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How to register

Registering for classes at Penn State is a two-step process.  Students first meet with their academic adviser to discuss course selection for the upcoming semester.  Students then complete their registration by taking action on their semester tuition bill.  Visit eLion to find the name of your academic adviser and use the Advising Preparation application to contact your academic adviser.  Visit the Bursar's web site to learn more about tuition, billing, and payment options.

When to register and take other academic actions

The Academic Calendar lists important semester dates, including the dates of the drop/add period, as well as the last day to late-drop for each semester.  


Key Academic Actions and Associated Dates for Fall 2014
Action  Dates 
Intent to Graduate Activation    Monday, August 18th - Monday, September 8th 
Leave of Absence Deadline Friday, August 22nd
Classes Begin  Monday, August 25th 
Labor Day - No Classes  Monday, September 1st 
Drop period Monday, August 25th - Wednesday, September 3rd (11:59 p.m.)
Add period Monday, August 25th - Thursday, September 4th (8:00 a.m.)
Late drop Thursday, September 4th - Friday, November 14
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes  Sunday, November 23 - Sunday, November 30 
Withdrawal Deadline Friday, December 12th
Last Day of Classes Friday, December 12th 
Final Exams  Monday, December 15th - Thursday, December 18th 
Commencement  Thursday, December 18th 

Retroactive Registration

In the event a student does not take action on his/her tuition bill before the semester ends, he/she may need to process a Retroactive Registration.  For more information, stop in our office in Frable 101B or call us at 412-675-9172.