What is Fall Block Schedule?
The Office of the Registrar schedules first year students into their first fall quarter classes. This initiative ensures all freshmen receive a full-time schedule, as well as classes chosen by their major department. Your fall classes can include courses from:
- Major: classes required for your major
- Support: classes meant to support the material that you learn for your major; for instance, mathematics classes are considered “support” classes for engineering majors.
- General education (GE): classes help students reach across disciplines to provide them with a breadth of experiences. See General Education website for more information.
Dates and Deadlines for Block Schedule Fall 2019
- August 7: Block Schedules are available
- August 13-15: Necessary changes can be made. Check your Student Center for your specific appointment time.
- August 16-18: Students will not be able to make changes to their schedules
- August 19: 2nd round of registration begins (enroll in up to 22 units if you want) at 8:00am
- August 24-September 18: Open Enrollment
- September 19: First Day of Classes
- September 19 - 24: Can still add a class without a permission number, (will need a permission number to add beginning on the 25th)
- September 30: Add/Drop Deadline
How are my classes chosen?
Your academic department carefully selected the courses in your block schedule. All of the courses scheduled are recommended to be taken at some point in the first year. The Office of the Registrar has taken into consideration each department's requests and a student's academic history when creating the fall block schedule (Advanced Placement Program (AP) testing, International Baccalaureate (IB) testing, or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and any community college credit).
Any official college transfer work that is received by July 15 will be taken into consideration for block schedules.
How does Cal Poly know which General Education (GE) class I would want to take?
Cal Poly Admissions Office sent you a survey in early May asking you for your preferences in different general education areas. Your survey answers were used to make your class schedule
What AP or IB scores count at Cal Poly?
- See the AP/IB Matrix.
- Select matrix based on year you took the exam.
- Reference your degree progress report and/or your curriculum sheet to see how/if this applies to your major
- A summary of which exams are accepted at Cal Poly can be found in the catalog
Example: I took English Language and Composition in 2018 and received a 3. What does this count for?
When you look at the curriculum sheet, you can see that 4 units will count as an A1 - Expository Writing GE, English 134, at Cal Poly. You also receive 5 elective units that go towards free electives (if your major has free electives) If you need further help please call Mustang Success Center at 805-756-6211
I am enrolled in a class that I think I already have advanced placement credit for, what do I do?
This may have happened if Cal Poly has not yet received your score, or received your scores after your block schedule was created.
How can I confirm Cal Poly received my scores?
- From the Academics Tab in the portal, click on PolyProfile. Next, click on Test Credit Details in the upper right hand corner.
- If you see a specific course name and number (example: ENGL 134), you have been given credit for a specific course.
- If you see "lowerdivision units", you have been given credit for units at Cal Poly that will count towards free electives if your major has free electives.
- Scores are due by July 15 and will be available to view in the PolyProfile around July 19
My scores aren't showing up, what do I do?
If you do not see your scores in Poly Profile after July 19, then Cal Poly has not received your scores. You need to visit collegeboard.org and request them to be sent to Cal Poly.
If you submitted scores late, then you will have to check back into your PolyProfile and/or Degree Progress Report (DPR) to see when scores have been inputted. If you want to know how your classes will count, please reference the box above "What AP or IB scores count at Cal Poly?"
Did Cal Poly receive my transfer credit?
Check your Poly Profile to verify if Cal Poly has received your transcript. From the Academics Tab in the portal, click on PolyProfile. Next, click on Higher Ed Credits Detail in the upper right hand corner.
Official transcripts must be sent to Cal Poly directly from the institution that awarded the credit. We cannot award credit for college courses listed on a high school transcript. Transcripts are due by July 15 to be considered while making your block schedule.
Keep in mind that not all transfer credit is degree applicable. Extra units can be applied to free electives if your major has free electives.
When will I get my block schedule?
Your Block Schedule is not officially set until August 7, 2019. Sometimes you will see classes prior to this date. Schedules can change, they are official only after August 7.
What do I need to do after receiving my block schedule?
Step 1: Find your block schedule in early August
Log into your Cal Poly portal and click Student Center. Once you are in your Student Center, click on My Class Schedule.
Step 2: Determine how your classes will count towards your degree
The Degree Progress Report (DPR) will show how your units are count toward your degree (Directions on the degree progress report). Use the DPR to check off the courses you have completed (green check mark) on both your curriculum sheet and your flowchart.
Pick the Academics tab
Pick Curriculum sheet
You can also see information via the Curriculum and Flowcharts website.
Open your curriculum sheet and flowchart and if possible, print both.
- On your curriculum sheet, circle the classes that you see on your block schedule. Reference your DPR (directions above) or find the specific course on your curriculum sheet from catalog.calpoly.edu and search for the course under, “Courses A-Z.”
- NOTE: It is okay if you are not enrolled in the classes your first quarter indicates on the flowchart. There are limited seats in some classes and block scheduling chooses classes from your first year on the flowchart.
Step 3: Understand timeline of dates and deadlines
- August 7: Block Schedules are available
- August 13-15: 1st round registration has assigned appointment to begin making changes between August 13-15. Students are assigned a date and time that they can begin making changes
- Example: if assigned August 15 at 10:00 am, this means a student can start making changes at this time and can do so up until the end of 1st round of registration (August 15 at 11:59 pm)
- -Students are restricted to 16 units or less during 1st round of registration
- August 16-18: System closed. Students will not be able to make changes to their schedules because the registration system will be closed.
- August 19: 2nd round of registration begins. Students can choose to enroll in more than 16 units during 2nd round or make necessary changes.
- August 24-September 18: Open Enrollment (all students can make changes to their schedules)
- September 19: First day of classes
- September 19-24: Can still add a class without a permission number
- September 25-29: Will need a permission number to add classes
- September 30, 2019: Add/Drop Deadline
- The add/drop deadline is the first 8 days of classes for a term. If you are unsure about your course load, we recommend you stay in all your classes at this time. Plan to attend all your classes the first week. After attending, if you want to drop a class or make changes you can do so before the add/drop deadline of October 1, 2018.
Step 4: Contact Advising with your questions
Topics to consider with block scheduling
I want to change my major. Can I change my schedule to reflect this?
All students are required to complete one quarter at Cal Poly before they can switch majors. Visit change of major website to understand how the process works.
There might be some classes you can take that will double count for your current major and the prospective major. Contact the Mustang Success Center or your College Advising Center to discuss the best plan for courses in fall quarter and beyond.
I was placed in a higher MATH course than I would like to be in. I think I would feel more comfortable in a lower level MATH course. Can I do this?
Cal Poly data shows students are coming to Cal Poly with the necessary knowledge to be successful in the course they are placed in, based off of their Advanced Placement/Transfer Credit. Read more about selecting your math course on the Math Department Website.
Course descriptions on what content is covered in MATH courses can be found at catalog.calpoly.edu under the "Courses A-Z" tab. Search by MATH to see the topics that are covered in the classes. See more detailed course outlines from the Math Department.
If you are still wary of the MATH course you are placed in, call the Mustang Success Center (805-756-6211) or contact your college advising center to discuss how it would affect your degree progress. Students can make changes to their schedule through the first 8 days of instruction. This means you should attend the class the first week and then make a better assessment on taking the course.
Preparing for medical school or another health profession graduate program after Cal Poly.
If you indicated you are considering a health profession graduate program in the Admissions Office survey, your plans have been taken into account when creating your block schedule.
Plan to meet with a Pre-Health peer advisor during your first quarter at Cal Poly to plan the appropriate future course prerequisites for your 2nd and 3rd quarters. If you want look at what classes you might take in future quarters for certain careers, check out the Pre-Health advising website. More questions can be emailed to: email@example.com.
I'm not enrolled in all of the classes listed in my first quarter of the flowchart. Is this okay?
Yes. For most majors, the flowchart is just one way students can complete their degree, so if you are not in all of the classes, please read this all the way through before feeling alarmed.
Classes are chosen based on many factors, including AP/IB credit, transfer credit, course availability, GE area preference (from survey), extra-curricular obligations, and future academic goals.
The flowchart is a tool for students to see how they can complete their degree requirements. It takes into consideration the prerequisites of courses and provides an order in which courses can be taken. The prerequisites can be found in green underneath each course.
When looking at your flowchart, make sure you are in the necessary prerequisites to progress in your major courses. If you are not enrolled for a prerequisite course for a major course that you will be taking next quarter (Winter Quarter), then you call the Mustang Success Center or your college advising center to see if this is of concern. Otherwise, you were block enrolled into degree applicable classes and can enroll for these courses that are listed during the first year later in your Cal Poly career.
The major courses are in yellow. The support courses are in orange. The general education courses are in green. The free elective units are in blue.
I do not want to take an early morning or late evening class
Some students prefer taking classes during the middle of the day, but Cal Poly offers classes from 7 am until 10 pm to accommodate approximately 20,000+ students. We recommend that you do not change your schedule because you do not like the time. Please note that if you drop a class, there is no guarantee you can get back into the class. We recommend you contact your advisor to discuss your scenario before dropping a class.
Additionally, safety is a high priority at Cal Poly. Resources are available for evening transportation around campus. Please see these resources offered through the University Police Department Safety Escort Van Service.
What if I need to take a quarter off?
If you need to be away for a term for which you have been block scheduled, you will need to drop those courses from your Enrollment tab in your Student Center in order to avoid paying fees or being assigned a grade of "F"/"WU".
Changing Your Block Schedule
Your academic department carefully selected the courses in your block schedule. All of the courses are recommended to be taken in your first quarter or first year.
Most students do not need to make changes to their block schedule. We discourage first year students from adjusting their schedules unless they need to add additional units or a different class based on credit not yet reflected in their academic record.
Approved reasons to make a change to your schedule:
- You are not enrolled in enough units
- Your department recommends you add an additional course
- You were put in a class that you have already received credit for that course (AP/IB or community college credit)
Reasons NOT to change your block schedule
- You don’t like the time
- You don’t want to take that many units
- You don’t want to be in your major
Students have a scheduled appointment to start making changes on August 13, 14, or 15. (Please note, the dates in the video are incorrect. Dates listed here are the correct dates). To find out the date and time you have been assigned, please check your Student Center (listed on the right side).
We understand that there can be a variety of personal reasons and preferences a student may desire to change their schedule. If you want to discuss the possibility to make changes to your block schedule, please do the following:
- Check your student center for your registration time. Each new student will have a scheduled time when they can begin making changes to their schedule.
- Talk to an advisor at the Mustang Success Center or your College Advising Center
- Review information at the bottom of this page on how the registration systems work at Cal Poly
Understand how registration works at Cal Poly
Cal Poly has a variety of important registration tools. Please take the time to review the different registration tools and resources to understand how they can assist you throughout your time at Cal Poly.
How to swap a class?
The SWAP feature can be a great option when appropriate changes need to be made to a schedule. The SWAP feature allows you to choose the class you wish to swap out of (drop) and enter the class number you wish to swap into. It simultaneously drops you from your old class and adds your desired class if there is a spot in the new class. Learn more about how the swap feature works
How to drop a class?
When dropping a class, there are some things to consider.
- Type of course: know how this class counts towards your degree. If it is a major or support course, you need to consult your department prior to dropping.
- Total number of units enrolled in for the quarter: Students must maintain full-time status to live in on-campus housing (unless can provide documentation for accommodations). Many students need to be full-time status for insurance reasons, financial aid, athletics, club participation, etc.
- Cost: California residents pay the same amount of money if you take 12 units or 22 units. Out of state residents have additional fees per unit. Please review the different fees and payments information
- The add/drop deadline is the first 8 days of classes for a term. If you are unsure about your course load, we recommend you stay in all your classes at this time. Plan to attend all your classes the first week. After attending, if you want to drop a class or make changes you can do so before the add/drop deadline.
- Course Offerings: Some classes are only offered certain quarters out of the year. If you drop it, you will not be able to take it until the next time it is offered, which could set you back. Please consult your department if you have questions about your major class.
We encourage you to reach out to the Mustang Success Center or your College Advising Center to discuss the best options for your fall block schedule prior to dropping any courses.