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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.  

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 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 (PDF) 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:

No Penalty Period

Courses dropped during the first three weeks of classes disappear from your schedule.  Your transcript will not show that you attempted this course. If you are enrolled full-time (4 courses or more) you are not allowed to drop below 4 courses without obtaining permission from an academic advisor.

Penalty 1 Period – WD (Withdrew – no academic penalty)

Courses dropped between the fourth and tenth weeks of classes 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 however the grade does not count in your average.

Penalty 2 Period – WF (Withdrew – failed)

Normally, no courses may be dropped without academic penalty after the tenth week of classes (check the “Important Dates” listed on Quest for the specific date each term). A grade of WF is assigned and counts as a failure (32%) in your average. See the Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies for drops due to extenuating circumstances. You may drop the course yourself on Quest to receive a WF grade (32%).

There is also a date, usually just prior to the examination period, when you are no longer permitted to drop any courses without a petition.

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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 (.pdf).

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 a $25.00 fee.

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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

Applied Health Sciences computing office 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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University of Waterloo e-mail account

You can access your official University of Waterloo e-mail account by following the “Email” link on the University's homepage or at http://mywaterloo.ca

  • You will receive official university communications through your University e-mail address and account
  • Official University correspondence will arrive via e-mail addresses in the following format: xxyyyy@uwaterloo.ca
  • To log into your email account you may need to select “mailservices” as the server
  • Your email address is “userid@mailservices.uwaterloo.ca” (using your Quest userid) or userid@uwaterloo.ca. Email sent to either of these email addresses (with or without mailservices) will go directly to your uwaterloo account.
  • Forwarding capability is provided so that you can redirect mail to an alternate account. If you check one account much more than another, forwarding email is an excellent idea. For more information on using your account, visit https://mailservices.uwaterloo.ca/imap/e-maildocs.php
  • You can verify or change the account to which your University e-mail is sent through WatIAM
  • Mail from a University of Waterloo account may receive a higher priority than mail sent from off-campus accounts
  • You should use informative subject lines including course numbers where appropriate
  • Always include your student number when communicating with your academic advisor

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