The Fall 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on August 30, 2021. 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 19.

CLASS OF 2022 April 22 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)
CLASS OF 2023 April 27 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)
CLASS OF 2024 April 29 – 7AM (Eastern time zone)

Advising

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 and supplement. 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.

Holds

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

REGISTERING FOR COURSES

Course Load

Select a normal course load** based in 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 Academic Progress 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 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 that requires an instructor or department head’s signature unless notified otherwise. You will need to forward all special approvals to registrar@lafayette.eduand we will process these course selections on or after your assigned registration day. You can still register online for your other course selections.

Closed Courses

Occasionally, it may be necessary to close a course to maintain optimal enrollment limits set by departments. In such cases, courses are normally filled by class seniority on a first-come, first-served basis. However, in certain courses an assigned number of spaces are reserved for each class. 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. If space becomes available, you will be notified by email and must log in to Banner Self Service to register for the course.

Wait-Lists

Wait-listed courses will be recorded as WW or WL on your schedule, but are not fully-registered courses. Wait-listing yourself in multiple sections of the same course does not increase your chance of being accepted into the course. You should only wait-list yourself in a section that fits into your schedule.

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. 

Add / Drop

An online course adjustment (add/drop) will be scheduled prior to the start of the fall 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.

Address Changes

It is the student’s responsibility to keep the Registrar’s Office informed of permanent home address and phone numbers. Students can use this link to submit address changes.

LVAIC Cross-Registration

Information on LVAIC schedules and calendar dates are available here (lvaic link) 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 College 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.

Voter Registration

Students are encouraged to register to vote. Information concerning applications and procedures for all states are available here.

Tuition Payment / Student Billing

The payment due date for fall 2021 is expected to be in early-August, 2021. Review information about student fees and payments here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Schedule Grid as of 4-19-2021. Course offering details are subject to change; re up-to-date schedule information on Banner Self-Service.
  • Courses that are not yet listed in the catalog and special topics classes that are being offered in Fall 2021 can be found here.
  • General instructions for registering online can be found here.