Step by Step Guide to Registration

Course registration at Western University is completed online through Student Center. The following instructions provide a brief step by step guide to registering in courses through this system, as well as links to more detailed instructions.

Important Note: Western does not support external timetable services. These providers may not have up-to-date and accurate information. When making your course selections, please ensure you meet all course prerequisites, antirequisites, and corequisites.

Getting Ready to Start:

  1. You must be activated in the term for which you want to register.  For Fall/Winter term activation see either Fall Winter Intent to Register or Term Reactivation.  For Summer term activation, see Summer Term Registration.
    Note: All newly admitted and visiting students are automatically term activated.
  2. Review the Academic Calendar & appropriate Timetable to find information on the courses & sections you are interested in, as well as some alternates in case of conflicts/full courses.
  3. Use Draft My Schedule to help you build an individual conflict-free class schedule. This tool does not import your course selections into your Student Center but allows you to play and create your timetable in order to then go to Student Center and enroll your courses!
    Note: Ensure you have any prerequisites or corequisites needed and that you do not have any antirequisites.  The Calendar course information contains course names, numbers, descriptions, and the necessary prerequisites/antirequisites/corequisites for the course.
  4. Log in to Student Center.  You will need your Western User ID & password. If you do not have this information, use our Student Center Access Guide.
  5. On right side of the Student Center main page, Select “Open Enrolment Dates” under the Enrollment Dates header. The next page will list a date and time that you are allowed to start registering in courses online. Until this date/time is reached, you cannot register in courses online!


Course Registration:

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

Adding a Class

Visual Detailed Guide- Adding a Class (pdf)

Quick Steps

  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes.
  3. Pick a course to add using either Search for Class or Enter Class Nbr (not Course number!)
  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. 
  5. Repeat above steps to continue adding classes. 
  6. Select the Finish Enrolling button to enroll in the class(es) in your Course Enrollment Worksheet.

Dropping 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.

Swapping a Class

Visual Detailed Guide- Swapping 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 course you wish to swap out by choosing from the list in the Select from your schedule dropdown box.
  4. Choose a course to replace it using either the Class Search or My Planner if you have courses saved in your planner.  After making your choice, you will be presented with a page with the details on your swap.
  5. 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.

Note: If you are trying to swap just the tutorial or lab, please see the Swapping a Lab or Tutorial information below.

Swapping a Lab or Tutorial or Exam Centre

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

Quick Steps

  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section, select Enroll in Classes then select the Swap
  3. From the dropdown, select the course for which you wish to swap the Tutorial/Lab/Exam Centre.
  4. Select Class Search from the Search for Class dropdown and click Search.
  5. Search for the SAME course you chose in the dropdown in step 3 then select Search.
  6. Select the Tutorial / Lab / Exam Centre you want to change to THEN select the same Lecture you are currently enrolled in.  Select Next.
  7. Select the Finish Swapping button to complete the swap.