How to Register

Instructions for Registering on the Web
Dropping Classes on the Web
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Registration Information
Web Registration / Program Change
Late Registration / Late Program Change

Instructions for Registering on the Web

  1. Contact your academic advisor to obtain your current registration advising PIN (RAP).
  2. On the Chicago State University home page, www.csu.edu, near the top right of the page, click "Cougar Connect".
  3. Log in using your CSU email user name and email password. Then click the "Home" tab.
  4. Click "CSU X-Press Menu,” "Student Menu," and then "Registration Agreement".
  5. Click “Term Selection” and select correct term i.e., Fall 2012. Click "Submit."
  6. Click 'Add/Drop Classes.' You will be prompted to enter an Alternate PIN. Type in the six-digit registration advising PIN (RAP) number that was given by your advisor.
  7. Scroll down. Type in one five-digit course reference number (CRN) in each box for each course in which you wish to enroll. After you have typed a CRN for each course, click “Submit Changes.”
  8. Your courses will appear. Check to see if the subjects, course numbers and sections are correct. If all of the classes for which you submitted CRNs for do not appear, scroll down for error messages. Correct time conflicts or closed classes by typing in another section of the course. Depending upon the error message, you may have to go back to your advisor for an override. Click “Submit Changes” again.
    Check again to make sure all information is correct and there are no error messages. If no errors, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Complete Your Registration."  Scroll down to view your charges. Print this page for your records. (If there are no charges on the page, you did not register successfully. Go back to "Add/Drop Classes" and try again.) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Detail Schedule" and print this page for your records also.
  9. If you are paying by MasterCard, VISA, Discover or check, you can click 'Online Payment' to pay your bill, or call the cashier’s office at (773) 995-2029 to pay by phone.
  10. If you plan to pay with cash, your payment must be received in the Cashier’s Office by the deadline date noted on the Web or published in the Class Schedule Bulletin.

NOTE: Errors in registration transactions made using CSU X-Press are the student's responsibility. Refrain from allowing others to access your CSU X-Press account.

Dropping Classes on the Web

Follow instructions 1-5 for registering on the Web. On the Add/Drop Classes page, click on the arrow under 'Action' next to the course you wish to drop. (The word NONE will be next to the arrow.) Click 'Drop Web.' Do this for each course you wish to drop. If you wish to add a class to replace the class you are dropping, type in the five-digit Course Reference Number (CRN) of the course you wish to add in one of the boxes at the bottom of the screen and click 'Submit Changes'. Scroll down and check for error messages.

If you have errors, click "Submit Changes" again and then type in another CRN.  After you have selected and/or dropped courses and have no error messages, click "Complete Your Registration" at the bottom of the page.

You may drop classes online for Fall 2012 until 5 p.m. August 27, 2012. After this date, you must submit a change of program/withdrawal form signed by your advisor and any other appropriate parties.

Note: You will not be allowed to drop your last class online (resulting in zero hours of enrollment).You will have to submit a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar, signed by all appropriate parties. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (773) 995-2517 to have your classes dropped. A withdrawal survey must also be completed.

Undergraduate Students

Continuing Students
(Those who have attended at least one term since Fall 2010)

Currently enrolled students who have been accepted as candidates for the bachelor’s degree will use the Fall 2012 RAP (registration advising PIN) given at the advisement session to register on the CSU X-Press web registration system. If you must register on campus, you must present your validated CSU student identification card with your advisor-signed student schedule request form in the Office of the Registrar, ADM 128.

New Students
If you have never attended Chicago State University and you are seeking a degree, you must first be admitted: undergraduates (ADM 200), graduates (LIB 428). After you have been admitted, you will be advised. Your advisor will give you a Fall RAP (registration advising PIN) for use with the CSU X-Press web registration. Fall 2012 Priority Deadline: July 15, 2012.

Returning Students
Undergraduate students who have not attended since the Fall 2009 term and who were in good standing their last term must file an application for readmission in ADM 128 and must submit transcripts covering all college courses completed since withdrawal. Fall 2012 Priority Deadline: July 15, 2012.

Undergraduate students who were dropped from the university or who were not in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal, should submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (ADM 200) an academic petition form and an application for admission  ($25 fee). Students seeking reinstatement must submit transcripts covering all college courses completed since withdrawal. The letter of acceptance issued by the director of undergraduate admissions will serve as authorization to register.Fall 2012 Priority Deadline: July 15, 2012.

You must be advised to register. Your advisor will give you a fall RAP (registration advising PIN) for use with the CSU X-Press web registration. See Quick Reference Guide for list of departments.

