Course Selection and Scheduling


The first digit of the course numbers indicates the level of the course. Levels are indicated as follows. Courses below the 1000-level are preparatory in nature and may not be credited toward a Hayward University degree.

1 and 2 Undergraduate course, lower-division

3 and 4 Undergraduate course, upper-division

5 and 6 Graduate course, graduate division

A given Hayward University course may not be offered every term; available courses can be seen in the Self- Services Portal during registration periods.



Hayward University opens course registration for students over a 3-week period every term. Course registration dates can be found on the Hayward University Academic Calendar on our website and at the beginning of this catalog. Registration for courses is available on a first-come,first-served first basis with the exception of a student’s first term at Hayward University, students themselves register for their courses using the online course registration system, and registration must be completed by the dates listed in the Academic Calendar.For further information regarding registration, please contact

Course Registration at Hayward University takes place in the Self-Services Portal at



Graduate Students may enroll in up to 4 courses per term. The following registration restrictions apply:

Graduate Students who maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥ 3.75 may register for up to four (4) courses per term.

Graduate students who maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥ 2.50 and ≤ 3.74 may register for up to two (2) courses per term.

Graduate Students on Academic Warning and/or have a CGPA below 2.50 may only register and/or be enrolled in one (1) course per term.

Students whose CGPA falls at the end of a given term to below the minimum CGPA required to be enrolled in the allowed number of courses for the following term, will be required to cancel courses by the first day of the term. Those who fail to meet the requirement to reduce their course load according to the stated policy will be automatically removed from any excess courses by the Office of Student Services.

Students whose CGPA improves at the end of a given term, which would otherwise allow them to register for additional courses for the next term, will not be able to add additional courses during late registration. They will be required to wait until registration opens during the 5th week of the following term to register for the additional number of allowed courses.



The Hayward University endeavors to fulfill all registration requests. In considering how many courses to take each term, students are reminded that they should carefully consider their other time commitments outside of the University when building their schedules, as each course requires a minimum of 15 hours of study per week; budgeting up to 17 hours a week per course is highly advisable.



A few days before each academic term begins, Hayward University opens a late registration period. Students should be aware that a limited number of courses are offered during late registration; therefore, students are discouraged from relying on the late registration period to register for courses.

Late Course Registration dates are listed on the Academic Calendar published above; registration takes place in the Self-Services Portal with the same guidelines and procedures as during the regular registration period.



Students are responsible for managing their time at the University and balancing their studies with their other commitments outside of the University. After the term has begun, students may adjust their academic workload by dropping or withdrawing from a course by following the procedures outlined in this section.

Students who find that they are frequently dropping or withdrawing from courses are strongly encouraged to contact their personal Program Advisor and/or the Program Advising Office at

Please note that the University seeks to process drops and withdrawals in a prompt manner. The removal of the student is valid from the moment of the request, regardless of google classroom reflects the removal. Work in the class, before or after the drop or withdrawal request, will not count towards a final grade in the class.



A student may drop a course during the first week of the term without academic penalty. A course drop during this time does not appear on the student's transcript and does not affect the grade point average (GPA).Course drop requests must be sent from the Online Forms area in the Self-Services Portal. Students are advised to refer to the Academic Calendar to verify the last day to drop a course each term.



Students may also formally withdraw from the course roster after the course drop period has passed, but must do so within the first four weeks of the term. A course withdrawal differs from a course drop in that the course is listed on the student's official transcript. Withdrawing from a course does not assume withdrawal from the University.

The following consequences apply to a student who withdraws from a course within the first four weeks of the term:

• The student receives a grade of "W" for the course.

• The grade of "W" appears on the student's transcript.

• The grade of "W" does not affect the student’s term or cumulative grade point averages.

Course withdrawal requests must be sent from the Online Forms area in the Self-Services Portal. Students are advised to refer to the Academic Calendar to verify the last day to withdraw from a course without penalty.



Students are responsible for completing the required work in all courses in which they are still enrolled after the withdrawal deadline. Only the most serious circumstances warrant withdrawing from a course after the last day of the withdrawal deadline listed in the Academic Calendar above. However,in the event of a documented emergency after the Course Withdrawal deadline, students may petition the Student Affairs Committee for a late withdrawal.

Late withdrawals are rarely granted by the University. Students should understand that petitioning for a late withdrawal indicates that a non-academic, extraordinary event (like a serious illness or a severe personal disruption, but not including internet problems) occurred after the course withdrawal deadline (during the last five weeks of the term) to make completion of a course or courses very difficult if not impossible. Evidence that the student's academic performance has been satisfactory up until to the point of the disruptive event will be an important consideration in the deliberations of the Student Affairs Committee.

To petition, students must first contact their personal Program Advisor to discuss the circumstances requiring a late withdrawal. Afterwards, students choosing to continue with the process of applying for a late withdrawal, are required to submit all supporting documentation with the late withdrawal request to the Office of Student Services no later than the last day of a term.

The late withdrawal petition will be processed for all open courses. Note: if a student’s late withdrawal is approved, it will be applicable to ALL open courses that term. The request will not be processed without the supporting documents.

Late petitions will be considered by the Committee only in the case of extraordinary circumstances. In the event that a late withdrawal petition is approved, a grade of “W” will be issued for the course(s) and will be reflected on the student’s transcript. Students will receive written notification by the Office of Student Services of accommodations offered and/or denied within six weeks.



Students who do not participate in a course by the end of the 4th week of the term, or who may have participated minimally but earned no credit for any graded assessments, may be subject to an Administrative Withdrawal from the course.

Students who are administratively withdrawn from a course receive a grade of "W" for the course; the "W" appears on the student's transcript, but the grade of "W" does not affect the student’s GPA.



In addition to maintaining a minimum CGPA or 2.50 or better, all core courses where graduate students earn a C- grade (0.00) or lower must be repeated. All elective courses where students earn a C- grade (0.00) or lower must be repeated or replaced by another elective course.

All grades for repeated courses appear on the transcript, but only the highest grade earned is countedin the CGPA. The University, however, may deny a student’s request to repeat a course.

Any course that has been repeated or retaken (including those that were previously withdrawn) willinclude an ‘R’ to indicate the repeat of the course on the student’s transcript.