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!

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Welcome to First-Year Advising & Registration for Fall 2023

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. Please follow the five steps below, which will prepare you for first-year registration process. If you have questions, contact us at

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.) 

CONFIRM Your Wheaton Account

  • Start by setting up your Wheaton account.
  • Once your Wheaton account has been set up, you will have 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 regarding 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 to 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 June 1st. 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 on the registration time ticket in Step 5.

ATTEND the Mandatory Academic Advising Sessions (Linked below)

Save the dates for the following academic advising sessions. Click on the link below to register to attend each session.

These videos are also in your Enrollment Checklist on your Admitted Student Portal. 

You can also always make an appointment with an academic advisor: Appointment Link. Appointments are not required in order to register. Please note that the Academic Advising Office will have very little capacity to offer a meeting in July. 

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.



Have questions?

 Start with our frequently asked questions.