One registration/enrollment system registers all students at all campuses for credit courses offered through resident instruction, Continuing Education, and World Campus.

Students may also schedule courses at multiple Penn State campuses in the same semester/session (see Multiple-Campus Registration). To schedule more than 19 credits, students must add the overload credits during the drop/add period.

If you have questions about the registration process, contact the Registrar's office at the appropriate campus.

Student Action

  1. In consultation with an academic adviser, plan schedules.
  2. In your LionPATH Student Center To Do List (in a box on the right), complete the Pre-registration Activity Guide.
  3. Find your first day to register (listed in your LionPATH Student Center in a box on the right).
  4. On or after your first day to register, use LionPATH to enroll in courses for the upcoming semester/sessions. Instructions are provided in LionPATH Help.
  5. Pay your tuition and fees. Detailed instructions and assistance are available from the Office of the Bursar.

Late Registration

The late registration period begins after the semester's add period and ends on the last day of classes in a semester/session. When a student is late registering for part-semester courses (or any combination of full- and part-semester courses), his/her late registration period is determined by his/her course with the earliest-starting late drop period.

The late registration policy does not apply to students who have scheduled any courses (and retained at least one) prior to the late registration period. That is, students who schedule prior to or during the drop/add period are not late registering.

A student considering a late registration should consult with an academic adviser to discuss the implications of this decision.


The late registration fee is $250.00. Tuition, all fees, and any prior balance must be paid before a late registration can be processed.


Students processing registrations after the semester's add period must obtain the signature(s) of the instructor for each course the student is scheduling. If one of these courses is full or departmentally controlled, then both instructor and departmental approval is required.

A student who is late registering may schedule a course as an audit.

Retroactive Registration

Students who have not completed their registration on or before the last day of classes for a semester or session may request a retroactive registration.

Last Update: October 2016

Reference(s): Senate Policy 34-20