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How do I register for classes?
The 2020 summer schedule will be available on Schedule Builder on April 22, 2020. The colleges and departments need time to review their entire schedule in light of it moving to virtual. Visit Summer Planning Calendar
Students will register and pay their fees using the same systems and process as with any other term.
For more information about the registration process, please read the new Registration Procedures.
When will the Summer Term 2020 start?
The start date the for 10 week, 8 week and first 5 week sessions is: 6/22/20. The start date for the second 5 week session is 7/27/20.
How many units can I take during the summer?
We have become aware of a rumor that is circulating among students about an 8 unit maximum for summer term sessions. This is not true. Summer Term has the same standard maximum of 22 units that you may register for during any term.
However, because some summer sessions are short and intense (e.g. 5 weeks) you might not be able to schedule more than 6 or 10 units. This restriction is based on schedule availability and workload considerations that are under each student’s control.
How can I find what GE Courses will be offered during Summer Sessions?
All Summer Term classes and their GE areas will be listed in PASS when they are available. If you are looking for classes to meet General Education Requirements, check back for a list of courses that fit the different areas.
Requirements Code General Education Area A2 GEA2 General Education Area A3 GEA3 General Education Area B1 GEB1 General Education Area B2 GEB2 General Education Area B3 GEB3 General Education Area B5 GEB5 General Education Area B6 GEB6 General Education Area B7 GEB7 General Education Area C1 GEC1 General Education Area C2 GEC2 General Education Area C3 GEC3 General Education Area C4 GEC4 General Education Area D1 GED1 General Education Area D2 GED2 General Education Area D3 GED3 General Education Area D4 GED4 General Education Area D5 GED5 General Education Area F GEF General Education Area B2 & B4 GEB2 & GEB4 General Education Area B3 & B4 GEB3 & GEB4 General Education Area C4 & USCP GEC4 & USCP General Education Area D1 & USCP GED1 & USCP General Education Area D4 & USCP GED4 & USCP General Education Area D5 & USCP GED5 & USCP United States Cultural Pluralism (Note: not a GE) USCP
In addition to the courses offered as part of Summer Term, I also see that Extended Education is offering some programs and classes separately. What's that all about?
Extended Education has always offered programs and courses in the summer that are not part of the regular schedule of classes, as authorized under Executive Order 1047. This will continue in Summer 2020. These programs include international experiences, off-campus internships, and other programs/classes that do not fit the standard summer term schedule. Registration for these programs and courses is handled through Extended Education and they will be listed on the Extended Education website. Fees vary by program.
I'm a junior and really need a specific class to be offered in the summer in order to continue to make progress toward my degree, but it's not listed on the schedule. What can I do?
Tell your department chair/head that you need that class. If enough students demonstrate interest and we have an instructor willing to lead it, we may be able to add it to the schedule.
Why is summer quarter being offered in self-support?
Cal Poly's state funding enables the University to offer classes during fall, winter and spring. Summer Term is offered via a self-support model, a financial mechanism which allows the University to offer courses when there is insufficient state funding. Extended Education is authorized by the CSU to extend the University's offerings via self-support.
What is self-support anyway?
Self-support is a financial mechanism which allows Cal Poly and other CSU campuses to offer courses when there is no state funding. Continuing and Extended Education units are the entities authorized by the CSU to offer courses in self-support.
Why are instructional fees different in self-support?
When courses are offered with state funding, a high percentage of the total costs, including faculty compensation, is paid through the state general fund. When a course is offered in self-support, there is no state funding at all. Therefore, fees must cover all direct and indirect expenses.
Will financial aid be available for Summer Term?
In recognition of recent events Cal Poly Extended Education has increased the grant aid available to needy students attending summer at least half-time (6 units). If you want to participate in our summer offerings, sign up. After 4/30 the Financial Aid Office will begin reviewing students for summer aid and will notify you of your aid award. No need to contact them - the review is automatic and while we can't give a grant to every student, if you are eligible, the grant will be awarded.