Get Ready for Your Fall 2020 Term

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The fall 2020 term is about to begin - classes start Tuesday, September 8. You may be studying remotely or you may also have some in-person classes; no matter your situation, we are here for you. Below you will find some action items and information to get you ready for the term.

Getting Ready Checklist

To do now:

To do before classes start:

  • Finalize and confirm your class schedule on Quest.
    • Choose "list" view to see all your courses in one place.
    • Courses offered in person will have a location assigned.
    • Courses offered online will not have a location assigned. Some may have scheduled times (to meet online); however, if you are unable to attend at those times, alternate arrangements can be made.
    • You have until September 21 to add or swap classes.
  • Review the important dates and deadlines for the fall term.

Accessing Your Online Classes

  • Reliable internet access will be required.
  • Tools such as a webcam may be used in your course.
    • In case your instructor is using LEARN:
    • If instructors are using other platforms, you can expect:
      • An email from your instructor, no later than Thursday, September 10, to your email address.
      • After September 10, if you still haven't heard from your instructor, reach out to them via email.

If you need to come to campus

  • Things will look a little different. Watch the Welcome Back Waterloo safety video and read this guide to learn more about the University's plans for a safe return and the steps you can take to help maintain a safe and healthy campus.
  • Have an in-person class? Use the campus map to locate where your class will be taught.
  • Stay informed about what services are physically open and available to you and which are offering modified services - these may be updated throughout the term.

Special funding available

If you applied to OSAP for the fall term, you might be eligible for up to $500 via the Academic Readiness Bursary. Review the undergraduate student funding and fee information web page for details about what this new bursary covers, determine if you are eligible, and how you can apply. Applications can be submitted until September 30.

Services and Reminders


Ordering textbooks and course materials

W Store remains dedicated to supporting you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check your book list using MyBookLook.

  • Place your online order for any course materials and supplies needed for the upcoming fall term.
  • W Store ships anywhere in Canada and internationally. No matter where in the world you are, we've got you. Note: Delivery times will vary by country and customs rules - see shipping rates for details.
  • Email your questions to

Online learning resources for you

  • Learning online can pose new and different challenges compared to in-person classes. Explore the online learning resources created for you in order to navigate studying and learning in an online environment.

The Library

  • Get to know your Library and all that the Library has to offer.
  • Connect with your librarian for assistance using the Library or use the ask us service to chat.
  • Visit the library home page to search the catalogue or use a research guide to find information to assist you in your studies.

Student IT Services

  • Visit the Student IT Services website to learn more about the IT services available to you, how to use them, tips for remote learning, and how to get IT help/support.
  • Effective November 1, 2020, two-factor authentication (2FA) will be required to access many campus systems, including Office 365, email, LEARN, and Quest. Enrol with the Duo Mobile App for the most secure and convenient 2FA experience.
  • Don't get locked out of your University accounts! Log in to WatIAM to enter an external password recovery email address.
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