How to Register

In most cases, students register online using the Banweb. Special registration processes, like by-arrangements or departmental approvals are handled in person. Restriction overrides, can be done either in person or online.

Registering in Person
Register in person by bringing a Special Registration Form to the Registration counter in Western Hemlock 21 or send completed/signed registration forms by email to or fax to 503.725.5525, after any required approvals.

Register Online
Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the registration period (with brief closures for maintenance on Sundays). On Priority Registration days, each registration window will open at 8:00 a.m. See the Priority Registration Schedule for dates.

To register online, any computer connected to the Internet will do. There are several technology labs and computer kiosks around campus that students may use. Some labs, like Room 96 in Neuberger Hall and the first floor lab in Millar Library, are open for general use during the hours that the buildings are open. Other labs on campus are open for general use only when classes are not scheduled in the room. On campus, students must log in to lab machines with their PSU Odin account to access the Internet, then log in to the Banweb to register for courses. Follow the 'Basic Online Instructions' below for instructions on how to access and use Banweb to register online.

For courses that have restrictions, students can contact the department to see if a Faculty Registration Override is available through Banweb. This process allows students to receive an electronic override to register online for the course, without having to submit a paper registration form. To find out more about this process, please visit this page.

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Registration Instructions
Basic Online Instructions

Go to

Enter Student ID or ODIN Username and Password.

First-time users of the portal need to synchronize their Portland State computer accounts, or create an initial account, using OAM (Odin Account Manager). Navigate to the Registration Menu Select the "Student Services and Financial Aid" link, then select "Registration". 

Update student information if appropriate, then click on "Continue to Registration Menu". Note: This step only occurs the first time each term that you log into the PSU Information System. Choose Courses 

To search for courses, select "Look-up Classes to Add". The search feature allows students to look for courses according to subject, course number, title, credit hours, part of term, instructor, attribute type, start and end times, and days of the week. Choose one parameter -- or several -- then click on the "Class Search" button. 

Select courses using the check box on the left side of the search results screen, then click on either "Register" or "Add to Worksheet" at the bottom of the page. Proceed to add classes using this procedure, or use the "Add/Drop Classes" link from the main Registration Menu. If a waitlist appears after submitting a course to add, select Waitlist from the drop-down menu and resubmit the course. 

When finished adding/dropping courses and/or making other changes, click on the "Please click here to complete your registration" link at the bottom of the page. Students who fail to perform this crucial step are not registered. 

Students view their completed registration/class schedule by selecting "Student Schedule Detail" or "Student Schedule by Day and Time" links from the main Registration Menu. Log Out 

Exit the PSU Information System by clicking "Exit" near the top right-hand corner of the page. If using a shared computer, close the browser application to ensure privacy of personal data.

Registration holds

Holds are placed on student records for a variety of reasons: past-due accounts, missing admissions data, unsatisfactory academic progress, and others. Often these holds restrict student access to registration. Information about holds and how to clear them is available as part of the student record in the PSU Information System, by visiting the Registration counter in Western Hemlock 21, or by calling 503.725.3220 during business hours.

Holds are intended to prevent adding new courses to a current or future term. If you have a registration hold, but would like to drop or withdraw from a course or courses you may request a drop or withdraw directly with the Office of the Registrar either in person or by emailing from your email account.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites


Prerequisites reflect the background necessary for successful completion of a course and may be expressed in terms of specific courses, credit levels, or more general experience, knowledge, or skills. Prerequisites expressed in terms of specific courses or credit levels will be enforced automatically by the registration system. Enrollment into courses with defined prerequisites will be blocked unless the student has met the prerequisite. A student who lacks the prerequisite but feels prepared for the course for other reasons may enroll with instructor permission using a Special Registration Form or via electronic override. 

Expected Preparation identifies minimal knowledge and/or capabilities (competencies) expected of students prior to entering a specific course. Expected preparation expressed in terms of courses indicates that preparatory course should be completed prior to enrolling in the course in question, or the student should have skills and competencies equivalent to those covered in the preparatory course. The only difference in pre-requisite courses and expected preparation courses is that the latter are recommendations only, and are not enforced by the registration system. Expected preparation is intended to ensure that students are prepared adequately for successful completion of a course. Students who have concerns about their readiness for a course should consult with the instructor before enrolling. Recommended Prerequisites Co-Requisite Courses 

Co-requisite courses are those which require concurrent registration. Examples include lecture classes that are linked to labs or recitation sections. The Registration system will not add a course with a co-requisite unless both courses are requested at the same time. If one section of the two co-requisite courses is closed, students must select another section and add both co-requisite courses at the same time. Students who later wish to change lab sections must add the appropriate CRN for the lab section before dropping the unwanted section. If one of the two co-requisites is dropped, the registration system drops both courses.

Class Time Conflicts

The online registration system does not permit students to enroll in courses for which the end time of the one course meets or overlaps the start time of another. To register for the second course, students must receive an electronic override to register online or submit a Special Registration Form, with appropriate department/instructor approval, to the Registration counter in Western Hemlock 21.

