First-Year Advising & Registration

If you have any academic concerns or questions, please contact the Academic Advising Office by sending an email from your account. Include your student ID in the subject line. We're happy to help!

Welcome to First-Year Advising & Registration for Fall 2024

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Congratulations on your admissions to Wheaton College! The Academic Advising Office (AAO) is excited to welcome you and to work with you as you begin your academic career at Wheaton College.

Wheaton College requires all confirmed first-year students to attend three online meetings with our office, usually held in April or May. At those meeting, you will receive information about how to register, and you also will learn about our Christ at the Core general education curriculum, how to complete your core competency requirements, and how to use major academic plans (MAPs) to design a 4-year degree.

After you attend these meetings, you will complete a pre-registration questionnaire on the first weekday in June. Completing this survey allows the Registrar to issue you a time ticket for registration, which will take place in early July.

You may make a one-on-one virtual appointment with an academic advisor after June 1st to discuss your registration plans, testing credit, dual enrollment credit, or any other questions or concerns. The timing of this appointment allows you to have the best idea of what major you would like to pursue, and also allows most high school students to have an idea of how they performed on their final AP and IB exams.

Faculty advisors are not available for one-on-one meetings until late August.

Please login to your Admissions Portal for a full checklist of items to complete. Once logged in, go to "next steps." Follow the enrollment checklist and the next steps details at the bottom of the page. (Hint: Your Admissions Portal is different than the Wheaton student portal.) 

If you have questions, contact us at

CONFIRM Your Wheaton Account

  • Start by setting up your Wheaton account.
  • Once your Wheaton account has been set up, you will obtain access to the Wheaton Portal. The Wheaton Portal is your home page for student account access, campus announcements, resource links, and Banner Self-Service Course Registration. Step 5 will direct you on how to use Banner Self-Service to register for your classes.
  • Set up your Wheaton email. More information about setting up your Wheaton email account can be found HERE.
  • Important Note: Please use your Wheaton email account when communicating with our office. Academic advising will not respond to emails from personal email accounts. If you need help setting up your Wheaton email account, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology (AIT) or call (630) 752-4357. The AIT Service Desk is the first place to go whenever you encounter technical issues with your Wheaton account.

The office of academic advising is unable to assist with technical questions. For AIT related inquiries, please visit here.

REQUEST your transcripts

Wheaton College requires your final high school transcript as part of your admissions record. Please have your final transcript sent directly to The transcript, which must have an official seal and/or signature, must come directly to Wheaton Undergraduate Admissions from your school. It must show satisfactory completion of all coursework, final class rank if available, grades for your senior year, and the date of graduation.

We also need any transcripts or score reports that may earn you credit at Wheaton. Below, you will find a list of the types of credit we accept and where to send those transcripts or score reports:

For detailed explanation on transferring credit, including an articulation chart for Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate, please click on the links above. Please note: We will process the transcripts and score reports in the order we receive them. Wheaton receives transcripts beginning in mid-May. It may take up to a month before you see your transcripts displayed in Degree Works.


COMPLETE the Pre-registration Questionnaire

The pre-registration questionnaire will appear as a new checklist item in your admissions portal on the first weekday in June. This questionnaire gathers information about your academic interests and keeps track of transcripts you send us (See Step 2). While you will be asked in the questionnaire about what major you are considering, you will not declare your major at this time. The questionnaire helps assign you a faculty advisor in your current area of interest. Faculty advisors are not available to speak or email with you until August. 

After you complete the questionnaire, a registration time ticket will be issued to you. The registration time ticket is a digital time stamp indicating the time and date that you will be allowed to start registering for classes. There will be a detailed explanation of the registration time ticket in Step 5.

ATTEND the Mandatory Academic Advising Sessions (Linked below after June 1st)

The Office of Admissions emails students with dates to attend the mandatory academic advising sessions (usually held in April or May). All first-year students must attend these meetings; parents cannot attend in your place. These sessions will cover:

  • The Christ at the Core (CATC) general education curriculum
  • How to complete your core competencies
  • How to use major academic plans (MAPs) to schedule classes to complete your degree
  • How to use Degree Works to track your progress and see requirements for majors, minors, certificates, and endorsements. 

These videos will also be posted in your Enrollment Checklist on your Admitted Student Portal.

You can also always make an appointment with an academic advisor after June 1st through this Appointment Link. Appointments are not required in order to register. In an effort to transition you to be in compliance with FERPA regulations, was ask that you, the student, make this appointment and speak with one of our advisors one-on-one. Please note that scheduling fills up quickly, and the Academic Advising Office will have very little capacity to offer a meeting in July. Secure your appointment early.

Important Note: You must use your Wheaton email and password to login for appointment (See Step 1). If you have trouble, contact or call (630) 752-4357.

Please make sure you have gone through Steps 1 through 4 before attempting to follow the directions below. A time-ticket is required to register. Completing the pre-registration questionnaire in Step 3 issues your time ticket.

SELECT Your Classes

Locate your registration time ticket to determine when you can start registration. To locate your time ticket:

  • Login to
  • Under Banner Self-Service, locate the student services folder and select it.
  • Within that folder, choose, "NEW: Registration Dashboard." Click on that link.
  • Then, on the next page, choose: "Prepare for Registration." Your time will be in the information section in the middle of the page. 

As you get ready for registration, take a look at the resources below. These different resources will aid you in determining which courses you need for Christ at the Core General Education Requirements.

If you are not sure what courses to take for your major in the first year, consult the Major Academic Plans (MAPs) for recommended courses.

Important Note: All first-year students are REQUIRED to register for CORE 101 First Year Seminar.

  Now you're ready to watch the video on how to use Banner Self-Service to register for your classes. (Please note that the procedure has changed slightly from when this video was made. You no longer have to log in at on the Wheaton homepage. Just go directly to



Have questions?

 Start with our frequently asked questions.