Undergraduate Students-at-Large

Students may attend the university as “students-at-large” in any of the following categories: (1) individuals who are regular students at a regionally accredited college or university and who can demonstrate their good academic standing at their home institution; (2) individuals who are not currently regular students at a regionally accredited college or university but who can demonstrate their good academic standing at the institution last attended; or (3) individuals enrolling at the university as part of a special program or a cooperative agreement between the university and another institution. Students enrolling as students-at-large in category one or two who wish to earn more than 30 credits must be admitted as regular students. Students enrolling as students at-large in category three will abide by the guidelines established for the program or cooperative agreement. At-large students do not need a RAP (registration advising PIN) to register online using the CSU X-Press web registration system. For more information and an undergraduate-at-large application, contact the undergraduate admissions office, (773) 995-2513.

Graduate Students

Continuing Students
(Those who have attended at least one term since Fall 2010)

MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES
Your graduate advisor will issue your fall RAP (registration advising PIN) in your advisement session for use on the CSU X-Press web registration system.

GRADUATE STUDENTS-AT-LARGE
If necessary, you will be referred to a department for advisement and course approval. You will not need a RAP to register online using the CSU X-Press web registration system.

New and Returning Students
Master's degree candidates attending for the first time must be advised. Your advisor will issue your RAP for use on the CSU X-Press Web registration system during your advisement session.

New graduates-at-large who are attending for the first time must first be admitted. You should report to the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, ADM 126, to complete an application. If necessary, you will be referred to a department for advisement and course approval. You will not need a RAP (registration advising PIN to register online using the CSU X-Press web registration system.

If you are a master’s degree candidate or a student-at-large who has not attended since prior to Fall 2010, an application for readmission must be completed. Forms may be obtained in ADM 126. Master’s degree candidates must obtain approval signatures for re-entry and for advisement. The graduate school will approve the registration form for the non-degree (graduate-at-large) student to register via CSU X-Press. Restricted courses will require departmental approval to register for a graduate or higher level course.

NOTE: Cooperating teachers eligible for tuition waivers may contact the Office of Field Placement (773) 995-2392, Education Building, room 322. Note that the proper parties must sign the waiver form before a waiver is issued. Forms must also be signed in the provost (Cook ADM Bldg, Rm. 306) and financial aid (Cook ADM Bldg, Rm. 207) offices.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION
If you plan to enroll for courses to achieve initial teacher certification and you have been evaluated by the Chicago Board of Education or the State of Illinois, please present your deficiency statement at the College of Education Office of Teacher Certification, (773) 995- 2519, Education Building, room 208. All College of Education requirements for entry to teacher certification sequences must be met and appropriate departmental signatures obtained prior to enrolling in certification courses.

UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES
Civil Service Staff
If you are a Civil Service employee enrolled in an undergraduate program, and intend to pay for tuition with a Civil Service Waiver, please be informed that you may be eligible for financial aid. Please complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, and complete the financial aid application process.

University employees must adhere to the same academic regulations as other students at the university. All university employees not possessing a bachelor’s degree are limited to a maximum of thirty (30) semester hours of course work prior to their formal admission to the university.

Faculty and Administrators
To take tuition-free courses, employees must receive written approval from their chairperson or supervisor and college dean, where appropriate, indicating the course(s) for enrollment. The written approval then must be submitted to the provost, ADM 306. The program identification code for faculty and administrators not seeking a degree is GSAL. All university employees are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by Chicago State University regarding education benefits for employees.

Tuition Waiver Applicants

Eligible employees (and cooperating teachers) requesting tuition waivers must present applications to the Office of Financial Aid at CSU with all appropriate signatures by September 15 for the fall term, January 30 for the spring term and by the first day of classes for any intersession or summer school session in which the waiver is presented and the individual enrolls.

The tuition waiver is to be applied toward the term in which the course is taken. Waiver applications are to be submitted each term.  Waivers do not cover past due bills and will not be accepted after the deadline date.

Advisement
All degree-seeking students are REQUIRED to be advised prior to their registration. Advisors will give the RAP (registration advising pin) to a student after the advisement session to use with the CSU X-Press web registration system.

Special undergraduate students-at-large (USAL) do not need advisement or a RAP to register through the CSU X-Press web registration system. Master’s degree candidates and graduate certificate students must be advised by the department supervising the program to which they have been admitted. RAPs are distributed by graduate advisors.

Graduate-at-large students (GSAL, GSUM) will not need a RAP to register online using the CSU X-Press web registration system. However, special permission is required for at-large students to enroll in any 5000-level or higher graduate course. Students registering online must obtain academic departmental approval prior to attempting to register for these or any other restricted course. Students should not attempt to register for two different sections of the same course. If additional work is desired in a variable credit course, please talk with the department chairperson.

