About Preregistration (Year/Semester Registration)

Preregistration is the formal process of registering for courses for the upcoming academic year. Starting with Fall 2023 Preregistration, Colorado College will begin its new Seniority-Based system to determine who is enrolled and who is placed on a wait list for a course. This new system considers units earned from CC in addition to credit transferred in from other institutions (noted as TR coursework on a student’s transcript). Units NOT considered will come from AP, IB, GCE, “advanced standing” credit to remove inequity issues. In a comparison to CC’s previous Points-Based system which determined a student’s placement into a course based on a point-bid value, the Seniority-Based system better aligns a student’s registration with their progress towards graduation as seniors and juniors have higher priority into classes that are intended for degree requirements.

Colorado College's academic year is divided into 8 blocks; blocks 1 - 4 which take place in the Fall and blocks 5 - 8 which take place in the Spring. Students are required to register in a course for each block per semester. The majority of block courses take place over a one-block period (1-unit), however, there are also block course offerings that take place over a two-block period (2-units). Students can sign up for any combination of the two to total a minimum of 4 units each semester. To submit their Preregistration for processing, each student is assigned a Preregistration Passcode (a 6-letter combination code) for each Preregistration term. All students must meet with their faculty Advisor to receive their passcode for the term; passcodes will not be accessible at the Registrar's Office or Advising Hub.

Colorado College has two Preregistration periods, one held in Fall and Spring semesters. Learn more about them below!


In the Spring, opening in the last two weeks of block 7 and ending in the first week of block 8, students will participate in Fall Preregistration to plan out their next full academic year. Students will submit a schedule for their blocks 1 – 4 which will be processed at the conclusion of Fall Preregistration as well as a schedule for their blocks 5 – 8 which will be saved as a draft to be revisited and processed during Spring Preregistration in the Fall. Students are placed into courses using the Seniority-Based system which factors in units earned from CC in addition to credit transferred in from other institutions. Units NOT considered will come from AP, IB, GCE, “advanced standing” credit to remove inequity issues.  

THE PREREGISTRATION OPEN PERIOD FOR FALL 2023 WILL BE: 4/17 - 5/5 (announcement emails to be sent April 14)


Dates: Fall 2023 Preregistration period is April 17 - May 5, 2023. Once the Preregistration application is closed, changes will not be allowed until the following Wednesday when results have been posted to student schedules and Add/Drop opens for Fall schedule changes. 

Application: All students enter their course selections in the Preregistration application which is accessed from two places: the student Banner menu or the "register here" button in the student planner in Stellic.

Preregistration Requirements: The Preregistration application is looking for two main components:

  • a complete schedule for the upcoming academic year (Fall, blocks 1 - 4 and Spring, blocks 5 – 8)
  • the student’s Preregistration Passcode (obtained through faculty advisor).

Course registrations will be processed for blocks 1 - 4 only. Students will either be enrolled officially into a course or placed in sequence on a course wait list that will be determined by the Seniority Based system. Spring selections will be saved as a draft to be submitted and processed during Spring Preregistration in the Fall (dates for the next opening season will be posted in the sections below). Once Preregistration closes, these cannot be adjusted until the next Preregistration period opens.

Additional Resources: Check out the weekly "Pre-Reg Pop-Up Advising Events" hosted by the Advising Hub! These are an informal way to ask questions and make plans without having to make an appointment or walk over to the Hub. These "pop-up" events around campus are offered as an accessible way to get your questions answered!

*dates, times, and locations for the weekly pre-reg pop-up event
Pre-Reg Pop-Up Advising Event (hosted by the Advising Hub)
Preregistration Week Date & Time Location
Week One Wed | April 19 | 12-2p in front of Tutt Library
Week Two Wed | April 26 | 12-2p at crossroads in front of Shove Chapel
Week Three (Final) Wed | May 3 | 12-2p in front of Worner


Next Steps… Students can expect to receive their Preregistration results by Tuesday, May 9 via their Student Schedule in Banner SSB. An announcement email will be shared once results have been posted. Add/Drop will open for schedule changes the day after Preregistration results are announced. Stellic will also be updated at this time.


