Quarterly FAQ

Welcome to fall quarter 2021!

Where do I get the latest campus coronavirus updates?

The best place for campus updates is Cal Poly's coronavirus website.

When is the last day to add or drop a class, and what are other deadlines for this quarter?

Wednesday, Sept. 29. This and other important dates are included in the Registrar's Fall 2021 Planning Calendar:

  • Thursday, Sept. 23
    • Last day to enroll in open classes without a permission number.
    • Waitlist process runs for the last time in the afternoon.
  • Friday-Wednesday, September 24-29
    • Students can enroll only with a permission number.
    • Student Center closes for maintenance on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, Deadlines:
    • Last day to add or swap a class with a permission number via Student Center.
    • Last day to drop classes and change CR/NC grading option.
    • Last day to submit audit petition to the Office of the Registrar (5:00 pm).
    • Last day to log in and adjust your Degree Planner to ensure that your planned courses are included in course demand data.*
      • *Degree Planner compliance enforcement has been suspended. Failing to log into Degree Planner before this date will NOT result in a delayed registration appointment.
    • Student Center closes for maintenance on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 30
    • Late Enrollment Appeal period begins.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6
    • Deadline: Last day to submit Late Enrollment Appeal (5 p.m.).
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19
    • Class Schedule is available in the Student Center for Winter 2022.
  • Friday, Nov. 5 Deadlines:
    • End of the seventh week of instruction.
    • Last day to withdraw from course(s) or term for serious and compelling reason (5 p.m.).

How do I crash a MU course?

  • Course enrollment caps will stay the same! As always, it is up to instructors to enroll additional students. It's advisable to email the course instructor.
  • Waitlists continue to function the same. Up until day four of the quarter (i.e., Sept. 23) when a student drops, a new student is automatically enrolled from the waitlist.

Can I take a class Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)?

As stated on the Registrar's website, music majors cannot select CR/NC in major or support courses. However, students can take four units of a major elective or GE courses as CR/NC. Students have until the last day of classes to change their grading basis to CR/NC from letter grade or vice versa.

Do I need to take a jury this quarter?

Anyone who didn't pass their jury spring quarter must do one fall quarter. Forms must be turned in by the 5th week of the quarter, Oct. 15. Reminders will be emailed soon.

Exception: Those who have already passed their MU 250 jury, but haven’t passed subsequent juries, can wait until spring quarter to perform their next jury, unless they choose to do one earlier. Also, anyone who wants to perform a jury to move to the next level early should consult with their applied teacher and turn in a form by the same deadline.

Reminder: Submit a scanned copy of your music with measures marked with your jury form.

Do I need to pay the Music Use Fee?

Instruments, lockers and practice room reservations are available by paying a $20 quarterly use fee. If you have been approved for an instrument and need to pay the fee for it this quarter, follow these instructions:

Pay the $20 Music Use Fee online through the My Cal Poly Portal. Select the “Money Matters” tab, click on “Make a Payment Now” and go to “Music Fees”. There is a 2.75% convenience fee for credit vs. debit. A receipt will be emailed to you which you need to forward to music@calpoly.edu. Instrument check-outs will be handled through the instrumental ensemble instructor and Benjamin Reveley, the department technician.

Do I need to take the Mid-point Examination this year?

A meeting will be scheduled early in winter quarter for all those taking the mid-point examination in spring 2022. Includes students who started Cal Poly as first-time students in fall 2020; transfer students who started in fall 2021; and generally internal transfers who became music majors 2020-21. The exam is scheduled for end of spring quarter 2021, usually the Saturday before finals week.

Want to know more about Senior Project?

Read about senior projects in the Student Handbook and contact Senior Project Coordinator Alyson McLamore.

Planning your schedule for next year?

We have updated the Projected Course Schedule to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year, as well as future years. Please note the schedule is subject to change, so check back often.

Need someone to talk to?

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly offers short-term counseling and consultation. Please call 805-756-1532 for an appointment.