Adding & dropping courses

Adding & Dropping Courses

You have plenty of opportunity for adding courses and changing courses. You add courses for the upcoming semester in a specific "window" in the University's course selection periods. Your course selection window can be found under our "Course Selection" tab at the top of this web page. 

You begin selecting courses for the summer semester in March.
You begin selecting courses for the fall semester in June. 
You begin selecting courses for the winter semester in October.

Adding Courses

All students add courses using WebAdvisor. Students can add a maximum of 2.75 credits per semester in the BA Program. However, on the last day of the Add Period students can add up to a maximum of 3.25 credits themselves.. 

When searching for a course, only include the minimum amount of information. This generally includes the semester, the course subject, the year level, location; Guelph and academic level; Undergraduate. If you provide too much information, WebAdvisor will not return your desired results. Make sure that you are looking at University of Guelph courses that are held on Guelph campus.

Register for your courses one at a time. This will cause fewer problems when registering. If you are ineligible to register for a course, WebAdvisor will provide you with a reason (i.e. you are missing a prerequisite).

A Note on Prerequisites
You will not be able to add a course for which you do not have the pre-requisite course(s). If you fail a course pre-requisite and you have pre-selected the subsequent course for the next semester, you must drop the course and retake the pre-requisite or consult with a program counsellor.

Check the "Course Descriptions" page in the Undergraduate Calendar Section XII for the prerequisite course(s).

Exam Schedules: An important part of course selection

Know when your exams are! Add each course exam to your calendar and triple check that you have no conflicts (overlapping times) and that this exam schedule will work for you.

An exam conflict is only an exact overlap. If you have an exact exam conflict, you should drop one of the courses whose exam overlaps. If it is a required course for your major and cannot be taken in the next semester, see your Program Counsellor.

More than two exams in one day or more than three exams in two days does not constitute a conflict.

Dropping Courses

All students can use WebAdvisor to drop courses. Students need to have their emergency contact information filled out before courses can be dropped. Under Plan, Schedule, Registrar, and Drop is where courses can be dropped. Once you have dropped the course, log out of WebAdvisor and log back in to make sure that the course has been removed from your schedule.

You can drop a class until the last day of classes. The drop date is listed on the schedule of dates in the Undergraduate Calendar

 After dropping a course, you are dropping from 2.5/2.0 credits to 1.5 credits or less, you might be entitled to a refund. Please refer to the refund schedule for more information.

If you missed the drop date, contact the BA Counselling office as soon as possible at