What is the Course Selection Period?
It is the creation of a wish list of courses you want to take during the next academic term. Your wish list of courses will be used to create a conflict-free class schedule for you, if you are successfully enrolled in the courses.
Participating in the Course Selection Period gives you an early attempt at getting into your desired courses, though there are no guarantees.
Returning students: Any holds or fees owing on your accounts will prevent you from participating; you'll first need to clear your hold(s) and/or pay your fees.
- Specific dates are listed on Important Dates:
- Starts at 8:15 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the first day listed
- Ends at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the last day listed
- You can select courses anytime during the Course Selection Period; successful enrolment into desired courses is independent of when you make your choices during this period (i.e., not on a first-come, first-served basis).
- You can also modify your requests or change your priorities during the entire period (i.e., as often as you like!).
- How to generate your wish list of courses: When it's your time to select your courses, this is what you need to do (see Quest instructions for selecting courses. Note: Course selection cannot be completed on Quest mobile.):
- You pick your desired course.
- You pick your preferred campus location for that course.
- You set the priority order of consideration for that course.
- Repeat steps 1-3 for as many courses that will complete your course load.
- Having issues? You may need to complete a Course Selection Override Form.
Frequently asked questions
What is a "blended" class?
A blended class, designated by a campus code of BLND, is a class normally scheduled with both an online and in-person activity (students must be available to come to campus).
Winter 2022: I can't come to campus, what do I do?
Winter 2022 will see a return to more in-person classes, and pre-pandemic approaches to academic life at Waterloo.
If trying to only add online classes: When adding courses during the Course Selection Period, choose one of the various online campus codes (see full list below). If an online choice is not available for the course you have selected, it means the course is either offered only in person or as a blended class, for which you would have to be available to come to campus.
If you need assistance in selecting courses this term, speak to your academic advisor. If you are facing barriers in getting to Canada, contact the immigration consulting team.
What do the campus codes mean?
Courses can be offered in person, online, or a blend of both. In addition, campus codes indicate who (which campus) is offering the course.
|UW||(in person) University of Waterloo - Main campus|
|CGC||(in person) Conrad Grebel University College|
|REN||(in person) Renison University College|
|STJ||(in person) St. Jerome's University|
|STP||(in person) St. Paul's University College|
|BLND||Blended (University of Waterloo - Main campus)|
|BLNDG||Blended (Conrad Grebel University College)|
|BLNDJ||Blended (St. Jerome's University)|
|BLNDP||Blended (St. Paul's University College)|
|BLNDR||Blended (Renison University College)|
|ONLN||Online (University of Waterloo - Main campus)|
|ONLNG||Online (Conrad Grebel University College)|
|ONLNJ||Online (St. Jerome's University)|
|ONLNP||Online (St. Paul's University College)|
|ONLNR||Online (Renison University College)|
|WLU||Wilfrid Laurier University|
The course I need isn't available online. What do I do?
If a required course isn't available online and you are not in a position to come to campus to study, contact your academic advisor to find out your options. The course may be offered in a later term, you might be asked to choose a different course this term, or some other accommodation might be available from your academic unit.
If the desired course is an elective for your degree or major, the recommendation is that you choose a different course this term.
(Engineering only): How do I swap from in-person (or blended) to online, or vice versa, for fall 2021 core courses?
Engineering students (excludes students starting in fall 2021) should read the announcement posted in LEARN community group "F2021 - Engineering Course Info - Returning Students".
How should I set my course priorities?
How course selection prioritization works in the following way:
- "0" is the highest priority -- only added by an academic advisor, usually for courses required by your major (important: don't remove these!).
- "1" is the next highest priority, followed by "2", "3", etc.
- Each number, with the exception of "0", must be unique.
- Required courses should be prioritized over electives.
Why should I set an alternate campus?
Some courses are offered at multiple campuses (physical, blended, or online). For those courses, when you add a course to your course selection wish list, you must select your preferred campus.
You are also given an opportunity to add an alternate campus (or more). If you do so, that means when schedules are created, the system will first look to see if your preferred campus is available, and if not available (perhaps it is full), it will look for spaces at any alternate campuses you may have indicated. If you don't have an alternate campus, the system will not enrol you in the course being offered at any of the other locations.
I added a course to my wish list, how do I change the campus?
Once you have successfully added a course to your wish list, to change your preferred campus during the Course Selection Period you have to drop it and readd it with a new preferred campus. It is not possible to change it any other way, though you can set alternate campuses without having to drop and readd the course.
I missed course selection. What happens next?
It's okay! Some required courses might have been added for you by your advisor, resulting in a partial schedule being generated. Even if that's not the case, you can add courses during the Drop/Add Period. Be sure to mark your calendar with the dates (you can download them from Important Dates) as course choice will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
Once completed, the course selection exercise generates your class schedule before the Drop/Add Period begins. The automated process that is run will slot students into classes and considers things such as prioritization (yours and other students), the number of units you have completed (study level), the number of available and reserved spaces, course time conflicts, and random assignment (note: it does not consider the date/time a student selected the course during the Course Selection Period).