Graduate students-at-large may enroll in graduate-level courses by obtaining permission from the academic department supervising the courses prior to attempting course registration. Restrictions or safeguards are built into the registration system that prevent registration in some courses by students-at-large. Students at-large who wish to enroll in graduate courses should first check with department graduate advisors or chairpersons to have these restrictions lifted prior to registration.

Students should note that the time for advisement is not during registration. To speed up your registration, please have your schedule prepared with alternative courses to take, if certain courses are closed.

Registration Information

Registration day and time are determined by your classification code.

Classification Codes Hours Earned
First term freshman
(1)
0-14
Second term freshman
(2)
15-29
First term sophomore
(3)
30-44
Second term sophomore
(4)
45-59
First term junior
(5)
60-74
Second term junior
(6)
75-89
First term senior
(7)
90-104
Second term senior
(8)
105-119
Senior 120+ hours
(9)
120+
Second bachelor’s degree
(J)
120+
Student-at-large
(S)
 
Graduate
(GR)
 
Doctoral
(DR)
 
Professional
(PR)
 

Web Registration / CSU X-PRESS
7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
You must be advised and use your Fall RAP (registration advising pin) to Web register.

Registration Dates Classification
April 23 - July 31 Doctoral, Professional, Graduate, Certification, Seniors, & Second Bachelor's
April 25 - July 31 Juniors
April 27 - July 31 Sophomores
April 30 - July 31 Freshmen
August 1 - 15, 18 - 19 All eligible students with a Fall RAP
August 20 - 21(Late Registration) All eligible students with a Fall RAP

Advance Web Registration /
April 23 - July 31

7 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Undergraduate & Graduate

All students who register via CSU X-Press April 23 – July 31, including students with financial assistance, must make an initial payment at the time of registration. Students are to register according to their student classification. Please refer to the registration calendar to determine the time frame you are to register on CSU X-Press.

If you are unsure of your student classification, please refer to your unofficial transcript on CSU X-Press or contact your academic advisor for assistance. Undergraduate student classification is calculated by the number of credit hours earned. Credit hours currently enrolled are not calculated in your student classification.

Students are strongly advised to make an appointment with their advisors prior to registering or changing programs.

Web Registration/ Program Change

August 1 - 15, 18 -19
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. • Undergraduate & Graduate
All students, including students with financial assistance, must make an initial payment at the time of registration. New and continuing students who did not advance-enroll may register according to the registration schedule via CSU X-Press.

A registration advising PIN may be obtained from academic advisors. Students who advance-enrolled for the Fall 2012 semester may change their programs via CSU X-Press by dropping or adding classes according to the registration calendar. Drop/Add forms are available from the academic department offices.

You may only add classes that are open or become available. You will not be allowed to drop your last class on CSU X-Press. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at (773) 995-2522 for information on dropping your last class.

NO REGISTRATION AUGUST 16 - 17

Late Registration / Late Program Change

August 20 - 21 • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

All students, including students with financial assistance, must must make an initial payment at the time of registration.

A $100 late registration fee will be charged after August 19, 2012. Late registration and late change of program will end at 10p.m. on August 21, 2012. The late registration fee is non-refundable.

Drop a Course(s)
A student can drop a course(s) on CSU X-Press after the late change of program period until 5pm, Monday, August 27, 2012.. After August 27, students must receive an advisor’s approval for dropped courses on their change of program form. Withdrawal from a course is not complete until the form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar, ADM 128, and approved by a records and registration staff member. Errors in the completion of the change of program form are the student’s responsibility.

NOTE: Students who reduce their credit hour load below 16 semester hours by August 27 are eligible for a partial reversal of charges.

NOTE: You will not be allowed to drop your last class online (resulting in zero hours of enrollment. You will have to submit a withdrawal form to the registrar’s office, signed by all appropriate parties. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar, ADM 128, at 773-995-2517 to have your last class dropped. A withdrawal survey should also be completed.

F-1 international students are REQUIRED to receive authorization from the Office of International Programs' designated school official BEFORE dropping a course that will reduce the F-1 student’s credit
hour load below 12 semester hours.

Student athletes are REQUIRED to receive authorization from the Director of Athletics and the faculty athletic representative BEFORE dropping a course that will reduce the student athlete’s credit hour load below 12 semester hours.

NOTE: You will not be allowed to drop your last class online (resulting in zero hours of enrollment. You will have to submit a withdrawal form to the registrar’s office, signed by all appropriate parties. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar, ADM 128, at 773-995-2517 to have your last class dropped. A withdrawal survey must also be completed.

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