Closed and Restricted Classes

Closed classes are those that are at capacity registration. Restricted classes are those that are restricted to certain populations of students, whether they be students in a particular college, at a particular student level, or declaring a particular major. Decipher major restrictions using the major code lists. 

Students may register for restricted classes online by receiving an electronic override, or in-person by submitting a Special Registration Form, with appropriate department stamp or instructor signature, to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. If a closed class offers waitlist, students may add themselves to the waitlist (see waitlist information). If no waitlist is offered, student may be added with instructor or department approval on a Special Registration form.


Registration options may include a Waitlist if the feature is engaged by the department. If the waitlist itself is full or the section has no waitlist, the section is closed. 

To add yourself to a course waitlist, choose Waitlist from the Action column pull-down box located in the tool bar. 

If the course is closed and a waitlist is available, the Status box will indicate how many students are already waitlisted. 

Select "Waitlist" to be added to the waitlist. 

Automated Waitlist Process 

Students on a waitlist will not be registered automatically as spaces become available. A notification will be sent to the first person on the waitlist, via their PSU email account, letting them know they can register for the course. Students will have 24 hours from the time this email is generated to register for the reserved seat. Instructions on how to add a course from the waitlist when a seat becomes available will be contained in the notification email. 

Once 24 hours has lapsed, student will automatically be DROPPED from the waitlist. If the course is still needed, the student can put themselves back on the bottom of the list. It may be beneficial to recheck the schedule using the Look Up Classes function under the Student tab to see if there is better availability on other courses needed. 

If access to a student registration is restricted due to a hold on their account, it is essential that the issue be resolved by the student within the allocated 24 hour period. The Registration Office will not be able to return students to the top of the waitlist if they are dropped, since the next eligible student will have already received their permission to take the open seat. 

For more information, please see the Waitlist FAQs

Adding From the Waitlist After Electronic Faculty Registration Override

Waitlisted students who receive a Faculty Override from their instructor must register themselves in the course via Banweb. Under Add/Drop Courses, students must first drop from the waitlist by selecting "Drop Waitlist", then re-add the course by selecting "Reinstate Course" from the drop-down menu in the Action Field.

Grading Options

Certain courses at Portland State University are offered under multiple grading options: Pass/No Pass and differentiated (A-F) grades. Other courses are offered only under one grading option. When multiple options are available, students generally select the preferred grading option at the time of registration but may make grading option changes until the end of the 7th week of the term.

Grading option changes for P/NP or A-F grades are made using the PSU Information System, or by submitting a Special Registration Form to the Registration counter in Western Hemlock 21.

To register for an Audit grade option, students must first register for the course during the registration period, then submit a Special Registration Form with instructor's signature to the change the grading option to Audit. Any changes to an audit course must be made directly with the Registrar's Office.

Changing Sections

The registration system does not allow students to register for two sections of the same course at the same time unless the course is repeatable for credit. Examples of repeatable courses include PE 185 and special topics courses (numbered 410). 

To change sections, students must drop the existing section and then add the alternative section. Before dropping a section, it's a good idea to verify that space is available in the alternative section.


Students may make arrangements with instructors to complete course work individually (instead of in the regular classroom setting). The resulting "by-arrangement" courses are omnibus-numbered (e.g., 401-410, 501-510, or 601-610) and students register for them using a By-Arrangement Request form, available from the instructor's department. In most cases, by-arrangement courses must be approved by the instructor and department chair, but those arranged with instructors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Social Work additionally require the appropriate Dean's signature.

By-Arrangement Request forms are available online, at the Registration counter in Western Hemlock 21 and from the instructor. Submit completed forms to the Registration office for processing. Changes made to the student's registration are viewable via the PSU Information System.

The deadline to enroll in by-arrangement courses is the last day of the term. However, if enrollment in the by-arrangement is required in order to receive Financial Aid, the course must be added before the end of the second week of the term.

Academic Credit Overload

Undergraduate Academic Credit Overload

Undergraduate students who enroll in more than 21 credits per term are considered to be in academic overload. PSU audit credits and transfer credit taken at other institutions while concurrently enrolled at PSU are counted in determining overload status. Transfer credits that result in an overload for a given term will not be accepted in transfer unless prior approval has been granted.

Academic overload must be approved on a term-by-term basis as follows:

  • 22-25 credits: Students must obtain prior approval from their academic program adviser using the Overload Approval Form, to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in advance of the overload term.
  • 26 or more credits: Students must obtain prior permission from the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) by submitting an ARC petition in advance of the overload term. Students must provide justification for the overload and obtain written support from their academic program adviser. Petitions must be submitted using the Academic Requirements Committee prior to the first day of the overload term.

Graduate Academic Credit Overload

Graduate students who enroll in more than 16 credits per term are considered to be in academic overload.

Academic overload must be approved in advance as follows:

  • 17-19 credits: Students must obtain approval from the department head of their academic program using the Graduate Overload Approval Form.
  • 20 or more credits: Students must obtain approval from the chair of the graduate committee of their academic program and the dean of graduate studies using the Graduate Overload Approval Form.