The Fall 2024 semester is scheduled to begin on August 26, 2024. Review important dates on the academic calendar

Preparing for Registration

Registration Dates/ Times

Student registration in Banner Self-Service will begin as noted below and access will continue through May 3.

CLASS OF 2025 April 16 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)
CLASS OF 2026 April 18 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)
CLASS OF 2027 April 23 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)


Make an appointment with your advisor to review course offerings and to seek approval for course registration selections. You will need to obtain your alternate/registration PIN number from your faculty advisor. PINs cannot be released through the Registrar’s Office.  

Review the Course Schedule

Search the Dynamic Schedule in Banner Self-Service, or browse the formatted schedule grid. Course offering details are subject to change, so be sure to confirm up-to-date information through Banner Self-Service.

Common Course of Study

Specific course attributes used to complete Common Course of Study (CCS) requirements are listed in the course & hours schedule, can be searched through the dynamic schedule, reviewed in the course catalog at the end of the course description, or by linking through an unmet CCS requirement in your DegreeWorks audit. Not all courses have CCS attributes.


To resolve any holds that will block registration, contact the appropriate office (before your registration date) to clear the hold.

For Tuition Invoice, “Student Receivable Controller” holds, please access your student account on your portal. All tuition bills must be paid in full in order to register.

Registering for Courses

Course Load

Select a normal course load** based on your degree/major (usually, 4-5 courses, exclusive of 0.25 credit courses). Be sure to avoid conflicts between selected courses, and plan for at least one or two alternate courses in case a preferred course is closed.

** For A.B. and B.S. Science students, the normal course load is three or four courses; B.S. Engineering students take between three and five courses.

Course Overload

For A.B. and B.S. Science students, registration in excess of 4 courses (4.25 credits), and for B.S. Engineering students, registration in excess of 5 courses (5.25 credits) constitute an overload and will not be accepted during the registration period. Students may seek approval to register for overload courses on a space available basis after the initial registration period only by approval of the Student Affairs Committee through the petition procedure. Previous academic history is a factor in reviewing overload requests. Requests are not reviewed until after final grades are published for spring. Overload petitions will not be accepted with original registration.

Access the petition for a course overload

Light Load

Students who wish to be considered for a light load (with pro-rated tuition) must submit a petition to the Registrar’s Office.

Access the petition for a light load

Special Approval / Signature Required

Students will not be able to register online for any course which requires an instructor’s signature unless issued an online registration override by the instructor. (They can still register online for their other course selections.)

Closed Courses

If a course is closed, first consider one of your alternate courses. If you wish to be added to the course wait-list, follow the online registration procedures for wait-listing. 


During pre-registration, addition to a wait-list indicates the NEED for a class to the respective department. As such, you cannot be added to a wait-list if you are already registered for a section of the same course, nor can you wait-list yourself for multiple sections of the same course. Wait-listed courses will be recorded as WW or WL on your schedule, but are not fully-registered courses. If a seat becomes available, you will be notified by email and must login to Banner Self-Service within 48 hours to register for the course:

  • Select “**Web Registered”** from the ‘Action’ dropdown menu for the course section in the ‘Summary’ panel.
  • Click “Submit.”

Only the lab sections will carry wait-lists. If a lecture/lab combination is full, wait-list yourself for the lab. If a seat becomes available, you will be notified by email and must login to Banner Self-Service within 48 hours to register for the course:

  • Select “**Web Registered”** from the ‘Action’ dropdown menu for the lab section in the ‘Summary’ panel.
  • Add a lecture section to your summary via one of the registration methods (Find Class, Enter CRN, or from a Plan).
  • Click “Submit.”

Pass/ Fail – Audit

  • Pass/ Fail Eligibility Juniors and Seniors in good standing whose cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher may, in each semester, take one course on a Pass/Fail basis. A Pass grade (A through D-) does not affect the student GPA, but an “F” grade does count in the GPA. See the Pass-Fail Option in the College Catalog for details and restrictions.
  • Audit – Review the Auditing Courses policy in the College Catalog. An audit must be declared no later than the end of the two-week drop/add period. Review the Auditing Courses policy in the College Catalog. Permission must be granted by the Academic Progress Committee through the petition procedure and with the approval of the instructor and the academic adviser or the head of the department in which the course is offered. No credit will be granted, but if audit conditions are met the course will be appended to the permanent record.
  • For both Pass/ Fail and Audit requests, use the General Petition Form.

Repeated Courses

A student may repeat any course in which a grade no higher than D+ was earned (in any attempt). Review the Repeat Course Policy for more details.

Add / Drop

An online course adjustment (add/drop) will be scheduled prior to the start of the spring semester. Details/dates will be announced.

Important Schedule Reminders

  •  Original preferred sections are not final and may change within constraints of optimal enrollment balance, laboratory space and to accommodate the usual departmental changes in section additions or cancellations. Schedules also may have to be altered to resolve conflicts or use of alternate courses to replace closed options.
  • Class availability, times and room assignments are subject to change. Up-to-date schedule details can be reviewed in Banner Self-Service.

Student Resources

Privacy of Student Academic Records: FERPA

Each student has the right to limit the access of off-campus parties, excluding government agencies in certain situations, to information that would normally be released in the College Directory or athletic programs. Students who wish to take advantage of this right may do so by making the request in the Registrar’s Office.

Notification of Rights under FERPA-The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 

(FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are: (1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records. (2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (4) The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Lafayette College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. (5) The right to obtain a copy of Lafayette College’s student records policy. You can obtain a copy of the policy from the Registrar’s Office.

Tuition Payment/ Student Billing

All student balances must be paid in full in order to register for the Fall 2024 term. View Account Activity and Pay Online.

The payment due date for Fall 2024 is expected to be August 2, 2024. Review information about student fees and payments.

Address Changes

It is the student’s responsibility to keep the Registrar’s Office informed of permanent home address and phone numbers. 

Access the Student Address Change form

Update cell phone number in Banner Self-Service

LVAIC Cross-Registration

A full-time Lafayette day student may cross register for a course suitable to Lafayette degree programs, but which cannot be scheduled or is not offered at Lafayette. Courses are available at any one of the other member institutions of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC): Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian University, and Muhlenberg College, provided the student has approval of faculty adviser, the Lafayette Registrar, and the appropriate persons at the host institution, and provided such course does not produce an overload. Grades will be accepted from the LVAIC institutions. Credits taken through cross registration will be accepted toward Lafayette residency requirements.

Find more information on LVAIC schedules and calendar dates

Access the LVAIC Cross-Registration form

Voter Registration

Students are encouraged to register to vote.

Learn more about voting applications and procedures for all states