Register in Courses

Course Registration is completed in Student Center.  See drop down options below for how to make changes to your enrollment (e.g. add/drop/swap/waitlist). These steps remain the same regardless of the Term in which you wish to register.  The process leading up to registration however, varies based on the Term (Fall/Winter, Summer).  Choose your Term below for more information.

Refer to Register in Fall/Winter Courses section or the Register in Summer Courses section for details about course registration and add/drop deadlines. Use a course change form to drop a course after the last day to drop a course without academic penalty. Consult your Faculty Academic Counselling Office for more information.

 

Add a Class

If you have a valid enrollment appointment, you may begin adding, dropping or swapping classes.

Visual Detailed Guide - Adding a Class (pdf)

Quick Steps

  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes. 
  3. In the "Add to Worksheet" section, enter the class number (not course number!) in the Enter Class Nbr field or use the Search option to find your preferred class.
  4. When the course you are searching for appears, select the Next button to go to the next step in registering for this course. This course has now been added to your Course Enrollment Worksheet.

Note: At the bottom of the page you will see classes you have already placed in your shopping cart.  You are NOT enrolled in these courses until you have completed the adding process.

  1. Repeat above steps to continue adding classes.
  2. Select the Finish Enrolling button to enroll in the class(es) in your Course Enrollment Worksheet.

Drop a Class

Visual Detailed Guide - Dropping a Class (pdf)

Quick Steps

    1. Log into Student Center.
    2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes then select the Drop
    3. Select the class you wish to drop by clicking in the Select
    4. Select Drop Selected Classes.
    5. Select Finish Dropping.

Drop Deadlines: Refer to Register in Fall/Winter Courses (Add/Drop Dates) section or the Register in Summer Courses section for details.

Swap a Class or Lab/Tutorial/Exam Centre

Swap a Class:
Visual Detailed Guide - Swapping a Class (pdf)

Swap a Lab/Tutorial/Exam Centre:
Visual Detailed Guide- Swapping a Lab or Tutorial or Exam Centre (pdf)

 

Swap To a Wait List For a Different Course
To avoid a time conflict or maximum course load error - choose swap to join a wait list for a different course. By using swap you will be indicating which class you would like to drop if you are eligible to be enrolled from the wait list and you will be automatically dropped from this class when you are enrolled from the wait list.

Swap To a Wait List For the Same Course
You cannot be enrolled in one section of a course and wait listed for another section of the same course. If you are enrolled in one section (ex. Psychology 2800E section 001) and then use swap to join the wait list of another section of the same course (ex.Psychology 2800E section 002) then you will be immediately dropped and wait listed for the other section.

Quick Steps

  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academics > Planning, select Enroll in Classes.
  3. Choose the My Academics tab, Swap.
  4. Select the course you wish to swap by choosing from the list in the Select from your schedule dropdown box.
    1. To Swap a Class, choose a replacement course using either the Class Search or My Planner if you have courses saved in your planner. 
    2. To Swap a Tutorial/Lab/Exam Centre, choose the SAME course as your replacement;   navigate through the options to find 1. the desired tutorial/lab/exam centre and 2. the same Lecture section in which you are currently enrolled. 
  5. After making your choice, you will be presented with a page with the details on your swap.
  6. Review the details of your swap & once satisfied, click the Finish Swapping. A page will come up with the information about your swap. The status heading will tell you if your courses were swapped successfully, or if there was an error.

Add/Drop Deadlines: Refer to Register in Fall/Winter Courses (Add/Drop Dates) section or the Register in Summer Courses section for details. When using the swap option the course drop/withdrawal deadlines will apply to the course you select to drop.

Wait List a Class

Wait List Option

The wait list option allows students to join a queue for automatic enrollment into a class component. A wait list option can be available on all types of class components: lecture, tutorial, laboratory or exam centers.

When a wait list option exists, a student can join the wait list when the class is in “closed” or “full” status, or when the class is “open” or “not full” status.

