Of Course

Does the thought of registering for courses make you want to curl up in a ball and take a nap? Or does it make you want to jump for joy with anticipation of the various nuggets of information you will collect this coming year? Either way, the process can be a little daunting at first.

Whether you’re just starting university, just starting at X, or just starting a new degree, there’s some vital information you should know before you set out to register.

  1. Know your registration date and time.
  2. Pick out your classes ahead of time.
  3. Have back up options.

Important dates:

  • June 16th– The course timetable is released at noon, so you can start building your course schedule
    • Print off a blank timetable and fill it in (using pencil) with the courses you want to take. Select some back up times/options in case your 1st choice is full. Make sure you pay close attention to the time block and note the CRN so that they’re all in one place when you go to register.
    • If you know upper-year students, ask them about courses they loved and professors they would recommend.
  • July 8th– Log into Banner from sites.stfx.ca using your StFX ID and PIN number to check your registration date and time. Your ID and PIN can be found in your confirmation e-mail or package that was sent to you earlier this year. E-mail registrar@stfx.ca if you are still unsure what those are. Make note of the time so you can register as soon as possible.
  • July 12th or 13th (for new students; depending on your program)- Registration begins. Log onto Banner to register for courses. Although you can register and make changes throughout the summer, it’s best to do it as soon as it opens. Courses fill up fast so the process is easier the sooner you do it.
  • Sept 6thClasses start!

Transfer students: Transfer credits are considered earned credits. For students in a 4-year degree pattern, your total number of earned credits determines your year of study.

  • First year- fewer than 24 credits
  • Second year- 24 to 51 credits
  • Third year- 54 to 81 credits
  • Fourth year- 84 credits and above

Depending on the courses you have already taken elsewhere, and how they are transferred to StFX, you may receive an error code when you register for courses. Prerequisites are courses that you are required to take before you can take a higher level course in the same subject area. If your prerequisite didn’t transfer as you had expected, you may not be able to register for a certain class. Contact the registrar’s office for more information.

The registrar’s office will contact you, if they haven’t already, about which courses have transferred as earned credits at StFX. To verify, log onto mesAmis and select “my Grades” to view your grade report.


Still unsure? Here’s a step by step guide to preparing for course registration:

How to find/pick courses:

  1. Go to sites.stfx.ca, on the left hand column select “Office of the Registrar,” select “Course Timetable.”
  2. From here, you can peruse courses you may want to take.
  3. Below is a snapshot of what you will see when you click on a subject.Registration 1
  4. The number on the far left is called the CRN. This is the number you will need to input into Banner if you want to register for that class. In this example, the CRN 51514 corresponds to Intro Psychology.Registration 2- CRN
  5. The group of letters beside the CRN is the shorthand for the course subject. In this example PSYC stands for Psychology.Registration 3- course name
  6. The course number usually follows the course subject. The first number in the course number signifies the level of the course. In this example, the highlighted course number is a first-year course. Three courses down, however, is a second year course (PSYC 210). Unless you’ve been granted special permission, all of your courses in first year will be at the 100 level. Registration 4- course number
  7. The number after the colon is the course section. As you can see in the example, there are two courses labeled “PSYC 100” but they have different course section numbers. That means that they are the same course, but offered at different times, and usually with a different professor. Popular courses often have several sections to accommodate as many people and schedules as possible. Pick the one that fits your timetable best. Registration 5- course section
  8. The next number over is the number of credits you will obtain upon completion of the course. As you can see, PSYC 100 is a 6 credit course, while PSYC 198 is only 3 credits, and PSYC 210L is 0 credits because it is only the lab section of a 6 credit course (displayed above it- PSYC 210). If you intend to have a normal full course load, you should register for 30 credit hours. Registration 6- credits
  9. The next column simply states the course name and gives some idea of what you will be learning. Check the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar for a full description. Registration 7- course title
  10. The next column states the professor’s name. If there are two names listed – as in the highlighted example that means that the professor will switch in second semester. Registration 8- professor
  11. The next column can be a little confusing. If it says FULL (as in the first highlighted example) it does not mean that the course is full. It means that the course is taken over the full academic year (in other words, both semesters) and you should plan for that. If it says 1st or 2nd (as in the second highlighted example) that indicates the semester in which it is offered, so only mark it in for that time. Registration 9- semester
  12. The second-last column indicates the specific time block that course occupies. If it has two or three time blocks (as in the first highlighted example) it takes up ALL those blocks. If it has one time block listed, it is only in that block. Courses with two blocks are generally 75 minutes two times a week, while courses with three blocks are generally 50 minutes three times a week. Registration 10- timeblock
  13. The last column indicates the classroom where the course will be held. This doesn’t matter too much because campus is small enough to travel anywhere between classes. However, it is important to know by the time the first day of classes rolls around. NOTE: Check mesAmis right before you go to class in the first week. Sometimes rooms change after registration. Registration 11- classroom


  • When you log onto Banner from the mystfx website, click “Registration.” From there you should see this: registration 12- banner
  • If it is time to register, click on “Step 1” and select the full academic year 2016-2017.
  • Then, click “Step 2” to start registering for the classes you selected from the course timetable. You will only need to know the CRN to register.
  • Fill in the boxes with the CRN for each class you want to take. Note: you can only fill on 10 at a time. If a class has a lab component, you need to put the lecture CRN and the lab CRN in at the same time, otherwise you will get an error code. registration 13- banner 2
  • You might also get an error code if you do not have the prerequisite, if the class is full, if you have an academic or financial hold, if you typed the CRN in wrong, if you have overlapping classes, etc.
  • If you require an override to get into the class, despite an error code, e-mail the chair of that department. If you know ahead of time that you will need an override, you can request it early so that it does not delay your registration.


  • A full course load that will allow you to graduate on time with your program is 30 credits (more for engineering/nursing).
  • A 6-credit course goes all year, in the same time block both semesters.
  • A 3-credit course is offered in one term (Sept-Dec or Jan-Apr). If you select 3 credit courses try to pick time blocks that add up to 15 credits each semester. Otherwise, you will end up taking more than 5 courses in a term which may be difficult to manage.
  • Register for required courses first, then your electives.
  • First year students are not permitted to enroll in more than 30 credit hours unless their program requires it.
  • If a course has a lab component, you MUST also register for its lab. It will have the same course number followed by an L.

This seems like a lot of confusing information, but it’s pretty simple if you plan it out ahead of time. And don’t worry if you get an error code, it will all work out in the end!

Don’t forget to have fun with it! These are the classes you’ll be taking over the year so you want to make sure they’re in subjects that interest you! Happy choosing! 🙂

 PS: 80 days until Welcome Day!!!


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