For Students

Policies Regarding Full Time Status

The complete policies are located in the catalog in the Expenses Section of the Catalog found here.

This is a brief summary of minimum and maximum credits necessary to achieve full time status.

Degree Program Minimum Credits/Courses to Reach Full Time Status Maximum Credits/Courses Allowed without Permission Fees Charged for Credits Over
Bachelor of Arts 14/ 3 and one-half courses 18; permission for more than 18 granted by Dean of Studies Office 20
Bachelor of Music 16  24;permission granted for more than 24 by the Office of the Associate Deans of the Conservatory 24
Double Degree 16 26;permission granted for more than 26 by the Office of the Associate Deans of the Conservatory 26

FAQs about full and part time status

This series of FAQs can help you evaluate whether you should be full time or part time.

Requesting Permission for Part Time Status

A Bachelor of Arts student may be approved for part-time status with permission from the Registrar's Office which allows a student to take fewer than 14 credits (three and one-half courses), at a tuition rate of $2,220 per credit not to exceed the full tuition charge. Students taking fewer than 14 credits (three and one-half courses) without permission to study part-time are charged full tuition. 

A Bachelor of Music student may be approved for part-time status with permission of the Office of the Associate Deans in the Conservatory which allows a student to take fewer than 16 credits, at a tuition rate of $2,220 per credit not to exceed the full tuition charge. Students taking fewer than 16 credits without permission to study part-time are charged full tuition.

A double degree student may be approved for part-time status with permission of the Office of Associate Deans in the Conservatory which allows a student to take fewer than 16 credits, at a tuition rate of $2,220 per credit not to exceed the full tuition charge. Students taking fewer than 16 credits without permission to study part-time are charged full tuition.

Permission is granted after completion of a request. Bachelor of Arts students must complete this Part Time Request and, if the part time request is based on needing less than the minimum number of credits to graduate for your degree program, please provide a summary of what requirements have been completed. Other documents may be required. 

If you are interested in declaring a concentration in Linguistics, please complete this form.

INFORMATION ON REGISTERING IN PRESTO

 

HELPFUL REMINDERS 

Log on to PRESTO:  http://presto.oberlin.edu/

To log onto PRESTO, you will always need your T# (Oberlin College ID Number) and your PIN (Personal Identification Number).

If you forget or lose your T# and/or PIN, contact the Registrar’s Office at 5-8450, e-mail us at registrar@oberlin.edu, or come into the office, Carnegie 124. 

To register for classes in PRESTO, in addition to your T# and PIN, you must have your RAP (Registration Alternate PIN,) which your advisor will give you at the end of your individual advising session. 

Remember to always capitalize the “T” in your T# and do not use the “back button.” Use the “Return to Menu” link at the top right hand side of the page. 

When do you need your RAP? New and returning (from leave) students need their RAP throughout registration and add/drop in the first semester. Continuing students do not need a RAP for Add/drop once they have registered in April and November. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO IN PRESTO?

 Check your registration status

  • Look up classes, add/drop classes and change variable-credit hours
  • Check your course schedule
  • Check your record: holds, semester grades and transcript
  • Process a degree audit in Degree Works (see the section about Degree Works on the Registrar’s Website.)
  • See information about your financial aid (if applicable)
  • See your student and personal information 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PRESTO COURSE REGISTRATION 

 

What do I do if I lose my T# or PIN or my account is disabled?

Generally, during regular registration periods, if you have trouble with your T#, PIN or account, call the Registrar’s Office at 58450 or email registrar@oberlin.edu

What if I lose my RAP?

Only your advisor can provide you with your RAP. Please contact your advisor. 

How much time will I have to register?

Initial Registration appointments in November (for spring) and April (for fall) are three working days; if you begin your registration appointment on a Friday, your appointment will conclude on Tuesday. Remember that you are REQUIRED to register for an upcoming semester.

Initial Registration Appointments for new students during Orientation are 45 minutes; we can extend the appointment upon request.

During Add/drop: the first two days of add/drop, you will have approximately four hours each day to add and drop. On the third day, you will have from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm all the way through to the end of second module add/drop.

What if I need consent to get into a class?

▪   You will need to contact the instructor or go to the class and ask for consent. The instructor will give you consent by either entering consent online or giving you written consent. The written consent must be done via a Registration Schedule Adjustment card, available from the Registrar’s Office. Once the faculty member signs the card, bring it to Carnegie 124 and we will enter it for you. If the instructor says s/he will enter it on line, you will need to check PRESTO to confirm the consent has been entered and then add the class.

▪   There are two important things to remember about consent: (1) consent is just *permission* to take the course; it is not a guaranteed seat; and (2) if a faculty member enters consent, you must still go onto PRESTO and add the class. You are not registered in the course until you add it in PRESTO.   

What if I can’t get in a class because of a prerequisite?

Certain courses carry prerequisites; they will be listed in the catalog. If you do not have the prerequisite, you will not be able to add the course. If you believe you have the academic preparation for the course, you can make an appointment to talk to the faculty member who is teaching the course to ask permission to take the course. The faculty member will then decide whether an exception is warranted. If s/he makes an exception, then the faculty member will need to override the prerequisite in PRESTO for you.  Once that is entered, you can add the course during add/drop.

What are waitlists?

Each faculty member manages waitlists for courses. Please contact the faculty member for information about how waitlists will work for a course.