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Fall 2014

Registration Options

  • Banner Self-Service Registration: You can access Banner Self-Service via the Colgate portal ( Use your network login and password. In order to register via Self-Service, you must first receive your registration PIN from your faculty adviser. If your faculty adviser is off campus (i.e. leading a study group or on leave), you should meet with the interim adviser designated by the department or the chairperson of the adviser's department .

  • Registrar’s Office: On April 8-9, the registrar's office will be open from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m, and on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, in addition to normal business hours. If evening registration is required on April 11, the registrar's office will be open that evening as well. You may come to the office (126 McGregory) to be registered during or after your scheduled registration period. If you choose this option, you must present your registration PIN or your completed registration form with your academic adviser’s signature.
Prior to registration, you should verify your registration status for the fall 2014 term by checking Banner Self-Service or contacting the registrar’s office. If you have a hold on your record (e.g., accounts receivable hold, major hold, etc.), you will not be allowed to register until the hold is cleared.

Regardless of how you intend to register, you must meet with your academic adviser for pre-registration advising, to obtain your registration PIN, and to have your registration form signed. If your academic adviser is off-campus currently (i.e., leading a study group or on leave), you should meet with the interim adviser designated by the department or the chairperson of the adviser's department.

Web Registration Dates

Web registration will be active from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until July 15.

Web Registration PIN

  • The Colgate portal ( allows you to access Banner Self-Service using your network log in and password.

  • In order to register via Banner Self-Service, you must receive your registration PIN from your faculty adviser. The registration PIN permits access to the registration section of Banner Self-Service, where you can create or revise your registration for the coming term.

  • You are assigned a new registration PIN each term.  You cannot 're-use' the PIN from a prior term. Your fall term registration PIN is valid from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until July 15.

  • IMPORTANT! If you forget or lose your PIN you must contact your faculty adviser. In the event you cannot locate your adviser you can contact the department chair.

Fractional Course Credit

  • Effective fall 2006, Colgate has modified its course credit system to allow fractional credit (0.25 or 0.50) for academic opportunities that do not fit easily into the existing one course/one credit structure. Examples include awarding fractional credit for approved half-semester courses, faculty-supervised independent study/research, and approved components added to full-credit courses that require a substantial degree of additional investment by students (e.g., laboratories, service learning, extended study, performance). The amount of credit attached to a course is indicated in the "Cred" column of the course offering search results in the course offerings posted online.

  • Fractional credit of 0.25 or 0.50 may be awarded for two types of courses:
    1. Stand-alone fractional credit courses have a clear intellectual rationale independent from other courses. Examples of stand-alone fractional credit courses may include a 0.50 credit independent study, 0.50 credit extended study, or 0.50 credit Theater performance course.
    2. Add-on fractional credit courses comprise components that intellectually engage students in ways that extend beyond the content of the full-credit course to which they are attached. Add-on fractional credit may be either required or optional. Laboratories are the most common type of required add-on fractional credit course.
  • All fractional credit courses will receive separate grades. It is expected that students will take the course and fractional add-on component with the same grade option (traditional graded or satisfactory/unsatisfactory [S/U]). In certain instances, faculty members may require that a stand-alone or add-on fractional credit course be offered only on a graded or S/U basis. In most cases, however, the decision of grade mode for fractional credit courses will be left to the student, in keeping with existing policy and restrictions

  • Laboratories: Unless otherwise noted, fractional credit laboratories are required and carry 0.25 credit.  In the course listings, for example, CHEM 101L is the required lab component of CHEM 101. Students must register for both CHEM 101 (the lecture) and CHEM 101L (the lab), and will receive a separate grade for each.

  • Independent Study: Partial credit for independent study will be administered in the same manner as full-credit independent studies. Departments and programs have the option of allowing 0.50 credit independent studies at each level of the curriculum. Independent study proposals for fractional credit will be considered, as they are now, on a case-by-case basis by the faculty supervisor and/or department chair/program director.

  • Areas of Inquiry, Global Engagements, and Common Core Requirements: Partial credit courses (0.25 or 0.50) may not be used to fulfill areas of inquiry, global engagements, or common core curriculum requirements.

  • Graduation Requirement Limit:  A maximum of two (2.00) credits from add-on fractional credit courses may count toward the 32-credit graduation requirement.  Stand-alone fractional credit would not count towards this limitation.

Normal & Maximum Course Loads

  • The normal course load for each academic term is 4.00 - 4.50 course credits, or the equivalent of four full courses. During registration, students may register for no more than 4.50 course credits. Students not on academic warning who wish to  add additional course credits to their class schedules may do so beginning the first day of classes through the last day of the drop/add period. Because of the demanding academic load, students who wish to register for more than 4.50 course credits are urged to discuss this matter with their faculty advisers.

  • Students may register for 5.50 course credits during the drop/add period only with the written permission of their faculty adviser. Students may not take or receive credit for more than 5.50 course credits in any term except with the approval of the faculty adviser and the associate dean of the faculty.


  • The registrar’s office will notify students through the end of the current term (via e-mail) of openings in courses for which they are waitlisted. Students will not be able to change their status from "waitlisted" to "registered" online. This can only be done by the registrar's office.

  • In determining which student is offered an open seat in a waitlisted course several factors, besides position on the waitlist, are taken into account. These factors include but are not limited to class year, major, and minor.

  • Prior to the end of the current term, students who are signed into a course for which they were waitlisted must bring the instructor’s signature to the registrar’s office for processing as soon as possible.

  • During drop/add, if a student is signed into a course for which they were waitlisted they must bring the instructor’s signature to the registrar’s office for processing before the end of the drop/add period.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option

  • Students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 who wish to take a course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis must fill out an "S/U Course Declaration Form" in the Office of the Registrar during the drop/add period. No changes in grading option may be made after the September 8 deadline.

  • Seniors in their final semester should not take a course using the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade option unless they will have a total of 32 courses without the S/U course.

  • Please refer to the academic regulations section of the Colgate University catalogue for additional information concerning this option.

Changes to Course Offerings

  • Colgate University reserves the right to add or cancel courses, or change their days, times, locations, or instructors, as deemed necessary.

  • Any course changes will be posted on the changes to the course offerings page. This site will provide you with a "snapshot" of recent changes. All changes are reflected immediately on Banner Self-Service, as well as the course offerings posted online.