Registration Guidance

Registration Guidance for all Students


*For a step-by-step Registration video and other important registration FAQs, please visit this page on Registration & Academic Service's website

Banner Access

Banner's Student Services tab is used for registration, drop/add (through the 5th day of classes), and other important functions. Some advice:

Check now to be sure you can access Banner. Check your registration status while you're there so there is no doubt about when you are able to register. Log into Banner about 10 or 15 minutes before your registration period opens so you can proceed to the registration screens as soon as possible. Be prepared with a list of classes that you can register for! Be sure to check out any pre-requisites or permissions placed on classes prior to your registration date so you do not experience any delays during registration. 

Registration PINs

*Registration PINs are NOT needed for incoming first year students when registering for the fall semester. For all subsequent semesters PINs will be required! 

Students are assigned a new, randomly generated Registration PIN each semester by the Registrar's Office. Students cannot register for classes without their PIN. Students receive their PIN by scheduling an in-person meeting with their academic advisor. In anticipation for this meeting, students should run themselves a degree audit and prepare a list of possible course selections for the following term. Following a detailed discussion of course selections, the advisor will provide the student with their Registration PIN. Keep in mind that your registration PIN is good through the 5th day of classes so you can use it for drop/add during the first week. The registration PINs are different for each term. Make sure you use the right one! Information regarding registration PINs may be found here.

Early registration

A few students are given permission to register early. The "check your registration status" link on your Banner student services menu will verify your registration time. Early registration begins a half hour before regular registration. 

Selecting courses

Consider the requirements of your major, the distribution requirements, and your interests when thinking about courses to take. Unless you have only a few courses left to take, and you know exactly what they will be, I suggest that you make a list of 8 to 10 courses, ranked in order of priority. Armed with such a list you can register and respond quickly if you find that one or another course is closed - you can just pop to the next course on your list. The more prepared you are, the fewer disappointments and problems you'll have.

Wait lists

When you put yourself on a wait list, you're wait-listing for a particular section of the course if it's a multi-section course. Wait-listed courses will count toward the maximum number of credits you can register for in a given semester (the maximum number is 18), so keep that in mind! 

Checking web actions

Anytime you perform a 'web action' in Banner (add or drop a section), check your schedule to make sure that you got the outcome you expected. Students commonly find that they are still registered for courses they thought they dropped or are not registered for courses they thought they added. Avoid problems by checking your schedule! 

Variable credit courses

Some courses are offered for variable credit, and you are responsible for being sure that you are registered for the appropriate number of credits. If you have questions about what's appropriate, check with the course instructor. During registration and continuing until the 5th day of classes, you can change the number of credits for a variable-credit course through the Change Class Options link on your Banner Registration page.


Banner does prerequisite checking, so if you don't have a prerequisite, you won't be able to register for that course. It's up to you to check the catalog and know the prerequisites. If the prerequisite course is currently in progress, Banner assumes--for now--that you'll pass it so you can proceed with registration. If you don't earn at least a C- in the prerequisite course, you should not take a sequel course without consulting with the instructor. You will be dropped from any sequel course if you don't earn at least a C- in the prerequisite, and you will need the instructor's permission to over-ride that action. Sophomore standing is, formally, a prerequisite for 100-level courses. Most CAS instructors are pretty relaxed about that prerequisite as long as you satisfy any other prerequisites, but you should still make sure that, if you will have fewer than 23 credits at the beginning of the semester, it's ok with the instructor for you to take the course.

Department permissions

Consult with the office staff for the department or program in question--in advance!--to find out how they handle department permissions. Some departments withdraw permission after a specified time if you don't register for the course, so make sure you understand the conditions for department permission.

Pass/fail grading

Pass/fail grading is not available for all courses, so be sure to check first if you don't want to take a course for a regular grade. Keep in mind that you must select pass/fail grading before the 15th day of classes. You cannot select pass/fail grading for a course numbered below 100, and you can use pass/fail grading only in a free elective course.

Closed sections

Because we limit the enrollments in many courses, you may find a section closed for which you had hoped to register. If it is a course that you truly need to take, you should first consult with your advisor to verify the necessity of the course and confirm that you cannot defer it to a later semester. If you do indeed need it, consult with the instructor. Instructors are not obligated to allow you to add the course to your roster, but in some cases may grant capacity overrides to let students in above the capacity of the course. In some cases, your program will help you rearrange your courses to avoid overextending the enrollment in a course.


The faculty has determined that overloads (more than 18 credits), in general, must be avoided. There are good academic reasons for restricting overloads, and exceptions must have good academic reasons. You can download an Overload Request Form to submit to the CAS Dean's Office. The second page of the form explains why we restrict overloads and gives instructions for requesting an exception. If your overload is approved, you will be permitted to add the overload credits after the formal registration period is complete. Students requesting a one-credit overload (19 credits total) for music lessons, music ensemble, theatre performance, or Brown and White will usually be accommodated when the overload request is made within the web add/drop period (end of the 5th day of classes). Other requests require a compelling educational rationale.

Linked sections

In some courses, you must register for a lecture and a lab or for a lecture and a recitation in order to be completely registered. If you don't select both sections, Banner will report a 'link error' and will not register you for the section you selected.

How to Drop or Add Courses Now That You Are at Lehigh

Now that you are here at Lehigh, registration mechanics are within your easy grasp.  Follow these steps to adjust your registration online. Remember, while the Drop/Add period lasts a full 10 class days, online registration closes at the end of the 5th day of classes.  To add or drop a class during days 6 through 10, one must use a drop/add form and secure professors’ and advisor’s signatures/email permissions.  All adding will end at the end of the 10th day of classes.  Drop deadlines last well into the semester.  Please review the Academic Calendar on Registration & Academic Service's website for specific dates and important drop deadlines. 

Drop/Add - First Five Days of Class

  1. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR ADVISOR. You both will review your intended drop or add and discuss overall impact.

  2. GET ALTERNATE PIN* from your advisor.  





*Alternate PINs, also called Registration PINs, give you access to the registration link in your Student Portal. PINs change each semester, requiring advising meetings prior to every registration period. 

You now see a menu with 9 items, but two are most important:  ADD/DROP CLASSES and LOOK-UP CLASSES TO ADD.  Both of these items lead you toward registration.  In Drop/Add Classes you can enter CRNs (course registration numbers) in the boxes at the bottom, or you can select courses you are enrolled in and pull down a menu to “web drop.” (Be careful not to drop without simultaneously adding a replacement.  You may be locked out of what you seek in a matter of moments!)

Both the Add/Drop and Look-Up Classes items can take you to the CLASS SEARCH tool.  There, you will highlight the SUBJECT, and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen and hit CLASS SEARCH.  This will take you to a long list of courses in that subject.  The little box on the left allows you to select the course, unless it is replaced by a C which means the section is CLOSED.  

DROP/ADD - NEXT Five Class Days (days 6-10)

  1. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR ADVISOR. You both will review your intended drop or add and discuss overall impact.  

  2. ALTERNATE PINs no longer works, so…

  3. GET DROP/ADD FORM from multiple sources (registrar, advisor, department, college, online).

  4. FILL OUT FORM AND GET SIGNATURES (professors’ and advisor’s) in time to meet deadlines.  Courses dropped in the first 10 class days DO NOT appear on your transcript.  Courses dropped later (and within the generous deadline) appear on the transcript with a W (no hour or grade impact).

If you have questions, consult your advisor.

Remember to allow plenty of time for everything you have to do before registration!