Winter Session: Achieve Your Goals with the Flexibility You Need

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Class Registration

Register early and pay your fees immediately to ensure your registration is complete and you get the courses you need. Early registration also helps make sure enrollments are sufficient to conduct the classes you want.

Required Approvals:

  • On or Before January 4: Follow the standard instructions for class registration (below). No additional permissions or fees apply.
  • After January 4: 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 4, you must submit a completed Add/Drop Form. A $10 late fee applies.
  • January 5-6: 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.

Need help filling out the add/drop form?  Click here for our how-to video!

How to Register

Registration for Chico State Students

Self-service registration through the Student Center in the Portal for currently enrolled Chico State Students is available now through December 11. Beginning December 12, students can enroll online through Continuing Education winter schedule.

New Chico State Students

If you are a new Chico State undergraduate, or a graduate student admitted or readmitted for spring 2021, you need to email 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 classes and register online through the Continuing Education website.

Registration Through Continuing Education

Register Online

Use the Continuing Education online registration request process if you are paying with a Visa or MasterCard.

  • Find the class you want from the Winter Session class schedule.
  • Select the Register link in the far-right Action column.
  • Provide your contact and payment information. No credit card service fees are charged when paying through our website.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from our office once your payment has been processed and your registration has been completed.
Phone & In Person Registration

Due to the campus closure because of COVID-19, in-person and phone registrations are not available. It's easy to register online and pay fees through the Continuing Education website's class schedule, and no additional credit card fees are charged.

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 14 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. Please note that any student enrolled in BADM 495 will not be permitted to enroll in excess units during Winter Session per the College of Business.

* 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.