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Registration Information FAQs

Registration Frequently Asked Questions

for Summer and Fall 2014



Q. How do I know when I can begin to register for classes?
     All students are assigned specific days and times that they can register for classes; this is determined by their current student classification (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, etc.). Reference chart below:

Fall 2014
Open for all students Monday, July 21 to Monday, September 1



*** The above is for reference only; dates and times are subject to change. ***

Q.  How are these group days and times determined?
     They are determined by the students current classification (total number of credit hours earned).  This does not include courses for which a student is currently registered.

Q.  How do I find out when I can register?
     To find your registration status, follow the step-by-step instructions below under "How to locate your Registration Status  and your Registration PIN via myPurdue."

Q.  What is a Registration PIN and how do I get one?
     A Registration PIN is assigned to students for access to the myPurdue registration system.  Registration PIN numbers are distributed by academic advisors and are assigned each semester.

How to locate your Registration Status and your PIN via myPurdue



Log in with your career account and password on the myPurdue homepage (https://wl.mypurdue.purdue.edu/cp/home/displaylogin).

You will see your student profile.  Select the Academic Tab.

Select Registration Status under the Quick Links located on the left hand side.

Select a Registration Term.

Your Registration Status will display.  Please note that the first day and time listed is the earliest you can register.  Registration is available to you throughout that period.  If you have a hold that would prevent you from registering, it will be noted here.

Registering for Classes and Obtaining your Registration PIN


Return to the Main Menu (this is located in the upper right corner).

Select Add or Drop Classes.

You must select a Registration Term in the drop down menu.

If you have not yet met with your advisor, the following message will appear:

Image of the alert words

Please schedule an appointment with your advisor to obtain a PIN number to register for classes.

If you have met with your advisor, please enter your Registration PIN that was given to you.  If you are registering during your assigned day and time, you can register for classes.

If you try to register outside of your assigned group, the following message will appear; it will show you what days and times you can access the registration system.

Image of the warning that tells a student the dates and times they can register for classes.


Registering for Classes



Q.  How do I register for classes?
     Students preparing to register for classes need to first seek the guidance of their academic advisors.

Q.  When do new student fall admits register?
     Beginning Monday, July 14, new student fall admits can begin to register for classes.

Q.  What is a hold?
     Holds refer to the restriction of a student’s eligibility to enroll in classes, change his/her curriculum or obtain academic transcripts at Purdue University.  Holds can result from a variety of situations, including, but not limited to: nonpayment of library fines, parking tickets, and residence hall bills; disciplinary action taken by the Office of the Dean of Students; poor scholastic performance; or failure to meet immunization requirements.  Prior to meeting with an advisor, a student needs to make certain his/her record is clear of financial and registration holds.

      If a student is in hold status and would like to verify the hold, he/she can do so through myPurdue (https://wl.mypurdue.purdue.edu/cp/home/displaylogin).  For further information, go to the Office of the Registrar in Room 45, Hovde Hall; call (765) 494-6165; or send an inquiry via e-mail to registrar@purdue.edu.

Q.  How do you know if a section is cancelled?
     When a section is cancelled, an e-mail will be sent to students registered in the cancelled section notifying them they need to move to a non-cancelled section.

     The Office of the Registrar will flag the section as cancelled, remove the cancelled section time and instructor, and change the building and room to CANCELLED CLASS.  The course will appear on the Concise Student Schedule as cancelled.

      If a class is cancelled after a registration time period for a registration group has passed and prior to the open registration period, advisors can assist students in moving out of the cancelled section and registering for a non-cancelled section of that course, or, if the entire course is cancelled, registering for another course.

Q.  How do you get an override?
     Below is useful information for responding to registration override inquiries:

     1) Error: MAXIMUM HOURS EXCEEDED
         Description: The student cannot register for this course since he/she has exceeded the credit limit. 
         Undergraduate & Graduate limit = 18.0 credits; Professional limit = 26.0 credits.

        Solution: If an advisor wishes to allow the student to exceed the credit limit, the advisor should contact the individual within his/her college/school who has been assigned the “super-user” role to update this information.  After the information is updated, the student should be directed to register him/herself for the course online.

     2) Error: CLOSED SECTION  (Limit Override)
         Description: The class the student is trying to register for has no more seats available.