All students, returning and new first-years, will participate in Spring Preregistration in block 3. If a student has already created a saved draft of their spring course selections, they will be able to either revise or formally submit for processing. Spring Preregistration will formally process course registrations for blocks 5 thru 8. Students will be placed into courses using the Seniority-Based system which factors in units earned from CC in addition to credit transferred in from other institutions. Units NOT considered will come from AP, IB, GCE, “advanced standing” credit to remove inequity issues.  


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DURING Registration Season...

Students and advisors can prepare for their registration meetings by thinking about the following items that are commonly asked...

A: Things that can increase the demand on a course:

  • A course is offered once to a few times in the year
  • A course is an introductory/prerequisite course into a major/minor 
  • A professor is in high-demand

A: As suggested, students with the most seniority by CC + TR units will have a higher priority-placement than those who have less. Here are some strategies to consider: 

  • Consider which requirements you are hoping to meet in the semester and explore all course options that can satisfy those requirements.
  • If a course is offered more than once, chances are higher of obtaining a seat.
  • Keep your schedule flexible! On the block plan, course enrollments tend to shift pretty quickly. Have back up plans in place using your Stellic Planner in the event your first choice does not pan out.
A: Students can preregister for block seminar courses that fill each block (blocks 1 - 4 and 5-8). Students can also preregister for adjuncts (a maximum of 3 per semester).

A: Prerequisite information is available on the course schedule in Banner or in the course information panel in Stellic. If you have met the prerequisites for a course, you will be able to register without permission from the professor (unless a COI or COD PIN is required). Otherwise, if you have NOT met the prerequisites for the course but feel you may still qualify to register, contact the professor assigned to the course to seek their approval and obtain their COI PIN (consent of instructor pin). This pin will be used in the "Consent" field in the Preregistration application to override the prerequisite error encountered.

see below of how the system "checks" prerequisites.

A: The registration applications are able to check and restrict against most (but not all) prerequisite scenarios. In the event you meet the prerequisite for a course that is outside of the system's ability to check for, a consent pin from the professor will be needed to override an encountered error in the system due to failing a prerequisite check.

System Checks:

  • Courses taken at CC
  • Qualifying AP scores
  • Major/Minor declarations
  • Class level (by units)

Common scenarios that are asked about which the system cannot check for are:

  • When a prerequisite was taken at a different institution. Transfer work is NOT a system check.
  • When a student skips a level, but the level skipped is the prerequisite. For example, if a student jumps into Calculus 2 but the prerequisite is Calculus 1, the system cannot check for that.
  • IB or GCE credit
  • When a prerequisite requires "criteria" knowledge vs a set of courses.

A: Half (H) Block course registration will not be part of the Preregistration process. Half block encompasses 0.50 unit course offerings during the month of January. H Block registration opens with Fall schedule changes in Add/Drop in the Spring. Announcements are shared via emails and daily digests; be sure to stay tune in to these communication outlets to keep up on registration events.

A: Summer is also not part of the preregistration process. Summer registration opens with Spring schedule changes in Add/Drop in the Fall. Announcements pertaining Summer registration will come from the Summer Session Office.

A: Preregistration Passcodes are assigned to all students at the beginning of each Preregistration period. This passcode is unique to the student and will be used to submit their Preregistration (once a full schedule is reflected). Passcodes contain a 6-letter combination and is set to ALL Caps. Each faculty advisor has access to their advisee’s passcodes via Banner SSB/Faculty Services tab > My Advisees. (Fall 2023 Passcodes are to be posted by 4/3)

There are two sets of consent pins that are used in registration. These pins are a 6-letter combination and are set to ALL Caps. Below are overviews of both:

  • COI PINs: All faculty with a teaching schedule are assigned a Consent of Instructor PIN per term. Faculty can access their COI PIN for the term from their Banner SSB/Faculty Services tab > Your Teaching Schedule. There are two ways a student may ask for this PIN: 
    • If a course has a COI designation, the student must have this COI PIN to preregister or register for the course regardless of meeting any other indicated prerequisites. 
    • If a course is listed as "COI or a prerequisite" the PIN will not be required unless the student does not meet the prerequisite; in this situation the COI PIN will override the prerequisite error should the student and faculty member have a conversation and determine eligibility to register for the course.
  • COD PINs: All departments are assigned a Consent of Department PIN and are accessible only through the Department Chair. If a course has a COD designation, the Chair of the department is able to provide this pin and can access this from their Banner SSB/Faculty Services tab > Consent of Department (not the same as their separate and unique instructor's consent pin).
A: Yes! We know the lingo can be overwhelming if its your first time in the process or you don't change your scheudle around too often. Fortunately, there is a definitions chart available from our About Add/Drop page, see "Registration Terminology".

