Banner Registration Guide

Courses that don't run the full term

If you register for a course that does not meet the full semester, the drop and withdrawal dates will be shortened and may not be listed on the academic calendar. You must use this link, also shown at the bottom of the academic calendar to determine the drop and withdrawal dates by CRN (Course Reference Number).

Seat Availability and Course Fees

For information about seat availability and course fees, access PAWS and select "search the class schedule.” Choose a term, then define your search by selecting parameters on the class schedule search screen. When you find the class you are searching for, click on the class title in order to see seat availability and course fee information. Remember, not all courses have fees, so information will only exist if there is a course fee.

PAWS Downtime

PAWS and Banner will typically be available 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is reserved for backup and technical support purposes. During the Sunday morning reserved time, the system could be subject to shutdown without warning.

You may check to see if any systems are not fully operations. 

General Information

Make a habit of checking your EIU e-mail at least weekly for important messages from various on-campus offices (Financial Aid, Records, Registration, Student Accounts, Textbook Rental, etc.). For instance, you will receive information about such things as classes you wait-listed; returning textbooks to Textbook Rental Service without a fine; financial aid; student accounts.

At least once a week, access the EIU calendar.

Signing into the Banner PAWS Self-Serve System

From the Eastern Illinois University home page, click on the “PAWS” link in the upper right corner. That should bring you to a screen that says “PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services).”

Click “Login to PAWS”, which will take you to the login screen.

Enter your EIU network ID and EIU network password.

If you do not know your EIU network ID, search the EIU phonebook located on Eastern’s website. Your network ID is the last line of your entry. The network ID follows the format of first initial, middle initial, last name.

To Register For Classes

For information on how to use Schedule Planner, please click here.
For printable instructions on how to use Schedule Planner, please click here. To view a short tutorial on how to use Schedule Planner, please click here.

To register for courses in PAWS without using Schedule Planner, once you have logged in to PAWS:

Click on the “Student" link. Click on “Registration”, which will take you to the Registration menu. To begin registering for classes, choose the “Add or Drop Classes” option.

From the drop-down menu, select the appropriate term for which you would like to register and click “Submit”. This will take you to the “Alternate PIN Verification” screen. If you are a graduate, post-baccalaureate, bachelor of general studies, or organizational and professional studies student, you are not required to enter an alternate PIN and will be directed to the registration menu.

Enter the alternate PIN that has been provided to you by your adviser. Keep this alternate PIN all semester, as it will be needed any time you sign into the registration menu. This will take you to the “Add or Drop Classes” screen.

If you know the CRN (Course Reference Number) of the course(s) you want to register for, enter the number(s) in the “Add Classes Worksheet” at the bottom of the page and click “Submit Changes”.

If you do not know the CRNs, click on “Class Search” at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the “Look Up Classes” screen. At this screen you may make your search as broad or as narrow as you wish. Make your selections and click on “Class Search”. This will bring up all courses (both open and closed) that meet the criteria of your search.

Open courses will have a box next to the CRN. To register for the course, click on the box and then click on “Register” at the bottom of the page. This will add the course to your schedule. To verify your schedule, click “Return to Menu” and click on “Student Detail Schedule”.

To Waitlist a Course

You may waitlist a closed course if the course has waitlist seats available. To determine if a course has wait-list seats available, you must do a class search through the “Look Up Classes” link under the registration menu. Once you have found the class, you can see if there are seats available to waitlist under the “WL Rem” column. This is the number of waitlisted seats remaining.

If you want to waitlist this course, you must type the CRN for the course into the worksheet under the “Add or Drop Classes” link on the registration menu. You must then “Submit Changes”. It will now show that the course is closed and the option to waitlist will appear in the drop-down menu. To show the course waitlisted on your registration schedule, you must “Submit Changes” again.

To Inquire About a Course

If you would like to find out more information about a specific course, double-click on the CRN.

To Drop a Course

Go to the “Add or Drop Classes” screen. In the Action column, you will find a box by each course. Use the drop-down menu and select the “Drop Web” option. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Submit Changes”. This will drop the course from your schedule. The screen will refresh and show that the course was deleted.

There is a difference between “dropping” a course and “withdrawing” from a course. A drop occurs either prior to the start date of the class or by a specific deadline early in the term. (See the academic calendar here or use the Course Drop Date link here for deadlines.) Students are not responsible for payment of hours for a dropped course. Withdrawal occurs after the drop deadline and students are held responsible for payment of the hours even though they are no longer enrolled in the class.