Winter Session at CSU, Chico
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Class Registration

Classes are now in session. Please see below for late registration requirements.

Required Approvals:

  • On or Before January 2: Follow the standard instructions for class registration (below). No additional permissions or fees apply.
  • After January 2: Due to the intense workload of Winter Session classes and the amount of information covered every day, we do not recommend adding a class after it has begun. If, however, you do need to add a class after January 2, you must submit a completed Add/Drop Form. A $10 late fee applies.
  • January 3-6: Instructor permission required. A $10 late fee applies.
  • Beginning January 7: Instructor, Chair & Dean signatures required. A $10 late fee applies. In addition, a serious and compelling reason for the late add must be stated on the Add/Drop Form and maintained in accordance with the campus retention policy.

How to Register

Registration for Chico State Students

Self-service registration through the Student Center in the Portal for currently enrolled Chico State Students opens November 1 and closes December 6. Beginning December 7, students can enroll through Continuing Education by phone, online, or in person (see below).

New Chico State Students

If you are a new Chico State undergraduate, or a graduate student admitted or readmitted for spring 2020, you need to contact Continuing Education to request term activation and register for your class. We also recommended that you speak to an academic advisor before selecting a Winter Session class.

Non-Chico State Students

Not a Chico State student? No problem! Winter Session is open to anyone and no application is needed. View the class schedule, choose your class, and then register through Continuing Education.

Registration Through Continuing Education

Register by Phone

If you are paying with a Visa or MasterCard, you can call the Continuing Education office at 530-898-6105 to complete your registration.

Register in Person

Visit the Continuing Education office on the Chico State campus between 8am-5pm Monday–Friday. You can pay by credit card, check, money order, or cashier’s check.

Register by Mail

Download and complete the Winter Session Add/Drop form and mail it with your payment to:

Regional & Continuing Education
400 W. First Street
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0250


If a class is full, you may add your name to the waitlist. Waitlists are cleared as space becomes available in order of first-come, first-served. You must be eligible to enroll in the course to be moved from the waitlist to enrolled status.

When space becomes available, the waitlist will automatically add the first eligible student on the waitlist to the class and send an email notification only. If you are enrolled from a waitlist, you must pay fees right away to avoid being dropped for non-payment. You may add a payment to your account through the Portal or contact Continuing Education to make a payment as soon as you have been notified that you have been added to a class from the waitlist.

Maximum Unit Load

By definition*, a three-unit university course requires not less than forty-five hours of class instruction plus a minimum of 90 hours of out-of-class work (for assignments and study). During Winter Session, this material will be covered in 12 days instead of fifteen weeks. Therefore, it is recommended that students take no more than one 3-unit course. A petition to exceed the maximum credit hour limit is required to enroll in four units or more.

* As of July 1, 2011 federal law (Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 600.2 and 600.4) requires all accredited institutions to comply with the federal definition of the credit hour.