Registration FAQ's

Introduction and Start-up

Lehigh University students are able to register online, using any web-enabled browser.

If you do not have access to a computer connected to the Internet, several public sites are available on campus, in addition to two computers in the Registrar's Office where students are able to register with guidance from the office staff.

To register online for any course that requires instructor/department approval, first contact the department offering the course to obtain department approval. Without prior online approval from the department, you will be denied enrollment for that course/section.

Prior to your registration date:

  1. Make an appointment to see your advisor to select your semester courses and to find out your Registration (Alternate) PIN. You must have this PIN to register.
  2. Access Secure Login at external linkor via the Campus Portal.
  3. Select the following links:
    • Student & Financial Aid
    • Registration
    • Check Registration Status
  4. If you have any holds, you need to contact the appropriate office to clear the hold before registering. You should also note the date and time at which you can register. We have assigned different time slots for students according to class status.
  5. If you have not yet activated your  on-line account, click on the following link to activate your account: external link

Could I be moved out of a section for which I have pre-registered?


Lehigh University reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby by affected. At its sole options, the University may eliminate courses or sections, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students, alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. Lehigh University reserves the right to adjust a student’s schedule and time assignment of classes to meet university guidelines, balance sections, or addition or deletion of sections.


  • Once a CRN or section is added to your worksheet, you can use the worksheet for add/drops. When a section is dropped, the section will remain on your worksheet marked as "dropped."
  • Full Time Undergraduates need to register for a 12 credit minimum for billing, financial aid, and to maintain their full-time status.
  • Remember that petitions are required to roster graduate level courses or to roster for an overload. Graduate 400 level courses will not be rostered without an approved petition. The emphasis on enforcement of the petition is intended to prevent inappropriate registrations.

Drop/Add Policy:

Students may drop/add any time using the Web service. Students are encouraged, strongly, to consult with their adviser during this period.


During the first five days of class students may add classes with the consent of their advisers, without the permission of the instructor. Students may DROP/ADD on the Web, or bring a DROP/ADD form to the Registrar's Office.

During the sixth through tenth day of classes, both the adviser's and the instructor's consent is required to add a class. During this time classes may only be added or dropped by having a drop/add form signed by the instructor and the adviser and brought to the Registrar's Office.

Classes may be dropped with only the consent of the adviser during the drop/add period.

Detailed instructions of web drop/add are available here.

If you receive an error message, you are NOT REGISTERED for that particular course. Click here to reference the error and follow the appropriate action for each type.

How do I find the class schedule?

There are three ways to find the class schedule:

  1. The traditional method of newspapers distributed to academic departments. Be aware that these quickly become outdated as changes are made.
  2. Via the web, there is a class schedule, which contains a complete listing of all sections available. This is a complete listing of courses A-Z
  3. Also via the web, students may log on and use the class search screen external link

Using the Registration and Class Search Form

  1. Enter the CRN into the worksheet or select class search.
  2. To use the class search screen you need to select a subject area.
  3. The remainder of the search categories do not need to be completed, except to limit the results to a smaller group.
  4. The results of the search are displayed. The first column on the left gives you the following options:
    • If a blank check box is there, you are eligible to select the CRN for your worksheet.
    • If a "C" is displayed, the section is closed.
    • If the box is blank it signifies that the CRN is already in the worksheet area.
  5. To register for the course or add it to your worksheet, check the box and either submit change or add to worksheet.
  6. Review your schedule.
  7. Remember to log off and close the browser to assure a secure exit.

How do I register online?

Before you start:

  1. You will need to know your PIN to access the secure areaexternal link.
  2. You will need to know your Registration (alternate) PIN. You will need to get this from your academic adviser.
  3. Have the CRN's for the courses for which you are registering.
  4. Make sure that you have selected sections that do not have time conflicts.
  5. Make sure that you have reviewed the closed section list on the Registrar's Office homepage.

Do I have to register via the web?

Undergraduate students must register for courses through the web. Graduate students can complete a paper form, but are required to obtain an advisor's signature on this form.

Are there any conditions of registration that will prevent web registration?

Yes, you must bring a signed registration form or drop/add slip to the Registrar's Office if you need to sign up for any of the following:

  • An undergraduate taking a graduate level course (400 or above - must also complete a petition).
  • Apprentice Teaching (also requires a contract).
  • Any course that requires a petition or special permission

If a course requires an override (due to a time conflict, prerequisite, class restriction, capacity, etc.), you must obtain the override from the course department prior to registering.

How do I get advisor's approval? What do I need to know about PINs?

In the past you needed your adviser's signature to register. On the web, the Registration (Alternate) PIN replaces the signature. The web registration form will ask each student for the Registration (Alternate) PIN. The student can receive this Registration (Alternate) PIN from their adviser as authorization to register.

Remember: the Registration (Alternate) PIN is different each semester and does not take the place of the Personal Identification Number (PIN).

How do I get Department or Dean's permission for a specific course?

Go to the appropriate office prior to your registration period for the department to get approval. The office coordinator or chair person can process the registration override using the Banner system.

When can I register?

Registration opens by class level. To review the registration dates, click here.

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 course (not necessarily 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.

When attempting to register for a wait listed section, the message “CLOSED - # WAITLISTED” or “OPEN - # WAITLISTED” will appear.  This message is for information only.  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.

After registration the Registrar's Office works with the department and Dean's offices to review wait lists and move as many students as possible from waitlists into open and available sections.

The waitlist process is only designed for the original registration period. It will be disabled prior to drop/add and at that time students that seek to get into a closed class will need to petition the department or dean's office of the appropriate college. Course demand is established during registration.

Waitlist Do's and Don'ts

  • If a course is full and you can't select any other open section for that course, place yourself on the waitlist for you preferred section. Do not waitlist yourself in more than one section. The Registrar's Office will drop students from multiple sections on a daily basis. Also, do not register for one section of a course, and waitlist for another section of the same course.
  • If you wait list yourself in a single section course, do not add another section of a different course at that same time. We will not be able to move you into the section. A student who is wait listed for a course or section that creates a time conflict with their existing schedule will be removed from the waitlist.
  • Register for as complete a schedule as possible. Add required classes first. Choose some electives after the availability of priority courses is defined.


  1. If a student is waitlisted in more than one section of a single course, he or she will be removed from all waitlists.
  2. If an open section is available, do not add yourself to another waitlist for a different section. We will move waitlisted students into open sections whenever possible as long as there are no conflicts or overloads.
  3. Students who do not enroll for an open section of a course to then wait list the "better time" or "better instructor" will be dropped from the waitlist.

How do I change credit in a variable credit class?

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.

When are Web Schedules Final?

The University reserves the right to cancel sections and move students into other sections to maintain enrollment limits and section balances. By the first day of class, all possible waitlisted students will be removed from the waitlist. Remember that after classes begin for a given semester if your account with the bursar is not cleared your registration can be cancelled.

New Account Clearance Notice Procedures:

Access to your class schedule will be withheld until the Bursar has cleared your account. If your account is not cleared by the 5th day of class, your registration (and section enrollments) will be canceled and the seats will be made available to other students.

Remember having a copy of your schedule is no longer proof that you have completed the registration process. Each student should print an up to date copy via the web.