Why is There a Wait List if the Class is Not Full?

  1. When there are multiple class component options to choose from you can be wait listed for a class component that is in “open” or “not full” status because one of the related class components is in "closed" or "full" status.

    Example: If space is available in a lecture component but your preferred tutorial component is full then you will join a wait list for both the lecture and tutorial component. Space needs to be available in all the selected class components to be eligible for enrollment.

  2. You do not currently meet the priority constraint for the class. When you do not meet the priority constraint and a wait list option exists, then you can join the wait list so that you can be automatically considered for enrollment into the class once the priority constraint expires.

 

Things to Consider Before Joining a Wait List

It is important to consider how all wait listed class components may impact your personal class schedule. You will not be eligible to enroll from a wait list if that enrollment will result in a time conflict or will exceed the maximum course load allowed for the term.

Swap To a Wait List For a Different Course
To avoid a time conflict or maximum course load error - choose swap to join a wait list for a different course. By using swap you will be indicating which class you would like to drop if you are eligible to be enrolled from the wait list and you will be automatically dropped from this class when you are enrolled from the wait list.

Swap To a Wait List For the Same Course
You cannot be enrolled in one section of a course and wait listed for another section of the same course. If you are enrolled in one section (ex. Psychology 2800E section 001) and then use swap to join the wait list of another section of the same course (ex.Psychology 2800E section 002) then you will be immediately dropped and wait listed for the other section.

Important: Keep track of which class you have swapped for a wait listed class. While you can review which class you are wait listed for on your class schedule, it will not display which class you have authorized a drop from if enrollment from wait list was to occur. You cannot modify your swap selection after you have joined the wait list. If you want to change the class you have indicated to drop then you must drop the wait listed class and resubmit a swap request. Warning: You may lose your original position on the wait list.

Wait lists will continue to be processed up until the end of the course registration period (last day to add a course).

Remove yourself from a course wait list if you no longer wish to be automatically enrolled into the course or if you no longer wish to be automatically dropped from a course that was indicated in your swap to wait list request. 

If you used swap to join a wait list for a Winter course and indicated a Fall/Winter or Fall course to drop then you will be automatically dropped from the Fall/Winter or Fall course if you are eligible to enroll from the wait list for the Winter course. This drop may result in a course withdrawal (WDN) for the Fall/Winter or Fall course. By dropping yourself from the wait list for the Winter course, you will be cancelling the swap to wait list details. Once the swap to wait list has been cancelled, you can join the wait list for the Winter course again.


How to Join a Wait List

  1. Determine if the class will fit into your class schedule.

  2. When adding/swapping the class, select the "Waitlist if class is full" option to join the wait list. Use swap if you need to indicate which class to drop to make room in your schedule for the wait listed class.

  3. Your wait list position will be provided in the enrollment confirmation message:
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  4. Review “My Class Schedule” with the List View option in Student Center [Planning – My Weekly Schedule – My Class Schedule] for your wait list status, wait list position and to identify if you missed any potential time conflicts with your wait listed class components.

    Reminder
    : Eligibility to enroll in a class may change during the course registration period. A wait list position does not guarantee that you will be enrolled when space is available in the class.


How to Enroll From a Wait List

A process will run daily during the course registration period to enroll students from the wait list. The next eligible student (ex: student in position #1) will be assessed and if all enrollment conditions are met, the student will be automatically enrolled into the class. A delay between when a space becomes available in a class and when a student will be enrolled from the wait list may occur.

A notification will be sent to your Western email account when you have been automatically enrolled into a class from a wait list. Automatic enrollment from a wait list is subject to the usual academic and financial deadlines, as well as policies associated with adding/dropping courses and progression through modules. Refer to Register in Fall/Winter Courses (Add/Drop Dates) section or the Register in Summer Courses section for details about add/drop deadlines.

Check your personal class schedule regularly for wait list and enrollment changes. 

If none of the wait listed students are eligible to enroll into the available spaces due to enrollment errors, such as time conflict or exceeding the maximum allowed course load, the remaining spaces will be made available to other students. The students who remain on the wait list will be re-assessed the next time the wait list process runs.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Wait Lists Can I Join?

Term Status Maximum Wait List Units
Fall/Winter Full-Time 2.0
Fall/Winter Part-Time 1.0
Summer Part-Time 1.0

Do Wait List Units Count Towards My Total Course Load?

Wait list units will not count towards your enrolled course load.

When Can I Add Myself To a Wait List

You can join a wait list during the course registration period. Note: For the Fall/Winter term access to course registration will be temporarily suspended at the beginning and end of the adjustment enrollment period. See the Register in Fall/Winter Courses for details.

Where Can I See My Wait List Position?

Your wait list position will be provided in your enrollment confirmation message and you can review your wait list status and wait list position on your “My Class Schedule” with the List View option in Student Center [Planning – My Weekly Schedule – My Class Schedule]. 

How Do I Use Swap To Join a Wait List?

See the Swap a Class or Lab/Tutorial/Exam Centre in the Register in Courses section for instructions on how to use swap.

Do I Need To Leave Room In My Schedule For a Wait Listed Class?

Students should try to register in a full course-load during the priority enrollment period. If there is a different course you would like to take that has a wait list available, make sure to join the wait list using a swap request which will indicate which class to drop to make room in your schedule for the wait listed class. When you swap to a wait list for a different course, you will not be immediately dropped from your enrolled class. You will remain enrolled in that class until you can be successfully enrolled from the wait list for the other class.

Note: You cannot be enrolled in one section of a course and wait listed for another section of the same course. If you are enrolled in one section (ex. Psychology 2800E section 001) and then use swap to join the wait list of another section of the same course (ex.Psychology 2800E section 002) then you will be immediately dropped and wait listed for the other section.

How Do I Use Swap To Join a Wait List?

See the Swap a Class or Lab/Tutorial/Exam Centre in the Register in Courses section for instructions on how to use swap.

I Used Swap To Join a Wait List But I Am Still Enrolled In the Class I Selected To Drop. Why Did the Swap Not Drop Me From the Class?

When you swap to a wait list for a different course you will not be immediately dropped from your enrolled class. You will remain enrolled in that class until you can be successfully enrolled from the wait list for the other class.

I Cannot Enroll In a Class Because I Do Not Meet The Priority Constraint. Can I Join the Wait List For the Class?

When you do not meet the priority constraint and a wait list option exists, then you can join the wait list so that you can be automatically considered for enrollment into the class once the priority constraint expires.

I Used Swap To Join a Wait List But I Want To Change the Class I Set Up To Drop. Can I Change What Class To Drop?

You cannot modify your swap selection after you have joined the wait list. If you want to change the class you have indicated to drop then you must drop the wait listed class and resubmit a swap request. Warning: You may lose your original position on the wait list.

I Have Permission to Take a Class in Time Conflict. Can I Join the Wait List With This Type of Permission?

No. A special permission that requires a time conflict override is not compatible with wait lists. Students should not be referred to call the Helpline to be added to a wait list. Enrollment from the wait list is done via a process so there would not be an opportunity to re-apply the time conflict override to enroll from the wait list.

How Do I Remove Myself From a Wait List?

Simply drop the class as you would drop any other class during the course registration period. You are responsible for dropping the class if you no longer wish to be enrolled.

I Was Not Enrolled From the Wait List. What Happened?

Enrollment conditions must be met to be enrolled from a wait list. If all enrollment conditions are not met, you will remain on the wait list and will be re-assessed the next time the wait list process runs.

For example, you will not be enrolled from a wait list if:

  • Adding that class will create a time conflict
  • Adding that class will exceed the maximum course load allowed for the term
  • Enrollment priority/restriction has not been met. You may join a wait list even if you do not meet the current priority/restriction condition. However, enrollment from a wait list can only occur if the priority/restriction condition is met or is no longer required.

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