Prepare for Registration


Prior to Registration

  1. Schedule an appointment with your primary advisor well in advance of class registration - Consultation with your faculty advisor is required prior to registration.
    Your primary faculty advisor is listed in Banner Web Self-Service
    • Go to 'Student Records'
    • 'Student Information'
  2. Plan a schedule
    • Develop a class schedule that helps you progress toward your degree. Degree Works can assist you in determining outstanding Common Curriculum and major/minor requirements.
    • Review course offerings
      • Consider balance between major/minor/Common Curriculum courses
      • Consider balance courses that may require more/less focus
      • Know what classes you NEED to take, as well as those you WANT to take
      • Have a back-up plan in case your first choice courses are unavailable at your time of registration
    • Draft your tentative schedule(s) for review with your faculty advisor using
  3. Registration PIN - Upon approval of your proposed schedule, your faculty advisor will issue your registration PIN which is required for registration in Banner. Record this registration pin for future reference. New registration pins are issued for each registration period.
    If you are unsure if you have a correct/valid registration pin, you can always verify your pin by attempting to log into class registration. If you attempt to login with an invalid registration pin, you will get the following error message "Invalid alternate pin, please try again."
  4. Follow up with your department chair or Academic Advising, as needed.

Check for Registration Holds

To be cleared for registration, all students must have:

  1. Settled their student account with the college
  2. Complied with Minnesota immunization regulations
  3. Have selected an approved faculty advisor

Other processes that could add a hold to your registration include

  • 1st semester first years - students must have a final High School transcript on file
  • 1st semester new students - all students must have completed the mandated sexual misconduct training
  • 2nd semester sophomore - students must be accepted or conditionally accepted to a major
  • Seniors - students must have completed a degree application

You may view registration holds in Banner Self-Service.

Course Load

  • Typical - A typical course load includes 16 credits comprised of four 4-credit courses.
    • Variations may occur due to need for 1, 2, or 3 credit courses in some programs.
  • Minimum - Enrollment in 12 credits is required to maintain full-time student ("in-residence") status.
  • MN State Grant - Minnesota students receiving Minnesota State Grant funds must enroll in at least 15 credits to receive the full awarded grant amount.
  • Maximum - The enrollment maximum is 18 credits
  • Overload - Credits in excess of 18 may only be attempted by students in good academic standing and special approval from Academic Advising. See Credit Overload for additional information