Current Student Registration

Registration Information

Fall 2020 Registration: June 1-3

  • Continuing 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 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 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 Thursday, June 4, the registrar's office will be open that evening as well.
  • Students in time zones not compatible with registration start times should contact the registrar's office ( as soon as possible to ask about registration options.
  • Prior to registration, you should verify your registration status for the fall 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.
  • Registration for the fall 2020 term will end on June 12 (11:59 p.m. EDT). All changes, including adds by instructor permission, must be made by this date. Additional changes can be made during the drop/add period at the start of the term. 
  • 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 12.
  • 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 June 12. 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]." It is vital that you check your Colgate email regularly during the waitlist management period (June 4-June 12). You will have 24 hours to act on the available seat before it is offered to the next student. 

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 forward 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, but no later than June 12.

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 Fall 2020

Web registration will be active from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until June 12.

Class Year Registration
Date & Time
Registration Order
(by last name)
Rising Seniors
(Class of 2021)
Monday, June 1
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
8:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Rising Juniors
(Class of 2022)
Tuesday, June 2
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
8:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Rising Sophomores
(Class of 2023)
Wednesday, June 3
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
8:30 - 9:00 p.m.


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.