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Winter Session

Cal State Fullerton’s 2021 Winter Session offers two sessions: a four-week session from December 19 - January 22, and a two-and-a-half-week session from January 4 - January 22.

Below you’ll find the important dates and deadlines you’ll need to know before you register. For instructions on registering, visit our Register page. If you have any questions, you can send us a message from our Contact page.

Winter Session 2021 Dates Download PDF PDF FileOpens in new window

Fee Payment info:
$366 per unit
$27.81 Consolidated Course fee
$4.45 Student ID Card fee
Fee payment required at the time of registration/add

Session A

December 19, 2020 –
January 22, 2021
4 weeks
Online or Hybrid classes only

Session B

January 4 – 22, 2021
2.5 weeks

Class Schedule available at

Monday, September 21

Monday, September 21

Early Registration Period begins at

8 a.m., Monday,
October 26

8 a.m., Monday,
October 26

Early Registration Period ends

  • Last day to register/add without a $25 late fee.

5 p.m., Wednesday
December 16

5 p.m., Tuesday 
December 22

First day to add waitlisted classes with instructor and department approvals

Friday, December 18

Monday, December 23

Last day to drop and receive a full refund of Winter Session & mandatory fees

  • $10 processing fee charged per class.
  • Drops cannot be done online; drops must be done in-person at EIP Student Services or by phone (657-278-2611).

5 p.m., Friday,
December 18

5 p.m., Wednesday,
December 23

Late Registration Period (must be doen in person in EIP Student Services)

  • A signed/stamped paper OU registraion form with approvals or electronic permit is required and $25 late fee.
  • Switching a class within the same session requires approvals and $35 fee.
  • Change of grade option requires a $10 fee.

December 17-21

January 4-5

Campus Closed: Winter Recess

  • Session A classes may have online instructions and activities during the break – check syllabus.

Friday, December 25, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021

Last day to drop without a grade of “W” and receive 65% refund

  • Drops cannot be done online; drops must be done by email to or by leaving a message at (657-278-2611).
  • Last day to change grade option.
  • Last day to switch a class within the same session for a $35 switch fee for Session B only.

5 p.m., Wednesday,
December 23

5 p.m., Wednesday, 

January 6

Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" and receive a 65% refund

  • No refunds after this date.
  • Drops cannot be done online; drops must be done in person at EIP Student Services.
  • Complete the Request for Withdrawal Form PDF FileOpens in new window .

5 p.m., Monday,
January 4

5 p.m., Friday,
January 8

Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" for serious and compelling reasons only

5 p.m., Friday,
January 15

5 p.m., Friday,
January 15

Grades Due

January 29

January 29

Unit Limit: There is a 4-unit limit for Winter Session. Academically Disqualified students from CSUF are limited to 3 units.

Excess Units: Request forms required for additional units.

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Open University 101

  • Academically disqualified (DQ) students from CSUF may enroll in a maximum of six (6) units during Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Registration is on a space-available basis.
  • A maximum of 24 credits earned through Open University may count toward the cumulative units required for a bachelor’s degree at CSUF.
  • Courses taken through Open University enrollment do not meet the residence requirements for a bachelor’s degree at CSUF (30 units for the degree; 24 units in upper division courses). For graduate degrees, normally 6 to 9 units of approved credits taken through Open University may apply, but for degrees which require more than 30 units, more units of credit may apply. Please consult the department graduate advisor of your program.
  • To view course descriptions and prerequisite information, visit Cal State Fullerton’s University Catalog Opens in new window .
  • For other important dates, including scheduled campus closures, visit the CSUF Academic Calendar Opens in new window .


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