Why won’t Quest let me enrol in a course?

When adjusting your schedule, do not drop your courses! Use the swap classes and swap components (tutorials and some labs) functions so you don't lose the spots you already have.

If Quest will not let you add a course, there might be a couple of reasons as to why there is an issue. Take a look at the common enrolment error messages web page created by the Registrar's Office for more information on what to do.

Enrolling in courses at another institution

Students looking to take a course at another institution (including Wilfrid Laurier University) should visit the Registrar's page on the drop/add period under "What do I need to do to take courses at another institution?"

Effective Winter 2015, these Laurier chemistry courses will not be given equivalence to specific Waterloo chemistry courses:

    CH 202 is not equivalent to CHEM 266, CHEM 266L
    CH 204 is not equivalent to CHEM 266
    CH 203 is not equivalent to CHEM 267, CHEM 267L
    CH 205 is not equivalent to CHEM 267

These courses will be treated as 200-level chemistry courses, anti-requisite for the Waterloo courses.

Course Overrides

Course Override Form is used in the event a student cannot enrol themselves into a course for the following reasons:

  • Class full 
  • Reserve seat requirement not met
  • Instructor consent required/ Department consent required
  • Requisites not met
  • Time scheduling conflict

Winter 2021 Notes

  1. Overrides can be requested and approved via email without the use of the Course Override form. Emails with instructor approval, to include the student ID# and full name, should be clear as to what is being approved (i.e. time conflict), and can be sent to science.advisor@uwaterloo.ca for processing and enrolment.
  2. Courses with lab components, particularly those with in person/on campus components, are limited in size to allow adherence to proper physical distancing guidelines for in person/on campus activity. Overrides for enrolment in on campus courses or labs beyond the set capacity will therefore not be possible. 
  3. Online course capacities have been set at the highest practical number possible. There are factors such as number of teaching assistants, total enrolment across multiple courses (for some instructors) that are taken into consideration when setting course limits. The goal throughout this planning remains a quality teaching and course experience for students.
  4. Reserves are in use to ensure that students requiring specific courses for their program will be able to enrol in those courses. Most reserves will become inactive on January 19, therefore, overrides for reserved seats are rare. 
  5. Review the schedule of classes beginning November 12 so see which online courses have scheduled meets outside of tutorial sections and, which courses are offered on campus. Note, that an on campus course may need to shift online if circumstances or public health guidance require a change to be made.
  6. Science communication course SPCOM 193 will have scheduled online offerings in Winter 2021. ENGL 193 will remain asynchronous. If you have questions, email science.advisor@uwaterloo.ca. 
  7. Admission to Science Non-Degree, Post-Degree, or Letter of Permission studies does not guarantee access to courses. Course requisites, limits, reserves are followed, and there may be priority enrolment for students registered in University of Waterloo degree studies.

There is no guarantee that you will be granted a class full/limit, reserve or requisite override. If you can’t get into a course, you should start by enrolling in an alternative course. By choosing an alternative course, you ensure that you at least have a “second choice” option if you cannot get an override.

For specific subject enrolment inquiries, please review the instructions below:

Biology
  • Courses with additional instructions:
    • BIOL 240L - limited offering for students requiring the lab. Held on campus. Contact Dr. Cheryl Duxbury
    • BIOL 273 - No further enrolment starting January 15
    • BIOL 273L - limited offering for students requiring the lab (following an undergraduate calendar before 2019-2020). Students need to have both BIOL 273L and BIOL 373L if in Biology, animal specialization, or Biomedical Sciences. Contact Dr. Bruce Wolff or Sue Whyte.
    • BIOL 321 - Overrides for missing prerequisites will not be permitted
    • BIOL 373 - No further enrolment starting January 18; course is expected to be offered in Spring 2021 as well
    • BIOL 373L - large reserves for students requiring the lab (following an undergraduate calendar before 2019-2020). Students need to have both BIOL 273L and BIOL 373L if in Biology, animal specialization, or Biomedical Sciences. Contact Dr. Bruce Wolff or Sue Whyte.
    • BIOL 432 - No further enrolment starting January 15
    • BIOL 473 - No further enrolment starting January 18
  • For full courses, monitor Quest and enrol if there's an opening; overrides for full courses/labs are not possible
  • Other inquiries, contact the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes
  • For lecture courses with a lab component, you should contact the lab instructor, not the lecture instructor. 
  • If no instructor is listed, contact Sue Whyte
  • If override permission is requested through email, all biology overrides must be sent to biology.overrides@uwaterloo.ca. The email subject line, must include the course being requested (e.g. BIOL 240L). The text of the email, please include ID#, name, course information and if swapping, please include all components for new and old course(s)
Chemistry
  • Contact the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes
  • Many CHEM courses have specific add deadlines. You can view this on the Schedule of Classes
  • For full courses, monitor Quest and enrol if there's an opening
  • If no instructor is listed, contact Julie Shikaze
  • CHEM 120 available to students as an elective
Earth Sciences
Materials and Nanoscience
Physics
Science
Non-Science courses

Faculty of Arts courses:

Faculty of Mathematics courses: