your department recommends you take in your first year.
Here are a few reasons you may need to alter your block schedule:
- Planning to change your major
- Adding another course; follow Steps 3 & 4 below to determine if you should add a course
- Adding a supplemental workshop: calpoly.edu/sw
- Adding extracurricular courses (band, choir, etc.)
- Swapping due to work schedule or other external important commitments
When can I make changes to my schedule?
Beginning October 23, 2017, your registration appointment will be viewable on the landing page of your Student Center. During the first round, you will be able to register for up to 16 units. For more information about registration, please visit: registrar.calpoly.edu/enrollment-appointments
I am planning on changing my major and still have questions about how that will impact my block schedule, what should I do?
Call Engineering Student Services at 805-756-1461 and schedule an appointment or come to our drop-in hours to discuss this further. We recommend you schedule your appointment for after Nov. 2nd, we will be able to provide you much more detailed information once we can see what courses you have block enrolled into.
Step 3: View your Degree Progress Report
Your block schedule will be finalized on November 2, 2017. Run your Degree Progress Report (DPR) to check what degree requirements you have and/or will be fulfilling.
Learn more about your DPR and how to access it here: registrar.calpoly.edu/DegreeProgressReport
I think I have credit for a course, but it isn't showing on my DPR, what should I do?
Come see an advsior in Engineering Student Services (eadvise.calpoly.edu/about) and we can help look into this with you!
Step 4: Update your flowchart
Your flowchart is a great tool to track your progress and plan ahead (note: all new freshmen will follow the 2017-2019 flowchart). Find your flowchart here: flowcharts.calpoly.edu/mymap.php
Using your DPR (See Step 3 above), cross off the courses you already have credit for and circle the ones you are enrolled in; see below for an example.
Use your updated flowchart as a guide to help determine if you need to add or make changes to your block schedule. Pay close attention to prerequisites in your planning. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact an advisor in our office.
Step 5: Use PASS if changes/additions to your block are necessary
PASS (Plan a Student Schedule) is an online schedule of classes that allows students to plan their courses for the next quarter.
Note: PASS is just a planning tool; students will register for courses with Student Center. For more information about how to use PASS, see: registrar.calpoly.edu/plan-student-schedule-pass
PASS is a great tool to see what courses have seats available. Keep in mind that PASS is consistently being updated as course availability changes.
Tip: put your block enrolled courses with specific sections in PASS and "save the schedule." This will help you plan around your enrolled courses, if needed.
The courses listed when I open PASS are different than the courses I was block enrolled into; what does this mean?
PASS will automatically pull from the courses you planned in PolyPlanner and show them in PASS. However, these may be different than the courses you were enrolled in via block scheduling.
Do I need to use PASS if I don’t need to make changes or additions to my block schedule?
If your block schedule doesn't require any changes, then you do not need to use PASS. Nevertheless, we do recommend you familiarize yourself with PASS now as it will be a tool you use for future quarters.
You do need to update your PolyPlanner (see Step 7 below).
Step 6: Using Student Center, finalize your enrollment
During your assigned registration rotation (see Step 2), you can make changes or additions to your block schedule. Be sure to review Step 5 to use PASS to find open courses that fit with your block schedule.
To learn more about how to register, please review: registrar.calpoly.edu/student-center
Tip: if you drop a course, there is no guarantee you can get into another specific course. We recommend using the SWAP feature ("Swap, Not Drop"). See the link above for more information on how to "swap".
Step 7: Update your PolyPlanner
Once you complete registration, update your PolyPlanner with any modifications. Finally, plan the following two quarters with courses from your flowchart based on your current enrollment (see Step 4). Your PolyPlanner must be updated each quarter to reflect your actual course enrollment and your plans for subsequent quarters.
To learn more about PolyPlanner see: registrar.calpoly.edu/polyplanner
Am I guaranteed to get the courses I plan in the following quarters?
No, putting a course in your PolyPlanner does not guarantee you enrollment in that course. PolyPlanner is a planning tool and will provide departments with course demand to aid in course offerings for future quarters.
It is highly recommended you attend a PASS Registration Workshop. For a list of dates see: success.calpoly.edu/workshop-schedules