Class instruction update

2021 spring and summer terms: Class instruction will be primarily remote (i.e. taught online), with extremely limited in-person instruction. In the class registration system, "Class Taught Remotely" has been added as an attribute to classes that will be taught remotely. For more information about class instruction, contact an academic advisor in your college

2021 Fall Term and 2022 Winter Term: There will likely be a significant increase of in-person, on-campus instruction for the 2021 Fall Term. Due to current uncertainties around vaccine roll-out in this province and beyond, we cannot at this stage say exactly what the proportion of face-to-face versus remote program delivery will be in the Fall term. Program delivery details and other aspects of opening our campuses for fall 2021 will be announced in May.

Learn which courses you need

Explore the Course and Program Catalogue

How to understand your program and course requirements

Use the Course and Program Catalogue to learn about:

  • the programs we offer,
  • the academic policies of each college and school,
  • course and credit unit requirements for each degree, diploma or certificate,
  • course descriptions and
  • class syllabi.

Contact an academic advisor

We strongly recommend you meet with an academic advisor from your department or college before you start classes and throughout your time as a student. Academic advisors will help you:

  • identify the quickest way for you to complete your academic program,
  • verify your degree requirements, including the information provided through Degree Works,
  • identify and understand your goals and skills and
  • take advantage of your prior learning experiences.

Map your degree progress with Degree Works

Use Degree Works to:

  • map your degree progress (view how your in-progress and completed classes meet your program requirements),
  • explore your options (view how your in-progress and completed classes meet other program requirements),
  • view your final grades and averages (averages are available only for some programs) and
  • devise a long-term plan to complete your degree.

We recommend you verify the information provided to you through Degree Works with an academic advisor.

Search for classes and plan your class schedule

How to search for classes and plan your schedule

Once you know the course requirements for your program, you can plan what classes you are going to take in the upcoming terms. We recommend you save your draft class schedules in PAWS using the Plan Ahead tool, which will make registering for classes easier.

Search for classes

  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Browse classes"

 Save draft class schedules using the Plan Ahead tool

  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Plan Ahead"
  3. Select the term and continue
  4. To create a new plan, select "Create a New Plan"
  5. Search for courses or class sections to add to your plan in the "Find Classes" tab
  6. Select the "Created by Others" tab to add courses or class sections to your plan from a plan created by an academic advisor
  7. Select the "Degree Works Plans" tab to add courses or class sections to your plan from a Degree Works plan
  8. Add a course to your plan by selecting "Add Course" or add a class section to your plan by selecting "View Sections"
    1. If you add courses to your plan, instead of class sections, you will have to search for the class section, from your plan, when you register.
    2. No registration error checking is done in the Plan Ahead tool. Make sure to review prerequisites, registration restrictions, reservations, etc. when choosing your classes for the plan.
  9. Once you are done, select "Save Plan"

Scheduling tips

  • Make a list of alternative classes in case some of the classes you would like to take are not available.
  • Plan and save draft class schedules in PAWS using the Plan Ahead tool, or you can print and fill out the class schedule worksheet.
    • If you decide not to save draft class schedule in PAWS using the Plan Ahead tool, remember to record the term, course reference number (CRN), subject, course number, section and the days and times of each class you would like to take. If applicable, also record this information for linked labs, tutorials and seminars and for both parts of multi-term classes.

If you have questions about how to save class schedules in PAWS using the Plan Ahead tool, contact Student Central.

Check your registration status

Find the earliest date you can register

Registration for both fall term (September-December) and winter term (January-April) opens in June. Registration for spring (May-June) and summer (July-August) terms opens in February.

Find your registration access date, the earliest day and time you will be able to register, on the Registration channel in PAWS.

Make sure you are eligible to register

To make sure you are eligible to register:

  1. Go to the Registration channel in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "View your Status"

To find out if you are eligible to register in the upcoming fall and winter terms, check your status after June 1.

