Fall 2021 Course Selection Helpful Hints and FAQs

Last updated August 25, 2021

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

Fall 2021 course offerings for the Guelph campus are now posted on WebAdvisor. For help searching for courses, watch the Student Planning video tutorials.

What is Student Planning and how do I select my courses using this new tool?

Student Planning is a new tool for course selection and degree/diploma planning. It is accessed through WebAdvisor and replaces the old process for registering for courses on WebAdvisor. Video tutorials and additional documentation are available to help students through every step of the course selection and degree/diploma planning process. Visit the Student Planning website for more information.

What should I do if a required course is full?

As a first step, please make sure that you have viewed all sections of the course. You may have missed sections that still have seats available. When you're on the "Plan, Schedule, Register & Drop" page of WebAdvisor, the left panel only shows six sections at a time. You need to use the arrows shown in the screenshot below to view the other sections.

Screenshot of the arrows on the Plan, Schedule, Register and Drop page

If you are using the Subject Search or the Catalog Listing view of the Advanced Search, make sure you scroll all the way down the list of sections for the course.

If you have searched through all sections and there are no seats available, continue to monitor WebAdvisor as some spaces may be added or another student may drop the course. 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.

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.

When can undergraduate and associate diploma students on the Guelph campus begin selecting Fall 2021 courses?

Course selection windows began opening July 6, 2021. 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 viewing your My Academic Progress page on WebAdvisor.

  • To view the “My Academic Progress” page, click on the “My Academic Progress” link in the WebAdvisor menu. In the “Total Credits” bar on the right side of the page, add the number of completed credits (in dark green) and the number of in-progress credits (in light green). For more information about the “My Academic Progress” page, watch the Student Planning video tutorial.
  • When viewing your Unofficial Transcript, add the weight of each of your current courses (displayed on the “Plan, Schedule, Register & Drop” page when you click on the course name) to the “Total Credits Completed” at the bottom of the transcript.

Varsity student-athletes can begin selecting courses on July 6, 2021, 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.

New students can begin enrolling in courses on July 15, 2021. Students entering with transfer credits may be able to enrol earlier depending on number of credits granted; see the course selection windows for more information. For help selecting courses for your first semester, visit the Registration Guide for New Students.

After your window opens, you can continue to enrol in courses up until Friday, September 17, 2021; however, students who do not enrol by August 2 may find that their desired or required course sections are no longer available (closed/full).

When will the Fall 2021 final exam schedule be posted?

The final exam schedule for Fall 2021 courses on the Guelph campus is now available on WebAdvisor.

To view your exam schedule, click on the “Plan, Schedule, Register & Drop” link in the WebAdvisor menu. On the “Schedule” tab, select the appropriate semester. Exams are shown in the timetable in blue; however, this timetable represents a single week, and your final exams may be spread over multiple weeks. We recommend that you click on the “Print” button above the timetable for complete final exam details. Although final exams are displayed on the same timetable as your classes, final exams only occur after classes have ended, on the dates indicated when you click on the "Print" button.

If you are making changes to your Fall 2021 courses, please consult the final exam schedule. Students may not register in courses that 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.

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?

Some 1000-level courses were restricted to first-year students until August 3. Those restrictions have now been lifted.

What courses will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and what do I need to know?

Please check WebAdvisor to determine if your course involves face-to-face instruction (see the "How will courses display on WebAdvisor" webpage for help). Health and safety protocols will be in effect for all face-to-face courses on campus. For more information, visit the University's COVID-19 website.

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 the appropriate Course Waiver Request Form (Undergraduate Course Waiver Request Form or Graduate Course Waiver Request Form) and have it signed by the course instructor. The instructor's approval is not automatic, nor is it guaranteed. Email the signed 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 the appropriate Course Waiver Request Form (Undergraduate Course Waiver Request Form or Graduate Course Waiver Request Form) and have it signed by the course instructor. The instructor's approval is not automatic, nor is it guaranteed. Email the signed 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 and on WebAdvisor.)

Can I choose fewer than five courses?

The normal full-time course load for undergraduate students is 2.5 credits (usually 5 courses, except for BEng students) per semester. 2.0 credits (usually 4 courses) is still considered full-time. Part-time is 1.5 credits or less in a semester. While you have the option to study part-time (except Co-op students), we suggest that you speak with a Program Counsellor to decide if this is an appropriate option for you. Note: there are tuition and fee differences between full-time and part-time studies. It could impact scholarship, sponsorship, and financial aid eligibility, including government aid (e.g., OSAP). Visit Student Financial Services for details. It could also affect your international student status; contact the International Student Advisor if you have questions or concerns.

Where do I find a list of courses that I am supposed to take?

Please do not use Google to find your required courses; it may take you to the wrong Calendar!

The list of courses you must take is called your Schedule of Studies, and it is based on your Calendar Year. It is therefore important to confirm your Calendar Year so that you follow the correct Schedule of Studies. If you follow the incorrect Calendar, you could be taking the wrong courses and delaying your graduation. 

Follow the steps below to find your Calendar Year and Schedule of Studies.

  1. Log in to WebAdvisor and select the "My Academic Progress" menu item.
  2. On the top left of the page, in the “At a Glance” section, you will see "Calendar." The year listed indicates your Calendar Year, e.g., 2021 means that you will follow the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar.
  3. Once you know your Calendar Year, select it from the following list. This link will take you to Chapter 10 of the Undergraduate Calendar:
  4. Select your program from the list and then click on your major. In the 2021 calendar, majors are listed on the “Programs” tab, if applicable. If you are in Co-op, be sure to select the Co-op major. Here you will find all of the courses required for your degree program in semester order. In the 2021 calendar, the courses are displayed on the “Requirements” tab.

What is the credit/no credit grading option?

Starting in Fall 2020, the credit/no credit grading policy enables students to extend their learning to new academic disciplines without risking their GPA. Students can request the credit/no credit option in lieu of a numerical grade for qualifying elective courses. These courses will not be calculated in the student's semester or cumulative average and instead assigned as a general credit on their transcript.

Students must be enrolled in the course to request the credit/no credit grading option. Students cannot request the credit/no credit grading option for courses taken prior to Fall 2020 (when the policy came into effect). To request this grading option, submit the Request for Credit/No Credit Grading Option form. The deadline to submit a request is the last day of classes of the requested course. Your Program Counsellor will consider your request based on the criteria outlined in the Academic Calendar. Read more about the credit/no credit policy.

I have an outstanding balance on my student account. Will this affect my ability to select Fall 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 Fall semester courses. Your student account balance must be zero before you can select Fall courses. You are also required to pay the $200 Registration Deposit by August 13, 2021 to hold your courses. You will need to pay your Fall account in full (or make an arrangement for payment with Student Financial Services) by September 17, 2021.