Office of the Registrar

Registration Basics

All students should familiarize themselves with Brown's registration resources and tools.

Banner is the official registration portal for Brown courses. Students will use the Banner online system during the pre-registration period and the add/drop period each semester.
The University Bulletin provides the requirements for the degree you are pursuing, including concentration or field of study requirements.
The most current information about course offerings is available in Courses@Brown. Occasionally, circumstances require the University to make changes to the courses it offers in a given semester. 
Stay informed on registration guidelines and timing, include pre-registration for Fall & Spring Semesters, advisor approval for first-year students, the add/drop period, grade options, course dropping and specific registration processes for medical students and summer/winter sessions.

Maximum Number of Credits

The maximum number of credits a student may register is 5 in the fall/spring; 2 in the summer; 1 in winter. This includes any audits that the student may be registered.

Potential Limitations on Enrollment

In order to ensure quality teaching and create a conducive learning environment, many courses have enrollments and/or other registration parameters.  When students attempt to enroll in a restricted course, they will be allowed to register only if they meet all of the parameters and space is still available in the course. If not, the instructor may grant an Instructor Override which will allow a student to register. Please note that the instructor’s granting of an override does not register a student for the course.  Once the override is granted the student must still register for the course online by the registration deadlines. To remain in a limited enrollment course, a student must attend all of the first three class meetings.