On this page, you'll find information for new and returning undergraduate students:
- the phases of course registration explained
- the timing
- tools and resources to help you pick your courses
- the system you'll use
Course registration occurs in two phases:
Normally, class registration periods occur in the following months (see Important Dates, filter for Type = Class registration, for exact dates):
|Academic Term||Course Selection Period||Drop/Add Period|
|Fall||Returning students: Late May
New students (if needed):
|Winter||Begins late September||Begins mid-November|
|Spring||Begins late January||Begins late-March|
Once the academic term begins, you will have the first two weeks of classes to add new classes, and the first three weeks to drop classes with 100% refund (if applicable).
There are three primary tools you'll want to get familar with - learn more about them below:
- Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar
- Course Selection Offerings List (during the Course Selection Period)
- Schedule of Classes (during the Drop/Add Period)
In the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar, you'll find the academic requirements for your program (degree) and plan(s) (major, minor, etc.) that you need to complete in order to graduate
You'll also find an updated list of all course descriptions in the most recently published version. You can quickly find the subject and desired course level (e.g., BIOL 200-level courses).
The Course Selection Offerings List, normally available one week prior to the Course Selection Period, is used during the Course Selection Period and gives you a look into what courses are offered in the next term. It does not include class offering information (e.g., time, day, place, instructor) as that information is not yet available.
Quest (Waterloo's student information system) is used to self-register for courses; for some majors, academic advisors may automatically add courses to your schedule.