Continuous Registration & Graduate Enrollment Policies

Graduate Enrollment Policies

Students must be registered every fall and spring semester in a credit-bearing course(s) or in continuous registration (CR). If graduating in the summer, registration in a course or CR is required. If you fail to register, you will become inactive and will need to be readmitted into your program.

Continuous Registration

All students admitted to a graduate program at Colorado State University are required to be continuously registered in the fall and spring semester throughout their degree programs. This policy applies from the time of first enrollment through the graduation term. Students may fulfill this requirement by registering for any graduate credit-bearing course (regular or non-regular). As an alternative, students may opt for a Continuous Registration (CR) status. Registration for CR status is accomplished in the same way as registration for courses. Section ID numbers appear in the class schedule under the CR prefix. Students registering for CR will be assessed a fee for each semester of CR registration. Students who register for Continuous Registration on or after the first day of the term will be charged a Late Registration Fee. Students graduating in summer term are required to be registered for at least one credit or CR. See the Graduate Enrollment Requirement.

Subject to the established time limits for the earning of graduate degrees and the various academic requirements, CR registrants need not apply for readmission should they wish to take additional graduate courses. Such students are ensured a place in their graduate programs as long as they remain in good academic standing. However, students who do not register will need to apply for readmission for their next semester of enrollment.

The availability of the CR option shall not supersede any other registration requirements to which students may be subject. For example, a student’s advisory committee may require additional course work. Similarly, some departments may require credit-bearing registration until the degree is completed. The credit registration requirement for graduate assistantships applies to all students appointed to these positions.

Graduate Enrollment Requirement

Graduate degree candidates must be either enrolled for at least one credit or must register for CR during the term (fall, spring, or summer) they will complete their degree requirements.

Graduate Assistants

If you hold a graduate assistantship during the fall and/or spring semesters, you must be registered for at least one on-campus credit each fall and spring semester that your graduate assistantship appointment is in effect. Please review the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for full detail.

Continuous Registration Policy To be Implemented Fall 2017

Faculty Council has approved an updated Continuous Registration policy to be implemented in Fall 2017.  Please note that some units may adopt more stringent CR policies than that expressed here expressed in the updated policy.

The purpose of the new CR policy is to 1) provide clarity regarding when and how CR should be used, 2) specifically label how CR can be used from academic and non-academic perspectives, 3) assist students to make progress toward degree completion via a structured plan, 4) assist faculty to better track and advise their students.

Students may register for CR for the following reasons

  1. They will be actively working on degree requirements, but do not require the use of University resources. (Students utilizing CSU facilities to conduct their research must not enroll in CR; they must enroll in the appropriate number of research, thesis, or dissertation credits.)
  2. They will not be working on their degree requirements, but will be leaving the University for professional or personal reasons (mission service, medical or parental leave, work, etc.).

Highlights of the Continuous Registration Policy

  • Students admitted to a CSU graduate program must be continuously registered in fall and spring semesters throughout their degree programs.
    • Students may register and pay for any credit-bearing course or Continuing Registration.
    • Students must either be enrolled for one credit (Resident Instruction or CSU Online) or register for CR during the term (fall, spring, summer) they complete their degree requirements.
  • Students enrolled in CR have access to library and campus computing services; they pay a mandatory University Technology Fee.
  • Students may choose to purchase CSU student health insurance and/or access CSU Health Network for a fee.

Students are limited to a maximum of 10 semesters total of CR

  • Students in their 1st, 4th, and 8th semesters of CR are required to submit a CR Student Plan for Degree Completion to their Advisors for review by their Advisory Committees. The plans should state their intention and progress toward degree completion with academic expectations and timelines.
    • With student input, the Advisory Committee approves or modifies the student plan. The goal of the student plan is to ensure student and committee are in agreement of the student’s academic path that will support his/her satisfactory progress toward degree completion. The approved/modified student plan is to be forwarded to the student and the department head/chair.
  • A registration hold will be placed on a student with more than 10 semesters of CR. This may be petitioned. The petition must include the student plan.

Going forward from Fall 2017, students in the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 10th semesters of CR status, will be notified that they must submit a student plan to their advisors; advisors will receive all student notifications.