If I’m not enrolled at a BTI Consortium Member School, can I still cross-register?
No, unfortunately, cross-registration is only for students enrolled in graduate programs at one of the BTI Consortium member schools.
Is cross-registration included in my tuition?
Yes! Cross-registration is a benefit paid for by your school. You can take classes for free at any of the member schools.
How many courses can I cross-register for?
The number of courses you can register for depends on your school and program. It’s best to consult your Home Registrar or your program director for limits on cross-registration.
What is my “Home Registrar”? What is a “Host Registrar”?
Your “Home Registrar” is the Registrar’s Office that serves the school (e.g. School of Theology, Graduate Department of Religion (College of Arts and Sciences), etc.) that your academic program is housed in at your BTI member school. The “Host Registrar” is the Registrar’s Office that serves the department of the course you want to take. A list of links to all BTI Consortium member schools’ registrars and their contact information is here (COMING SOON).
How do I know if I'm approved as a BTI Consortium student to cross-register?
Once your request for cross-registration (after filling out the New Student Form) has been approved by your school's registrar, you will receive a second email notifying you that you are eligible to cross register through our portal. And check your spam! If you still cannot find your confirmation, email firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
Note: This only happens once, after you register for the first time as a BTI Consortium student. Once you’ve been approved, the credentials given in your welcome email are valid for your entire time as a BTI Consortium Student.
The BTI Office hasn’t responded to my request for a portal account yet, what should I do?
Depending on the time of year, the BTI office may just be very busy. The busiest times of year are January and August/September. If you request a portal account during a weekend or holiday (e.g., Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Week, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s), there will be a longer wait. If more than five business days have passed since you submitted your request, email email@example.com to follow-up.
My Home Registrar hasn’t approved my New Student Registration Form yet, should I contact them?
If five business days have passed and you have not received notification from your Home Registrar regarding your New Student Registration Form, please reach-out to your Home Registrar.
When will approved BTI Consortium courses be available for cross-registration?
As soon as we have the complete course guide it will be posted online. Each year, we aim to post the next semester's course guide by mid-April (for Fall registration) and mid-November (for Spring registration). It will be posted here both in PDF with full course descriptions and in a searchable Excel format (Excel Format COMING SOON).
Why can't I find the course I want in the BTI Consortium Catalogue?
Not every course at our member schools is eligible for BTI Consortium student cross registration. Each school decides which classes are available for cross registration, not the BTI Consortium. To find approved courses, always look at the BTI Consortium course catalogue, NOT the individual schools’ registrar pages. Click on the "Course Catalogue" button here to see approved courses. Only the listed, approved BTI courses are available for cross-registration.
Can I register for a Doctoral Seminar if I’m not a doctoral student?
â€¨ No. Doctoral Seminars are deliberately small, specialized seminars for doctoral students. If you are a doctoral student at another BTI Consortium school and you would like to enroll in a doctoral seminar, there are a handful of seminars open to cross-registration.
How do I cross-register?
Check out this step-by-step guide here! It's easy! (COMING SOON! STAY TUNED!)
When filling out the cross-registration form, I cannot get it to work! What's up?
In the portal, you MUST put in the course number correctly. Once you put it in correctly, the rest of the form will show up, auto-populated. If you are entering the course number incorrectly, or attempting to register for a course that is not approved, the portal will not allow you to continue. After you put in the course number correctly, you must fill out all required information and answer the required questions for the “submit” button to appear. *Note: If you think you have encountered an error and have tried these tips without avail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the course number and title and your concern.
What if the course I want needs professor approval (“Instructor permission required”)?
Some BTI Consortium courses have prerequisites (languages, advanced courses in certain fields) while others require the professor’s permission. If a course requires the permission of the instructor, you must contact the professor directly to obtain permission. You must obtain professor approval BEFORE you attempt to cross-register. When you receive the approval, reply to the professor and CC both your home registrar and the host registrar. A list of the registrars is available here (COMING SOON). This ensures that when you register through the portal, both registrars will approve your request.
How do I know if my cross-registration was approved?
After you click submit, all confirmation and approval emails will come to the email address you provided in the New Student Registration Form (your .edu address). First, your home registrar approves your request, and then it is sent to the host registrar, who finalizes your request. At each step you should receive an email about the process (check your spam!). If you cannot find any of these communications, email email@example.com and we can check on your status.
What do I do if my request to cross-register was denied?
You must contact the registrar that denied your request (either your home registrar, or the registrar at the host school). Note: Just because a course is listed in the BTI catalogue, you are not guaranteed a seat. Just like any other course, they fill quickly, and it is up to the registrars and individual member schools to have final say.
How do I contact the registrars?
A list of the registrars and their contact information is available here (COMING SOON!).
What is the deadline to cross-register?
The deadline for cross-registration is the last day of add/drop at either the home or the host institution. Because you are enrolled at an institution outside of your home institution, there is some flexibility. However, please make sure that you make any schedule changes before the latest date at either the home or the host institution.
How do I plan for the semester at two different schools?
It can be difficult to juggle two academic calendars. Before you cross-register, make sure you can commit to the schedules at both schools. Check out the list of academic calendars here (COMING SOON!)
What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
â€¨E-mail the BTI Office or contact your Registrar.