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FA 2021-22 Term Information

Students, please update your LOCAL RESIDENCE ADDRESS with your current residence using My Personal Information in access.caltech.edu. If residing outside the U.S., use TEMPORARY RESIDENCE ADDRESS.

FA 2021-22 Term Important Dates

5/20-6/4 - Registration for fall term 2021-22 without $50 late fee
9/23 - UASH first meeting of fall term
9/27 - Beginning of fall term instruction
10/15 - Add Day
11/8 - Midterm deficiency notices due
11/17 - Drop Day
11/18-12/3 - Registration for winter term 2021-22 without $50 late fee
11/25-26 - Thanksgiving (Institute holiday)
12/3 - Last day of classes
12/8-10 - Final exams
12/10 - End of fall term

see the academic calendar for additional important dates and deadlines

Fall Registration Information for Students

Registration for courses starts Thursday, May 20 at 8:00am PST for graduate students, continuing seniors, juniors and sophomores (rising seniors and juniors). Freshmen (rising sophomores) can begin registration at 8:30am PST. Students are expected to use REGIS for registration changes. Adding and dropping in REGIS will not require approvals of the instructor and advisor for each change, but advisors will approve advisee schedules.

Courses with Time Conflicts
With the expectation of in-person classes, course conflicts will no longer be allowed in REGIS. Requests for such registration will not be processed at this time. If an exception is deemed necessary, please await a further announcement regarding the processes.

Important Info Regarding Units

  • A minimum of 36 units is required to be considered a full-time student
  • Students will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 51 units in REGIS
  • Students may take up to 51 units, but it will require their advisor's approval for any amount between 49-51 units. Per the catalog, it should only be 48 academic units and up to 3 non-academic units (PE, PVA, SA).
    • Students must discuss registration for more than 48 academic units with advisors prior to adding the units
    • Advisors must approve advisees schedules and loads through REGIS
  • To take more than 51 units, students need to petition the undergraduate dean, with the expectation that permission will be granted only in exceptional cases
  • Graduate students are expected to limit their activities related to the Institute (in class, research, and teaching assistantship units) to no more than 62 hours per week
  • Graduate students may not enroll in more than 36 units of research per term

Advising Expectations and Submitting Your Schedule
Students are expected to discuss any desired schedule changes with their advisors before making them in REGIS. Advisors will still need to approve final schedules. Students are being trusted to make their own changes in REGIS, and the success of a smooth term will rely heavily on students following advising guidelines.

Students must submit their schedules for approval after each day changes are made. Students may continue to make changes during the registration period. To do so, they recall the schedule in REGIS, make the next change, and resubmit the schedule to the advisor.

Additional Registration Information for Faculty

Registration Loads for Undergraduates

Advisors should be aware that their advisees will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 51 units in REGIS. Any unit loads between 49-51 units should be pre-approved by their advisor. Per the catalog, such a load should only be 48 academic units and up to 3 non-academic units (PE, PVA, SA).

  • Advisors must approve advisees schedules and loads through REGIS

Courses with Time Conflicts
With the expectation of in-person classes, course conflicts will no longer be allowed in REGIS. Requests for such registration will not be processed at this time. If an exception is deemed necessary, please await a further announcement regarding the processes.