Web registration

In order to attend classes at Seattle Pacific University, you must formally register. Registration will begin during the last few weeks of the preceding quarter and online registration will end on the fifth day of the quarter at 11:59 p.m. Most students choose to register for classes online through the Banner Information SystemStudents are notified via SPU email the date and time of their quarterly registration appointment.

A late registration fee of $50 may be charged for late registration.

Once online registration has ended, students must come to Student Academic Services (SAS),  or scan and email or fax in a written request to withdraw from classes. Undergraduate students are required to have instructor permission to drop a course after the tenth day of the quarter.

Summer Session registration deadlines

Adding classes: You must register prior to the first day of the course. Registrations will not be accepted once a course has begun.

Dropping classes: You must drop a course before the class ends. Once the course has ended, students will not be allowed to withdraw.

Summer Session internships, independent studies, and individual instruction in music have an extended registration deadline. Please check the Summer website for specific dates and deadlines.

Adding classes

Students are permitted to change their registration as long as the change is submitted by the fifth day of the quarter (see the University Calendar for specific dates) by 4:30 p.m. in the Student Academic Services office, or until 11:59 p.m. online. Students may not attend or sit in classes unless officially registered. No registrations will be accepted after the fifth day of the quarter except through a Registration Petition. Day and evening classes (classes beginning after 4 p.m.) must also adhere to this deadline.

Waitlisting closed classes

You have the option of waitlisting online, via Banner, most classes that are closed. If a spot opens up for you, the automated Banner process will generate an email to your SPU email address with a deadline for you to take action on your registration. Typically, this deadline will be 24 hours; however, it may be extended for school breaks and shortened during the first week of the quarter.

When Banner emails you, if you still want the spot in the course, you will access your own registration in Banner and add yourself to the course. If you miss your window to register for the course you will need to re-add yourself to the waitlist. When you re-add yourself you will be added to the bottom of the waitlist. With few exceptions, the waitlist works on a first come, first served basis.

The automated process that generates emails to waitlisted students begins running after the scheduled “buffer week” (the week after advance registration for continuing students) and goes through 11:59 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter. Refer to the University Calendar for these dates.

If you have questions about the waitlist process, contact Student Academic Services at or 206-281-2031.

Extended registration deadlines 

Students may require extra time to get special paperwork completed for certain classes (e.g., Independent Study, Internship), work on a special assignment (e.g., independent projects or research), audition (e.g., for certain performance groups), or set up individual instruction. For these types of courses, students are allowed to register through the 10th day of the quarter. To see if this extended registration deadline applies to a specific course, contact Student Academic Services. Courses with the extended registration deadline have until the 10th day of the quarter, at 11:59 p.m. to register online, or a deadline of 4:30 p.m. in the Student Academic Services office. 

Registration processes for Independent Study courses must be completed in Student Academic Services and cannot be accomplished over the web. Students must come to SAS with a completed Independent Study contract, or scan and email or fax in their Independent Study Contract form to register for these classes. Internship applications are managed online through the Center for Career and Calling's Handshake site. When an Internship application is approved online, Student Academic Services will take care of registration for the student.

Changes in registration

Students are permitted to change their registration online until 11:59 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter. Courses with extended registration deadlines (see above) have an online registration deadline of the 10th day of the quarter at 11:59 p.m.

The deadline for withdrawing from courses is the seventh week of the quarter. Specific dates for these registration deadlines are listed in the University Calendar. Students who are receiving financial assistance are encouraged to speak to a Student Financial Services representative before making a change in course load.

Registration restrictions

Registration restrictions have been designated for certain courses. The registration restrictions may be based on student level, student classification, or declared major.

  • The phrase “Class open to” identifies who may register for the course.
  • The phrase “Class not open to” identifies who may not enroll in the course.

