Plan Ahead is the feature in My Banner/Personal Access Pages that students use to request courses for registration. The Registrar’s Office creates plans for students: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5. Students add course requests to those plans. The Registrar’s Office processes student requests on the dates announced.
Before you start, we recommend that you gather a list of 10 to 12 courses, so that the system has alternate courses to attempt if a priority course encounters an error. We recommend creating a spreadsheet to collect these courses. Consider the timing of classes, types of classes, types of assignments, levels of classes, size of classes, and familiarity with course content by reading course descriptions.
During registration processing, your requests will be attempted in the order courses were added and saved to the plans. Add your primary course to each plan and save.
You will not add music lessons and ensembles to the plan; they will be added during the drop/add period.
Year long courses will be added the Monday after your registration. Don't add these to your plans. Be aware of time conflicts and maximum enrollment.
We highly recommend that first-time Plan Ahead users watch the videos below. You can also scroll down for detailed step-by-step instructions.
Select Plan Ahead then select the semester that you would like to search. Click Continue.
Click “Edit” to begin working with a plan.
Courses must be added to the plan in the order in which you would like the system to attempt to add the course. Search for the first course by clicking “edit” for the plan, click “view sections” and then “add” to the plan. SAVE. You must click View Section before adding the section with the CRN to the plan. Without the CRN, the system will ignore the course request during registration processing.
NOTE: The list of courses is not displayed in the order the courses were added. Follow the instructions above and your courses will be processed in the correct order because the system saves the course section with A sequence number which is used during processing. In other words, your list will look alphabetical but the back end will remember the order in which you added them.
Enter your search criteria to begin looking for the sections of the course that you would like to add to your selected plan, click search.
The search results will be displayed. Courses that are being offered for the upcoming semester will show with “View Sections”. Course not being offered will be clearly indicated.
Always click “View Sections” to view detailed section information. An example is included below.
Select the course title for full course information (including the full course description, pre-requisites/co-requisites, and permission of instructor).
Plans will be viewable by your advisor. You can add notes for your advisor if you would like to give more information on a course you are intending to take.
Alternate courses are not required for each round. However, if your first choice course encounters an error, without an alternate course in the plan you will miss a chance to add a course to your schedule. Note: the credit is increased by 0.50 units before each plan is processed.
Round 1 (0.75 units)
Round 2 (1.25 units)
Round 3 (1.75 units)
Round 4 (2.25 units)
Round 5 (2.25 units)
Credit Increases as Plans are Processed
Each student starts with 0.75 units of credit in the first round. Before processing each subsequent round we increase the credit by 0.50 units until we reach 2.25 units. You will want courses in each of your rounds to take advantage of these increases.
Students must meet with the faculty advisor to discuss their course schedule and get their alternate PIN each semester.
You must add the Alternate PIN provided by your faculty advisor on Round 1 in the note icon. We will copy that to all the other plans. If you do not have the Alternate PIN on Round 1, your plans will not be processed.
Enter your Alternate PIN on the plan note by clicking the icon. Save.
Three to four days before we process the plans for each class year of students, we run a series of data checks on the plans. You will be emailed about errors that prevent successful registration. Possible errors are:
• Missing CRN’s
• Missing Alternate PIN in the Round 1 note
• Missing one of the plans
• Two or more plans with the same name
• No courses on the plan/courses added to the incorrect plans
Each email will provide simple instructions on how to fix the issue(s). We run these checks each day until the day of processing your class registration.
The Registrar's Office will process the plans in groups based on the anticipated term of graduation. We will run Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, and Round 5 for each graduation term group in that order.
The system randomizes the students with plans for each plan processed. Each round students will be processed in a different order.
The maximum credit allowed during web registration is 2.25 units. Students can add courses above the 2.25 units beginning the first 7 class days of the semester.
After plans have been processed, each group will have that Thursday evening through Friday to make adjustments to their schedule through Personal Access Pages in Banner web registration. Instructions to add courses during the open enrollment period will be emailed when schedule processing is completed.
Be aware that the spring half of yearlong courses will be added to students’ schedules after registration has been completed for your class (including any online drop/add time periods). Yearlong courses have a “Y” in the course number. DO NOT attempt to add your yearlong courses to your schedules; they will not be added by the system.
Avoid adding courses that create a time conflict with the spring half of your yearlong courses — we will remove these from your schedule.
You must leave enough credit in your schedule to allow us to add the yearlong courses without going over 2.25 units. If that does not occur, we will remove the last course or courses added that will create space in the schedule for the yearlong courses. Students will be notified of these changes.
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