Before you begin

Plan your degree

Using the course and program catalog

Use the Course and Program Catalogue to make sure the classes you select are appropriate for your program. The Course and Program Catalogue can help you determine:

  • the number of credit units you will need to complete your program
  • the required courses you will need to take
  • the sequence in which courses should be taken to ensure prerequisite requirements are met.  Prerequisites are courses which a student must have credit for in order to register in other courses.
  • the topics discussed in a class

It is strongly recommended that you meet with an academic advisor from your department or college. In addition to verifying your program requirements, an academic advisor in your college will help you to develop an educational plan that fits your abilities, interests, personal circumstances and career goals.

Use other tools to help you plan
  • Degree Works is a tool you can use in PAWS to map your degree progress.
  • Open Courseware is also available for you to look up past syllabi for previously offered classes.
  • Learning Communities are available for first-year students

Check your registration status

The earliest date that you will be able to register is known as your registration access date and is determined by your college. You can find your registration access date in the . If your date appears to be incorrect, please contact your college.

Check to make sure you are eligible to register

Select Registration in the . Then select Check Your Registration Status. The following must be checked off before you are able to register:

  • You have no Hold(s) which prevent registration
  • Your Academic Standing permits registration
  • Your Student Status permits registration

If either of the last two are not checked, contact Student Central for help.

Search for Classes

In order to increase your chances of successfully registering in the classes you need, create your schedule—and a backup schedule—before your registration access date.

When building your class schedule, ensure that you write down the course reference number (CRN), section number, dates and times of each class and any required labs, tutorials, seminars, etc., if applicable.

Scheduling tips:
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday (MWF) classes are typically 50 minutes long; Tuesday/Thursday (TR) classes are 1 hour and 20 minutes; and evening classes are 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Six credit unit classes extend over both terms.
  • Check class locations to make sure you’ll have enough time to travel to your next class.


Adding and dropping classes
  1. Select Registration in the 
  2. Select Add/Drop Classes
  3. Select the term you want to register in
  4. Enter the course reference numbers (CRNs) for the classes you want to add and click Submit Changes
  5. The Add/Drop Classes page will be displayed again. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view all added classes and/or registration error messages
  6. After registering for Fall Term 1 (September to December), you should also register for Winter Term 2 (January to April) to ensure you get the classes you need

Students registered with Disability Services for Students (DSS) may request assistance with registering for classes from DSS or Student Central.

Registration tips

  • Seats in full classes may become available later as students drop or choose different classes. You have until the Deadline for Registration Changes to change your classes.
  • Remember that when you register for the first half of a six credit unit class in Fall Term 1 (Sept-Dec), you will automatically be registered in the second half in Winter Term 2 (Jan-Apr).
  • Some classes require you to register in both lecture and specific lab and/or tutorial sections at the same time.

Making changes

You can add and drop classes up until the Deadline for Registration Changes. Your grades will not be affected if classes are dropped by this date and all related tuition and fees will be refunded. 

To drop a class:

  1. Select Registration in the 
  2. Select Add/Drop Classes
  3. Select the term for the class you want to drop (Note: Multi-term classes need to be dropped in Term 1)
  4. Select drop from class/withdraw from class in the action menu for the class you want to drop.
  5. Select Submit Changes.  Make sure your class was dropped successfully before logging out.

Learn more about dropping classes after the deadline for registration changes.