New students 2016-2017

Information about selecting first-year courses for September 2017 will be available in June 2017.

You can use the information below to preview the course selection process, but some information, dates, and links will change for fall 2017.

Whether you select your courses or they are selected for you depends on your program. Check the course selection process information below to determine the process for your faculty or program. Then download the course selection resources that you will need and follow the instructions for logging in to Quest.


Course selection process by faculty

Course selection steps and resources

Logging into Quest

During course selection, you will use Quest to:

  • request your courses
  • view your tuition fees and residence fees, if applicable
  • view your class list and make adjustments to it by adding, dropping, or swapping classes
  • update your contact information.

Using Quest for the first time

Before you can log into Quest, you will need to activate your Waterloo student user ID and password. Read the information for first-time users on the Quest login page for details.

Note: If you have been admitted to Waterloo for the fall 2016 term, you can request your courses beginning at 9 a.m. on July 5.

Even if you have already activated your user ID and password, or, if you activate them before July 5, you will not be able to request courses until that date.

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Courses - fall 2016 and winter 2017