Student holds

Holds are placed on a student’s account for different circumstances. Each hold prevents basic University privileges, such as, but not limited to, the right to register, add/drop classes, or receive copies of official transcripts and diplomas. Listed below are the types of holds that are placed on accounts and the offices to contact regarding them:

Type of Hold: Office

  • Academic Dismissal: Student Academic Services
  • Academic Probation: Student Academic Services
  • Account Deposit Required: Office of Admissions
  • Advance Payment Needed: Office of Admissions
  • Center for Learning: Center for Learning
  • English Placement Test: English Department
  • Health History or Immunization Required: Health Center
  • Housing or Meal Plan Issue: University Services
  • I-9 Form: Student Financial Services
  • Incorrect Address: Student Academic Services
  • Judicial/Behavioral: Student Life
  • Meet With Faculty Advisor: See your faculty advisor
  • Must Complete English Requirement: English Department
  • New Student Advising: Student Academic Services
  • No Schedule Changes Allowed: Student Academic Services
  • Past Due Account: Student Financial Services
  • Registrar's Hold: Student Academic Services
  • SFS Account Severely Past Due: Student Financial Services
  • SFS Past Due Loans: Student Financial Services
  • Unapproved Housing: University Services

Registration petitions

It is expected that all students adhere to registration deadlines and policies. However, students may petition for exceptions to regular policies and procedures. The petition process provides students and faculty with the possibility of a response outside the normal bounds of policy when extenuating circumstances are judged to warrant such a response. Extenuating circumstances include illness, injury, death in the family, or problems with immigration.

Registration holds unresolved by the deadline or poor performance in a class do not constitute extenuating circumstances and are not grounds for petition. The petition must not only voice the request, but must also substantiate the validity of the request.

Registration petition forms (PDF) are available online and on the forms rack in the Demaray Hall lobby (first floor). Instructions for completing the petition process are listed on the form.

A student pursuing late registration for a course must seek the instructor’s permission to attend class while the registration petition is pending. In all cases, the final decision to approve or deny a petition will be made by Student Academic Services. SAS reserves the right to deny any petition for any reason. Each approved petition is subject to a $50 change of registration fee.


A person who wishes to attend class but who does not desire credit is an auditor. With approval from the instructor, auditors may register to audit most undergraduate courses. Students may change from audit to credit or vice versa during the quarterly add period published in the University Calendar.

Auditors may neither participate in class discussions nor take examinations. If they do daily assignments, the instructor is under no obligation to read or correct them. Courses that are audited do not count toward financial aid. Students who are unable to remain at the University because of low grades, and new applicants who do not qualify for admission, may not register as auditors. A student may receive credit for an audited course only by enrolling in it as a regular student in a subsequent quarter. Tuition rates for auditors will be equal to the tuition credit rate.

Non-matriculated students

A student who is not seeking a degree at Seattle Pacific, but who wishes to take courses may be able to do so as a non-matriculated student. Below are policy issues surrounding this type of student status:

  • There is no application fee to become non-matriculated.
  • The maximum credit load per quarter is 18 credits.
  • No more than 45 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward an undergraduate degree.
  • No more than 15 such credits may be applied to a post-baccalaureate degree.
  • No more than 9 such credits may be applied to a graduate degree — although some graduate degrees differ in maximum credit amount.
  • If a student decides to pursue a degree or certificate program at SPU, he or she is required to go through the normal admissions process.

To register as a non-matriculated student, complete the Registration Form for Non-Matriculated Students (PDF) and submit to Student Academic Services (SAS) to be processed.

This form asks for directory information, the student’s social security number, date of birth, requested courses and the student’s signature. It is important to indicate all current contact information so that the student may receive information from SPU departments. The University will review the completed form to determine whether the individual will be permitted to take courses as a non-matriculated student.

Course offerings can be found in the Time Schedule. Students should note that some courses may not be available to non-matriculated students and/or that some courses may have registration restrictions attached. In either case, the student would need to request special permission from the appropriate department.

One disadvantage for non-matriculated students is that registration does not begin until all matriculated students have had a chance to register. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates for each quarter. For Autumn Quarter, non-matriculated students can begin registering on September 1 or the first business day in September.

Other things to consider

  • Non-matriculated students are not eligible to receive financial aid and will pay regular tuition for courses on a per-credit basis.
  • Veterans may not be able to receive benefits through the G.I. Bill.
  • Non-matriculated students may not be allowed to take the same course more than once.
  • Non-matriculated students must comply with all of the expectations, policies and procedures applicable to matriculated undergraduate students.
  • Non-matriculated students are not eligible to participate in clubs or student government organizations.
  • Non-matriculated international students who are non-native English speakers* are required to submit an acceptable official English proficiency test score to Student Academic Services, and must pay for their courses at the point of registration.

*SPU considers an international student to be a native English speaker if both their primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. (other than Puerto Rico).