- 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) the 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).
Your class schedule
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 into at least one course.
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?
Once updated for the term, the Schedule of Classes indicates the location the class is taught, which could be a physical location or online. The full list of possible campus codes is viewable on the understanding the Schedule of Classes web page.
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?
When adding courses to your schedule, or swapping sections of the same course, how the course is offered (in-person, online, or blended) will not impact your incidental fees. The amount of incidental fees you are charged is determined by your course load.
How do I know if an online class is asynchronous or synchronous?
An online class or its component can be either synchronous (the class meets at a specified day and time) or asynchronous (no specific meet time).
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:
I can't come to campus, how do I only choose online classes?
When searching for classes, choose one of the various online campus codes (see the full list on the understanding the Schedule of Classes web page). 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.
Note for Engineering students: If you need to change your option from in-person to online, see instructions in the Faculty of Engineering LEARN site and refer to the Request to Change Course Delivery Method form.
What is a "blended" course (NEW FALL 2021)?
A blended class, designated by a campus location of BLND, is a class normally scheduled with both an online and in-person activity (students must be available to come to campus). There are various ways a blended offering might be displayed on the Schedule of Classes. Some examples are included below.
- 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?
There are many possible reasons why you might not have been enrolled in a course, such as you didn't meet the reserve criteria, there was more demand than available spaces, you didn't meet the course requisites, your campus choices were too restrictive, etc.
Review your course selection results 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).
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 Course Selection Period, you don't need to worry about dates/times - a conflict-free schedule will be created for you based on your requests.
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?
It is the portion of a class enrolment capacity that is reserved for a particular group of students, who usually need the course to fulfil a program/plan requirement.
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?
Review understanding the Schedule of Classes to help you to determine and calculate free spaces.
What do I do if the class is full?
What does "Held With" mean on the Schedule of Classes?
Two or more sections may be combined. Classes will be taught as a single class with one instructor. Combinations may occur between several courses at the undergraduate level, between different delivery modes for the same course, or between an undergraduate-level and graduate-level course. Review understanding the Schedule of Classes to find out more.
Permission numbers are a special code required to authorize enrolment in some courses or to override class size limits; it can be entered directly in Quest, by-passing the need for a Course Override Form (though one may be required, depending on the academic unit).
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.
If the name of the instructor isn't yet listed on the Schedule of Classes and you need permission or a course override to add the course, contact the office (undergraduate studies staff or academic advisor) of the academic unit offering the course.
How do I enrol in a course I want to audit?
If you want to audit a course (i.e., enrolled in the course but no credit will be granted), you will need to complete a Course Override Form. Once enrolled, you'll see an AUD (audit) grade on your transcript.
Note: An AUD grade will not be recognized or recorded for students enrolled in the following faculties:
- Mathematics (except post-degree students)
"Block" is a term used to indicate the course duration is condensed; it is not a standard 12-week course. Instead, it may be anywhere from 1 week to 11 weeks in duration.
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?
The reason you were automatically enrolled in a course can vary - it is best to verify with your academic advisor before swapping sections.
Swap allows you to make changes to your class schedule without losing your spot in your current class (until the spot is confirmed), so it's always best to swap instead of drop and then add.
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?
Adding, dropping, and even swapping courses in your class schedule may trigger an automatic recalculation (occurs nightly) of your tuition and incidental fees. It is your responsibility to check your student account in Quest and pay any outstanding balances immediately.
What's the last day to drop a course?
Normally, a course can be dropped up to the day before the Final Examination Period begins. However, the timing of the drop is important in determining refunds and grades earned. Learn more about the 100% and 50% refund deadlines, and the WD (withdrew) and WF (withdrew/failure - grade 32%) drop/add deadlines; see the exact dates on the list of Important Dates.
What do I need to do to drop my only/last course?
Some students are able to drop their last course directly from Quest. If you've attempted and aren't able to, email email@example.com for assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that the course be dropped from your schedule.
What do I need to do to take courses at another institution?
At Wilfrid Laurier University:
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.