Registration FAQ's

Is there a video I can watch that demonstrates how to register?

What should I do to prepare for registration?

I can’t register because of a hold. How can I find out the reason for the hold?

How do I complete the Preregistration Survey?

When can I register?

How many credits can I register for?

Where can I find the class schedule?

How do I register online?

What’s an alternate PIN?

How long can I add classes?

How long can I drop classes?

How many hours do I need to be a full-time student?

What happens if I drop below full-time?

Can I repeat a course I've already completed in order to attempt to improve my grade?

I received a “Registration Add Error”. What does this mean?

The system says I need department (or dean or instructor) permission required. How do I obtain that?

How do I obtain an override?

The course I want has open seats but when I try to register, I receive an error message that says “Reserve Closed.” What does this mean?

How does the wait list work?

How do I change the credits in a variable credit course?

How does the Pass-Fail grading option work?

Can I be moved out of a section that I’m already registered for?

I’m an undergraduate who wants to take a graduate course. How do I obtain permission?

I’m supposed to be apprentice teaching this semester. How do I register for my apprentice teaching course?

Where can I find my bill and payment deadline?

Why was I charged a late registration fee?

Is there a video I can watch that demonstrates how to register?

What should I do to prepare for registration?

Prior to your registration date you should:

  • Complete the preregistration survey in Banner (under the Student Services tab).
  • Review your degree audit
  • Meet with your advisor to select your courses and obtain your alternate PIN.
  • Check your registration status found under the Student Services tab of Banner
  • Make sure you have cleared all registration holds. Check in Banner under Student Services > Student Academic Records > View Holds.

I can’t register because of a hold. How can I find out the reason for the hold?

Under the Student Services tab > Student Academic Records > View Holds

How do I complete the Preregistration Survey?

The Preregistration survey is administered every semester to ensure our records are accurate and to assist local and University officials responding to emergencies. The survey may be found in Banner under the Student Services tab - last item listed.

When can I register?

To determine your registration period, logon to Banner, select Student Services > Registration > Check Your Registration Status.

How many credit hours can I register for?

Undergraduate students may register for 18 credits unless they have received permission to overload. Overload petitions may be obtained from your college dean’s office.
PLEASE NOTE: You may not register for an overload until three weeks after the regular registration period. You should register for as many courses as possible, and add any overload course at a later time. Please refer to the printable PDF version of the class schedule for other overload limitations.

Where can I find the class schedule?

The class schedule is available under the Student Services Tab > Registration > Look-up Classes to Add. You may also find a printable PDF version of the class schedule on the Registrar’s web page.

How do I register online?

Students must register online through Banner. Log into Banner using connect.lehigh.edu or from the University’s home page. Select Student Services tab > Registration > Add/Drop Classes.

What’s an alternate PIN?

The web registration form will ask each student for the Registration (Alternate) PIN. The student receives the Alternate PIN from their advisor as authorization to register. Remember: your Alternate PIN is different each semester. Do not lose your Alternate PIN as your advisor is the only person that can provide it!

How long can I add classes?

You can register for classes starting on your registration date until the 5th day of class for fall and spring semesters on the web through Banner Self-Service. From the 6th through the 10th day of class, you can add additional courses by bringing an add/drop form, signed by your advisor and the instructor of the course to the Registrar’s Office. Please note: Adding courses after the 10th day of class will result in a $50 late add fee per course.

How long can I drop classes?

You can drop classes until the 5th day of class for fall and spring semesters on the web through Banner Self-Service. From the 6th through the 10th day of class, you can drop additional courses by bringing an add/drop form, signed by your advisor to the Registrar’s Office. After the 10th day of the spring and fall semesters, students may drop a course and receive a grade of a “W” by bringing an add/drop form, signed by your advisor and the instructor of the course to the Registrar’s Office.

How many hours do I need to be a full-time student?

Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student in fall and spring semesters.
Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours to be considered a full-time student in fall and spring semesters.

What happens if I drop below full-time?

Undergraduates registered for less than 12 credits, and graduate students registered for less than 9 credits, will be considered part-time students. Some areas that may be affected are financial aid, athletic eligibility, veteran’s affairs, immigration status and ability to reside on campus, as well as certain family and group life/health insurance plans.

Can I repeat a course I've already completed in order to attempt to improve my grade?

Yes. Register for the course just as you would any other course. If a course is repeated the final grade received upon repetition of the course is counted in the cumulative average. See the guildelines for Repeating of Courses in the Catalog.

I received a “Registration Add Error”. What does this mean?

