Current Student Registration

Registration Information

  • Students are expected to register online, via Banner Self-Service, accessible through the Colgate portal ( or using the direct link, logging in with your Colgate network credentials. Please see the Registration Help and Tutorials page for more information on registering via Banner Self-Service. You may also come to the office (103 Lathrop) during or after your scheduled registration period if you need assistance.
  • Regardless of how you intend to register, you must meet with your academic adviser for registration advising and to obtain your registration PIN. You will not be able to register online or in the registrar's office without your PIN. 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 your adviser's department. 
  • During registration week, the registrar's office will be open Monday - Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in addition to regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). If evening registration is required on Friday, November 15, 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 e-mail sent from the registrar’s office on October 25. 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 spring 2020 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.
  • 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 January 8.
  • 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 "Cred" column of the Course Offering search results in the Course Offerings posted. 
  • 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 - 4.50 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 take 5.00 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 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 associate dean of the faculty.

If you plan to repeat a course, please contact the registrar's office before the week of registration, otherwise you will not be able to register for that course online.

Waitlists maintained by the registrar's office:

  • Waitlists maintained by the registrar’s office will be managed through the end of the current term. You will be notified via e-mail if a seat becomes available to you. The email will come from "Registrar's Office" with the subject "Waitlist Notification for [CRN]."

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 bring proof of permission to the registrar's office to officially change your status from waitlisted to registered. This should be done as soon as possible after receiving permission.

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 Schedule for Spring 2020

Web registration will be active from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until January 5.


Class Year Registration Date & Time Registration Order (by last name)
(Class of 2020)
Monday, November 11
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

(Class of 2021)
Tuesday, November 12
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

(Class of 2022)
Wednesday, November 13
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

First Years
(Class of 2023)
Thursday, November 14
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.


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 via Banner Self-Service, if possible. (Please note that times listed in the registration schedule are Eastern Standard Time.) However, the registrar's office is available to register off-campus students, if needed.

  • For students on Colgate study groups: registration materials and links to the Course Offerings and registration form will be e-mailed to you. Your study group director serves as your adviser for the term and will provide you with your registration PIN.
  • For students on Approved Programs or a leave of absence: registration materials and links to the Course Offerings and registration form will be e-mailed to your Colgate e-mail address. You must contact your academic adviser for your registration PIN. The registrar's office does not give out PINs.
  • Off-campus students may choose to submit registration selections online to the registrar's office. 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. Please see the registration schedule for additional information.
  • 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 received permission from the instructor and the registrar’s office has been notified by that instructor. It is your responsibility to ensure that permission is obtained and communicated to the registrar's office. Restricted courses include those in which enrollment is limited to certain classes or majors, and courses that require the instructor’s signature. 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.
  • 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.

New York 6 Cross-Registration

Established with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions — Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College — in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. Through the sharing of expertise and resources, the Consortium enhances options for students, faculty, and staff.

Cross-Registration Information

New York Six Website

The cross-registration program is made possible through the New York Six Consortium. Cross-registration courses are taught through an online, virtual classroom. 

  • Colgate students who have completed at least one semester on campus are eligible to register for cross-registration courses.
  • To be eligible to cross-register, a student must be enrolled full-time at Colgate (i.e., registered for a minimum of 3.00 course credits), unless the student qualifies for per-course billing or receives permission from the associate dean of the faculty to cross-register for two courses.
  • Courses taken as part of this cross-registration program will count as institutional credit, as if it were a traditional Colgate course. Grades earned will be recorded on the Colgate transcript and calculated into the Colgate grade point average. Major credit is determined on a case-by-case basis by the department. (Note: Hindi, taken through Syracuse University, is an exception to this policy and is treated as regular transfer credit and does not calculate toward the Colgate GPA.)
  • Students may only cross-register for one New York Six course per term.
  • A maximum of three New York Six credits will count toward the Colgate degree.
  • Students on academic warning must obtain permission to cross-register from both their administrative dean and the associate dean of the faculty.
  • Students cross-registering for New York Six courses are responsible for knowing the relevant policies and deadlines for both Colgate University and the host campus.
  • Students who are billed for full-time attendance at Colgate will not be charged additional tuition for cross-registered courses. Students granted per course billing status will be billed per course up to the cost of full time tuition for home school and cross-registered courses. Host institutions may charge miscellaneous fees.
  • Following the completion of the cross-registered course, a transcript will be sent from the host institution to the Colgate University Registrar’s Office. The course credit and grade will be added to the student’s Colgate record upon receipt of the transcript.
  • Seniors should check with the registrar's office before taking a cross-registered course in their final semester, as it may affect graduation.
  • Colgate students attending a full-semester study abroad program through one of the other five colleges will be placed on approved program status, and course work completed during the term away will be treated as transfer credit, per existing policy.
  • Because Colgate does not offer summer courses, cross-registration is not permitted over the summer. Students taking summer courses at a New York Six member school must apply directly for visiting student status at that institution. Summer courses will count as transfer credit and must comply with all Colgate policies and requirements pertaining to summer transfer credit.