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Priority Enrollment

3 March 2014

Changes that may affect your registration priority!

State law requires that students who are placed on academic or progress probation, or who have completed 75 or more units of non-remedial course work at a specific community college have the potential for loss of future priority registration status at that college. Once a student completes 100 units of non-remedial course work, the law requires that he or she is no longer eligible for priority registration.



New State Regulation

(Effective beginning in fall 2013)

Priority registration is a privilege that is maintained by keeping a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 The loss of priority registration places the student’s registration date after all new students.


How can I lose my priority registration privilege?

Priority registration is lost when you have been on academic probation for two consecutive semesters, or when you accrue more than 100 completed units of degree applicable coursework – accumulated from the Peralta Colleges only.


What is academic probation?

A student is placed on academic probation when she/he has attempted at least 12 semester units and she/he earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. Priority registration is lost when a student earns a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.


What is the new rule regarding the 100 unit limit?

Students who accumulate more than 100 units of degree applicable units will lose priority registration.


Is this a new rule from the Peralta?

Yes! This is a new law which all community colleges in California must follow.


Does this 100 unit limit and academic probation rule apply to all continuing students, including veterans, foster youth, DSPS, and EOPS?

Yes. Academic probation and unit limits will be applied to all student groups, including veterans, DSPS, EOPS, as well as international and non-resident students.


Can I lose enrollment priority after one semester at Peralta?

No.  You have to have been on academic probation for two consecutive semesters to lose your enrollment priority.


Do all credits get counted in the 100 unit limit?

No. Only degree applicable units earned at the Peralta Colleges count toward the 100 unit limitation. Degree applicable courses are courses numbered 1-249 and Cooperative Work Experience courses (COPED).


 Will my transfer units count from another college or university?

No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted within the 100 unit limit.  Only degree applicable units earned at the Peralta Colleges are counted towards the 100 unit limit.


Are “Ws” counted in the 100 unit limit?

No. The 100 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned.  Withdrawals (W’s) and incompletes (I’s) will not count towards the 100 units.


Do units in progress count toward the 100 units?

No. Units currently in progress, the classes you are currently taking, are not counted because they have not been “earned” or completed at the time that you will be eligible to register for the next semester.


What if I am in a high unit major, or had an illness at the end of the semester that affected my grade?

An appeal process is available for all students who lose enrollment priority due to extenuating circumstances that can be verified (accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control), or who are in a verifiable high unit major.


How can I appeal my loss of priority registration?

A Priority Registration Appeal form must be completed and approved by the Vice President of Student Services at the campus.


A student can appeal for two reasons:

1)      Extenuating circumstances (verified cases of accidents, illnesses or other
circumstances beyond the control of the student)

2)      High unit majors


How do I know which campus will handle my appeal?

Your appeal should be applied for at your home campus. If you are unsure of your home campus, contact the Admissions office at


How do I earn back my priority registration privilege?

A registration priority privilege can be restored when the student is no longer on academic probation. A priority loss which occurs after a student accumulates 100+ units may never be restored

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