How to Register for Classes

Oberlin students register for classes in Banner Self Service (formerly PRESTO). Access to Banner Self Service is available through corresponding tasks in OberView , the college’s mobile-responsive, online tool that serves as a gateway to the information that’s vital to life at Oberlin.

The first step is to log in to OberView and search for the Course Registration Task Center. Next, select the task titled “Register for Classes;” once selected, Banner Self Service will appear. Students will need their ObieID, password, and RAP (Registration Alternate PIN) that their advisor provided at the end of their individual advising session.

New students need their RAP in order to register during add/drop in their first semester. Students returning from a leave of absence need their RAP in order to register for the semester of their return. Continuing students need their RAP in order to register in April or November; once they have registered, the RAP is not needed to adjust their schedule further.

What if I lose my RAP?

Only your advisor can provide you with your RAP. Please contact your advisor.

How much time will I have to register?

Registration occurs in November (for spring semester) and April (for fall semester). Students will receive a registration appointment time which will last through the end of the add/drop period for the semester they are registering for.  Students are required to register during the first two weeks of their assigned registration appointment time.

Special Note for Waitlist Eligible Courses: If a student waitlists a course using Banner Self Service registration and a seat opens up, they will receive an email with a specific time frame to add the course. If they do not add the course within the time frame noted in the email, the open seat will bounce to the next person on the waitlist. Students need to make sure to check their Oberlin email frequently for wait list notifications. When a seat becomes available, the first student on the waitlist will be notified via their oberlin.edu email account. From the time and date the email notification is sent, the student will then have 24 hours to decide if they want the seat. If they do not take the seat by the deadline, the second student on the waitlist will be offered the seat.

What if I need consent to get into a class?

Consent is permission to take a course; it is not a guaranteed seat. Contact the instructor or go to the class and ask for consent. The instructor will give you consent by either entering consent online or giving you written consent. Written consent must be done via a Registration Schedule Adjustment card, available at the Academic Advising Resource Center. Once the faculty member signs the card, bring it to the Academic Advising Resource Center for processing. If the instructor says they will enter the consent online, you will be responsible for checking Self Service Banner to confirm consent has been entered. You will then need to register for the course using Banner Self Service.

What if I can’t get in a class because of a prerequisite?

Certain courses carry prerequisites; listed in the course catalog. If you do not have the prerequisite, you will not be able to add the course. If you believe you have the academic preparation for the course, you can make an appointment to talk to the faculty member who is teaching the course to ask permission to take the course. The faculty member will then decide whether an exception is warranted. If the student makes an exception, the faculty member will need to override the prerequisite for you in the system. Once entered, you can add the course during add/drop via Banner Self Service.

What is conditional add and drop?

Conditional add and drop is a feature that allows a student to drop a course from their schedule on the condition they are able to add a new course to their schedule without error. This registration add and drop will only be completed if the new course is open and there are no errors that prevent registration.

Example situation: You have registered for both a lecture and lab (linked courses). However, you see a different section of the lab has seats open and would prefer to register for that one versus the one you already registered for. In sum, you want to keep the lecture but switch lab sections. You can conditionally add and drop a different section of the lab without losing your lecture section. You also won't lost your currently registered lab section until you successfully add the other lab section, provided it is indeed open and no registration errors occur.

How to conditional add and drop a course:

  1. The class you desire to add must be in the summary pane, with a status of Pending and an action of **Add**
  2. The class you desire to drop conditionally should have a status of Registered and an action of **Drop**
  3. The Conditional Add and Drop box must be check marked (located to the left of the submit button).
  4. After all three of the above steps are in place, click the submit button. The registration add and drop will only be completed if the new course is open and there are no errors that prevent registration.
  5. Double check your registration schedule to confirm all courses appear as you intend. If a course does not show up on your schedule, then you are not registered for it.

Error How to Resolve
CRN XXXXX Section not available for web add/drop You cannot register for a private reading through Banner Self Service registration. You will need to pick up a Private Reading form from the Office of the Registrar, complete the form, including acquiring signatures, and return it to the Office of the Registrar prior to the Add/Drop deadline.
Dropping last class is not allowed Banner Self Service registration will not let you drop the last class on your schedule. If you would like to drop your last class in order to start your registration fresh, you must add another class and drop the original one. If this is not your intention and you would like to remove your last class for reasons related to not participating in the semester, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar for information on how to proceed.
Duplicate Course You cannot register for the same two courses in one semester (with exceptions to certain ensembles; in such a case, you will need visit the Office of the Registrar to register). If you wish to retain the course that is on your schedule, you can remove the course that is causing the error. If you’d like to switch to the course that is creating the error, you will need to first drop the incorrect course then add the correct course.
Instructor’s Consent You will need to ask the instructor to grant you consent in the system so that you may register online. Consent must be granted in the system by the Add/Drop deadline; it is the responsibility of the student to register by the deadline once consent has been added. Alternately, you may pick up an Add/Drop card at the Office of the Registrar, get it signed by the instructor, and return it prior to the Office of the Registrar by the Add/Drop deadline.
Linked Course Required (lab) The course lecture selected requires an accompanying lab in order to register the course. You will need to select the accompanying lab section at the same time of adding your lecture.
Max hours exceeded Adding the course to your schedule would result in being registered for more credit hours than is possible for you. You have two options: 1. You may elect to drop a class on your schedule to make room for the course you are trying to add. 2. If you are an Arts & Sciences student, you may apply for a course overload request. Should your overload request be approved, you credit hour limit will be increased to accommodate your new class and you may then register for the class online, prior to the Add/Drop deadline. If you are a Conservatory or a Double Degree student, you may request overload permission from the Office of the Conservatory Deans.
Prerequisite and Test Score Error If you think you are qualified to take the course, please contact the instructor. The instructor may grant you special permission to take the class if they think you are eligible. Otherwise, you will need to fulfill the prerequisite. If the instructor agrees to allow you to take the class, they will need to enter consent in the system so that you may register online.
Section XXXXX is not a valid CRN The CRN you entered does not exist. Review the Browse Schedule of Classes and choose an appropriate CRN. If the CRN in question happens to be the correct one, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Time Conflict with <class> This error appears when the course you are trying to add conflicts (day and time) with one of your other courses. Check the course schedule to see if the course you are trying to add or the course it is conflicting with has a different section open that will not conflict. If not, you may visit the Office of the Registrar to pick up a time conflict card. The instructor of both time conflict courses must sign off on the conflict. The completed time conflict card is due back in the Office of the Registrar by the Add/Drop deadline.

Beginning with Fall 2019 registration in April, select courses are eligible for a student to waitlist through Banner Self Service registration. If all seats in the section are filled, the student will be given an option to be placed on a waitlist for the section. The waitlist is first-come, first serve and fully automated.

Students do not need to email, call or visit faculty or academic departments to get on waitlists for courses that are eligible to be waitlisted through Self Service Banner registration. Courses not eligible to be waitlisted through Banner Self Service registration will require contact with the faculty member or department.

What should I do to prepare for the automated waitlist?

Make sure you read all of this information so you are prepared to add yourself to a waitlist, if needed. Make sure your oberlin.edu email is active so that you can receive notification of your waitlist status.

How does automated waitlist work?

When a student attempts to register for a full course, they will be told the course is closed. If it is a course that permits waitlisting through Banner Self Service, the student can change the status of the course to **Waitlisted** in their summary pane and then click submit to process the request.

When a seat becomes available, the first student on the waitlist will be notified via their oberlin.edu email account. From the time and date the email notification is sent, the student will then have 24 hours to decide if they want the seat. If they do not take the seat by the deadline, the second student on the waitlist will be offered the seat.

How many students can be on a waitlist?

The limit is set to 99. Students will be able to see their position on the waitlist and, therefore, judge whether they have a good chance of getting into the course. If there are only 15 seats in a course and a student's waitlist position is 62, their chances are not as good as they would be if there are 40 seats in a course.

Will I be able to see where I am on the waitlist?

Yes. In Banner Self Service registration, click on the tab titled Schedule Details and look at the bottom for your waitlist position. For example, in the second photo below, you will notice this student's waitlist position is listed as "Waitlist Position: 2"

What happens when my registration window closes? How will I be able to add a course if there’s a seat that opens up?
Can students be manually moved on the waitlist to higher positions?

No. The waitlist works on a first-come and first-serve basis.

Can a student get on a waitlist for a lab section of a science course if the lecture section still has open seats?

No. For “linked courses” both the lecture and lab must be closed to get onto the waitlist. At that time, the student will be prompted to get on the waitlist for both the lecture and lab.

Why do I have to sign-up on the waitlist if there's an open seat? Can I register for that open seat?

Once a section closes and the waitlist is activated, any seats that open up for that section are assigned to the people on the waitlist. So when you see one open seat for a section that you are on the waitlist for, that seat is reserved for the first person in line on the waitlist. That person is the only one who can register for that open seat because it is linked to their T number.

What if there are pre-reqs for a course or if the course is consent; do I have to meet the pre-reqs or gain consent to waitlist the course?

Yes. Any limitations on the course are applied for waitlisting except time conflicts. You will be able to waitlist a course which conflicts with a course for which you have registered. If you are able to add the waitlisted course, you will need to first drop the course which has a time conflict.

What about courses where seats are reserved for specific class levels or majors?

Some courses will have “reservations” (so many seats for a certain class level or levels will be reserved) or restrictions (only a major in XXX may add) Here’s an example of how that would work in waitlisting:

A course has 20 seats with 3 seats reserved for fifth years, 3 for seniors, 3 for juniors, 3 for sophomores, and 3 for first years (for a total of 15) and five seats open to any student. When preliminary registration opens November 5, the first students eligible to register are those with the highest number of completed and registered hours. Thus, fifth year and seniors will be eligible to take the 6 seats reserved for them. Because there are open, unreserved seats, any fifth year or senior may register for those seats. (That may account for 11 seats, therefore—6 reserved and 5 open.) When the 12th senior/fifth year attempts to register for this course, they will be prevented from doing so and will be offered the opportunity to add themselves to the waitlist.

