Enrollment Services


Academic course planning begins during the last week of March  and October  for  the  following  fall  and  spring  terms, respectively. Registration for the Winter is planned during the last week of September.  All  tuition, fees  and  previous  debts  must  be  paid  by  the  published  due  dates,  otherwise  late  fees  will  be  charged  thereafter.  Where  payment  is  to  be  provided  by  scholarship  or  other  financial  plans,  students  should  make  prior  arrangements  and  submit  appropriate  documents  to  the  Office of Student Accounts  before  the  payment  deadline  each  term. The exact dates that Registration opens are published online on the Academic Calendar (www.saintpeters.edu/academic-calendar). All registration must be processed online using  Student Planning or SPIRIT Online.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an important process where students and academic advisors engage to focus on helping students achieve their academic and career goals. While both students and advisors are responsible for actively participating in the academic advising process, students are responsible for making decisions about their education and career plans. Students should review their program requirements to ensure they are on track towards the path to degree completion. More information on this process is available on the  Advisement Webpage.

Undergraduate Day (Traditional) students must use Student Planning to plan their schedule. The student must select the courses they would like to enroll in, then click “Request Review” and your advisor will be sent an email to review the courses you have selected. It’s better to select and plan the courses that you would like to register for and not the individual section because once your advisor approves your course selection, you can then add any section of the course to your plan (this is helpful when a course is closed). When your priority registration date and time has arrived, click Register Now to enroll in the selected courses. Detailed instructions, as well as “how to” video’s are available on the Student Planning Webpage.

Undergraduate Evening and Graduate students must use SPIRIT Online to register or drop courses, as well as to review their academic progress by clicking on “Academic Evaluation”. If you have questions regarding your academic evaluation, consult your advisor for assistance. In the near future registration for evening students will move to a new registration platform, Student Planning. You will receive more information regarding this before the platform is launched.

Course Add/Drop Policy

Students may add and drop classes during the designated Add/Drop period for each term. The last date for adding and dropping classes for each term are listed in the Academic Calendar published by the Registrar and available online at www.saintpeters.edu/academic-calendar. Separate dates may be established for classes that do not follow the normal start/end schedule. Students who drop courses during the designated Add/Drop period will receive full (100%) refunds for those courses. Students with Financial Aid should be cautioned that dropping courses may affect their eligibility status and Financial Aid award amounts. Students may add and drop classes via Student Planning (for day students) and SPIRIT Online (for evening students).

Students are strongly cautioned against dropping classes indiscriminately, as doing so may affect eligibility for Financial Aid and scholarships, registration in other courses, full-time status, and overall degree progress. 

Note: Non-attendance does not constitute dropping a class. Students who never attend or stop attending class meetings will not be removed from class rosters. Furthermore, students who never attend or stop attending classes will be held responsible for their financial obligations to the University and will not be issued refunds. A student who does not officially drop or withdraw from a class by following the procedures described above, and in the Catalog will be issued an “F” as a final grade. Withdrawal requests submitted after the deadline will not be honored and will result in “F” grades due to failure to drop or withdraw from courses is final.

Withdrawing From a Class

After the add/drop period has concluded, students that need to withdraw from one or more courses must complete the Course Withdrawal Request Form for each course they would like to withdraw from. These course(s) will receive a “WD” grade on transcripts and if the request is approved during a period where a refund is appropriate (visit the Refund Schedule) this may result in a reduction of charges. Visit the ESC Forms and click on Course Withdrawal Request to request a withdrawal. This will require approval from your academic advisor.  The Registrar’s office will contact your advisor for approval after you have submitted the Course Withdrawal Request.

For any course(s) a student ceases to attend after the published deadline, the student will receive an “F” grade on his/ her transcript and there will be no refund. After the deadline to withdraw has passed, a student may no longer receive a “WD” grade except in an extraordinary situation which requires approval of the Dean of the school in which the student is enrolled in. 

Requests for an appeal after a deadline has passed must be accompanied by appropriate documentation about circumstances that prevented the student from add/drop/withdrawing within the required time limits. To submit this request, visit the ESC Forms and click on Retroactive Petition for Changes to Registration and/or Tuition. The Dean and the Registrar will review your circumstances and then grant or deny the request.

NOTE: Non-attendance does not constitute drop or withdrawal. The student will not receive a refund and will receive a grade of “F” for the course(s) in question. An official drop or withdrawal can only be transacted by completing the appropriate forms by the deadline date listed on the Academic Calendar.

Course Schedule

To view the Course Schedule, visit SPIRIT Online and click “Class Search (Login not required)” menu. Then select the term you are interested in and the list of courses that are offered will be displayed. 

Barriers to Registration

If you have a restriction (or hold) on your account that may prevent registration from being processed. To view any restrictions on your account, visit SPIRIT Online  and select “My Active Restrictions”. This will display all active holds that may prevent you from registering. If you are trying to register,  you will receive a pop up indicating any holds on your account when you log into Student Planning. You will also receive a message that your registration request cannot be processed due to the hold when you attempt to register.  You should contact the office that you have a hold with to rectify this issue as soon as possible to reduce the barrier to processing your registration.

If you have a financial restriction on your account you will not be eligible to register until you make a payment arrangement with the Office of Student Accounts. They are located in the Enrollment Services Center and can be reached at 201-761-7440 or via email at studentaccounts@saintpeters.edu.

Academic Probation

Students who have not met the university standard by having a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 for the semester will be placed on academic probation and have an academic hold placed on their record. In order for a student on probation to register or make changes to their schedule, they would have to see the appropriate school Dean or visit CASE to meet with the Director of Academic Support Services to ensure they have an academic success plan to get them back on track towards degree completion. You can review your Cumulative GPA by clicking on My Progress or Unofficial Transcript in  Student Planning.

Override Request for Courses that Require a Prerequisites or Instructor Approval

If the student does not have the appropriate academic background on their transcript to meet the prerequisite requirements of a course, the student must email the instructor to request a Petition to add this course without the prerequisite. If the instructor approves the request, the instructor must  Add a Petition to the students record in Student Planning. Once this is added, students can view the petition by clicking on “Petitions and Waivers” and then the student must register for the course.

Closed Course/Waitlist Option

If the course that you would like to enroll in is closed,  you must add yourself to the Waitlist by clicking Schedule and then scroll to the course you would like to be added to on the left and then click Add to Waitlist. The waitlist processor runs hourly.  If a seat becomes available, you will be enrolled in the course and notified via your SPU email. It is the student responsibility to check their SPU email frequently regarding the Waitlist request. If you no longer require the course you must drop the course or it will remain on your schedule. 

To view Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Day students, visit this link Priority Registration FAQs 


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