Winter 2020 Course Selection Helpful Hints and FAQs

Last updated October 28, 2019

When will I be able to see what courses will be offered in the Winter?

Course offerings are now posted on WebAdvisor.

What should I do if a required course is full?

If all sections of a required course are full, please monitor WebAdvisor. Additional spaces are opened on a daily basis for some courses. Please be patient as it may take some time to request additional spaces be made available. You may also wish to visit your Program Counselling office's website for more information.

What should I do if the course section that I want is full?

If your desired section is full at the time of your window opening, select another open section that fits your schedule and then continue to monitor WebAdvisor for availability in your desired section. Space may become available if another student drops that section or if the capacity is increased by the department.

TIP: You may place more than one section of the same course in your "Preferred Sections" list on WebAdvisor so that you have a backup option ready if your first choice is full.

I'm interested in a First-Year Seminar but all of the sections are full. Will more spaces become available?

There are a limited number of these courses offered each semester, with just 18 spots available in each one, to first-year students only. Please monitor WebAdvisor as space may become available if another student drops the course. Please note that First-Year Seminars are not required courses and they may not fit in your schedule depending on your program’s required courses.

Helpful hint: Register for one course at a time.

If you try to register for multiple courses at once and there is a problem with one of them (i.e., the course is restricted or you don't have the necessary prerequisites), you will not be registered in any of the courses.

When can undergraduate and associate diploma students on the Guelph campus begin selecting Winter 2020 courses?

Course selection windows will begin opening November 4, 2019. Students are assigned to a window based on the number of completed and in-progress credits, from highest to lowest. To determine your window (i.e., when you can begin selecting courses), you can find your number of completed and in-progress credits by running your Unofficial Transcript or your Program/Academic Evaluation on WebAdvisor.

  • When viewing your Program/Academic Evaluation, go to the "Program Status" section and, from the table labelled "Combined," add the numbers of "Earned" and "Additional" (Anticipated) credits.
  • When viewing your Unofficial Transcript, add the weight of each of your current courses (displayed on your Class Schedule in the “Creds” column or noted in the individual course description of the Academic Calendar) to the “Total Earned Credits” at the bottom.

Varsity student-athletes can begin selecting courses on November 4, regardless of number of credits, to facilitate participation in practices and competitions. Student-athletes are encouraged to select courses as early as possible so that coaches can set team practice schedules and book facilities for the season.

After your window opens, you can continue to enrol in courses up until Friday, January 10, 2020. All students are encouraged to select courses as soon as possible after their window opens. Students who do not enrol promptly may find that access to their desired or required course sections may not be possible.

Winter 2020 course enrolment will be unavailable on WebAdvisor for all undergraduate and associate diploma students on the Guelph and Ridgetown campuses and all graduate students from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019 and from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2 through to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

I'm an upper-year student and there is a first-year course that I would like to take. Why isn't WebAdvisor allowing me to enrol in this course?

Many 1000-level courses will be restricted to first-year students until NOON on Monday, November 18. Please refer to the list of temporary course restrictions and check back frequently for updates.

When will the Winter 2020 final exam schedule be posted?

The final examination schedule for Winter 2020 courses will be available on WebAdvisor on December 3, 2019. If you are making changes to your Winter 2020 courses after December 3, please consult the final exam schedule. Students may not register in courses which have a direct final exam conflict. If you should create a direct final exam conflict when making changes to your course registrations, you must amend the course registrations to remove the conflict.

Can I enrol in a course if I don't have the appropriate prerequisites or if the course is restricted to students in another program?

You will need to receive approval from the course instructor in order to enrol in the course. Complete a Course Waiver Request Form and have it signed by the course instructor. The instructor's approval is not automatic, nor is it guaranteed. Submit the signed form by dropping it off in person to the Enrolment Services counter on Level 3 of the University Centre during office hours or by scanning and emailing the form to es@uoguelph.ca at any time.

How do I enrol in a course where the prerequisite is listed as "Instructor consent is required"?

Complete a Course Waiver Request Form and have it signed by the course instructor. The instructor's approval is not automatic, nor is it guaranteed. Submit the signed form by dropping it off in person to the Enrolment Services counter on Level 3 of the University Centre during office hours or by scanning and emailing the form to es@uoguelph.ca at any time.

If the instructor is "TBA" on WebAdvisor, consult the appropriate department's office. (For undergraduate courses, the department offering the course is listed in the course description found in the Undergraduate Calendar. You can access the course description directly on WebAdvisor by clicking on the "Section Name and Title" in your section search results.)

I have an outstanding balance on my student account. Will this affect my ability to select Winter courses?

If you are an undergraduate student, an outstanding balance will cause you to be placed on academic/financial sanction. Academic sanction will prevent you from seeing your final grades, obtaining a transcript and selecting Winter semester courses. Your student account balance must be zero before you can select Winter courses. To maintain registration in your selected courses, you will need to pay your Winter account in full (or make an arrangement for payment with Student Financial Services) by January 10, 2020.

I graduated in October but would like to take an additional course in the Winter. What do I do?

You must apply for readmission as a non-degree student by November 15 and pay the appropriate fee. Read more about the readmission process.