Registration Instructions

All current undergraduate and graduate students register for classes via the PenguinPortal. Review the instructions below to process your registration for each semester. You may also contact the Penguin Service Center at (330) 941-6000, or the Office of the Registrar at (330) 941-2217 for registration assistance; both offices are located on the second floor of Meshel Hall.


  1. Log in to the PenguinPortal
  2. Under "e-Service for Students", select "Access My Student Information" and then "Class Schedule" to review future course schedules.  If registration for the term you wish to schedule is open, select "Register for Classes" under "e-Services for Students."
  3. Select the appropriate term from the drop-down menu; continue by clicking the "Submit" button.Under e-services for students, select register for classes.
  4. Read and review Youngstown State University's Promise to Pay declaration, accept or decline the terms, and enter your YSU Banner ID number; continue by clicking the "Submit" button.Review the Promise to Pay, accept or decline the terms.Enter Id and submit.
  5. You will now have access to the registration menu:
    • Registration Status: Use this to see if you have any holds preventing you from registering for classes.
    • Select Term: Use this to switch between each semester. Active : Use this selection to see the courses in which you are currently enrolled.
    • Registration and Change of Registration: Use this if you know the course reference number (CRN) for each class you wish to register. Simply enter each CRN in the boxes at the bottom of the page and click "Submit Changes".
    • Look up Classes: Use this if you do not know the CRN for each class you wish to register.
    • Change Class Options: Use this to change the grading option for a particular course (i.e., Credit/No Credit) or the number of credit hours for a variable hour course. NOTE: You should consult with an academic advisor before using the change class option feature.
    Review the registration menu and make a selection.
  6. Assuming you do not know the CRN for each course you wish to take, select "Look Up Classes".
  7. Select the appropriate term from the drop-down menu; continue by clicking the "Submit" button.
  8. Choose the subject of the class you are looking up and click the "Course Search" button to continue.
    • Advanced Search: Use this if you would like to search with additional parameters including but not limited to course number, instructional method, campus, part of term, instructor or evenings and weekends.
    Select a subject in the selection area and click the course search button.
  9. A list of all classes offered under that subject will appear. Click the "View Sections" button to see the dates and times for the appropriate class.Click the view sections button to see the dates and times of the class.
  10.  Under "Select", use the checkbox to choose the course(s) you wish to take; scroll to the bottom of the page and select the "Register" button to finalize your selection.
    • Select: A checkbox will be listed if the course has seats available, a "C" will be listed indicating the class is closed, and "SR" indicates a student restriction and you should contact the Student One Stop for resolution. If none of the above appears under "Select", check your active registration. You most likely already added this course to your schedule.
    • CRN: This is an active link to additional information about the course (i.e., pre-requisites).
    • Subj and Crse: This is the course subject abbreviation and identification number.
    • CMP: This abbreviation indicates which campus the course will be held (i.e., M stands for main campus).
    • Days: Each letter indicates the day(s) the course will meet: M - Monday, T - Tuesday, W - Wednesday, R - Thursday, F - Friday, S - Saturday, and U - Sunday. For example, if "TR" is listed under "Days", this indicates the course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • Location: This sequence of numbers tells you which building and room the course will meet. The first two digits are the building and the remaining numbers are the room number. Using a campus map* will help you to decipher the building numbers. For example, 29 114 means the course will meet in Lincoln Building, room 114
    Use the checkbox to select the class.
  11.  Continue to repeat steps 8 through 10 until you have registered for all of the classes you wish to take.
  12.  Review your schedule in "Registration and Change of Registration to verify your current enrollment and the total credit hours for which you are registered. NOTE: Full-time student status is 12 or more total credit hours per term.
    • To change your grading option, click the link under "Grade Mode" and click "Submit Changes" button once you have made your change(s).
    • To drop/withdraw from a course, make the change under "Action" and click the "Submit Changes" button at the bottom of the page.
    Review your schedule to verify enrollement, change grade option or add or drop classes.
  13.  When you are finished building your schedule, return to the registration menu. Under "REGISTRATION INFORMATION", click "Student Detail Schedule" to review a structured version of your registration.
    • Student Summary Schedule and PRINT YOUR BOOKLIST: This version will give you an abbreviated view of your schedule in a table format and a list of the books you will need available at the YSU Bookstore.
    • Week at a Glance: This version will give you an abbreviated view of your schedule in a calendar format.
    Under Registration Information view your detail or summary schedule or week at a glance.
  14.  When you are finished registering, make sure you log out of the PenguinPortal.