Admissions & Records

Registration Date Ranking

Registration Enrollment Priorities

AKA: Priority Registration Date Ranking

In accordance with Title 5 § 58108: Registration and Enrollment Procedures you can earn an earlier registration date by completing select activities. Registration dates for each term are assigned to groups of students based on the established criteria and published deadlines. Based on this criteria, before registration opens for the upcoming term students are "ranked" and put in groups then assigned an earlier or later registration date. 

  • ALL students have an opportunity to earn an earlier date.

  • We'll notify you via email when registration dates have been calculated and assigned for the upcoming term.

  • Then check My Registration Date to see your ranking and your assigned registration date for the upcoming term. 

  • If you think your registration date is wrong, let us know. Submit this eForm by the posted deadline to appeal.  

No pressure! Your registration WILL NOT be blocked if you miss the deadline or a task or elect not to earn an earlier registration date, you’ll be grouped or ranked accordingly and register at a later date.

ProTip: while these tasks are not required to register they are designed to support your successful transition to Cabrillo. You’ll learn what classes to take to reach your goal saving you time and money. 

Complete these activities to earn an earlier registration date:

This is a suggested order but you can complete activities in the order that suits you. Available 24/7 online.

  1. Complete the Placement Process. All degrees require English and math courses. Learn about the best courses for you. Then submit this Placement eForm.

  2. Complete Orientation Activities. Submit the Orientation eForm. If you've completed placement or learned about Cabrillo services, you’re learning about being a college student - that's Orientation! Tell us what you’ve done so far. ProTip: responses are not verified, we trust you.

  3. Plan some classes in Student Planning. See a sample program map to get an idea of what classes to take in what order.

  4. Declare your major by 15 completed units 

  5. Maintain good academic standing

ProTip: Placement and orientation required only time, once you've completed, no need to repeat. 

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See what you've done
Where To Find Your Stuff
  • Placement and Orientation eForms - look in your eForms Activity tab to find all your completed and archived forms.  Don’t see your forms there?  Check in your drafts tab, if your form is there, complete it and then submit the form.

  • Education Planning - look in your Student Planning timeline tab to see courses planned for upcoming terms

  • Declared major: look in Student Planning - MyProgress - your declared major is listed at the top of the page

  • Completed units: look in Student Planning - MyProgress to see your total units completed: 0-30 units = freshman status; 30+ units = sophomore status

  • Academic standing: GPA and Progress  look in Student Planning - MyProgress to see your cumulative GPA and progress


Registration Windows will open in this order

Ranked Priority Groups

Veterans, and Foster Youth (and former foster youth), and students being served in the following programs: Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), Accessibility Support Center (ASC), and CalWorks

Students participating in a collegiate athletics program (playing on a team) who have completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm, planned some classes, declared a major (by 15 units completed) and are in good standing.

Continuing students with 30-99.9 Cabrillo units who have completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm, planned some classes, declared a major (by 15 units completed) and are in good standing.

Continuing students with freshman status (.01-29 Cabrillo units) who have completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm, planned some classes, declared a major (by 15 units completed) and are in good standing.

New and re-entering students including graduating high school seniors living in Santa Cruz county who have completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm and planned some classes.

Students enrolled in grades 8-12 and are also taking classes at Cabrillo who have completed placement, submitted the orientation eForm and planned some classes.

Continuing, new, or re-entering students who have not completed placement, not submitted the orientation eForm, not planned some classes , not declared a major and/or are not in good standing, and/or have completed 100 or more Cabrillo degree applicable units.

Students enrolled in grades 8-12 and are also taking classes at Cabrillo have not completed placement, not submitted the orientation eForm, not planned some classes.

Explore how the Registration Ranking Process Works
The 100 Unit Rule and How to Appeal Your Registration Ranking