Winter Session

December 26, 2018 – January 17, 2019

Registration starts November 5, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know Which Classes I Should Take?

If you are a returning /continuing student with a declared major, you should check in with your departmental advisor. If you are a new student, or undeclared, please contact the Academic Advisement Office located in the Wintergreen Building on Wintergreen Avenue. More information regarding the Academic Advisement Office and how to set up an appointment can be found on the Academic Advisement website or you can e-mail the Advisement Center at

Do I Need a Student ID Card? How Do I Get One?

You will need a student ID card if you are taking classes at the Southern campus. Student IDs can be obtained, free of charge, from the Wintergreen Building. You must provide proper identification (photo ID) to get a new card. The Card Office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Adanti Student Center, Room 324.  In order to obtain an ID card you must first get an ID number. For visiting students, to obtain this number, go to our Visiting Student page and fill out all of the required fields.

How Much Does It Cost to Attend the Winter Session?

Learn about tuition and fees here: Tuition and Fees

What is the Registration Process?

If you are a visiting student, please complete the Web Registration Form for Visiting Students in order to receive a student identification number for Web registration. Once your form is submitted, you will receive an email with your Student ID number and your MySCSU Username; as well as instructions on how to log-in and register. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Can I Register For a Course or Change My Schedule After The Session Has Started?

Yes. Please note that the add/drop dates are based on the length of the individual winter course and scheduled meeting times. Please see the Winter Session calendar for specific withdrawal and refund dates.

What is the Process for Registering For A Course With a Prerequisite Requirement?

Students who need assistance enrolling in a course which has a prerequisite should contact their Academic Advisor for assistance. Returning students with majors are advised by their assigned departmental advisers. Contact the department of your chosen major to find out who your academic adviser is and when he/she can be reached. All undeclared and visiting students should contact the Academic Advisement Center at: (203) 392-5367 or via email at: for guidance.

Can I Audit a Winter Course?

If you are interested in auditing a winter course, please contact the Registrar's Office. The tuition and fees are the same, but auditing a course allows you the flexibility of taking a class without receiving a formal grade. All interested students will need to obtain permission from the professor in order to audit their course.

How Will I Be Notified If a Course Is Cancelled?

You can check Banner Web regularly to see the status of your class. Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to low enrollment, in which case you will be notified through your university e-mail address. Classes may also be dropped from your schedule if you fail to make your payment on time. Payment is due within 24 hours of registration.

How Do I Get a Parking Permit?

You can obtain a parking decal, free of charge, from the University Police Station. You will need an SCSU student ID to verify your enrollment in the university. The University Police Station is located in the back of Granoff Hall on Wintergreen Avenue. See University Police website for more information.

I am a Student At Another College. Can I Take Classes at Southern During the Winter?

Yes! Southern welcomes visiting students from a wide range of colleges who take courses during the winter session. You do not have to apply for admission to Southern, just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Check with your college or university to confirm that the courses you are interested in at Southern are transferrable to your institution and applicable to your studies.
  2. Complete the Visiting Student Form. You will then receive an email with your Student ID number and your MySCSU Username, as well as instructions on how to log-in and register. It is very important to provide us with a current and valid email address or you will not receive the information necessary to register. Please allow two to three (2-3) business days for processing.
  3. Register for the courses you want.

How Can I Ensure My Credits Taken at Southern Will Transfer to My Current School?

Prior to registering for a winter course at Southern, you are encouraged to check with the university you are attending to guarantee transfer of any course credits from SCSU. After your grade is posted to your transcript, submit a request for your official SCSU transcript to be sent to your university. Official transcripts are requested through your MySCSU/Banner Web account, under "Student Records."

Do I Have to Apply to the University in Order to Take Winter Courses?

While students do not have to formally apply to the university to take winter classes, students who are not currently enrolled or matriculated need to fill out the Visiting Student Form. You will need a valid email address in order to receive your Student ID number, MySCSU Username, as well as instructions on how to log-in and register.

Are There Online Courses Available? Can They Be Taken Along With On-Ground Classes?

Yes, a selection of online courses is available during the winter session, which can be taken concurrently with on-ground courses. Please call the Registrar's Office at (203) 392-5173 if you have any questions. Search course listings located on the Winter at Southern webpage or use our university BannerWeb system by following these four easy steps:

  1. Click on Search the Current Course Schedule
  2. Select Winter 2018
  3. Choose the search parameters that best meet your needs
  4. Click Class Search.

For a complete list of online classes only, choose the OnlineCSU search category listed under “Session”.

What is the Difference Between an Online, Hybrid, And An On-Ground (Lecture Or Seminar) Course?

Online courses do not meet in a classroom and are taught using an online technology platform, in most cases - Blackboard Learn 9. Some online classes contain video lectures, virtual discussion boards, and online exams, which are designed by individual faculty members.  Online classes offer flexibility for students with busy schedules.

Hybrid courses include a mixture of traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning through a technology platform. Many students note that hybrid courses offer the “best of both worlds.” Technology aids in efficiency and convenience of learning, but interaction with instructors is available for those who seek direct instruction.

On-ground courses are taught in the form of lectures or seminars and are the most widely used format at Southern. On ground courses often include a BB Learn 9 component designed by individual faculty members. On-ground courses may meet daily or weekly and are best for students who prefer traditional course delivery and direct interaction with instructors.

How Do I Log Into and Navigate Blackboard Learn 9?

Go to BlackBoard Learn 9 and log in using your username and password, which are the same credentials you use to log into MySCSU and your Southern email. Next, scroll to the bottom of the home page under “Need Help” and click “Students.” This will bring you to a support page which includes: video tutorials, FAQs, and best practices for using BlackBoard. To access a series of video tutorials on Blackboard Learn 9, click here.

I am Still Having Trouble with Blackboard Learn 9. Where Do I Go for Help?

If you are in need of additional BlackBoard assistance, please visit the “Where to Go for Help” page. If you are unable to login to Blackboard Learn 9 or you cannot see the course(s) you are assigned or enrolled in, please contact the SCSU Helpdesk at: 203-392-5123. Due to security reasons, the helpdesk cannot respond to password issues via email. If you are a student who is taking an online or hybrid course and have not been in contact with your professor, please email or call your professor directly 3-5 business days before the session begins for further instructions.


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