October 28, 2020

Notice to Undergraduate Students for Pre-Registration Spring 2021

This notice contains important information that you will need in order to pre-register for the spring 2021 term.  The course schedule for spring 2021 is available on the [email protected] site (https://cab.brown.edu/).  

Information regarding official concentration requirements can be found on FocalPoint (https://www.brown.edu/undergraduate_concentrations) and the University Bulletin (bulletin.brown.edu).   The Bulletin is refreshed prior to major registration events and you should rely on the information at  [email protected] to display real-time course information as well as to register for courses. 

Pre-registration is mandatory for all students! Prior to pre-registration, students should check Banner to see if they have financial or other holds that would block them from registering. Pre-registration for the spring 2021 term will begin on Monday, November 16th, at 12 p.m. EST.  Initial access to the registration system will be staggered as follows based on the semester level for Spring 2021: 

Seniors (semester levels 07 and above):

                        Monday, November 16th, 12 p.m. EST 

Juniors (semester levels 05 and 06):

                        Tuesday, November 17th, 12 p.m. EST

Sophomores (semester  levels 03 and 04):

       Wednesday, November 18th, 12 p.m. EST *Need Advising PIN! 

First Years (semester  levels 01 and 02):

          Thursday, November 19th, 12 p.m. EST *Need Advising PIN! 

During each Undergraduate Student class’ initial window until Friday, November 20th at 12 p.m. EST the maximum number of credits that a student may pre-register for is 4 Credits.

On Friday November 20th at 12 p.m. EST all students, except first-year students, may then add up to the maximum 5 credits and freely add/drop until registration is disabled on Tuesday, November 24th, at 5 p.m. EST.  After that, no changes to your spring schedule can be made until Wednesday, January 13th at 12 p.m. EST.  First-year students will be permitted to register only for four credits throughout pre-registration in order to facilitate registration into a First-Year seminar once the FYS lottery is run (see below).  They will be permitted to add a fifth credit, should they so choose, when registration opens for add/drop prior to the start of the spring term.

Registration Restrictions and Instructor Overrides:  Courses with restrictions (pre-reqs, program restriction, instructor override required, etc.) will allow enrollment only to students who meet the restriction parameters. Courses with limited enrollment will allow registrations only until that limit has been reached. Students may not register for multiple courses meeting at the same time during pre-registration and an instructor cannot override this. 

If you wish to register for a course for which instructor permission is required or for which there is a registration restriction, you will not be permitted to do so unless and until the instructor has approved an override. Some instructors have specific means for granting overrides and those should be detailed in the course description or course details in [email protected] If no specific instructions exist, then you need to request an override, you can make the request directly through [email protected] when you add the course to your cart. Be aware that an approved override does not itself register you for the course, however, you will be able to register after the override has been approved. 

Please Note: The University considers it a violation of its policy concerning the acceptable use of technical resources to create or utilize an automated solution to attempt to register for courses in Banner.  The use of such automated tools gives the user an unfair advantage over other students and increases the possibility of system degradation or failure.   Students who are found to have used such an application will lose their ability to register online for the rest of the semester in question.

Need Help?  If you have a registration or course related question, contact the Banner Registration Hotline at 401-863-2300 or [email protected].    For technical questions, contact the CIS Help Desk at  401-863-4357 or  [email protected].   Assistance will be available to students between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

Advising PINs: Students (excluding transfer students) currently in their first, second, or third semester will need to obtain an Advising PIN from their advisors in order to pre-register.  This PIN will be different from the PIN used for previous terms.

First-Year Seminars: First-year seminar registration will be determined by a lottery run by the College subsequent to pre-registration. Note: students should not request an instructor override for First-Year Seminars during pre-registration. Once placements are made, the students placed into the FYS will be registered by the Registrar's Office. If spaces remain and as new spaces become available, first-year students will be able to add an FYS to their registration via [email protected] when add/drop opens in January.

Chemistry Placement Exam: Students who wish to take CHEM 0330 during the spring 2021 term must successfully complete the Chemistry Placement Exam.  If you already have passed CHEM 0100 and/or have a recorded Chemistry AP score of 4/5, you do not need to take the exam and can simply register for CHEM 0330.  The placement exam will be available through the end of pre-registration .

Concentration Filing Deadline: No student may pre-register for his or her fifth semester unless a declaration of concentration has been approved by the concentration advisor in ASK. Remember, simply starting the declaration process in ASK is NOT enough!  All declarations must obtain advisor approval prior to Friday, October 30th at 5 p.m. EST. Transfer students entering in their fifth semester are given an additional semester to declare. Brown/RISD Dual Degree students are allowed two extra semesters to submit their declarations.  

Deadline for Declaring Additional Concentrations: Any student that is currently in their 7th Semester, have until Friday, December 4th at 5 p.m. EST, to have your second (or third) concentration declaration submitted and approved by the concentration advisor. Submitting your concentration for department approval by that deadline is not sufficient: You must see that declaration through to final departmental approval by December 4th at 5 p.m. EST for it to be accepted.

 As prescribed by Faculty Rules and Regulations, should the ASK (Advising SideKick) system accept your declaration after December 4th, the Office of the Registrar cannot accept that declaration once the deadline has passed. Failure to plan and act according to these deadlines, regardless of whether ASK allows it, is not deemed a valid rationale for an exception to the deadline.