What is Banner?

Notice: This article is about a service with components that will be retired on January 3rd, 2023 as part of the University-wide transition to Workday. For information about which components are being maintained and retired, as well as about the new Workday platform, please visit www.msudenver.edu/workday.

Banner is an administrative software application developed specifically for higher education institutions. Banner maintains student, financial and personnel data. It consists of Several Modules or integrated systems:

Self Service Banner (SSB)
Commonly referred to as the "Student Hub Main Menu" or "Employee Services Menu", Self Service Banner is where Students and Employees can perform many administrative tasks for their own accounts:
 - Update personal information (address, emergency contacts, gender identity and pronouns
-  Pay Tuition
-  Registration (add/drop/withdraw from courses)
-  Financial Aid
-  Employee Timesheet and Leave reporting, benefits information
-  Facutly/Advisor menus

Banner Admin Pages ("Internet Native Banner")
Banner Admin Pages is accessed by many employees to manage the administrative tasks in there department. It is broken into modules:


The systems are highly integrated because they all share a common database. This common database is shared by everyone who uses Banner at MSU Denver, which makes it easy to maintain records on someone who applies to the University, becomes a student, graduates, and then becomes an alumnus. Technically, data is not actually stored in Banner. Data is stored in a powerful database called ORACLE. It would be difficult for a non-technical user to directly add or retrieve data from the actual database. The Banner software acts as an interface to the ORACLE database, making the job of adding or retrieving data much easier. Banner provides the features and processing capabilities needed for student information (admissions, registration, etc.), human resources information (employee benefits, salary/deduction history, etc.), financial aid information (needs analysis, packaging, etc.) and finance information (general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.).

Because of the common database, multiple departments use the information entered into Banner. Other departments share data, sometimes several years in the future. For example, a name change would be reflected in the Student, Financial Aid, and Human Resource systems. Though information on Banner is shared, many users are allowed only to look up (query) specific information. When you perform a query, you retrieve information from the database and display that information on the screen. Banner has a variety of tools that let you search by name and automatically retrieve associated information. Banner also has sophisticated security measures to make sure that only authorized individuals have access to specific data.

Who can use Banner?

Many of the Banner functions available to students are accessible from the Student Hub. Simply select the link that corresponds to what you want to do (e.g. Register, Pay Tuition, Search for Classes) and log in using your NetID and password.

Most of the Banner functions available to employees are accessible from the Faculty & Staff Hub, including pay information, leave reporting, and benefits information. Select the Employee Services Menu or the Self Service Banner link located under the 'Employee Systems, Services & Reporting' heading and log in using your NetID and password.

If your role at the university requires you to use Internet Native Banner (Banner Admin Pages), your manager will need to request access for you.

How do I request access to Banner?

To request access to Banner, please fill out a Banner Account Request (Basic access).

Once an employee has an established Banner account with basic access, the supervisor can request additional permissions for a Banner account, including access to Personally Identifiable Information (PII), please have your supervisor fill out an Expanded Banner Access/Permissions Request.



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