How priority registration dates are determined sometimes seems like a
mystery to many students. For example, a student gets a late
registration date one semester, only to find out that a friend, who is
a year younger than the student, has a much earlier date for no
There is rhyme and reason to the process, however, and there are
ways to ensure an early registration date.
Registration dates are determined by the Faculty Senate, according
to Eric Forbes, director of Admissions and Records. First-time freshmen
get the best dates so they have a better chance of getting into
beginning-level classes, he said.
Next on the priority registration list are graduating seniors,
followed by students with special priorities, which include disabled
students, presidential scholars, athletes, Associated Students officers
and volunteers, Forbes said.
Rounding out the list are second-semester freshman, classified
graduate students, seniors, juniors and sophomores in descending order
based on units earned, Forbes said.
Presidential scholars are undergraduate students who receive
scholarships for maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average and who
work on a project each semester with a faculty member, according to
CSUN’s Financial Aid website.
Student athletes get priority registration because they have an
academic requirement that must be met in order to be allowed to
compete, Forbes said. If they do not get into their classes, they
cannot participate in sports, he said.
The broadest category of priority registration recipients is
volunteers. Volunteers must be involved in campus service in some way
to get priority registration, Forbes said.
A majority of volunteers were previously involved with the
registration process itself, Forbes said, back when it was done in
person. But now that registration is done online, volunteer services
are no longer needed.
‘?The number of persons with early registration dates has declined
because the number of volunteers has declined,’ he said.
New student orientation leaders also get early registration dates.
Victoria Wilson, junior journalism major, said she heard about the
job at her own transfer student orientation. She said she wanted to get
involved in some campus activities, and decided to apply for the
Once accepted, she went through a number of training sessions and a
‘?Not just anybody can do it,’ she said. ‘?You must be interviewed and
a have a recommendation.’
New student orientation leaders assist new students in becoming
familiar with CSUN.
‘?We give them the rundown, a campus tour and (introduce them to) all
sorts of resources,’ she said. ‘?It’s a day-long thing. We feed them and
answer questions. They also get to see a presentation from TAKE. It’s a
situational drama put on by a dozen or so CSUN students about the
pressures of being a freshman in college.’
Another way to get an early registration date is to become a
residential adviser for the Department of Residential Life.
RAs live in the residence halls with other students and are assigned
a floor to oversee, according to Crystal Becks, community coordinator
for staff training and development in Residential Life.
Aside from the 15 hours per week RAs are required to work, they
typically spend between five and 10 additional hours per week helping
other students, Becks said.
‘?(RAs) walk (students) to the counseling center and sit in on
counseling sessions,’ she said. ‘?When students lose financial aid and
are dropped from their classes, RAs try to help them navigate the
situation. They do more than I can really articulate.’
In addition, members of the Residence Halls Association, a student
advocacy and programming organization based out of Residential Life,
receive priority registration, Becks said.