Banner is an administrative software application developed specifically for higher education institutions by SunGard Higher Education (formerly Systems & Computer Technology Corp). The Banner system consists of many integrated modules, including Student, Financial Aid, Finance, Advancement, Human Resources and General. The system is highly integrated, with all modules sharing a common secure database. Multiple departments throughout campus enter and use the information in Banner, facilitating the maintenance of the college’s shared data and minimizing redundancy. With this common database we are able to ensure the integrity of student’s records from admission through graduation and beyond as an alumnus, as well as maintaining all other financial and administrative records.

The current release of Banner, version 8, is completely web-based and accessible to authorized users at http://banner.bates.edu.