Spring 2020 Timeline


Beginning October 9 -- Advising Period
November 4-6 -- Course Request Period
November 7-December 2 -- Course Request Processing
December 3-January 19 -- Schedule Adjustment Period
January 20-26 -- Add/Drop Period
May 2-12-- Spring Final Exams



Beginning October 9

Use the Advising Period to learn more about the following items and to meet with your advisor to discuss your course selections for the upcoming semester.

Your Degree Audit
Available through the Dickinson Gateway by clicking on the Degree Works Button.

Alternate PINs
A MUST for first-year and sophomore students

Declaring or Changing Your Major
In order to have your new major count toward the priorities during the Course Request Period, you must submit the completed Major Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than Thursday, October 31.

Your Student Status
Make sure there's nothing that will prohibit you from entering your course requests.

Classes Being Offered 
You can search for classes on Banner Self-Service even without a Username & PIN or Alternate PIN.

The Priorities for the classes offered
Priorities for classes can be found by clicking here.

Class Prerequisites/Restrictions 
If the class you want has a prerequisite/restriction (where to look), but you believe you qualify for the course otherwise, contact the professor of the class to find out if you are eligible for a registration override


9:00 a.m. EST, November 4 – 4:00 p.m. EST, November 6

NOTE: If you do not enter your requests by 4pm, November 6, you will not be able to select classes until the Schedule Adjustment Period. 

If you will not/do not have access to the internet to enter your course requests during the Course Request Period, contact the Registrar's Office (717-245-1315) prior to 4pm, November 2 and we will assist you.

Step 1:  Go to Dickinson Gateway, log in, and click on the SSB Button.

Step 2:  From the Student Main Menu, select Course Selection then Search for Classes. Enter your search criteria, including at least one Subject, and click Class Search.

  • To try the new upgraded version, select Course Selection (Beta) then Register for Classes.

Step 3:  Place a checkmark in the box beside each of the classes you want to request and click Register. You may request up to 4.5 course credits (how to add *music performance* studies classes).

  • For the upgraded version, search for classes and click the Add button beside those you want to load to your schedule at the bottom of the screen.  Be sure to click the Submit button at the bottom right to finalize your registration.

NOTE: At this point first-year students and sophomores will be required to enter their Alternate PIN ("AP" followed by 4 digits) before continuing.

Step 4:  Review your requests.

  • If they were entered correctly, your choices will show under Current Schedule with a status of “Course Requested.”
  • If you receive an error message, your choice will show under Registration Add Errors. Correct your request or select another class.

Step 5:  Print a copy of your requests for your records.

You are responsible for confirming that the course requests you entered are correct before the end of the Course Request Period – 4pm Wednesday, November 6. They will show under Current Schedule with a status of “Course Requested” if entered correctly.

NOTE: If you are taking an Independent Study/Research or Tutorial, you cannot enter those requests on Banner Self-Service. Rather, you must submit the appropriate paperwork.


November 7 - December 2

In order for the Registrar’s Office to efficiently and accurately process your course requests, your unofficial transcript and degree evaluations on Banner Self-Service will be unavailable during this time. Please plan accordingly.

Keeping these processes available to students would be very confusing because during this time a process is run that assigns students to classes according to the priorities listed online. One of two things will happen:

  • If the course capacity is greater than the number of students who requested the class, then all of the students will be registered for the class.
  • If the number of students who requested the class is greater than the course capacity, then those students with the lowest priority will be dropped from the class. In this situation, if a class has no priorities or multiple students with equal priority, the system will randomly select students to drop from the class until the enrollment equals the course capacity.

Students schedules are changing during this time so students may see a course on their schedule one minute and the next it could be dropped.


December 3 - January 19

Once the processing of course requests is complete, you will receive an e-mail message from the Registrar's Office letting you know that Banner Self-Service is open for Schedule Adjustment Period, which means you can:

NOTE: There are no waitlists in Banner. During this period you can add classes via the SSB Button of the Dickinson Gateway as seats become available.


January 20 - 26

All completed forms must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than 4pm, Friday, January 24, including:

Audit Permission

Overload Permission

Pass/Fail Permission

Special Course Options

Even though forms are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 24, you may add and drop courses using the Banner Self-Service tab of the Dickinson Gateway through 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, January 26.

NOTE: There are no waitlists in Banner. During this period you can add classes via the SSB Button of the Dickinson Gateway as seats become available.