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Swap Classes

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Swap Classes

This is a tutorial only. No log in is required.


The Swap Classes feature allows you to exchange a class in which you are currently enrolled for a new one. Swapping allows you to add and drop the two classes at the same time.

You can swap classes online throughout the registration periods. For calendars and policies, see:

Note: Enrollments recorded by the end of the third week of instruction in the fall and spring semesters are considered official and unalterable. If you need to swap classes of equal unit value during Week 4 when signatures are required, be sure to add and drop at the same time to avoid additional fees including nonresident tuition if applicable.

The Swap Classes page has three main steps:

  1. Select Classes to Swap
  2. Confirm Classes to Swap
  3. View Results

A record of the classes dropped for the term remains in the SOLAR Student Center in My Class Schedule views.

Step 1

Go to the CSUN home page at www.csun.edu and:

  • Select the myNorthridge Portal link
  • Log in with your CSUN User ID and Password.

Step 2

The myNorthridge Home page displays.

In the My Checklist box, look under the Registration heading for:

  1. Your enrollment appointment
  2. Registration hold alerts if any. Hold messages display in the Incomplete Tasks section of My Checklist.

Select Enroll in a Class in My Checklist, or the Register for Classes icon in the Quick Links box.

"Enroll" links display in My Checklist only during active registration periods.

Scroll through My Checklist to find your personal registration information.

Step 3

The Fee Payment Notice displays, including payment deadlines.

To continue, read and accept the Statement of Financial Responsibility by selecting the "Acknowledge" button.


If you want to return, select Back to Portal in the upper right corner (not shown).

You agree to accept financial responsibility when enrolling in classes.

Step 4

The Add Classes page displays along with your existing class schedule.

Confirm the class you want to swap.

Select the Swap tab to begin your transaction.

Add, drop, swap and edit tabs allow you to select a transaction.

Step 5

The Select a Class to Swap page displays two headings:

  1. In the Swap This Class section, use the drop down menu to select a class to swap from your current schedule.
  2. In the With This Class section, search for a class or enter the 5-digit class number of the class you want to add.
Let's say you already know the 5-digit class number. Type it in the box and select the Enter button to proceed.
The drop-down menu lists the classes you are currently enrolled in.

Step 6

The Enrollment Preferences page displays the class you want to add. Do the following:

  1. View class status (open or closed).
  2. Enter the permission number if department or instructor consent is required.
  3. Optional: Change the grading basis. Check with an advisor first or review the Grading Policy.
  4. Review Enrollment Requirements. Concurrent enrollment in another class may be required.
  5. Review Notes for additional course information and requirements.
Click the Next button.
Carefully examine the class you want to swap to.

Step 7

The Confirm Your Selection page displays. Review the classes to swap.

To exit without swapping the classes, select the Cancel button.

If satisfied with your selections, click Finish Swapping to process your request.

 Two tables display the class you are replacing with the class you are adding.

Step 8

The View Results page now displays to report the status of your swap request—Success or Error.

If successful, click Make a Payment or My Class Schedule.

Note: Always review your class schedule, account balance, and payment due dates after any changes. Print a copy of your schedule for your records.

The "View Results" page lists the two classes you have swapped.

Step 9

The View Results page in this example reports an error because the student needed a permission number to add the new class.

The student should obtain a permission number from the instructor or department, and try again.

If successful, click Make a Payment or My Class Schedule.

Check your account balance and payment due dates to avoid disenrollment.

 The two swapped classes display with the permission needed error message.