         Solution: Contact the schedule deputy of the department that offers the class.
         If space is available, the schedule deputy or his/her assistant can provide an override online.  Once the override is processed, the student should be directed to register for the class online.  Advisors cannot override courses in other departments.

      3) Error: DEPARTMENT PERMISSION
         Description: The course requires department permission in order to register for the course.

         Solution: Contact the office of the department or schedule deputy that offers the class.  
         If the student is eligible and there is space available, the schedule deputy or his/her assistant can provide an override.  Once the override is processed, the student should be directed to register for the class online.  Advisors cannot override courses in other departments.

     4) INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION
         Description: The course requires department permission in order to register.

         Solution: Contact the instructor or the schedule deputy of the department that offers the class. 
         If permission is granted, (schedule deputy or faculty member) will enter the override.  Once the override is processed, the student should be directed to register for the class online.  Advisors cannot override courses in other departments.

     5) Error: PREREQUISITE ERROR
         SEE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

      6) TIME CONFLICT
          Description: The time of the course CRN selected conflicts with the time of another course CRN selected.

          Solution: Select another CRN.

Q.  Why are there linked sections?
     A valid course offering of a course may require that the student takes sections of several schedule types. For example, one configuration of CHM 11500 requires a lecture, recitation and lab.

     Links are used in Banner (myPurdue) to require students to register for a set of sections that constitute a valid course offering of a course.

     For various pedagogical reasons, courses have different requirements about which sections of the schedule types must be taken together. Some examples are:

      1) Ungrouped
          Description: Student may take any combination of sections of several schedule types. For example, a PHYS 17200 student can be in any lecture, any recitation and any lab, but must be in one section of each.

      2) One-to-One Grouping
          Description: A student in a particular lecture section must also enroll in a particular lab section.

     3) One-to-Many Grouping
         Description: Sections of schedule types are related. A student in a given lecture must enroll in one of a set of labs. For example, Prof X teaches lecture 1 and his TAs teach labs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Prof Y teaches lecture 2 and her TA’s teach labs 6, 7 & 8.

      4) Mixed
         Description: There is a relationship between sections of some schedule types, but there are also schedule types where any section may be chosen.
 

Q.  What are restrictions?
     Below is useful information for understanding the different types of restrictions:

     1) College
        Description: restrict by an individual college or multiple colleges.  (Ex: M = Management students only)

     2) Major - Field of Study
        Description: restrict by an individual major or multiple majors, minors, or concentrations.  (Ex: ACCT = Accounting majors only; ECON = Economics majors only)

      3) Class
            Description:
restrict by a student’s classification.  (Ex: freshman, sophomore, etc.)

      4) Level
            Description:
restrict by a student’s level.  (Ex: UG = undergraduate; GR = graduate; PR = professional)

      5) Degree
            Description:
restrict by the degree a student must have received previously.  (Ex: BS)

      6) Program
            Description:
restrict by a student’s program.  (Ex: MGMT-BS, AAE-BSE,  HSTM-BS)

      7) College
          Description: restrict by a student’s college.  (Ex: A (Agriculture), CE (Civil Engineering), M (Management), HH (Health and Human Science), T (Technology)

Q.  What are requisites?
     Below is useful information for understanding the different types of requisites:

     1) Prerequisite
         Description: The student must complete the prerequisite course (with a minimum grade required by the department) prior to being able to register for the course in which registration is attempted.

    2) Corequisite
        Description: The student must be enrolled in the same course(s) during the same term.  (Ex: EDCI 20500 and 28500)

    3) Concurrent Prerequisite
          Description:
The student can be enrolled in the prerequisite course (with a minimum grade required by the department) OR the student can register for this course during the same term he/she is registering for the specific course.  Moreover, the prerequisite course can be taken either in an earlier term or in the same term as the course in which registration is attempted.

    4) In-Progress Checking
        Description: The course(s) that is being taken during the current term can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for a future term.  Purdue University has implemented the In-Progress checking for registration purposes.

Q.  How do I check for requisites?
     To check for requisites for a course, search for the course in the Course Catalog in myPurdue.

Q.  How do I view my schedule?
     There are multiple ways to view your schedule. Access detailed instructions at:
https://wl.mypurdue.purdue.edu/securesite/restricted/HelpDocs/pdf/Reviewing_Your_Schedule.pdf