Fall Registration Full-Time First-Year Students

Registration Overview

Please read instructions carefully prior to starting the registration process.

IF YOU WERE A UC DAVIS UNDERGRADUATE:  DO NOT start the process in SISWEB. The GSM registration process differs from the main campus. 

Students access two different systems for registration and payment.

  1. GSM: Registration and Processing System (RaPS) for registration (add/drops)
  2. UC Davis: SISWEB (MyBill)  for payment

GSM Registration and Processing System (RaPS) Actions

  • Registration (all GSM adds/drops/course changes) processes in RaPS (and are forwarded electronically to SISWEB).
  • In RaPS  Manage Schedule, required courses are pre-loaded to your schedule.  You must click Register to process the registration action in the system.  A course appearing on the schedule does not mean a student is enrolled.
  • Mobile devices are not recommended for processing RaPS registration or MyBill payments.
  • Student Directory: Students will receive an automated prompt allowing them to update their directory one week prior to their registration group being open. Students must confirm the information in the directory before proceeding to registration.

Registration Dates and Deadlines

AUGUST 4Reg2 (Fall 2015 entering students) Opens

Registration in RaPS transmits to the campus system on an hourly basis during these times:

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight
  • Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Any registration request submitted outside of these times are date/time stamped and submitted as soon as the campus system re-opens.

Unit totals are limited to 12 units through the initial registration deadline.

Unit totals increase to 16 beginning August 21.

AUGUST 20, Midnight: Initial Registration Closes

Students not enrolling by the initial registration deadline are subject to a $110 registration penalty fee.

AUGUST 22: Student Bills Available on MyBill

SEPTEMBER 15: Student Fee Payment Deadline

Students who miss the payment deadline are subject to a $110 registration penalty fee.

Students are responsible for managing their university account and meeting the payment deadline to avoid being assessed the registration penalty fee.  Students can access their bill and pay through MyBill.

Financial Aid Funding for course fees: Financial aid funds will be reflected in MyBill prior to fees being due (see this link for actual date). If financial aid does not disburse as anticipated and the payment deadline is not met, the student will be assessed the $110 registration penalty fee.  If you have specific questions about your financial aid, please contact Adam Peterson, Graduate Financial Aid,, 530-752-0117.

Deferred Payment Plan: Only students who have enrolled in the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) through MyBill may pay on the 15th of each month in installments.  All other students are expected to pay in full by the Fee Payment Deadline.

SEPTEMBER 15 – 17: Registration Freeze

No registration actions (add/drop) are processed during the freeze.

The freeze goes into effect on the Student Fee Payment deadline to allow payments to be properly applied to the student account balance due.

SEPTEMBER 24: Instruction Begins

OCTOBER 5: Final Add/Drop Deadline for Quarter

All classes, regardless of start date, must be added or dropped by this deadline to avoid the registration penalty fee.

Any registration request made after the final add/drop deadline is an exception, regardless of when the first course meeting is. If the exception is approved, you are assessed the $110 registration penalty fee.

Please note: Due to the design of the course, some instructors will not allow students to add after the first class meeting. Please contact the instructor for permission prior to adding the course.

DECEMBER 7 – 11: Finals

You are expected to attend courses through the end of finals, including all final exams at their posted times.

DECEMBER 25: Grades Available

Course graduation requirements are available in RaPS, select the Course Advisor tab.

To Begin Registration

Before you have access to RaPS, you must set up your UC Davis computing account (if you have not already done so). This must be done at least 48 hours before you attempt to access RaPS.

Your UC Davis Login ID and Kerberos passphrase are needed to register.

Registration Process

Registration in RaPS transmits to the campus system on an hourly basis (see day/time information above). Any registration requests submitted outside these times are date/time stamped and submitted as soon as the campus system re-opens.

Students are enrolled in courses based on the date/time stamp of their registration (when student clicks the Register button in RaPS). Within 24 hours of registration, students receive an automated enrollment confirmation email.  If a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours, return to RaPS, Manage Schedule and check your status in the Enrollment Statuscolumn. Click on the word in that column for additional information on your current status. Do not verify enrollment in SmartSite.

As reminder, all GSM registration activity (add/drop) must be done directly in RaPS, not SISWEB. By entering registration changes directly into SISWEB, students will automatically trigger a registration freeze on their account. Be advised that it may take up to 72 hours to resolve the conflict created by this freeze in both systems.

  1. Login
    Use your UC Davis Login ID and Kerberos passphrase.
  2. Student Directory
    Before you can enter the registration system, you are asked to update your Student Directory information. Do not use a mobile device when accessing RaPS as it is not mobile-optimized.

    If you experience difficulty in continuing to the next registration step (the directory prompt reappears), log out of RaPS and clear your browser history. Login to RaPS again and proceed to  Manage Schedule.
  3. Manage Schedule
    Required courses are pre-loaded in Manage Schedule. Click Register for Courses. (If Register for Courses is not clicked, registration does not process and you are not enrolled.)

    Required Courses Fall 2015 Entering Students

    200A      Financial Accounting
    202A      Markets and the Firm
    203A      Data Analysis for Managers
    268         Articulation and Critical Thinking

    Note: For 268, if one section is full, you MUST enroll in the open section. Enrollment maximums for core courses will not be increased.
  4. Core Course Waivers
    All MBA students are required to complete core courses during their matriculation at the GSM. Under very specific guidelines, you can waive (or test out) these courses. If you waive/test out of a course, you would replace those units with an elective course. The GSM Registrar can provide appropriate elective course options as not all electives are open to first-year, first-quarter students. If you waive out of a core course, you may drop it in September.
  5. UC Davis MyBill Student Bill Overview

    August 22: Student Bills available in MyBill
    September15: Student Fee Payment Deadline

    UC Davis assess fees generally one month prior to the term’s payment deadline and then occur on a nightly basis. Fees are not assessed immediately upon enrollment.

    After enrolling in courses and fees have been assessed, students can view their outstanding account balance using MyBill. MyBill account balances and activity are updated in real-time throughout the day and any payments from the Cashier’s Office are posted to the student account at 6:00 p.m. (PST) nightly.

    Please note that the MyBill statement is a monthly statement; it is only updated on the 22nd day of each month. Students must be enrolled in courses by the GSM Initial Registration deadline to have a MyBill statement generated BEFORE the Student Fee Payment Deadline.  UC Davis does not issue payment reminders.

    This bill is a statement of funds owed to the university, not your student account, which will include financial aid disbursements.

    Refunds are processed by the Student Accounting Office weekly.  Any questions should be directed to Student Accounting.

    UC Davis Payment Information

Registration Penalty Fee

A registration penalty fee of $110 is assessed if:

you have not met the Initial Registration deadline.

you have not met the Student Fee Payment deadline.

you request to add and/or drop a course after the final add/drop deadline (regardless of the date the class starts or ends).

The registration penalty fee can be waived if medical documentation (including dates) is submitted indicating a student’s inability to meet the deadline(s)

Additional Resources

GSM Academic Calendar (including holidays), available in RaPS, select Academic Calendar tab

Courses and Concentrations
Course Numbering


Registration Details
Enrollment Adjustments Process and Timeline
Registration Groups
Student Directory




Tax Information