What is priority registration?

Students are assigned registraton dates and times according to their student status and credits earned. The registration schedule is separated into two phases.

  • Phase I: Undergraduate students are eligible to enroll in a maximum of 16 credits and waitlisting is not available. You may enroll from your eligibility date until the end of Phase I. At the close of Phase I, registration is closed for a business day while the system is enabled for Phase II.
  • Phase II: You may waitlist courses that have waitlisting available and the maximum credits for undergraduates is raised to 19.
The priority registration schedule

The schedule displayed in the online catalog represents a range of dates and times during which students will be eligible to register depending on their status and credits earned. For detailed information about your registration dates and times, log into MyOSU, click on the Student tab, and under Registration Tools select "View Priority Registration Status.” Here you will see the specific dates and times assigned to you for Phase I and Phase II of registration. Your registration status and times will be available approximately one week before registration begins.

Phase 1 & II Priority Registration Calendars by Term: http://registrar.oregonstate.edu/priority-registration

When and how are PINS assigned?

The Office of the Registrar assigns registration PINS to students at the beginning of the current term for the next available registration term:

Flow chart for PIN assignment

PINs are assigned to students on the following timescale:

Week 3
(After add/drop deadlines)
From the beginning of week 3 onwards, PINs start being assigned to students automatically based on the term PIN rules set up for individual colleges.
Weeks 3–4

Some students are assigned PINs manually based on a particular status, e.g., disability access students, First-Year Experience students, student athletes, international Exchange students, etc.

This takes up to two weeks because information must be gathered from many departments. During this time, it is possible that a student’s PIN will be updated from one that was automatically assigned to one that reflects a particular status.

Week 4 At the end of week 4, the Office of the Registrar informs all advisors that PIN assignment processes have been completed.
Weeks 5–7 Advisors meet with students to distribute PINs and plan registration schedules.
Week 7 Priority registration phase 1 opens at the end of week 7.