Course registration information for new students

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A school year for students is usually two academic terms and most full-time students take five courses in a term.

Depending on your program (i.e., degree and major), you might be automatically registered into all or some of your fall courses. If you have to choose at least 1 course, you'll participate in the Course Selection Period for new students. You'll go through a similar process in September to register for winter courses.

If you are a student transferring from a college or another university, see important details for you below.


What do I need to know to get started?

  • Learn our key terms as you try to choose your courses.
  • Know the various key dates for the multi-step course registration process.
  • Review what courses you need to take and whether you need to participate in the Course Selection Period for new students; some students may only need to be aware of the Drop/Add Period process.

Key terms

You may be familiar with the term "program" during your application stage. For some, you may still see program in references, for others, you'll need to get used to new terms, like major:

  • Entry program: An admission point of entry. Students may apply directly into an academic program from which they will graduate, or they may apply into an academic program where they will be required to select a major.
  • Academic program: A defined set of requirements (honours or general, regular or co-operative) common to a particular degree.
  • Major: An academic plan that is the primary area of study in a student's baccalaureate degree (e.g., Arts and Business, Biology, Chemical Engineering).

Required (or Core) course: A specified course that you must take in order to fulfil your program or major requirements.

Elective course: A course not specified as one that you must take for your program and/or major. For some programs or majors, you must choose your electives from a specific list; in others, you may choose from any courses offered that you’re qualified to take.

For more helpful terms, see 1) Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for a complete Glossary of Terms and 2) Understanding course description listings for terms like "prereq" and "LEC".


What are the key dates I need to know as a new student?

Course Selection PeriodJuly 2-8, 2019

Applies only to some students (see below). Students in Arts and Mathematics follow a different process, which occurs in June.

View class schedule and enrolment appointmentJuly 16, 2019
Enrolment appointmentsJuly 18-23, 2019
Drop/Add Period begins (for all students)July 24, 2019


Information for first-year students

Your course registration steps and course information

Select the name of the faculty that offers your program/major to see your specific next steps.

    List of courses that may be available to you


    Information for other students