Advising & Registration

At Purdue, advising and registration are separate.


Students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute must meet with their advisor at least once per semester.

Meeting with your Advisor

  • Some majors have group advising sessions, others have individual advising appointments or walk-in hours. 
  • Your advisor will email you with information about the procedure used in your department.

Preparing for your Advising Session

  • Determine how many credit hours you want to take.
  • Compile a list of courses and alternates that you would like to take.
  • Determine that you meet all the prerequisites for the courses you want to take. 
  • Once the Schedule of Classes is available, make sure course times work together. 

Topics Typically Covered in an Advising Session

  • Progress toward your degree.
  • Appropriate courses for the next semester.
  • Academic standing.
  • Internships, career fairs, and other non-academic opportunities.
  • Registration PIN release (PINs will not be released by phone, email or text message).
  • Other questions a student may have.


Students register themselves on myPurdue.  Registration begins in late October for the spring semester and in late March for the fall and summer semesters.  Advising and PIN release must occur prior to registration.

After You Register

  • Print out your schedule from Week-at-a-Glance on the left side of the Academic tab on myPurdue. You will need to enter a date that is within the appropriate semester.
  • Confirm your enrollment. Enrollment confirmation can be completed on the Financial tab on myPurdue once fees are assessed.
  • Pay your fees by the due date indicated. A fee statement will not be generated until you register.
  • Monitor your schedule periodically on Week-at-a-Glance. Classes occasionally get moved, changed, or cancelled.  It is your responsibility to check your schedule and make any changes necessary.
  • Read your Purdue email regularly. You should be notified if any changes have been made to your schedule.

Additional Information

The Schedule of Classes:  The Schedule of Classes  is typically available in mid-October for the fall semester, in mid-January for the summer semester and in mid-March for the fall semester.

Your time ticket:  Your individual registration period, or time ticket, is assigned by the Office of the Registrar.  Unless you have priority registration (for athletes, University Honors program, ROTC, authenticated ADA, etc.), your time ticket is determined by the total number of credit hours you have posted to myPurdue.

  • You can access your time ticket by clicking on the Registration Status link on the left side of the Academic tab on myPurdue
  • Your time ticket will be available in mid-October for the spring semester and in mid-March for the summer and fall semesters.

Registration PIN:  In order to register, you must meet with your advisor and get your Registration PIN.  You will get a new Registration PIN each semester.  The Registration PIN for the summer and fall semesters is the same.

  • After you have entered your Registration PIN into myPurdue for the first time each semester, you can access your Registration PIN by clicking on the Registration PIN link on the left side of the Academic tab of myPurdue.

Waiting lists:  If you try to enroll in a class that is full and the course doesn’t have linked sections, you may have the option to be placed on a waiting list for one particular section (CRN).  It is then particularly important to monitor your Purdue email, so that you can respond within the allotted sixteen hours. Only classes with one instructional type can be wait listed. Wait lists don’t begin until open registration which is after everyone has already had their week to register.