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Registration Information and Tips

Visit myslu.slu.edu to access Banner Self Service and log in. If you are unable to log in or do not know your Banner SLU Net ID (username) or password, contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar-madrid@slu.edu. Include your full name, Banner ID number and date of birth.

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Here are the menu items you’ll see in Banner Self Service:

  • Main Menu
  • Personal Information. Click here to update your contact information, address and more.
  • Student. Click here to register, print your class schedule, view your grades, request a transcript, view your financial aid information and other services.
To register for classes
  • Make an appointment with your advisor. You should do this one to two weeks before the registration period begins. Plan the classes that you would like to take in advance and bring a copy of your transcript printed from Banner.
  • Log in to Banner Self Service through myslu.slu.edu.
  • Click on Tools
  • Click on "Banner Self-Service"
  • Click on "Student" and then on "Student Registration"
  • Click on "Add or Drop Classes"
  • Choose the appropriate term (e.g. "Fall 2019")
  • Enter your PIN number if asked to do so
  • Search for and select courses: you may do this by entering the course’s CRN (five-digit) number directly or by searching the entire schedule. In order to search the entire schedule, Madrid campus students should remember to choose Madrid, Spain, in the "Campus" box.
  • Once you find the course you want, you can either "Add to worksheet" or "Register now." By choosing "Add to worksheet," you can create an entire schedule and then register for all the classes at once. If you select "Register now," you will register for each class individually.
  • Provided you receive no errors, you have successfully registered. (Check and print your schedule in Banner.)
  • You may use the same steps to add and drop classes up until the add/drop period ends (see the Academics Calendar).
To verify your registration, review and print your schedule and view email information for your instructors
  • Click on "Registration"
  • Click on "Student Schedule"
  • Registration Term: Select the correct term, for example "Fall 2019" and click "Submit"
To request an official transcript
  • Click on "Student Records"
  • Click on "Request a Transcript"
  • Choose the correct option. If you choose "Option 1" click "Continue" and be sure to make any necessary corrections to the default address. If you choose "Option 2", make sure you enter your full name if the transcript is for you, or the name of the institution if you are sending it to another university. Click "Continue". Under Transcript Type select Official Transcript. Enter the full postal address where the transcript is to be sent. Include a contact name and/or the specific office if available.
  • Click "Continue" and enter the number of desired copies
  • Click "Submit Request"

Transcripts will be sent at the time of request. If final grades have not yet been posted, they will not appear on the transcript. Submit the request at the end of the semester, after your grades are posted and you have verified this by checking your transcript in Banner.

To track the progress of your transcript request
  • Click on "Student Records"
  • Click on "Transcript Request Status"
To view and print your recent grades
  • Click on "Student Records"
  • Click on "Midterm or Final Grades"
  • Select the desired term
To view and print a record of your academic transcript
  • Click on "Student Records"
  • Click on "Academic Transcript"
  • Choose "Transcript Level ALL LEVELS"
  • Click on "Submit"

Tips for Scheduling Classes

Courses taken each semester at SLU are measured in credit hours. Credit hours refer to the number of hours per week you are in the classroom during a 16-week semester. The majority of courses are three-credit hours, but there are some that are one-, two- and four-credit hours. Consider the following as you develop your schedule:

  • Most students take between 14 and 16 credit hours per semester (four or five courses), though you may take up to 18. To be considered a full-time student, you need to take a minimum of 12 credit hours. Most degree programs at SLU require at least 120 hours in order to graduate.
  • For every credit hour in which you enroll, you need to spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying. For example, if you take 15 hours of credit, you should study at least 30 hours per week outside of class. This is a large amount of time, so please consider your study habits, work commitments and goals when planning your schedule.

Class Meeting Times

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday (MWF) classes are usually 50 minutes in length
  • Tuesday, Thursday (TR) classes are usually 75 minutes in length
  • Monday, Wednesday (MW) classes are usually 75 minutes in length
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (MTWR) classes are usually 50 minutes in length

Tips for Dropping Classes

Drop courses in Banner.

If you drop a class during the first two weeks of the semester, the class is simply removed from your transcript (before add/drop ends, see the Academic Calendar). If you drop between the second and 10th week of class, you will receive a W for your grade. The W is a permanent part of your record, but does not affect your GPA.

Benefits of Dropping a Course

  • Dropping a course is better than receiving an F for your final grade. An F is a permanent part of your record and can drastically affect your GPA.
  • If you drop a course that is very demanding you will have more available time to work on your other courses and perhaps improve those grades.
  • If you are on a scholarship and must maintain a certain GPA, dropping a class in which you receive a low grade may be necessary in order to meet your GPA requirement.

Consequences of Dropping a Course

  • Dropping a course could affect your financial aid. Check with the Office of Finance in Padre Arrupe Hall or write to financialaid-madrid@slu.edu.
  • Dropping multiple courses during your four years may indicate a negative pattern to future employers or graduate schools.
  • Dropping a course that is a pre-requisite for another course could put you behind in your major, especially if the course is only offered once per year.
  • Dropping a course affects the number of credit hours you have completed, and therefore may affect your class standing.

If you are struggling but do not want to drop the class, have an open and honest discussion with your instructor about the course. You may be able to salvage your grade by working closely with the instructor and by improving your performance during the rest of the semester. Also speak with your academic advisor; your advisor might be able to help you identify campus resources and support services that can help you.