College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-registration Planning


Have you prepared for your meeting with your faculty advisor?  Reviewed your program requirements worksheet?  Checked your registration status to see if there are any problems that may prevent registration?  Verified that your PIN will work?  Below are steps to help you prepare for registration.

1. Consider your major choice and academic goals
If you are undecided about your major or considering a change, do some research on majors available at SJU.  The Exploring Majors Guide offers advice and tips.   Your advisor and the CAS Advising Support Center can support and guide you in this effort.   It is also a good idea to consider experiential education opportunities such as internships and study abroad.  Talk with your advisor about your interests in these areas - it is never too early to begin planning.

2. Prepare for and meet with your faculty advisor to discuss registration
  • Review curriculum requirements and typical course schedule for your major (or majors that interest you).  The Advising Support Center also maintains paper copies of course requirement sheets for majors offered in the College of Arts & Sciences and can help you to understand your general education requirements. 
  • Based on your research, map out possible course options for next semester as well as future semesters. If needed, consult with the CAS Advising Support Center - we can help with preliminary planning and general advising questions (e.g., typical course sequences, pre-requisites, etc).
  • If you are considering a study abroad semester, begin your planning by talking with a staff person in the Center for International Programs
  • Check My SJU for the class schedule and availability. Create a tentative schedule for next semester. Always have backup plans in case your preferred course sections are closed.
    • log onto My SJU
    • click on the My Courses tab
    • In the "Registration and Advising" box, click on Look Up Classes to Add
    • use the search box to search for your classes (additional tips for effective searching)
  • Prepare for your advising meeting with your faculty advisor - make a list of questions.
  • Meet with you advisor to review your plan, discuss options, and obtain your PIN

3. Check your SJU Email
Regularly check your SJU email for information from the CAS Advising Support Center, your advisor, and the Registrar.  You will receive updates on registration dates and times and registration procedures.

4. Check your Registration Status through MY SJU
Resolve any problems that will prevent your registration. If unsure where to start to resolve your problem, contact the CAS Advising Support Center. Two examples of holds include an A/O Hold (contact your academic department) and Financial Hold (Contact Hawk Central BL 121). To check your registration status:

  • Log onto My SJU
  • click on the My Courses tab
  • In the "Registration and Advising" box, click on Check Registration Status.  This page will verify your time/date for registration as well as inform you of any problems that will prevent you from registering
  • To view any holds, click on the "view holds" link at the bottom of the page

5.Verify that you have an accurate PIN

After obtaining your PIN, verify that it is the accurate PIN for the upcoming semester through My SJU:

  • log onto My SJU
  • click on the My Courses tab
  • In the "Registration and Advising" box, click on Add or Drop Classes
  • Select the term
  • enter your alternate PIN
    • if the PIN is correct, it will tell you that it is not yet time to register.
    • if it is an incorrect PIN, you will get an error message.
  • If your PIN is incorrect, please contact your faculty advisor as soon as possible.
6. Register for Classes