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".
  3. Select the term.

 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. You may see plans that were already created for the term.
  5. To create a new plan, select "Create a New Plan".
  6. Search for courses or class sections to add to your plan in the "Find Classes" tab.
  7. Select the "Created by Others" tab to add courses or class sections to your plan from a plan created by an academic advisor.
  8. Select the "Degree Works Plans" tab to add courses or class sections to your plan from a Degree Works plan.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 term and summer term opens in February.

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

Make sure you are eligible to register

To make sure you are eligible to register:

  1. Go to the Registration page 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 page 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.

Late registration: Compete the Late Registration Form to request to register in a class after the deadline for registration changes has passed for that term. You will be charged a $35 fee for each class added.

Get special permission to take a class: Learn more about class overrides, permission to audit, and changing your audit/credit status.

Repeating classes: 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 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.

Registration and withdrawal deadlines

2020 Winter Term withdrawal deadline update

Students in the 2020 Winter Term had the option of withdrawing from a class after they received their final marks until May 8.
If you receive a final grade after May 8 and would like to withdraw from the class, contact an academic advisor in your college.

Term Deadline for registration changes (100% tuition credit)* Withdraw with 75% tuition credit Withdraw with 50% tuition credit** Withdraw with no tuition credit** Last day to change from credit to audit or audit to credit*** Withdrawal deadline****
Multi-term classes
(Sep 3 2020 - Apr 7, 2021)
Sep 17, 2020 Sep 18 - Oct 1, 2020 Oct 2 - 16, 2020 After Oct 16, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 April 7, 2021
Fall classes
(Sep 3 - Dec 7, 2020)
Sep 17, 2020 Sep 18 - 24, 2020 Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2020 After Oct 1, 2020 Nov 15, 2020 Dec 7, 2020
Winter classes
(Jan 5, 2021 - Apr 7, 2021)
Jan 18, 2021 Jan 19 - 25, 2021 Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2021 After Feb 1, 2021 Mar 15, 2021 April 7, 2021 
  • All registration changes must be completed by 11:59 pm on the specified dates above.
  • Archives of registration deadlines can be found in previous catalogues.

*Last day to drop a class to avoid financial penalty. Classes dropped on or before the deadline for registration changes will not appear on the student's permanent record and all tuition and fees will be refunded. Classes will be assigned a grade of withdrawal (W) if you withdraw after this date but before the Withdrawal Deadline date. Classes remaining after the deadline for registration changes will not be refunded any fees, and tuition will be refunded according to this schedule based upon the date the class was dropped.
**Cancellation fees for audit classes are subject to the cancellation fee schedule, with the exception that the fee is non-refundable if a student switched to audit after the 50% cancellation period. If you need to withdraw from an audit class, please contact Student Central for assistance.
***Last day to change from credit to audit or audit to credit.
****Last day to drop a class. 

Open-learning classes have non-standard start and end dates and are based on the overall duration of the class from the first day of classes to the last day, including weekends and holidays; therefore, follow a different cancellation schedule. Please contact Student Central to find out the deadlines for registration changes and academic/financial penalties. Open learning dates for Medicine.

Term Deadline for registration changes (100% tuition credit)* Withdraw with 75% tuition credit Withdraw with 50% tuition credit** Withdraw with no tuition credit** Last day to change from credit to audit or audit to credit*** Withdrawal deadline****
Spring/summer multi-term classes
(May 6 - Aug 14)
May 12, 2020 May 13 - 20, 2020 May 21 - 26, 2020 After May 26, 2020 July 21, 2020 Aug 14, 2020
Spring classes
(May 6 - Jun 23)
May 12, 2020 May 13 - 14, 2020 May 15 - 20, 2020 After May 20, 2020 June 11, 2020 Jun 23, 2020
Summer classes
(Jul 2 - Aug 14)
July 8, 2020 July 9 - 10, 2020 July 11 - 14, 2020 After July 14, 2020 Aug 5, 2020 Aug 14, 2020
Q1 classes
(May 6 - 27)
May 7, 2020 May 8 - 11, 2020 May 12, 2020 After May 12, 2020 May 21, 2020 May 27, 2020
Q2 classes
(Jun 2 - 23)
June 4, 2020 June 5, 2020 June 6-8, 2020 After June 8, 2020 June 17, 2020 Jun 23, 2020
Q3 classes
(Jul 2 - 22)
July 3, 2020 July 4 - 7, 2020 July 8, 2020 After July 8, 2020 July 16, 2020 Jul 22, 2020
Q4 classes
(Jul 27 - Aug 14)
July 28, 2020 July 29, 2020 July 30, 2020 After July 30, 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Aug 14, 2020
  • All registration changes must be completed by 11:59pm on the specified dates above.
  • The Independent Studies online registration deadline is the first day of classes in each term
  • The College of Medicine registration deadline is the first day of classes in each year.
  • Archives of registration deadlines can be found in previous catalogues.

*Last day to drop a class to avoid financial penalty. Classes dropped on or before the deadline for registration changes will not appear on the student's permanent record and all tuition and fees will be refunded. Classes will be assigned a grade of withdrawal (W) if you drop after this date but before the Withdrawal Deadline date. Classes remaining after the deadline for registration changes will not be refunded any fees, and tuition will be refunded according to this schedule based upon the date the class was dropped.
**Cancellation fees for audit classes are subject to the cancellation fee schedule, with the exception that the fee is non-refundable if a student switched to audit after the 50% cancellation period. If you need to withdraw from an audit class, please contact Student Central for assistance.
***Last day to change from credit to audit or audit to credit.
****Last day to drop a class. 

Questions?

Student Central

Don't know who to call? Start at Student Central, we can help:

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