Enrolling in courses via "Quest"

First Year Health Studies and Public Health students are pre-enrolled in their required courses for the first term. All students are required to self-enroll into their Winter term courses and all subsequent terms. You are responsible to ensure that you are following your required sequence and meeting degree requirements.

You will course select online using Quest. This can be done during your Course Selection window which is approximately 6 months in advance to the start of the term or during the Drop/Add period. See the Registrar’s Office list of Important Dates for more details.  For specific instuctions, please refer to Registering For Courses from the Registrar's Office. 

Course Selection usually occurs over a 7 day period and you can find your dates/times on Quest. Use the Future Term Offerings list available through the Registrar’s Office to determine which courses will be available.

You will have the first two weeks of classes to add new classes, and the first three weeks to drop classes! Please use the SWAP function to make course changes. This will ensure you remain in the original course if the desired section/course is full.

If you have any problems with course selection, please contact an undergraduate academic advisor.

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Problems with enrolment?

If you are unable to enroll in a course using Quest there are a couple of things you should consider.

  • Is the class full?
  • Do you have the necessary pre-requisites?
  • Are there reserves (seats held for specific groups of students)?
  • Do you have outstanding fees?

You can answer these questions using the Enrolment Error Messages page, Schedule of Classes, your QUEST account and the Undergraduate Calendar. In some conditions you may contact the instructor to request permission to enroll. If they approve, have them sign a Course Override form and submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.

HINT:  If the instructor does not agree to allow an override, you could watch enrolment numbers on Quest during the first week of classes.  If a seat suddenly becomes available you should be able to grab it.

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Drop and Add courses

Add courses

Courses may be added on Quest during your enrolment appointment or during the open enrolment period. Open enrolment for each term continues until the end of the 2nd week of classes in that term (or the end of the first week of classes for Distance Education courses). Course additions are not permitted after the end of the 2nd week of classes.

Drop courses

You are not normally permitted to drop required courses; however, you can usually drop elective courses depending on how many weeks of the term have passed. If you drop a course during enrolment appointments or open enrolment, an alternate elective should be added to maintain a course load of 5 courses each term.

If you receive an error message when attempting to drop a course on Quest you should contact an academic advisor for assistance.

When you are enrolled in only one course you are not able to drop your final course without approval, as you must formally withdraw from the term.

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Important drop dates to remember:

Please refer to Important Dates with sepecific WD and WF deadlines. 

WD Period (Withdrew – no credit granted)

Courses dropped between the WD period will continue to show on your transcript with a grade of WD. This shows that you attempted the course but dropped it during the term. There will be no numeric grade associated with the course.

WF Period (Withdrew – failure)

Courses dropped after the WD period will receive a grade of WF and count as a failure (32%) in your average. Please consult with your Acadmic Advior if you are thinking of dropping a course on Quest during the WF period. 

Student cannot drop courses during the final examination peroid. The dates can also be found in the Calendar of Events and Academic Deadlines

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Enrolling in courses at Wilfrid Laurier University

If the course that you would like to take is listed in the University of Waterloo course offerings list with the division code “WLU”, you may enroll for the course as if it were a Waterloo course. If the course is not listed, you must follow the cross-registration procedures. Cross Registration forms are available on-line under Cross-Registration Form.

Enrolling in courses at another university

Under the Letter of Permission Policy, a student may request permission to take a course(s) at another university for credit towards their degree at the University of Waterloo. All courses taken on Letter of Permission will be recorded with a grade of CR and will not factor into average calculations. Letter of Permission forms are available on-line under the 'printable forms' site. The Letter of Permission must be accompanied by a detailed description of the course requested, the reason for the request, and any fees that may be associated with submission of the form.

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Computing and communication

Online Learning Management Systems

Waterloo LEARN is a web-based learning management system that enables instructors to manage course materials and interact easily and efficiently with their students. It can function both as a complement to traditional on-campus courses and as a platform for hybrid, fully online, and distance learning.

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Applied Health Sciences computing

IST Service Desks offers IT help through the central Information Systems & Technology Department. For specific inquiries with setting up your student email, please refer to the IST Student Email page. 

Applied Health Sciences computing office also offers a wide range of services to all Applied Health Sciences students, staff, and faculty. Services include: computer consulting, printing, scanning, digital photos, and faculty seminars.

Visit Applied Health Sciences computing for details!

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