Students Returning in Fall Semester

Students returning for the fall semester are required to register during preliminary registration in April. If you do not register in April you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for reinstatement if you wish to return.

Students Returning in Spring Semester

Students returning for the spring semester are required to register during preliminary registration in November. If you do not register in November you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for reinstatement if you wish to return.

Steps to take prior to preliminary registration:
  1. Prior to registration, students must contact their academic advisor to plan for which courses to take in the coming semester. Consultation with your advisor is an opportunity for students to discuss any questions they may have regarding courses and their academic progress. Your academic advisor will also provide your with your registration alternate pin (RAP) which is required to register online.
     
  2. In the case a course requires consent, students must contact the instructor prior to registration to secure consent. Once consent is entered in the system, it is the student’s responsibility to then register for the course.
     
  3. Review Degree Works. This is a valuable tool to help you determine where you stand in terms of degree requirements.
Registration Appointment Time

Students returning from a personal leave must obtain their registration alternate pin (RAP) from their advisor prior to registering for courses. 

Students may view their preliminary registration appointment times via Banner Self Service. Students may register online through Banner Self Service.

Registration occurs in November (for spring semester) and April (for fall semester). Students will receive a registration appointment time which will last through the end of the add/drop period for the semester they are registering for. For example, if registering for Fall 2019 semester (in April) the student has until the add/drop deadline for Fall 2019 to adjust their schedule (September 12, 2019). Students are required to register during the first two weeks of their assigned registration appointment time.

Special Note for Waitlist Eligible Courses: If a student waitlists a course using Self Service Banner registration and a seat opens up, they will receive an email with a specific time frame to add the course. If they do not add the course within the time frame noted in the email, the open seat will bounce to the next person on the waitlist. Students need to make sure to check their Oberlin email frequently for wait list notifications. When a seat becomes available, the first student on the waitlist will be notified via their oberlin.edu email account. From the time and date the email notification is sent, the student will then have 24 hours to decide if they want the seat. If they do not take the seat by the deadline, the second student on the waitlist will be offered the seat.

For students who will not have access to the internet during the preliminary registration time frame, please complete and submit the personal leave registration proxy form. The Office of the Registrar will add courses to the students schedule provided seats are available and no registration errors such as prerequisite not met, consent required, etc. occur.

Personal Leave Registration Proxy form 

Enrollment

Enrollment is the process by which students confirm they have returned to campus. It is a different process than registration. When students return to campus they must enroll during the first week of classes in Banner Self Service. If a student does not enroll, they will be withdrawn from their classes and withdrawn from Oberlin.

Students Returning in Fall Semester

Students returning for the fall semester are required to register during preliminary registration in April. If you do not register in April you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for reinstatement if you wish to return.

Students Returning in Spring Semester

Students returning for the spring semester are required to register during preliminary registration in November. If you do not register in November you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for reinstatement if you wish to return.

Steps to take prior to preliminary registration:
  1. In the case a course requires consent, students must contact the instructor prior to registration to secure consent. Once consent is entered in the system, it is the student’s responsibility to then register for the course.
     
  2. Review Degree Works. This is a valuable tool to help you determine where you stand in terms of degree requirements. 
Registration Appointment Time

Students returning from study away or Oberlin in London do not need their registration alternate pin (RAP). 

Students may view their preliminary registration appointment times via Banner Self Service. Students may register online through Banner Self Service.

Registration occurs in November (for spring semester) and April (for fall semester). Students will receive a registration appointment time which will last through the end of the add/drop period for the semester they are registering for. For example, if registering for Fall 2019 semester (in April) the student has until the add/drop deadline for Fall 2019 to adjust their schedule (September 12, 2019). Students are required to register during the first two weeks of their assigned registration appointment time.

Special Note for Waitlist Eligible Courses: If a student waitlists a course using Self Service Banner registration and a seat opens up, they will receive an email with a specific time frame to add the course. If they do not add the course within the time frame noted in the email, the open seat will bounce to the next person on the waitlist. Students need to make sure to check their Oberlin email frequently for wait list notifications. When a seat becomes available, the first student on the waitlist will be notified via their oberlin.edu email account. From the time and date the email notification is sent, the student will then have 24 hours to decide if they want the seat. If they do not take the seat by the deadline, the second student on the waitlist will be offered the seat.

For students who will not have access to the internet during the preliminary registration time frame, please complete and submit the personal leave registration proxy form. We will add courses to the students schedule provided seats are available and no registration errors such as prerequisite not met, consent required, etc. occurs.

Study Away or Oberlin in London Registration Proxy Form 

Enrollment

Enrollment is the process by which students confirm they have returned to campus. It is a different process than registration. When students return to campus they must enroll during the first week of classes in Banner Self Service. If a student does not enroll, they will be withdrawn from their classes and withdrawn from Oberlin.