Academic Advising



Student talking with faculty

Spring 2020 Registration Dates

  • Seniors: Monday, March 30th
  • Juniors: Tuesday, March 31st 
  • Sophomores: Wednesday, April 1st
  • First-Years: Thursday, April 2nd 

Check your portal to see your specific registration time.

Classification of Students:
0-23 earned credits: First Year
24-55 earned credits: Sophomore
56-86 earned credits: Junior
87+ earned credits: Senior

Registration FAQs

How do I register for classes?

It is important that you become familiar with the registration process prior to your registration date.

Overview of the student portal

Instructions on adding or dropping a class

For further guidance on registering for courses, please e-mail us at to set up a meeting time.

When do I register for classes?

Your registration time is determined by the number of credits that you have earned.  Your adviser will give you your pin number and your exact registration date and time during your advising meeting.

How do I know my class standing?

Classification of Students:
0-23 earned credits: First Year
24-55 earned credits: Sophomore
56-86 earned credits: Junior
87+ earned credits: Senior

What do I do if I have a registration hold?

To see if you have any registration holds, view your academic record in your student portal. There are multiple reasons that a hold may have been placed on your account. Your student portal will indicate the type of hold you have and you should contact the respective office as soon as possible to see what needs to occur to have the hold removed. Keep in mind that you will not be able to register for classes until your holds are cleared. It is important to take care of holds immediately, if possible, so you are able to register on time and hopefully get into all the courses you planned on.

How do I order my books?

You can order your books online by visiting the Bookstore Website and following these steps:

  • Hover over ‘Textbooks’  (top left corner)
  • Select ‘find textbooks’
  • Use the information from your schedule to search for the required books,  i.e. LCT 140 G

To view your schedule, log into your Student Portal. If you cannot remember your username and password, you can call our IT help desk at 507-457-7800 and they can help you get logged in.

What do I do if a course I need to take is full?

If you find that a class you were planning to take is full, you can contact the instructor of the course and explain why you hope to be added into the course and see if he or she would be willing to give you an override and add you in.  Overrides will be at the instructor’s discretion.   If the instructor is agreeable to giving you the override, you will need to fill out and add card and have the instructor sign off on the card as well. Add cards can be found at the Registrar’s Office and once completed, should be returned to the Registrar’s Office for entering.

How many credits do I need to be considered a full time student?

To be considered a full time student, you must register for between 12 and 18 credits in a semester.

How many credits should I register for each semester?

Full-time students need to register for 12-18 credits per semester. In order to graduate in 4 years, you should plan to take 15-16 credits each semester. Depending on course load and other circumstances, you may opt to take a higher credit range (17-18) or a lower credit range (12-14). Additionally, you may choose to take a lower credit range and take courses over the summer to keep on track as well. If you have the Minnesota State Grant, you are required to take 15 credits per semester. It is recommended that you consult with your faculty adviser to map out your anticipated graduation date to help yourself stay on track and feel comfortable with your graduation timeline. You may find the Long Term Course Planning guide helpful as you plan for graduation.

Can I register for more than 18 credits?

Students seeking to take 19 or more credits in a semester must receive approval from the Dean of Student Success. Students must have a current cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher to be considered. Each credit taken above 18 credits is an additional cost per credit.

How many credits can I take at Saint Mary's in the summer?

Students planning to take online summer courses at Saint Mary’s are encouraged to take no more than 9 credits. If you are considering taking a summer course (either through Saint Mary’s or another University) it is in your best interest to talk with the Financial Aid office to see if enrolling in any summer course(s) impacts any financial aid you may have.

Additionally, you may wish to meet with an adviser in the Student Success Center to further discuss strategies to be successful in your summer course.

Mailing Address:
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Academic Advising Office
700 Terrace Heights #6
Winona, MN 55987-1399

70 Griffin Hall

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.