I can't add a course (restrictions)

I can’t add a course (restrictions)
There are several reasons you may be unable to add a course.

  • The course is restricted to a specific specialization or program other than your own (scroll down to read more about restrictions)
  • You are missing a pre-requisite for a course*
  • The course section is full*
  • Instructor or department consent is required to be added into the course*
  • You are attempting to add a course after the Add period has ended*
  • You already are registered in a full course load (2.5 credits) 

*BA Counselling is unable to sign students into courses for the starred reasons above. To gain access to these courses, you can request to be "signed in" using a Course Waiver Request Form In most cases, it is the instructor or the department's Faculty Advisor who will sign the course waiver.

Once signed, waivers are emailed to es@uoguelph.ca (Enrolment Services). Scroll down to read who needs to sign your Course Waiver Form.

After adding a course, either on WebAdvisor or through a Course Waiver, please double check your schedule to confirm that the course has been added and that there are no schedule or exam conflicts. 

If you are having problems with the New Student Planning Tool.  Here is a link to the FAQ

CJPP courses
For general CJPP related issues and you are registered in CJPP, please e-mail cjpp@uoguelph.ca 

Psychology students
Psychology students having difficulty getting into a psychology course should contact the Department of Psychology’s Academic Advisor and Manager:

Sharon Helder
MCKN Rm:4015
+1-519-824-4120 x53260

FRHD and NUTR courses
Students with a Family and Child Studies minor should visit the departmental course selection page to view restriction information.
Inquiries regarding FRHD and NUTR courses should be directed to fran.undergraduate@uoguelph.ca   

International Development courses
Inquiries regarding International Development courses should be directed to Lisa Blenkinsop at idadvisor@uoguelph.ca Mackinnon 800B

Studio Art courses
Inquiries regarding Studio Art courses should be directed to facultyadvisorstudioart@uoguelph.ca 


Inquiries regarding ECON, HROB, MCS, and MGMT courses should be directed to the faculty advisors: 


Other courses

For any other courses, please contact the instructor directly to see if they are planning on allowing any additional students in. To search for instructors, see the searchable staff directory. If no instructor is listed, a departmental Faculty Advisor may sign the waiver for you. Click the "Faculty Advisor" tab on the black menu at the top of this webpage for a current listing of Faculty Advisors. 

PLEASE NOTE: Instructors and faculty advisors are not obligated to sign waiver forms - it is at their discretion.

If there is no instructor listed, there are faculty advisors for all specializations (BA included) as well who you can reach out to for some information: 


During the course selection period, some courses are restricted to specific specializations and students. For example, the Sociology department gives priority (first access) to students with a Sociology specialization before opening spots up to other students.

First-year course restrictions
1000 level course restrictions are generally added to most courses however, they are lifted after a couple of weeks after first year students have had a chance to register.

If you are not a first-year student, but require a first-year course, please contact our office. Note that this is a common concern for transfer students, or students who have recently changed programs or specializations.

Temporary course restrictions list
The Office of Registrarial Services keeps a list of temporary course restrictions.