Advising Events & Workshops

Various events and workshops are offered to help you with your academic success.

Be sure to check back regularly for upcoming workshop topics that support your needs and interests (TBA):

  • Registering for next semester classes
  • Exploring/Declaring Major(s)
  • Graduation Application Process
  • Impacted Major Prerequisite Strategies
  • More in development.

Freshmen Advising Events for Spring 2023 Enrollment Planning

Spring 2023

Spring 2023 Class Registration Planning

To help with planning for Spring 2023 Class Registration, the Undergraduate Advising Center has created a First-time Freshmen Advising Event video workshop tutorial.

Download and print the Class Planner worksheet to use in conjunction with the video (linked below)... 

Steps to Plan for Next Semester Class Enrollment

We will go through five steps in helping you plan for class enrollment for next semester.

To get the most out of this workshop, you will need to download and print the Freshmen Class Planner for Spring 2023.

There is a 20-minute video workshop tutorial (found above) that can be viewed in conjunction with the Class Planner worksheet.

  1. Starting from the SFSU home page,
  2. Click "Login" at the top,
  3. Click "SF State Gateway",
  4. Enter your security credentials and two-factor authentication,
  5. Select "Student Center" from the Launch Pad.
  6. Within the "Academics" section at the top-left, Click "Degree Progress Report" from the list, or, from the drop-down menu

After you have logged onto your Student Center portal and opened your DPR (Step 1 above), follow the steps below to determine which GE and University requirements you have met already.

  1. At the top of your DPR, you will find your current major (if declared), any minors (if declared), and your Grade Point Average (GPA).

    In this report, you will be looking for three symbols;
    "Green Checkmarks" = completed requirements,
    "Yellow Diamonds" = in-progress requirements, and
    "Red Squares" = requirements that are not yet completed.

  2. Scrolling down this report you should see GE and Unversity requirements listed—for EACH requirement item, look for the green checkmarks and yellow diamonds that indicate if they are "complete" or "in progress". Use your Class Planner worksheet to place checkmarks next to those requirements, as they will be complete by the end of this semester.
  3. Leave the "Red Square" requirements BLANK for now as those are still not completed.
  4. When this step is done, you should have a list of GE (Areas A, B, C, D, E, and F), SF State Studies (AERM, ES, GP, and SJ), and US/CA Government requirements that are marked as "Met" on your Class Planner—and the blank requirements are still "to do".

Once you have identified the GE and University requirements that will be completed by the end of this semester (Step 2 above), you will list all of the requirements (in order) that are still "To Do" in the box for Step 3 on your Class Planner worksheet. 

To understand which classes are of higher priority than others, here is a simple list of our recommendations:

  1. English and Math (GE Areas A2 and B4 respectively)
  2. Other Area A courses (GE Areas A1 Oral Communication and A3 Critical Thinking)
  3. Lower division major requirements (if declared)
  4. Other GE Areas (B, C, D, E, and/or F)
  5. University Electives
GE Area A2 Written English Communication

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

AP, Transfer Credit, ENG 114

Ready for Area E (if still “To Do”)

Did not take English

ENG 114

ENG 104

ENG 105 (same instructor)

ENG 201 - Multilingual

ENG 202 - Multilingual

GE Area B4 Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

AP, Transfer Credit, or In progress

GE B4 is completed! (Major?)

Math 107 Business Calculus I

MATH 108 Business Calculus I

DS/MATH 110 Business Calculus

DS 212 (optional-normally in 3rd semester

MATH 197 Prelude to Calculus I

MATH 198 Prelude to Calculus II

MATH 199 Pre-Calculus

MATH 226 Calculus I

IF GE B4 is still “To Do”

Any Area B4, or science/business majors consult your major requirements


A1 Oral Communication

COMM 150 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Native English Speakers)

ENG 210 Oral Communication - Multilingual (English Language Learners)

A3 Critical Thinking

See Class Schedule for all course options…

Examples: PHIL 110, ETHS 110

This step depends on whether your intended major is declared or not. 

If your major is DECLARED, the best tool to use is the Degree Planner—this is how to access this report:

  1. Log onto your Student Center once again, but now click "Degree Planner" in the "Academics" section at the top-left.
  2. The Degree Planner may take a few long moments to generate—once it does, make sure that the major that is listed is the actual major you intend to pursue moving forward.
  3. If your major is correct, then you can see the section for "Spring 2023" and use the major classes listed there as suggestions to take next semester. 
  4. If any major courses are listed, then write them into the box for "Step 4" of your Class Planner.
  5. Mark these as "high priority".

If your intended major is NOT currently declared, then you will need to look up your major requirements in our University Bulletin—this is how to access those requirements:

  1. Start at the SFSU Home page,
  2. Click "Academics" at the top menu,
  3. Click "Explore Majors and Degrees"
  4. Scroll down the alphabetical list until you find your major then click on it,
  5. Then click "Degree Requirements"
  6. Identify any lower division major courses that you see listed—check each course's prerequisites to make sure that you are qualified for the class. 
  7. If so, then write the potential class(es) into the box for "Step 4" of your Class Planner.
  8. Mark these as "high priority".

This step requires that you log onto your Student Center portal again:

  1. On your Student Center portal, you should see your "Enrollment Appointment" date and time listed on the far-right side of the page.
  2. Note your date and time in "Step 5" of your Class Planner as a reminder for yourself later.
  3. After you have filled in the rest of your Class Planner sheet (Steps 3 and 4), you can now list each of the "high priority" courses you have identified in the box for "Step 5".
  4. If these classes add up to the number of units that you are comfortable with, then you are done! 
    If you feel that you can add one or more classes to your list, we suggest filling in your schedule with either low-priority GE, minor  (if you have an interest), or university elective courses. 

Here are a few helpful resources to supplement this tutorial...

These resources are helpful for using our class planning and registration tools:

  • Using the Degree Planner — useful for students that are officially declared into their intended major.
  • Using the Degree Progress Report (DPR) — useful as a current snapshot of your completed, in-progress, and not yet completed requirements.
  • Using the Gator Scheduler — useful for generating potential class schedules from classes you plan to take
  • Using the Online Class Schedule — useful for searching for classes one by one, and creating your schedule manually.
QR code to register for open lab

Open Computer Labs & Advisor Assistance

After Thanksgiving break, the Undergraduate Advising Center will host a few open computer labs in the J. Paul Leonard Library—several of our academic counselors will be available to assist you in planning your Spring 2023 schedule. 

Please watch the Class Planning Video and steps above to prepare for your registration.

Use the QR code on the left to reserve a spot!

Workshop RSVP for On Campus Residents

Freshmen Advising Events for On-Campus Residents

We are offering several workshop sessions for on-campus first-time freshmen—see the dates below:

  • Tuesday, November 15th — 3pm-5pm
  • Wednesday, November 16th — 3pm-5pm
  • Thursday, November 17th — 3pm-5pm

If you are an on-campus first-year Freshman, check your email for the invitation and link to RSVP—or use the QR Code.