What is Banner?

Banner is an administrative software application developed specifically for higher education institutions. It consists of six highly integrated systems: Finance, Alumni/Advancement, Student, Financial Aid, Human Resources, and General Shared Data. Though each system is contained within its own module, they all share a common database. This makes it easy to maintain records for individuals as they progress through the University life cycle: first as they apply to the University, then as they become a student, graduate, and become an alumnus.

Because of the common database, multiple departments use the information stored in Banner. Although information is shared, many users are allowed only to look up (query) specific information. Banner also has sophisticated security measures to make sure that only authorized individuals have access to specific data.


How Do I Request Banner Access?

Before accessing Banner, Users should complete Finance 100 in the Professional Development Portal. Once Finance 100 is completed, Users should submit a request to gain approval for Banner access.


How Do I Access Banner?

Once approvals are in place, Users may access Banner via the “My Access” widget in myLU or through one of the links below:

  • Production (Current version of Banner for all Business Units)
  • Pre-Production (Testing environment for Information Services)


Where Do I Go For Assistance With Banner?

Users with immediate Banner-related questions should contact the IT Help Desk (HD).

  • Green Hall HD: GH 1539
  • DeMoss Hall HD: DH 2184
  • LUCOM HD: CMHS 3122
  • PHONE: (434) 592-7800
  • CHAT: LU IT Help Desk


Users in need of Banner-related education should register for a Banner training class at the IT Professional Development Site.

Users in need of ADS Banner Support (technical personnel, functional users) should speak directly with their department’s ADS representative.


What Improvements Will The Banner Update Provide?

These three main resources will provide you with an overview of new features, navigation enhancements, & much more: