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PennWest students register for classes well in advance. In the midst of one semester, you'll hear, "It's time to register for next semester's classes!"

Even if it seems like the next semester is a long way off, it's important to register on your assigned day. Timely registration maximizes your ability to register for the classes you need.

You also will see whether any "holds" have been placed on your registration. If a hold is present, you must contact the office that placed the hold on your account and make arrangements to clear it before you can register.

General Education Attribute Codes

General Education Courses

Graduate Course Equivalencies

Undergraduate Course Equivalencies

Download Registration Instructions (PDF)

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Time Tickets

All students currently have registration time tickets assigned. Students are able to see their registration time ticket through their Student Profile via myPennWest, by clicking Registration and then Prepare for Registration in Student Self-Service.

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Registration Dates

Registration begins at 8am on the dates below based on your class standing.

Summer 2023 Registration begins on March 20, 2023 for all groups. Schedule will be available to view via Self-Service beginning on March 6, 2023.

Fall 2023 Registration

Schedule will be available to view via Self-Service beginning on April 2, 2023. Registration begins:

April 10 – Graduate students and students with Priority*

April 12 – Senior standing (90 + earned hours)

April 14 – Junior standing (60-89 earned hours)

April 17 – Sophomore standing (30-59 earned hours)

April 19 – Freshman (0-29 earned hours)

Advising Holds

If a student has an advising hold on their account they must reach out to their academic advisor for removal of the hold.  Students can review their advising hold, and any other hold, on their Student Profile or on the Prepare for Registration link in myPennWest.

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Other Holds

If a student has any other hold, (ie: financial, judicial, bookstore, etc.) the student should reach out to the office that placed the hold at their home campus for additional information.  

Schedule Searching

There have been a number of changes to the method that students will use to locate courses in the class schedule. The schedule can be accessed through myPennWest. Click on Student Self-Service, Student Profile, Registration and then Browse Class Schedule to begin.

As all undergraduate students have an advising hold, clicking on Register for Classes will then display your holds.

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All class searches should begin by selecting the subject of the course you are looking for.

For Summer 2023, subject prefixes for all courses have a leading A – California, C – Clarion or E – Edinboro to help students identify the location.  Additionally, each subject has a trailing – CAL, CLA or EDI to ensure that students are selecting the appropriate version of the subject. **** Please note, Fall 2023 courses will not have a leading A, C or E. An example: AENG, CENG or EENG will show as ENGL with Fall 2023 in the Subject Description column.

For Fall 2023, courses will not have a leading A, C or E the course will have a subject prefix. An example: AENG, CENG or EENG will show as ENGL.

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Section numbers appearing after the course number also represent the location of the course.  

  • 001-099 California campus
  • 200-299 Edinboro campus  
  • 300-399 Clarion campus
  • 400-499 Online courses
  • 500-599 Graduate Off-Campus courses

Students who are wishing to register for a course at another campus may require a permit from the department to be able to register for the course.  Some courses have space restrictions based on campuses. Permits for restricted courses may be requested to the department offering the course.

*Priority Registration

Not all groups that received priority registration in the past will continue to have priority registration in Penn West.  Please check your “Prepare for Registration” link in the Registration section to determine your Time Ticket registration window.

Wait List

Need to add a course to the wait list, or register a wait listed course? The following instructions are specific to PennWest California and VIP, but the functionality will be the same in the new system :

Important Instructions Prior to Registration

All students should follow the important instructions below in order to successfully create their course schedule and register for classes.

  1. Meet with your academic advisor
  2. Students can review any holds, on their Student Profile via myPennWest
  3. Review your DegreeWorks Audit.

College Scheduler

This tool is the most efficient way for you to optimize your semester’s schedule and maximize credit hours. College Scheduler generates a variety of daily schedules to fit your needs based on criteria you input, such as campus location, desired courses, and work breaks. Follow these steps to develop your semester plan.

Problems With Your Registration?

If there are any problems with registration, please contact:

For other issues, here's who to contact: