Course selection for first-year and transfer students

An advisor's doorDepending on your program, you may automatically be enrolled in all your courses for the fall term or you may pick some or all your courses.

If you're in a program where you select courses for the fall, there are 3 main steps.

  1. Using Quest, you'll submit a list of courses you'd like to take in the fall.
  2. We'll use the requests from all students to create a schedule of classes for the fall term.
  3. You can then view your class schedule on July 20th and if you wish, make any changes.

How to get started

Check the course selection process for your faculty or program to see whether or not you'll choose courses for the fall term.

Create a list of courses you'd like to take

  • If you have courses to choose for the fall, it's helpful to begin planning your course selection in mid-June. That way, you’ll be prepared when you request your courses starting on July 4th.
  • Use the list of fall and winter courses to create a list of the courses you’d like to take.
    • You won’t be choosing winter courses until September, but we’ve given you the list so you can see which courses you'd like to take in the fall and in the winter term.
  • If you haven't used Quest, you'll need to activate your Waterloo student user ID and password. Read the information for first-time users on the Quest login page for details.

You can request your courses beginning July 4th.

    Important dates

    July 4th - 10th: request your courses

    If you need to request courses, this timeframe is reserved exclusively for first-year students. Please note that the University is closed on July 3rd for the Canada Day holiday and advisors will be unavailable. 

    July 20th onward: view your schedule and make any changes, if applicable

    Once you've requested your courses and we've created your class schedule, you’ll want to review it and perhaps make changes. You can make changes during the Drop/Add Period that lasts until September. However, we encourage you to request your classes as soon as possible, since some classes fill up quickly.

    Late July: view your fees

    Fees for the fall term will be posted on Quest in late July. You need to arrange payment of your fees by August 23, 2017.

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