Current Student Registration

Registration Information

Registration Dates by Class Year (see below for start times)

Class of 2025: April 1

Class of 2026: April 2

Class of 2027: April 3

Class of 2028: Summer - Info posted in June

  • Continuing students are expected to register online, via Banner Self-Service, accessible through the Colgate portal ( Please see the Registration Help and Tutorials page for more information on registering via Banner Self-Service. You may also email ( or call (315-228-7408) the registrar's office during or after your scheduled registration period if you need assistance.
  • Regardless of how you intend to register, you must contact your academic adviser for registration advising and to obtain your registration PIN. You will not be able to register online or with the assistance of the registrar's office without your PIN. If your faculty adviser is on leave, you should contact the interim adviser designated by the department or the chairperson of your adviser's department. 
  • During registration week, the registrar's office will be open Monday - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in addition to regular business hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). If evening registration is required on Thursday, the registrar's office will be open that evening as well.
  • Students on a study group, approved program, or returning from another type of leave should refer to the email sent from the registrar’s office on March 15. The email includes detailed instructions on the registration options available to off-campus students. Students on a Colgate study group receive their PIN from the study group director. Students on approved programs or those returning from other types of leaves must contact their faculty adviser for their PIN well in advance of registration.
  • Prior to registration, you should verify your registration status for the fall 2024 term by checking Banner Self-Service. 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. If you have questions or concerns about your registration status, please contact the registrar’s office.

Registration Schedule for Fall 2024

Web registration will be active from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until June 9.

Class Year Registration
Date & Time
Registration Order
(by last name)
Rising Seniors
(Class of 2025)
Monday, April 1
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
7:15 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 7:45 p.m.
7:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Rising Juniors
(Class of 2026)
Tuesday, April 2
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
7:15 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 7:45 p.m.
7:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Rising Sophomores
(Class of 2027)
Wednesday, April 3
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
7:15 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 7:45 p.m.
7:45 - 8:00 p.m.

  • In order to register, 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 June 9.
  • Important! The registrar's office cannot provide registration PINs. If you forget or lose your PIN you must contact your faculty adviser. In the event you cannot locate your adviser you may contact the department chair.
  • The amount of credit attached to a course is indicated in the "Credits" field of the course details page (click the course to view). 
  • Fractional credit of 0.25 or 0.50 may be awarded for two types of courses:
    • 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, half-semester courses, some extended studies, or 0.50 credit Theater performance course.
    • 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.
  • 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: Independent study proposals for fractional credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty supervisor and/or department chair/program director, as are full-credit independent studies.
  • 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.
  • The normal course load for each academic term is 4.00 - 4.75 course credits, or the equivalent of four full courses with three labs. During registration, students may register for no more than 4.75 course credits. Students not on academic warning who wish to take 5.00-5.25 course credits in any term may add additional course credits to their class schedules during the drop/add period. Because of the demanding academic load, students who wish to register for 5.00-5.25 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 permission of their faculty adviser (permission form available during drop/add). Students may not take or receive credit for more than 5.50 course credits in any term except with the approval of the associate dean of the faculty. More information about registering for more than 4.75 credits will be available on the Drop/Add webpage closer to the start of the term.

It is expected that students register for courses during their registration timeslot, and are only eligible to register for open courses in which they meet all prereqs and other restrictions. In exceptional cases, a student may be granted approval to register for a course for which they would not normally be eligible. In these instances, it is expected that the student submit the Course Restriction Override Request form (PIN required during registration), citing the reasons for the override request. If you obtain permission by email, you must then submit the Course Restriction Override Request form to formally request permission. Emailed permissions are not accepted.

Once the override request form is submitted, the faculty member will be notified and they will be prompted to take the appropriate action (approve or deny).

  • If given permission to override a restriction, you will be notified by email after the coding has been added to your record so you can log into the portal to add the course. You are not officially registered until you have added the course on the portal and it appears with the status of "Registered."  Please note: If you are approved for an override prior to your registration time you will have to wait until your start time to officially register. 
    • Please note that not all approvals will guarantee a seat in the course. The instructor may approve a waiver of a certain restriction but not necessarily all restrictions. For instance, the instructor may give you permission to register despite missing the prerequisite requirement but will not approve you to over enroll the course. In this case you would be eligible to register only if a seat is available, or you could add yourself to the waitlist. 
  • If denied, you will be notified by email and should use the course offerings to identify a viable alternative. You should also consult your faculty adviser if this changes your registration plans or if you need assistance finding an alternative course.

