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 and students returning from leave need their RAP throughout registration and add/drop in the first semester. Continuing students do not need a RAP for add/drop once they have registered in April and November.

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?

Special Note: For Spring 2019 preliminary registration, which occurs in November, all students' appointment times will end time at 11:30 p.m. on November 16, 2018. Please check Banner Self Service for your specifc begin date and time.

Initial registration appointments in November (for spring semester) and April (for fall semester) are three working days. Initial registration appointments for new students during Orientation are 45 minutes; this time frame can be extended upon request. Please contact the Academic Advising Resource Center. During the first two days of add/drop, you will have approximately four hours each day to add and drop. On the third day, you will have from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through to the end of the second module add/drop.

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 Banner Self Service 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?

This feature 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 **Web Registered**
  2. The class you desire to drop conditionally should have a status of Registered and an action of **Web 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.

Waitlist Trial for Spring 2019 Registration

Beginning with Spring 2019 preliminary registration in November, a small trial group of courses will be available for automated waitlisting in Self Service Banner. If all the seats in a course a student wants to add have been filled, they 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 included in the waitlist trial. Courses not part of the waitlist trial will require contact with the faculty member or department.

View Spring 2019 waitlist trial courses

What should I do to prepare for the automated waitlist?

View the list of courses that will be on this trial. If you are planning to register for one of these courses, make sure you read all of this information so you are prepared to add the waitlist. 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 one of the courses on the list for this trial, 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 for this trial. 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 Self Service Banner 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?

We have extended all students registration window so they can add courses until 11:30 p.m. on November 16, 2018. In January, we will open schedule adjustments early so students can take advantage of this period to add a course.

What happens after November 16? If a seat opens after this date, how can I add the course? We will adjust the “waitlist expiration” from 24 hours to the date we open schedule adjustment in January. Your place on the waitlist will be preserved.

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.

Registration for Students Returning from Personal Leave or Oberlin in London

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 or the Oberlin-in-London program must obtain their registration alternate pin (RAP) from their advisor prior to registering for courses. 

Because students on a personal leave are off campus and may not have regular access to the Internet, their appointment will last the entire preliminary registration period (EST). Students may view their preliminary registration appointment times via Banner Self Service. Students may register online through Banner Self Service.

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.  

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.

Registration for Students Returning from Study Away

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 do not need their registration alternate pin (RAP). 

Because students studying away are off campus and may not have regular access to the Internet, their appointment will last the entire preliminary registration period (EST). Students may view their preliminary registration appointment times via Banner Self Service. Students may register online through Banner Self Service.

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 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.