New Terminology

OSU is transitioning to a new student information system beginning with the Fall 2016 semester.
The terminology below may be useful to better understand the enrollment process.


Banner ID – 9 digit identification number that will replace the Campus Wide ID (CWID) for all students, faculty, and staff. New Banner IDs will look different for different groups:

A + CWID for anyone with a student or employee presence in any of the OSU A&M legacy systems prior to Fall 2016 (ex: A12345678)

A + 2 + 7-digit number for everyone else who's new to the OSU A&M system beginning Fall 2016 (ex: A21234567)

Banner PIN – similar to the old SIS PIN, everyone will have a Banner PIN. It will usually only be needed for identity confirmation when activating an O-Key account. Individuals can request their Banner PIN by logging into O-Key ( and click on the Receive Banner PIN link. You will be asked to choose between receiving your Banner PIN via text message or email, and click Submit.

Class Schedule – the list of all class sections currently being offered in a given term/semester.

Course Catalog/Inventory – list of all courses currently approved to be offered by the university. Sections of classes are built based on this master list.

Course Reference Number (CRN) – a 5-digit number that is the unique class section identifier. The CRN is the best way to identify a section of a course.

Cross-listed – describes class sections that meet at the same time, in the same room, with the same instructor.

Equivalent – courses that are academically equivalent and treated as the same in the repeat policy. These courses should contain the “same course as …” wording in their course catalog descriptions.

Instructional Method – indicates whether the course is taught via traditional classroom instruction, online, blended/hybrid, independent study, etc.

Lecture – formerly known as the Theory (TH) activity type in SIS, Lecture (LEC) is the new name for this activity/schedule type.

Mutually Exclusive – courses with overlapping content that are NOT treated as equivalent in repeat policy, but have been identified by the department as having enough overlapping content that students should not be able to earn degree credit in more than one of the overlapping (or mutually exclusive) courses.Their catalog course description contain a variation of the phrase “no degree credit for students with credit in …”.

Registration Permit – a registration permit/override overrides a specific registration restriction.  While permits do not automatically enroll a student in a class, once given they empower students to enroll themselves online (if the students meet other registration restrictions in the class). Most permits can be given electronically. See the Registration Permits section of the Faculty/Advising -New Student System Information website. 

Schedule Type – formerly known as the Activity Type in SIS (e.g. Lecture, Lab, Discussion).

Self Service – web-based interface to the new system that students, faculty and staff will use, and is accessible via the portal.

Student Attribute – a tool used to designate several types of student characteristics for the purposes of fee assessment, restricting enrollment, and more (e.g. Honors College, Professional School).

The Portal – a Single Sign-on site found at that users will visit to access Self Service, E-mail, D2L, and O-Key, the Banner Administrative (INB) interface, and other common University sites.

Waitlist – feature that can be enabled on individual sections to assist students who wish to "get in line" for seats that may become open in full/closed class sections. When a seat becomes available in a section with a waitlist, an email notification is sent to the first student on the waitlist. The student will have a limited amount of time to register in the class. If they don’t register within the specified deadline, they are removed from the waitlist and the next student on the list is notified.