Plan Ahead allows you to search the live Banner schedule of courses and create a plan or plans for registration. These plans can be shared with your advisor and used as the basis for your discussion. The course information in Plan Ahead pulls from a live database and is updated in real time.

Getting Started

This link will take you to Plan Ahead to prepare for registration. You will then need to authenticate with Duo.

Two plans have been created for advising and registration. These will be reviewed with your advisor during your scheduled advising time. Click “Plan Ahead” to get started. Please read all instructions before adding courses to your plans.

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Select the semester that you would like to search. Click Continue.

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The two plans that have been created are called “Advising Plan” and “Registration Plan.” You can edit the plans that have been created by adding and removing courses.

The advising plan is used when meeting with your advisor to discuss your fall course selections. You will want to build a list of 10 to 12 potential courses of interest so that the system has many options. Consider timing of classes, types of classes, types of assignments, levels of classes, size of classes, and familiarity with course content by reading course descriptions.

The registration plan is for your final selection of courses. You will add the courses to this plan in order of priority. Registration of your courses will be attempted in the order courses are added to the plan. (You will not add music lessons and ensembles to the plan, they will be added during drop/add.)

Click “Edit” to begin working with a plan.

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Enter your search criteria to begin looking for the sections of the course that you would like to add to your selected plan.

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After entering your search criteria the following screen will be displayed (depending on the search parameters that were used). Courses that are being offered for the selected semester will show with “View Sections” and “Add Course.” Course not being offered will be clearly indicated.

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Clicking on “View Sections” will show more course information. An example is included below. You can select the course title for more detailed information (including the full course description) or you can click “Add” for the course to be added to your plan.

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After selecting “Add” your screen display will change. There will be a calendar displayed on the bottom left with the course and your plan on the bottom right. The screen can be changed by clicking on the toggles in the middle (circled in red).

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A section will not be added to your plan until you click “Save Plan.” The color of the course will change and confirm that it has been added to your plan.

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Saved plans can be viewed by your advisor. This will show the courses that you are intending to take for the following semester. You can add notes for your advisor if you would like to give more information on a course you are intending to take.

After consulting with your advisor and obtaining an alternate PIN, you will need to add the courses, in order of priority, to your registration plan. Your alternate PIN (final required step) needs to be added as a note. This is found next to the title "Registration Plan" as a yellow paper. The system will check and verify this information before registration.

The system will register you for up to 2.25 units.

Browsing Courses

Click “Browse Classes” to search for the courses that will be offered for the next semester.

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Select the semester that you would like to search. Click Continue.

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After selecting the term you will have different search parameters that can be used. Click Search.

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Courses that have available sections will show with the course information, time, day, instructor, etc.

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Selecting the course will then show additional information about the course, including the course catalog description.

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This is where you will need to find course descriptions for any special topic courses that are being taught.

Kenyon Compass

This information is updated once a day.

To plan your semester, visit the new and improved course search at

For more information on Kenyon Compass (, visit our Compass introduction page.

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