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Major Change Requests (for Advisors)


The Curriculum/Major Change Request Application System is used by OSU academic advisors to request changes to a student’s curriculum on behalf of the student. The student's consent should be obtained before submitting the request.


Curriculum change requests will go through a series of checks and approvals before being routed to the Office of the Registrar for processing, and students will receive an email confirming the change request details. 


Student Emails from Online Major Change


The student will receive two emails from the Online Major Change application during the process.


  • The Online Major Change application will send an email to the student at the point an initial request is submitted on their behalf to let the student know the major change process has been started. This email also provides the student with the opportunity to review the change and contact their advisor if there is any discrepancy. 
  • The student will also receive an email at the point all approvals are received and the Registrar’s office completes the major changes in Banner. This email message lets the student know the process is complete and they can confirm the changes in their Student Profile.

Access to the Online Major Change Application


Access to the Online Major Change Application for advisors is automatically granted based on the Academic Advisor Query security group in Banner. As an advisor, you will find the link to access the new Online Curriculum/Major Change system under the Advisor tab of the portal as well as in the menu of the student profile. You can find additional information for requesting Banner Access on our website here. 


College Coordinators, Athletics and University College Advising are special roles within the application that are set up by the Registrar’s office. Additional questions on this access should directed to

Menu Items


Submit New Request – Use this menu item to create a new major change request for a student. NOTE: A student can only have one active request at a time.


Student Search – Use this menu item to lookup a request and view the current status of the request or determine if a request has been submitted for a student. 


Athlete Request Lookup – Use this menu item to lookup athletes who have had a request submitted. You can search by Requested Primary College, Requested Primary Major and/or Request Status. 


Request Lookup - Use this menu item to lookup requests by Requested Primary College, Requested Primary Major and/or Request Status. 


Pending Requests – If you are an advisor or college coordinator, use this menu item to view the list of requests that are in your queue for approval. 


Logout – Use this item to logout of the application. 

Status Definitions


Approved – All appropriate advisors, college coordinators, athletics, and UCA approvals have been granted and the request is ready for the Registrar’s office to review and apply the changes in Banner.


Canceled – Requests can be canceled at the request of a student to their advisor or if it is determined there is something missing or incorrect in the request.  If a request is canceled, a new request will need to be submitted for the student. 


Completed – Requests are marked as completed once the Registrar’s office completes the updates in Banner.


Denied – Requests can be denied during the approvals process by advisors or college coordinators. If a request is denied by anyone during the approvals process, a new request will need to be submitted for the student. 


Pending – The request is still in the approvals process for approval by advisor(s) and/or college coordinator(s). 

How to Look Up a Request


In order to look up a request for a specific student, click on the Student Search menu link. Then enter the student name and/or Banner ID, click search. Click the radio button for the student you are looking up and then click the Select button. This will show summary information as shown below. Click the View link to display the details of the request.


Template showing curriculum change request application for a fictional student

How to Approve, Deny, or Cancel a Request


In order to approve, deny or cancel a request in your queue, click on the Pending Requests menu link. This is a list of Requests Pending Your Approval awaiting your decision with the oldest on the top of the list. Select the student you would like to review and enter a decision for by clicking the radio button and then click the Select button. After reviewing the student’s request, at the bottom of the request, select the radio button for the decision you would like to enter and click the Submit Action button.


Graphic showing screen for taking action on request.


Using Comments


If you need to request a 3rd or 4th program, major or minor, please use the comments to detail the requested changes. 


If submitting a request for a student who is either entering or leaving University College, enter a comment to indicate the attributes to be added/removed. 


Primary Advisor


The Online Major Change application will route the request to the primary advisor listed in Banner as of the time the initial request is submitted for approval. Changes to the primary advisor in Banner made after the initial request is submitted will not update in the major change request application. However, it is also important to note the Online Major Change application will not update the student’s advisor either thus advisor changes should not be included in an Online Major Change request as they will not be processed. To update an advisor, please contact the appropriate college student services office.

Submitting a Request


To submit a request, click the Submit New Request link from the menu. 


  • Enter the student’s name and/or ID, click Search. 
  • Select the radio button for the student you are entering the request then click the Confirm button. On the next page, select the curriculum you want to modify.
  • Choose an effective term using the drop-down menu and the "Save Term" button.
    • Take note of the student's athlete status and/or any relevant attributes that will display at the top of the page.
  • Use the links to select the portions of the curriculum are being updated and click save. The new curriculum will show in the right column beside the current curriculum as shown below.
  • Use the links to make any additional updates to the curriculum. 
  • Once all changes have been entered, enter any comments as appropriate and click Submit Changes.
  • The request will then route through an approvals workflow for the new curriculum. These approvals include University College and Athletics as appropriate for those student populations.
  • Once all the pieces of the new curriculum are approved, the request is then routed to the Registrar’s office queue for processing in Banner.

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