Registration Information

Related Topic: Registration

Forms to Use

General Education Worksheet
Registration Drop/Add Form
Registration Worksheet - Fall/Spring (UP)
Registration Worksheet - Summer (UP)
Semester Planning Worksheet
Syllabus Checklist


Course Placements
Degree Audits
Entrance-to-Major Requirements
First-Year Seminars
Recommended Academic Plans
Schedule of Courses

When Can You Register?

In eLion, click on Registration Calendar (under Schedule) to see the first date you can register for next-semester courses.

You can also see this date in a degree audit (see section 2 of this sample degree audit) or in the Registration Timetable. On that day, you can access the Registration application in eLion at 12:01 a.m. The system closes down at 3:00 a.m. and is up again at 7:00 a.m.

Remember, this is the first day you can register, not the last. Keep trying! You can keep changing your schedule until the drop/add deadline.

Class Full?

Want to schedule a class but no seats are available? Follow tips at Scheduling a Course That's Full to improve your chances of adding it.

Codes and Abbreviations

Ready to schedule a class but wonder what that letter following the course number means in the Schedule of Courses? Look it up at Codes, Abbreviations, Acronyms, etc.

Cross-Listed Courses

When a course is cross-listed, it appears in the Schedule of Courses under two different names with the second course listed in the Notes column. WMNST 008 and PHIL 008 are cross-listed courses, for example, and seats are available in two departments (in this case, the Women's Studies Department and the Philosophy Department). If there are no spaces left in one of the courses, check the other.

Course Controls

If a Controls link appears in the Notes column in in the Schedule of Courses, click on the link to determine if you can schedule the course. If you're unable to schedule a controlled course, call the department to ask what you might do to schedule it. Department phone numbers and locations are listed in the Schedule of Courses and in the Penn State Department Directory.

eLion Problems

If you're having issues with eLion, please contact the AIS Help Desk for assistance.

Looking for a Certain Kind of Course?

You can use the Additional Search Criteria in the Schedule of Courses to find courses sorted by:

  • College
  • Number of credits (e.g. 2 credit courses)
  • Day(s) of the week
  • First-Year Seminar
  • General Education courses in specific categories (Arts, Humanities, etc.)
  • Honors
  • Instructor last name
  • International Cultures, US Cultures and/or Other Cultures
  • Open sections only
  • Web courses
  • Writing-intensive (Writing Across the Curriculum)

Dropping and Adding

When revising your schedule, you might want to drop a course/section only if you can be sure that it is possible to add an alternative course/section. Go ahead! On eLion, the simultaneous request for drop and add is an all-or-nothing activity. Your record isn't changed unless both actions occur.

All students may adjust their schedules during Course Drop and Add Periods in every semester/session. Students who have late–drop credits remaining may also drop courses beyond the regular deadline but should first discuss circumstances and options with an academic adviser and follow the Late Drop Checklist.

Other Questions?

If you have other questions about course registration, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Reviewed: July 2015
Last Update: August 2014