  • Class restriction - Only students in a particular set of classifications may register. This means that if a course requires junior standing, and your classification after successful completion of the current term will only place you at sophomore standing, you may not register without obtaining a class override from the department.
  • College restriction - Only students in a particular college may register. For example, if you are currently in the College of Arts and Sciences and wish to register for a specific engineering course limited to students in the Engineering college, you will need an override from the college.
  • Department restriction - Only students pursuing majors and minors in a particular department may register for this course.
  • Duplicate Course - you may only register for a single section of a course- you may not be placed on a waitlist if you are registered for a course.
  • Major Restriction - the course is reserved for a certain set of majors. You may receive this error if you have not yet declared your major, or you have a different major than required by the course. Contact the department for assistance.
  • Pre-requisite error - you do not currently meet the requirements of the course; prerequisites may be found in the course catalog. Often times courses have pre-requisites, such as successful completion of Calculus I in order to register for Calculus II.
  • Time Conflict - the class times for two courses overlap or are at the same time (you can’t be in two places at once).

The system says I need department (or dean or instructor) permission required. How do I get that?

The department (or dean or instructor) offering the course must grant permission to register. This is a restriction placed on the course by the department (or dean or instructor). You must contact the department (or dean or instructor) in order to obtain the appropriate override.

How do I get an override?

In most cases, you will need to contact the department coordinator to assist in resolving your issues. The coordinators may, based on their policies and guidelines, provide an override directly in Banner to permit registration. Coordinators are most likely able to assist with Class/College/Department and Major restrictions.

The course I want has open seats but when I try to register, I receive an error message that says “Reserve Closed.” What does this mean?

The department offering the course has set aside a specific number of seats for select groups of students based on CLASS and/or MAJOR. For example, if a department offers a course that is “popular” with all students, the department may choose to “reserve” seats for Students in ALL CLASSES (especially incoming students), so that all seats are not taken during the first day of registration. For instance, there may be a total enrollment cap of 25 seats for a class in Religion Studies (REL), but, the department will make sure they reserve at least 5 of those seats for the incoming First Year Students. So, the first 20 seats may be taken, with “5 seats available”, but those “open” seats, are really set aside for First Year Students and are, therefore, NOT available to other students. Any additional questions or requests for overrides should be directed to the offering department.

How does the wait list work?

The waitlist serves two functions- it gives the department an indication of demand for a specific course for the semester, and for a student, it ensures their right to any open slots in a specific section that may develop prior to the start of the semester. A waitlisted student will be given priority based on the order in which they were added to the waitlist. With that in mind, the sooner a student is added to the waitlist for a closed section, the greater the potential for that student to be added to that section or course. Slots may or may not become available. Also, getting on the waitlist does not ensure that a student will be added to the desired section. Important: To add yourself to the waitlist, you must select ‘wait list’ from the drop down menu, and you must "Submit Changes" to be added to the waitlist. If you do not "Submit Changes," you will not be added to the waitlist.

How do I change the credits in a variable credit course?

Once a variable credit course is added to a student's registration, the correct number of credits can be assigned from the range that appears on the form, using the Change Class Options menu. Remember you must first ADD the section, and then correct the number of credits, using the Change Class Options menu.

How does the Pass-Fail grading option work?

The pass-fail grading option is intended to encourage sophomore level (and above) undergraduate students to take challenging courses outside the major field. Students are not permitted to take courses numbered below 100 and over 400 using the optional pass/fail grading system. A student designates the course(s) to be taken pass-fail normally at preregistration but not later than the fifteenth day of instruction in a regular semester or the fifth day of instruction in any summer session. See the Pass-Fail System for Undergraduates section of the Catalog for more information.

Can I be moved out of a section that I’m already registered for?

Possibly. Class availability and times may change between the first time you register for courses and the first day of the semester. Occasionally, some sections may even be cancelled or extenuating circumstances require us to move students.

I’m an undergraduate who wants to take a graduate course. How do I obtain permission?

Undergraduate students must petition to request permission to take a graduate level course. No overloads are permitted while enrolled in graduate level courses. See the Catalog for additional guidelines and information.

I’m supposed to be apprentice teaching this semester. How do I register for my apprentice teaching course?

Students must complete an Apprentice Teaching Agreement, obtain the appropriate signatures and submit to the Registrar’s Office, together with a completed Add/Drop Form.

Where can I find my bill and payment deadline?

Bills and payment deadline information will be available the week of July 11th and can be view at go.lehigh.edu/ebill.

Why was I charged a late registration fee?

A $100.00 late registration fee will be charged to any student who has not started the registration process by: UNDERGRADUATES - last day of Fall term classes.
FULL-TIME GRADUATE (including certified full-time) - first day of business in January.
NOTE: It is important to register for at least one course for in order to begin the registration process and avoid a late registration fee.

For other fee-related information, please visit the Bursar's Office webpage.

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