Winter Session 2024

With Winter Session you can earn up to four units during winter break and apply credit toward your degree. Open to all.

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About Winter Session

What is Winter Session?

Take advantage of Winter Session to make progress toward your degree — or take a class that sparks your interests:

  • Earn up to four units during winter break.
  • Apply credit toward your degree.

Winter Session is Open to Everyone

Winter Session enrollment is open to everyone — matriculated SF State students, prospective students, visitors and the Bay Area community. Winter Session classes offer an excellent opportunity to meet the faculty, get to know the campus, and get acquainted with other students. The credit you earn may count toward your degree.

Winter Session 2025 Dates Coming Soon

Winter Session 2024 Dates

Classes Posted
October 5, 2023

Registration Starts
November 1, 2023

Winter Session
January 2, 2024 - January 23, 2024


Winter Session 2024: Academic Credit Classes

Attention Students: Some deadlines have changed. Please read carefully.

Winter Session Calendar and Deadlines
Date Event
Nov. 1

Registration Begins

Payment Due Dates:

  1. Register between 11/01 - 12/7 – payment is due 12/08
  2. 2nd Registration Period 12/8 - 01/01 – payment is due on 01/02
  3. Register between 01/02 - 01/05 – payment is due in one day
Nov. 10 Campus closed for Veterans Day
Online Registration and Payment systems are open
Nov. 23 - Nov. 24 Campus closed for Fall Break (Thanksgiving holiday)
Online Registration and Payment systems are open
Dec. 25 - Jan. 1 Campus closed for Winter Break
Winter Session Online Registration and Payment systems are open
Jan. 2

Winter Session - Instruction Begins (actual start dates may vary from class to class)
Winter Session - Last Day to Drop for Full Refund

Jan. 2 - Jan. 5 Enrollment possible only with permission numbers from instructor*
Jan. 3 Winter Session - Last Day to Drop for 75% Refund
Jan. 4 Winter Session – No refunds for classes dropped on, or after, this date
Jan. 5 Winter Session - Add/Drop Deadline*
Winter Session - Audit Deadline
Jan. 6 - Jan. 23 Withdrawal petition required to withdraw from a Winter Session course
Jan. 15 Campus closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Jan. 16 Winter Session - CR/NC Deadline
Jan. 23 Winter Session - Instruction Ends
Jan. 26 Grades Available on SF State Gateway
Feb. 9 Transcripts Available

*Permission number required for enrollment


Winter Session 2024 course fees are $360/unit. Clinical Lab Science fees are $400/unit.

Financial aid is not available.


CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Transfer Credit and Degree Applicability

Within SF State:

For matriculated SF State students, Winter Session course credits are transferable and degree-applicable, as in any other term.

Non-matriculated students may apply up to 24 units toward a bachelor's degree and 6 units toward a master's degree, with the approval of the relevant department chair, should they matriculate into an SF State degree, credential, or credit certificate program.

External Institutions:

Students who choose to apply for transfer credit at other institutions should recognize that the receiving institution makes decisions about the applicability of transferred courses to a particular degree program.


Students receive letter grades (A - F) for academic credit courses unless the course is audited or taken for credit/no credit (CR/NC). Some academic courses are available for letter grade only, others for CR/NC only. In a course where CR/NC grading is optional, students must indicate the desire to be graded on a CR/NC basis on the SF State Gateway website. This must be done by the deadline published in Important Dates. Students may not change from letter-graded to CR/NC status or vice versa after the deadline.

CEU courses are graded on a credit/no credit basis and appear on SF State transcripts when students earn a grade of credit. Grade reports and transcripts are not available for noncredit courses.

Grade availability dates are listed in Important Dates.

Grades are available online through the SF State Gateway.



Students wishing to audit a course must register and pay the same fees as students enrolled for credit. An auditor may be required by the instructor to participate in any or all classroom activities. Auditors may not obtain credit by examination for audited classes or repeat audited classes for credit at a later date.

To request an audit status, students should complete an audit request form, obtain instructor's signature, and submit the form to the College of Professional & Global Education by the deadline published in Important Dates.

Students may not change from audit to credit status after the second week of instruction. Only students enrolled in academic credit courses can audit a class.



At the initiation of the student or the instructor, an incomplete grade (I) may be assigned by the instructor when the student is unable to complete the course requirements within the official period of the course. An incomplete must be made up within one calendar year from the end of the course or the grade of "I" will be automatically changed to a failing grade for academic unit courses. For CR/NC courses, if an incomplete is not made up within one year, the course is deleted from the student's record.



Official transcripts are available from the SF State Registrar. Transcript availability dates are listed in Important Dates. Check the Registrar's Office Transcripts page, for instructions on how to request a transcript. The fee for transcripts is $8 per copy. If the transcript is to show the results of the current semester's work, the request should specify "Hold for Grades."

Unofficial transcripts and grades are available online by accessing student’s SF State Gateway account after the semester ends.



Students may withdraw from courses that earn academic credit (units) after the Drop Deadline and receive grades of "W" by following the guidelines on the Registrar's Office Dropping and Withdrawing page. Do not put a stop payment on a check or credit card charge to drop or withdraw from a course. This results in a financial obligation to SF State for the course fee, plus an additional $20 charge. Failure to withdraw officially from a course generates a failing grade of "F" or "WU."

Winter Break 2024: December 25 - January 1


Registration Help

Phone: (415) 405-7700
Phone Hours: M - F, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Office Hours: M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Canvas Support

Website: Canvas
Hours: M - F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (415) 405-5555
Location: LIB 220



Winter Break 2024: December 25 - January 1

The J. Paul Leonard Library will not have any open hours for faculty or student use during winter break. They are offering all remote services, as well as supporting loaner laptops for eligible students and requests for delivery of books from their collection or using interlibrary loan.

Please see the J. Paul Leonard Library website for information on hours, resources and services. See Library Services by Patron Type for service eligibility.

Winter Session/January 2024: Tuesday, January 2 - Sunday, January 28

Research Commons and Main Library: M - F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Study Commons and Used Book & Media Store: Closed
Special Collections & Archives, Digital Scholarship Center, Digital Media Studio / MakerSpace: By appointment

Note that the University Retreat on Wednesday, January 24, will be in person in the Library, using a number of different rooms and spaces throughout the day.

Important: Financial Aid Is Not Available

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