- The Drop/Add Period is made up of two distinct periods: "Add" and "Drop"; they start at the same time, but have two different end times (see Drop/Add Deadlines).
- After class schedules are released to students in Quest, the Drop/Add Period begins with personalized enrolment appointments (a dedicated window of time in Quest, staggered over one or two days) then continues for everyone (open enrolment) until the listed Drop/Add Deadlines for the applicable term.
- The timing of when you participate in the Drop/Add Period matters - it is on a first-come, first-served basis (unlike the Course Selection Period).
How your class schedule is created
You'll have a conflict-free class schedule generated and viewable if:
- Either of the following is true:
- You created a wish list of courses during the Course Selection Period and at least one course was successfully added.
- Your academic advisor enrolled you in at least one course.
- And you do not have a hold on your Quest account that prevents your access to course registration processes.
If the Drop/Add Period is about to start and you don't have a class schedule, the Drop/Add Period is when you need to create your own schedule.
Viewing your schedule
- See Important Dates to find out when you'll be able to see your class schedule.
- View your class schedule in Quest.
- To view online courses: use the List View or look below the Weekly Calendar View table.
- If you don’t see a course you requested during the Course Selection Period, it means you’re NOT enrolled in that course.
- To find out why, view your course selection results in Quest.
- What do you need to do? You'll need to add an alternative course(s) during the Drop/Add Period.
- See Quest instructions for viewing appointment times.
- The Quest page with your appointment time also indicates your term's course load/enrolment limit (number of units allowed).
- Priority for the staggered enrolment appointments is given to upper-year students, who are closer to graduation, in order to ensure they can fulfil their degree requirements.
- You can look for courses being offered in the Schedule of Classes or by searching directly in Quest.
- Add and drop periods are adjusted for courses shorter than the 12-week formal lecture period (see block courses for more information).
- Schedule of Classes
- Understanding the Schedule of Classes
- Important Dates
- List of course descriptions
- List of online courses
During your enrolment appointment or any time during the Drop/Add Period (select links to see Quest instructions):
- Add Period: Classes can be added or swapped; subject to availability and eligibility. Components (e.g., TUT or LAB) of a course can also be swapped.
- Tip: Have the Schedule of Classes open at the same time you are in Quest -- you'll be able to see the class reserves and times.
- Drop Period: Classes can be dropped.
How do I find out where or how a class is taught?
In addition, online courses can be asynchronous (no time given) or synchronous (specific meet times).
How are my incidental fees impacted when creating or modifying my class schedule?
How do I know if an online class is asynchronous or synchronous?
A class taught synchronously will have a time range and date listed on the Schedule of Classes.
Example, HLTH 340:
A class taught asynchronously will have no time or date listed in the applicable column on the Schedule of Classes.
Example, BIOL 130:
What is a "blended" class?
Visit the Student Success Office's website for tips on how to prepare for a blended course.
- BIOL 240L: Labs are offered weekly, but offered in STC 3039 some weeks, and online the remaining weeks (specific dates listed).
- PACS 101: The Lecture component will have both in-person and online (asynchronous) activities. Instructor will provide details once classes begin.
- ACTSC 231: The Lecture component is offered online, asynchronously, and the associated Tutorial component is offered on campus in DC 1350.
- ME 100: The Lecture component is offered online, synchronously at the specified date and time, and the associated Laboratory and Tutorial components are offered on campus. Note also that LEC 001 is held with LEC 003.
What do I do if I participated during the Course Selection Period and didn't get into a course?
Review your course selection results in Quest to determine the reason.
For example, if you indicated you only wanted to take a course in person and there is also an online section available (or vice versa), the scheduling process would have honoured your choice and you would not have been considered for a spot in the online section. However, you can add the online section (if spaces are available) during the Drop/Add Period (appointments or open enrolment phases).
This hold will prevent you from doing the following in Quest:
- Participate during the Course Selection Period.
- Add or swap courses during the Drop/Add Period.
- Being enrolled in courses that advisors/academic units have tried to block enrol you into.
In order to be able to regain access to these Quest functionalities, you need to clear the criteria as indicated by the hold.
- For NFA holds: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn your options.
I want to take more courses than my course load limit. What do I do?
How do I create a conflict-free schedule?
During the Drop/Add Period, you need to be aware of when courses (and their related components) are offered since Quest will not let you add courses that conflict with your existing schedule:
- Review the Schedule of Classes and information on how to understand the Schedule of Classes.
- Choose courses and related components (if applicable) that do not conflict or overlap with existing courses or with others you want to add.
- Tip: Learn when to use the Swap function (instead of dropping and adding).
What does "reserve" mean on the Schedule of Classes?
Depending on the academic unit, reserves are often removed before the beginning of classes, when they can ensure all the students who need the course have enrolled. For other academic units, the reserves may be removed during the mass reserve removal date, which can be found on Important Dates.
Is there still room in the class?
What do I do if the class is full?
What does "Held With" mean on the Schedule of Classes?
In Quest, follow the instructions on how to add a class. Enter the number given in the Permission Nbr field (see step 5).
If the course you wish to take requires instructor consent or department consent: obtain a permission number from the instructor or academic unit; use it to enrol in the course in Quest.
How do I enrol in a course I want to audit?
Note: An AUD grade will not be recognized or recorded for students enrolled in the following faculties:
- Mathematics (except post-degree students)
Deadlines for adding and dropping block courses are also modified to align with the presentation of course content. Specific dates should be discussed with your instructor and may be included in the course syllabus.
For example, drop deadlines could look like the following for a 3-week course:
- 100% refund: in the first four teaching days.
- 50% refund: during the fifth-seventh teaching days.
- Drop with WD period: before the 13th teaching day.
Important information: Eligibility for financial assistance may be impacted due to varying course load over a given academic term. If this applies to you, contact Student Awards and Financial Aid.
Can I change sections for a course my program added for me?
You can also swap components (e.g., changing a laboratory section) without touching the associated main class (e.g., LEC, SEM). Be sure to follow the instructions on the Schedule of Classes for associated related components.
What happens if I've changed my class schedule after paying my tuition fees?
What do I need to do to take courses at another institution?
Undergraduate degree students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Waterloo may take advantage of courses offered by Laurier through a process called cross-registration (see Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for details and restrictions).
If the Waterloo equivalent course (e.g., ECON 120W) is listed on the Schedule of Classes, you can self-register in Quest. If it isn't listed, you'll need to complete a Cross-Registration Form.
At other institutions:
You must complete a Letter of Permission Application. Depending on your home faculty, you must first meet the eligibility criteria.
How can I add a second course during my co-op work term?
If your employer and academic advisor have granted you permission to add a second course during your co-op work term, you will be permitted to add it to your schedule starting one week before classes start.
What's the last day to drop a course?
What do I need to do to drop my only/last course?
Exception: If you're on a co-op work term and you want to drop the last/only course from your schedule, you must send an email to email@example.com requesting that the course be dropped from your schedule.