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Registration Options

  • Students are expected to register online, via Banner Self-Service, accessible at or through the Colgate portal, using your Colgate network user name and password. In order to register via Self-Service, you must obtain your registration PIN from your faculty adviser. 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. Please see the Banner Self-Service information and instructions page for more information on registering using Banner Self-Service.

  • During registration (November 9-13) the registrar's office will be open Monday from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m, and Tuesday - Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in addition to regular business hours (8:00a.m.-noon, 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.). If evening registration is required on November 13, the registrar's office will be open that evening as well. You may also come to the office (126 McGregory) to be registered during or after your scheduled registration period.

  • Students on a study group or approved program should refer to the Off-Campus Registration Information page and the e-mail sent from the registrar’s office on October 23, for detailed instructions on the registration options available.If you choose this option, you must present your registration PIN or your completed registration form with your academic adviser’s signature.
Prior to registration, you should verify your registration status for the spring 2016 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.

Regardless of how you intend to register, you must meet with your academic adviser for pre-registration advising and to obtain your registration PIN. If your academic adviser is off-campus currently (i.e., leading a study group or on leave), you should meet with the interim adviser designated by the department or the chairperson of the adviser’s department.

Web Registration Dates

Web registration will be active from the beginning of your scheduled registration time until Sunday, January 10.

Web Registration PIN

  • In order to register via Banner Self-Service, 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 10.

  • 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.

Fractional Course Credit

  • Effective fall 2006, Colgate has modified its course credit system to allow fractional credit (0.25 or 0.50) for academic opportunities that do not fit easily into the existing one course/one credit structure. Examples include awarding fractional credit for approved half-semester courses, faculty-supervised independent study/research, and approved components added to full-credit courses that require a substantial degree of additional investment by students (e.g., laboratories, service learning, extended study, performance). 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 online.

  • Fractional credit of 0.25 or 0.50 may be awarded for two types of courses:

    1.  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, 0.50 credit extended study, or 0.50 credit Theater performance course.

    2.  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.  

  • All fractional credit courses will receive separate grades. It is expected that students will take the course and fractional add-on component with the same grade option (traditional graded or satisfactory/unsatisfactory [S/U]). In certain instances, faculty members may require that a stand-alone or add-on fractional credit course be offered only on a graded or S/U basis. In most cases, however, the decision of grade mode for fractional credit courses will be left to the student, in keeping with existing policy and restrictions

  • 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: Partial credit for independent study will be administered in the same manner as full-credit independent studies. Departments and programs have the option of allowing 0.50 credit independent studies at each level of the curriculum. Independent study proposals for fractional credit will be considered, as they are now, on a case-by-case basis by the faculty supervisor and/or department chair/program director.

  • 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.

Normal & Maximum Course Loads

  • 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.


  • The registrar’s office will notify you through the end of the current term via e-mail of openings in courses for which you are waitlisted. (Waitlists will be deleted prior to the start of Drop/Add  in January to allow online access to open seats.)
  • In determining which student is offered an open seat in a waitlisted course several factors, besides position on the waitlist, are taken into account. These factors include but are not limited to class year, major, and minor.
  • Prior to the end of the current term, if you are signed into a course for which you were waitlisted you must bring the instructor’s signature to the registrar’s office for processing as soon as possible.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option

  • Students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 who wish to take a course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis must fill out an "S/U Course Declaration Form" in the Office of the Registrar at the start of the term. Beginning in Spring 2016, the deadline to declare a course S/U has been extended until the withdrawal period for the term. Deadline dates are available on the academic calendar.
  • Seniors are cautioned against using the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade option in their final semester unless they will have a total of 32 courses without the S/U course; earning a grade of U will prevent graduation.
  • Please refer to the academic regulations section of the Colgate University catalogue or the S/U Grading Option web page for additional information concerning this option.

Changes to Course Offerings

  • 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.