Registration Guide - Frequently Asked Questions

A) Questions about Selecting Your Courses... 

A1)  How do I know what courses I should take?

This website has been designed to guide you through the process of selecting and registering in appropriate courses. Step 2 will identify any courses which are required for your program as well as options you can consider for your remaining courses this year.

A2)  How do I choose my courses if I haven't decided on my major?

In the "BA with Major" and the "BSc with Major" programs you don’t formally select a major until the end of first year. If you're not sure what you want to study, use your first year as an opportunity to take courses in a variety of subjects. Remember that there are no wrong choices. In fact, some students do not find their true interests until second year. You are easily able to change your choice of major at the end of second year, and can often do so quite seamlessly even later.

A3)  There is a course listed in the Academic Calendar but it is not in the Course Timetable. How do I register for it?

The Academic Calendar lists all courses which can be offered at StFX, and while most are offered every year, some are not. The Course Timetable lists those which are actually being offered in the current year. If your course of choice is not being offered this year, you will need to select another appropriate course that is being offered.

B) Questions about Registering in Your Selected Courses... 

B1)  How can I find out my registration start time?

Individual registration start times will be assigned to new first-year students by noon on July 8th. You will then be able to see your start time by logging into Banner Self-Service, and selecting "Check Your Registration Time" from the menu.

B2)  I won't have access to the internet at my registration start time.  What should I do?

You should select your courses (including some alternatives) by following the steps on this web site, and leave that information, along with your username, password, Student ID, PIN, and your registration start time with a family member or trusted friend who can register on your behalf. (You can subsequently change your password and PIN if you wish.)

If this is not an option, you can make an appointment with an academic advisor to assist you with your registration.  Though you may not be able to book a time on your registration day (depending on appointment availability), registration assistance is available throughout the summer.

B3)  I am locked out of Banner Self-Service because I typed my username and PIN incorrectly a couple of times. What can I do?

You may log in to Banner Self-Service, enter your ID number and answer your security question to reset your PIN.  You may also email us at and we will reset your PIN for you.

B4)  How do I cancel my course registration if I decide before September that I won't be attending?

Just go into Banner Self-Service and drop all of your courses. Don't forget to click "Submit" at the bottom of the page, and check to ensure that the courses are actually removed from your registration. If you do this before the end of the first week of classes (see the Calendar of Events in the Academic Calendar for exact date), you will not be charged tuition fees and the dropped courses will not be recorded on your academic record (transcript).

B5)  How can I make changes to my course registration?

In Banner Self-Service, you can add or drop first-term or full-year courses until the end of the first week of classes in September. Second-term courses can be changed until the end of the first full week of classes in January. See the Calendar of Events in the Academic Calendar for exact dates.

B6)  What do I do if the course I want to take is “Closed” (it has reached its enrollment capacity)?

You can request an override by completing an Application for Override form which is available in your MyDATA. Complete the form click "View Report" and copy and paste the information provided in the box into an e-mail to the applicable  department chair. If the override is approved by the department chair, you will be notified by email and will then be able to register online in the course in the usual way.  In the meantime, you should register for an alternate course in case your override is not approved.

B7)  I am getting registration error messages that I don’t understand. Are they described anywhere?

Yes, click here for a description of the various error messages and what you should do.

B8)  I’ve registered for a course, so why is it not showing up on my schedule?

Most likely it’s an online course. Check the Course Timetable to confirm.

B9)  Can I audit a course?

Auditing a course means that you may attend the course without working toward, or expecting to, earn credits. You are basically there to listen, though you can participate in class discussion if you wish. The final grade will be listed on your transcript as "AU" and you will not earn any credit for the course.

Normally, only courses without labs or hands-on components can be audited. The audit fees are one-half the usual tuition fee. Email the Registration Help Centre for further assistance if you wish to audit a course.

B10)  Can I "challenge" a course (i.e., just write an exam to get credit, without attending the course)?

There is no provision at StFX to "challenge" a course.

B11)  Can I take more than 30 credits in the first year (other than students in engineering)?

First-year students (other than students in engineering) are not permitted to enroll in more than 30 credits in the academic year (September - April).

B12)  How will I know in what rooms my classes will be held?

The building name and room number are shown for each class in the Course Timetable (other than those that are offered online). Once you are registered in a course, the location will also show on your personal class schedule in Banner Self-Service. The location may change any time until the end of the first two weeks of classes, so for the first few days, be sure to check your schedule each day before going to class.

B13)  I have classes back-to-back.  Is there enough time to get across campus?

Unless you have mobility issues, this will not present a problem. All of our buildings are in close enough proximity to each other to allow you to go from one to another in the time allotted between classes. If you have a documented disability, you may wish to contact the Tramble Centre for Accessible Learning. The staff there can assist you with student-centred support such as registration assistance, advocacy, physical accessibilty arrangements, testing accommodation, and much, much more. The phone number is (902) 867-5349.

B14)  I have a scheduled lab as my first class for one of my courses.  Do I actually start that course with a lab?

No. There are no first-year science labs during the first week of classes. For that week, you will attend lectures only. Your professor will let you know when the first lab will be held.

C) Questions about Terminology Used ...

C1)  What is the difference between a lecture and a lab?

Courses can have lectures and labs. If a course has a lab you MUST register in it at the same time as you register in the lecture.

Lectures are usually classroom-based, where your professor will instruct you in a classroom setting.

Labs are more individual course components that supplement your lecture. A lab is often where you will practice what you've learned in your lectures or be able to ask questions about course material.

Make sure both the lecture and the lab fit into your schedule.

C2)  What constitutes a full-time student? What is meant by a normal full course load? Are they different?

Yes, they are different....

A student's full-time/part-time status is based on the number of credits in which they are registered for the full academic year (September - April) and is usually defined as 60% of a normal full course load. For undergraduate programs at StFX, full-time status is 18 credits (60% of a normal full course load of 30 credits).

Only students carrying at least 24 credits are considered for entrance and in-course scholarships. A minimum of 24 credits is also required to be considered for the Dean's List at year-end.

For the purpose of assessing tuition and other fees, enrollment in 24 or more credits is considered to be full time.

For the purpose of student loans, 18 to 24 credits or 60 percent to 80 percent of the normal full course load, may be considered full time by agencies which administer loan programs. (Check with our Financial Aid Office if you are unsure of the requirements for your particular loan program.)

For purposes of reporting to government agencies and for obtaining a student permit (for international students), full time is defined as 60% of a normal full course load (18 credits or more, in most programs).

C3)  What is a "......."?

If there is a term you don't understand, check the Glossary of Terms in the Helpful Resources button above.

C4)  What day of the week is “R”?

Thursday…Tuesday is “T”.

C5)  What does “TBA” mean on the timetable?

It can mean "To Be Announced" or "Not Applicable" (e.g., room numbers for online courses are not applicable but are listed on the Course Timetable as TBA).

D) Questions about Next Steps...

D1)  Will I be able to see an Academic Advisor in September if I need any clarification regarding my course selections?

You should be able to select your courses following the steps on this website. However, if you have any questions or are still unsure, you will have the opportunity to connect with an academic advisor when you arrive on campus in September. Academic Advising will post the methods of contact on the website and in the online appointment system.  If you have questions prior to that, you are strongly encouraged to make a phone or online appointment over the summer, as the first two weeks of the semester are extremely busy and appointment availability may be very limited.  You can schedule an advising appointment using their online booking system.

D2)  Is orientation mandatory?

It is highly recommended. You will learn about campus life, meet new friends, get important information about the campus, and have a lot of fun.

D3)  When do classes start?

Tuesday, September 6. Check your personal class schedule on Banner Self-Service to see when and where your classes are being held.