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 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)*

*If you cannot add a course on WebAdvisor for any of the above reasons, you can request (not guaranteed) to be signed in through a Course Waiver form.

In most cases, it is the instructor or the department's Faculty Advisor who will sign the course waiver. To search for instructor's, see the searchable staff directory: https://www.uoguelph.ca/directory/index.php

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. Once signed, waivers are brought to the 3rd floor, University Centre or emailed to es@uoguelph.ca (Enrolment Services)

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

Forms are available online at https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/sites/undergraduate/files/forms/course_waiver_request.html

After adding a course, either on WebAdvisor or through 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 have trouble navigating WebAdvisor, you can receive guidance through the WebAdvisor helpline at ext. 53952

During the ‘add period’ or ‘course selection’ period, some courses are restricted to specific 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 have lifted.

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:

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

Daniel Meegan
MCKN Rm: 3018
+1-519-824-4120 x58344

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

Family and Child Studies Minor students
Students with a Family and Child Studies minor should visit the following website to view restriction information: https://www.uoguelph.ca/family/undergraduate-course-waivers
Inquiries regarding FRHD and NUTR courses should be directed to Ruth Lesins at franwork@uoguelph.ca MINS 247

CJPP courses
Inquiries regarding CJPP courses should be directed to cjpp@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 Monica Tap, at facultyadvisorstudioart@uoguelph.ca Zavitz Hall