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Registration Steps

Step 1. Know your registration status and access date

Check to make sure you are eligible to register

Log into the Registration channel in PAWS and select Check Your Registration Status.

The following must be checked off before you are able to register:

  • Hold(s) – financial and/or admissions
  • Academic Standing
  • Student Status

Find your registration access date

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 Registration channel in PAWS.

If your date appears to be incorrect, please contact your college.

Step 2. Know your registration deadlines

Know the deadlines for making registration changes to avoid financial or academic penalty.

Step 3. Know and plan for your program’s degree requirements

Use the Course and Program Catalogue

Use the Course and Program Catalogue to make sure the classes you select are appropriate for your program, including:

  • the number of credit units you will need to earn your degree, diploma or certificate
  • the required courses you will need to take
  • the sequence in which courses should be taken to ensure prerequisite requirements are met
    (Prerequisite means prior completion of certain specified classes.)

Descriptions of classes that are commonly offered are also available in the catalogue. 

Note that in order to verify your program requirements, you should also meet with an academic advisor. Using the Course and Program Catalogue does not replace the need to meet with an academic advisor to verify your program requirements.

Meet with an academic advisor

It is strongly recommended that you seek academic advising from your department or college as early as possible. 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.

Other tools

  • 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.

Step 4. Search for classes and create your class schedule

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.

In order to increase your chances of successfully registering in the classes you need, it is essential to create your schedule prior to your registration access date. You should also create a back-up schedule or prepare a list of back-up classes in case a class you planned to take is already full.

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.

Search for classes

Understanding your class search results

PDFClass Schedule Worksheet 

Step 5. Register

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.

Have your completed Class Schedule Worksheet ready!

  1. Log into the Registration channel in PAWS.
  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 (Sep-Dec), you should also register for Winter Term 2 (Jan-Apr) to ensure you get the classes you need. 

Help! PAWS won't let me register!
Check out some common registration error messages and learn how to avoid them. If you still need help, contact Student Central.

Registration help for students with disabilities
Students registered with Disability Services for Students (DSS) may request assistance with registration. Please contact DSS or Student Central.

Remember: If you decide not to attend the university after registering for classes or decide to stop attending classes, you are responsible for making sure you officially drop all classes before the Registration Deadlines in order to avoid academic/financial penalties. Not attending your classes does not constute an official withdrawal from the university. Read more about Student Responsiblities.

Step 6. Registration Changes

Before the Deadline for Registration 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).

Adding:  Follow Step 5 above.


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

After the Deadline for Registration Changes

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