Troubleshooting tips for the course restriction override form:

  • Use a PC laptop or desktop. Mobile devices are not supported and Macs are sometimes problematic.
  • Use Chrome.
  • Clear your cache.
  • Try an incognito window.


If you plan to repeat a course, you are encouraged to submit a Course Restriction Override Request form before the week of registration. You will not be permitted to register for a repeat unless/until it has been vetted by the registrar's office. Depending on the grade earned, you may also need instructor permission. Submitting the override form as soon as possible will expediate the registration process. 

Waitlists maintained by the registrar's office:

  • Waitlists maintained by the registrar’s office will be managed beginning April 8 and continue through May 3. You will be notified via email if a seat becomes available to you. The email will come from "Registrar's Office" with the subject "Waitlist Notification for [CRN]." The deadline to take action is 24 hours from the time of the notification. If you do not take action within that window you will be dropped from the waitlist and the next student will be offered the seat. You are strong encouraged to check your Colgate email regularly during the waitlist management period.

Waitlists maintained by departments/individual faculty:

  • Some departments or individual faculty choose to maintain their own waitlists. In these cases, the faculty member will reach out if a seat is available to you.
  • If you've been offered a seat by a faculty member, you must submit the Course Restriction Override Request form, checking the boxes for the "Course is closed" and "Course has a waitlist" reasons, and any others that may apply. This should be done as soon as possible after receiving permission. Once you receive the official notification of the approval, you must then log into the portal and register for the course. 

All waitlists will be deleted prior to the start of Drop/Add in August to allow online access to open seats.

  • The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade option is limited to students with junior or senior standing. (Class year standings are determined by earned credits.)
  • Students may not declare the S/U grade option during registration.
  • Students who plan to take a course S/U should register for the course as usual during registration and should submit the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option form beginning during the Drop/Add period for the term.
  • Visit the S/U Grading Option page for full details.
  • 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.

Registration while studying off-campus

Students who are off-campus for the semester (Colgate study groups, non-Colgate approved programs, leave of absence) are encouraged to register themselves via Banner Self-Service, if possible. (Please note that times listed in the registration schedule are Eastern Time.) However, the registrar's office is available to register off-campus students, if needed. 

  • For students on Colgate study groups: Your study group director serves as your adviser for the term and will provide you with registration advising and your registration PIN. You are also encourage to have discussions with your regular academic adviser. The registrar's office will email you a link to the registration form, to use if you will be unable to register yourself.
  • For students on Approved Programs or a leave of absence: You must contact your academic adviser for your registration PIN. The registrar's office does not give out PINs. The registrar's office will email you a link to the registration form, to use if you will be unable to register yourself.
  • Off-campus students may choose to submit registration selections online to the registrar's office (link will be emailed). If you elect this option, you will be registered during your scheduled class/alpha time, in the order that forms are received, provided that your registration form is received before that day/time. 
  • To avoid complications, registration requests should be submitted online no later than the morning (EST) of your registration time. Forms that are submitted in the afternoon or evening of your registration time run the risk of not being processed until the following morning. 
  • You should provide alternate course selections, even if you have an early registration time. Many courses have a very limited number of seats open to seniors and juniors. If you do not submit alternate selections, you run the risk of being registered for less than four courses.
  • You will not be registered in restricted courses unless you have obtained permission through the Course Restriction Override request form. It is your responsibility to ensure that permission is obtained. Restricted courses include those in which enrollment is limited to certain classes or majors, and courses that require the instructor’s permission. Similarly, you will not be registered for a course if you have not satisfied the prerequisites.
  • Due to time constraints during registration, the registrar’s office staff is not able to notify you of the outcome of your registration. You will be notified the following day IF (a) you were ineligible to register (e.g., due to a financial/accounts receivable hold), or (b) you were registered for fewer than 3 of your requested primary and/or alternate courses. You should log onto the portal anytime after your registration time to view the outcome of your registration, and make any changes, if needed.
  • You should remember to check the Course Offerings for information regarding availability of courses. Changes in course offerings, including added or canceled courses, or day/time/instructors changes, will be incorporated into the Course Offerings immediately and posted on the Changes to the Course Offerings page.