A: Once a student submits their Preregistration, they may go back in and make changes as many times as they choose while the Preregistration period is open. Advisors will be notified of any additional changes to the student's schedule once the original submission is made.

A: Registering for Psychology’s BYOB (blocks 5 and 6). Students who are signing up for Psychology's BYOB courses in blocks 5 & 6 will need to do two things:

  • Register for the course sequence pairing as you would any other course.
  • ADD two extra general studies placeholder courses "GS391" to fill both blocks (5 & 6). This may look like a course overload but BYOB courses are actually designed as two extended format courses and therefore students will also need two block seminar courses to recognize a full course load; the GS391s will act as this in their place and will be removed once Spring Preregistration is processed in the Fall.

A: Registering for Independent Study, Research, and/or Thesis. Students who are planning an independent study, thesis, or research will need to do two things:

  • Complete the required application found on "Our Services" page. Since these are individual blocks, students will have a course created unique for them! Please do not sign up for the course reference in the course schedule for a 1-on-1 block; these are meant to show the blocks and faculty who are available for the course. If your department handles the creation/assignment of independent blocks for majors (i.e. Economics, Sociology, etc.) than follow their instruction and simply follow the second bullet here for Preregistration.
  • Once the application is initiated, the general studies placeholder course “GS391” can be used in Preregistration for the given block and will be replaced appropriately once the application has processed. 

A: Registering for less than a full schedule. Students who are planning to take time off will need to do two things:

  • Work with their Hub Advisor to process the official form. More information about Taking Time Off from CC can be found here.
  • Once the paperwork has been initiated, the general studies placeholder course “GS391” can be used in Preregistration for the given block(s) and will be replaced appropriately once the paperwork has processed.

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POST Registration Season...

During Preregistration, students are submitting their one course for registration for each block but they should also have been planning back-up options in the event they do not get into their class; the degree progress planning and tracking tool "Stellic" can accommodate for multiple courses planned in each block.

After Preregistration is processed, students can see how they’ve placed into courses. If they have been waitlisted for any of their blocks, students can use the Course Schedule to review courses that have available seats.

  • If one of their planned back-up courses has a seat available, then they can sign up for it using Add/Drop once it opens.
  • If none of their planned back-up courses have available seats, then this is where the advising support really helps from faculty advisors and Hub advisors as students should then consider looking at courses that fulfill a Gen Ed requirement, a gateway course into an intended major (for first-years), or an alternative major/minor requirements.

When using Add/Drop, students should be careful when clicking through the registration screens as they will be prompted for a new waitlist and a new position if the class is full by the time they add the course – they can choose to proceed which will relinquish their original waitlist in their preregistered course or they can reset and try a new course that has available seats.

Preregistration Demand Reports

Overview Report Features: Reports below highlight the minimum seniority-units needed to get into a particular course. Keep in mind that minimum units needed from a previous preregistration period will not gaurantee a spot in a course during a future preregistration period and should not be the only source of information used to strategize course planning. Each preregistration period is unique to the timeframe and various variables impact results (i.e. cohort interests, number of times a course is offered, etc.). Take a look at the detailed report for additional statistics!


Waitlist Results After Fall 2023 Preregistration

Detailed Report Features: Reports below highlight the demand for each course, seniority-units distribution for each course, and will list the minimum seniority-units needed to obtain a seat into the particular course. Courses that did not result in a waitlist are still provided in the report (the demand for the course was equal to or less than the limit). Please keep in mind that results will vary each year and these reports should not be the only source of information used to strategize course planning. Each preregistration period is unique to the timeframe and various variables impact results (i.e. cohort interests, number of times a course is offered, etc.) Take a look at the overview report for a simplified view for courses that resulted in a waitlist!


Fall 2023 Preregistration Course Demand and Point Distribution Demand Results (detailed)


These reports are shared as a PDF document and grouped by department first, then by subject number. If you are searching for a particular course, try using the keyboard shortcuts CTRL + F (for pc) or COMMAND + F (for mac) to bring up the Find tool where you may then type in your search before clicking the Enter key. Search examples: by CRN, by Course ID, by Title.

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