Pre-Registration for Spring 2021

If you have questions about registering for Spring, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or 814-332-2357.

Spring 2021 classes are now available for you to view on Self-Service. Please see here for additional information about special topics courses, FS 102 and 201 course descriptions, etc.

Please see below for information about the unique structure of the Spring 2021 semester. All students must be registered for at least one class by Friday 22 January (the add/drop deadline for Module 1 courses) or they will be placed on leave. Enrolled students may change their schedule after this date, based on the various add/drop deadlines for the semester


  1. Preregistration for the Spring 2021 semester begins on Monday, November 2. Please use the Academic Bulletin and Self-Service to plan your schedule. The Bulletin lists ALL courses, so please use Self-Service to see which classes are actually being offered in a given semester. There are detailed instructions for how to search for, add, and drop classes via Self-Service here.
  2. Please check the registration schedule to see at what time you are eligible to register. Please check your profile in WebAdvisor to confirm your correct class and letter! The date and time in the schedule are the earliest that you may register. Make sure to consult with your academic advisor(s) before your scheduled registration time to receive permission to register – you will not be permitted to register for any classes without your advisor’s approval (double majors: both advisors must approve you to register). 
  3. If you have previously been informed that you must declare a major and minor this semester, you must also have submitted your declaration form to be able to register.
  4. Preregistration is limited to a maximum of 18 credits. You will be able to register for up to 20 credits starting on Wednesday 9 December and for over 20 credits (an “overload”) starting on Monday 18 January.
  5. If you are unable to register, there may be some sort of hold on your account. Please consult this page for suggestions.
  6. Once per semester, students need to confirm their address, personal e-mail, etc. Please see here for how to do that.
  7. If you wish to declare a class “Credit/No Credit” you may do so starting in January. Please consult your advisor as CR/NC courses cannot be used to fulfill some College and departmental requirements. In particular, CR/NC may NOT be used to fulfill the distribution requirements.
  8. Seniors, if you need to register for a double senior project, please follow these directions


Registration Class: Please note that Registration Class is determined by the number of credits you will have earned by the end of the semester, not when you entered Allegheny; for example, you may think of yourself as a “sophomore” because this is your second year but be eligible to register as a junior. A student is considered to be a first-year student from the date of matriculation until the semester following completion of the 28th semester hour, when the student becomes a sophomore. A student becomes a junior in the semester following completion of the 60th semester hour, and a senior in the semester following completion of the 92nd semester hour.


Structure of Spring 2021 Semester: In June, we told you that we were adopting a new semester structure for Spring 2021. The spring 2021 semester will begin January 19 remotely with a three-week Module 1 (plus final exams) with one course taken (4 credits) followed by a 12-week on-campus Module 2 that begins February 22 during which the typical student will take three courses (12 credits). Classes will end on May 7 and exams will end on May 17. Unless you have completed the Remote Session Housing Request and been approved to remain on campus during the periods of remote instruction, you should not be on campus between November 20 and February 19. Information about Spring move-in will be coming later.


  1. We assume that each student will enroll in a Module 1 course. Each of these courses has an M in the section number (e.g., CMPSC 100 M0) and you can filter by these courses in Self-Service. Use the “Modules” option in the “Filter Results” box.
  2. Given the intensity of a five day class schedule, students will be able to take up to 4 credits without special permission during the Spring 2021 Module 1 term. There will be an overload process for students who wish to take more, but exceptions are not likely to be routinely granted.
  3. As usual, students may take up to 20 credits total in the Spring 2021 semester without special permission. 21 or more credits will require the usual overload request process. This means there will be TWO overload processes for Spring 2021, one for Module 1 and one for the whole semester. 


Financial Aid Considerations: As the structure of Spring 2021 is unusual, there are several differences between Spring 2021 and previous semesters. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 814-332-2701 or toll free at 1-800-835-7780.

  1. Depending on their sources of aid, some students MUST be registered for 15 weeks of instruction, which would require a course in Module 1 and at least one course that spans the entire length of Module 2. These students and their advisors have all been individually notified of this requirement. 
  2. Certain sources of aid, specifically some federal and state aid, will show as “pending” and will not be disbursed until after the student starts their Module 2 classes. This is because no student will be full-time (12 credits) until that point. 
  3. Students who do not enroll in a Module 1 course or who drop or withdraw from their Module 1 course must complete an “Intent to Return” form. Failure to do so may result in their financial aid being returned. If a student completes the “Intent to Return” form and then does not return to classes for Module 2, the date they signed the form will be the date they left the institution.


Billing Considerations: To accommodate students and families on multi-payment plans, the billing deadlines for Spring 2021 will remain the same. However, pending aid (see above) will be accounted for in calculating balances. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Services at or toll free at 1-800-376-7075.