Register, drop or withdraw

Register for classes

  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Register for Classes"
  3. Select the term you want to register in
  4. Select the "Plans" tab
    1. Click the arrow button to the left of the plan name to view the details of the plan.
  5. To add all classes from the plan to your registration summary, select "Add All"
  6. To add one class from your plan to your registration summary, select "Add" to the right of the class
    1. You can add classes from multiple plans to your registration summary.
    2. If the plan includes courses, select "View Sections" to add a class section to your registration summary.
  7. Once your classes have been added to the registration summary, select "Submit" to register
    1. All error checking will be done at this point (e.g., prerequisites, registration restrictions, reservations and permission).
    2. If you register in one part of a multi-term class, you will be prompted to register in the other part of the multi-term class in order to successfully register in the class.
  8. If "registered" highlighted in green is in the status column beside the class, you are registered in the class
  9. If you see "pending" in the status column, you are not registered in the class
  10. If "registered" is highlighted in yellow in the status column, you still need to register in the corresponding half of the multi-term class
  11. When you finish registering for classes, select the "schedule and options tab" and the print icon or the email icon to print or email your schedule. You can also add the classes to your calendar from the email you receive

Registration tips:

  • Shortly before it’s time for you to register, search for the classes you plan to register in to make sure they are still available and modify your plan if necessary. To search for classes, select “Register for Classes” in the Registration channel in PAWS and then select "Browse classes".
  • Remember to have a list of alternative classes in case some of the classes you would like to take are not available.
How to register for classes
  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Register for Classes" again
  3. Select the term you want to register in
  4. Search for the classes you would like to register in by selecting the "Find Classes" tab, or select the "Enter CRNs" tab to simply register by adding each class's CRN
  5. Enter the CRNs
    1. Remember to also enter the CRNs of linked labs, tutorials and seminars.
    2. Select "Add to Summary".
  6. Select "Submit" to register
    1. If you register in one part of a multi-term class, you will be prompted to register in the other part of the multi-term class in order to successfully register in the class.
  7. If "registered" highlighted in green is in the status column beside the class, you are registered in the class
    1. If you see "pending" in the status column, you are not registered in the class.
    2. If "registered" is highlighted in yellow in the status column, you still need to register in the corresponding half of the multi-term class.
  8. When you finish registering for classes, select the "schedule and options tab" and the print icon or the email icon to print or email your schedule. You can also add the classes to your calendar from the email you receive

One day after you register, you can check your tuition account balance for the classes you just registered on the Tuition and Fees page in PAWS.

We will email you the dates of when reserved seats for particular classes in the fall and winter terms will be released to all students.

Students who are registered with Access and Equity Services (AES) needing support with registration should reach out to their AES advisor.

Class overrides and changing audit/credit status

Visit the class overrides and changing audit/credit status page to learn more about overriding certain class restrictions or changing the audit/credit status of a class.

Request to repeat a class

You cannot repeat a class for which you already have credit. Some colleges may have different or additional regulations on repeating classes, such as being able to repeat a class for which you have a grade between 50% and 59%. Contact your college academic advisor for more information.

Drop or withdraw from classes

If you decide not to attend a class you registered in, make sure to drop the class before the deadline for registration changes to avoid tuition charges or possible academic penalties.

After the deadline for registration changes (which is the deadline to add or drop classes) has passed, you can withdraw from a class before the withdrawal deadline. When you withdraw from a class, your transcript will list the class and a "W" instead of a grade. Depending on when you withdraw, you must pay some or all of the tuition for the class in addition to your student fees.

To drop or withdraw from a credit class:

  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Register for Classes" again
  3. Select the appropriate term
  4. In the Action column by the class, select "Drop class" or "Withdrawal from class"
    1. If the class is a multi-term class, make sure to drop/withdraw the other part of the class as well
  5. Select "Submit"

If you decide not to attend the university after registering for classes or decide to stop attending classes, you are responsible for dropping all classes before the registration deadlines (which is the deadline to add or drop classes) in order to avoid academic/financial penalties. Read more about student responsibilities.

Questions?

Student Central can help:

  • troubleshoot registration problems,
  • process late registrations, audit registrations and section changes, and
  • help you navigate PAWS.