There are important changes to course selection procedures for Fall 2018

Course Selection – Summer & Fall 2018

Information for Undergraduate Students

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information and check back here for updates over the next few weeks.

On the afternoon of February 13, 2018, the email below was sent to all currently registered undergraduate students on the Guelph campus (excluding Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students):

Dear Undergraduate Guelph Campus Student,

The Office of Registrarial Services is improving course selection. We are making various changes that will allow you more time to better plan your schedules and ensure a more equitable and consistent approach to course selection windows.

First, course selection for fall 2018 will begin in June instead of March. This will allow you to complete your winter semester before you are asked to select your fall courses. As well, you will not have to worry about planning your fall schedule and enrolling in courses while completing winter midterms and assignments.

Course selection for students planning to take summer 2018 semester courses will begin March 5.

Other improvements we are considering include leaving course selection open from the time it opens in June until the end of the add period in September and improving the priority order for accessing course selection windows.

More information about these and other changes will be forthcoming, so please look for subsequent emails from our office and consult our course enrolment information website regularly:


Ray Darling
University Registrar

Instructions for Graduate Students

Summer 2018 course selection for Graduate Students takes place from March 5 through to March 26, 2018. Graduate students will be able to select courses for summer 2018 at any time during this period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Did you consult students before making these changes?

The changes to Fall course selection have been introduced to address the significant number of complaints and suggestions we have heard over the years from students and families at course enrolment time. We also received feedback from Program Counsellors and Associate Deans, Academic of each college as well as many other university staff.

The March course selection period for Fall courses was initially put in place before WebAdvisor was available, when course selection was a paper-based process. Changing the course selection period reflects the University’s move from paper to electronic, and the new timing is consistent with Fall course selection at the majority of other Ontario institutions.

There are numerous benefits to moving the Fall course selection period from March to June. It will give students more time to plan their Fall schedule, without the stress of winter midterms and assignments. They will be able to add or drop courses throughout the summer, as they make those decisions, instead of having to wait until the August add period. In addition, the Confirmation of Enrolment process can be completed earlier and more accurately, and the University can adjust their resources based on more gradual changes in course enrolment.

How am I going to get course waiver forms completed with the signature I need in June when I am home for the summer? Do I have to come back to campus?

The Fall 2018 course offerings will be available on WebAdvisor at the end of March so that you can determine in advance if you will need to submit course waiver forms for Fall course selection. If waivers are required, you can obtain the necessary signatures and drop off the forms to Enrolment Services (UC Level 3) before you leave campus in April. Alternatively, you can email your waivers to at any time during the summer.

My work schedule will make it difficult to select courses during the summer OR I will not have internet access due to work or a field course. How will I select my courses before my preferred sections fill up?

The dates and times for Fall course enrolment in June have not yet been determined, but they will be announced well in advance to provide students with sufficient time to plan for the start of their course selection window. If you have already selected your preferred sections on WebAdvisor, you should only need a few minutes of internet connectivity to complete the course enrolment process once your enrolment window is open. It is important to note that you are not required to enrol on your exact start date/time, although you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible after your course selection window has opened.

There will never be a perfect date and time for the entire student population. 8 a.m. on a school day in March was difficult for students travelling to campus for class, studying for midterms, working part-time, working full-time in a co-op position, or training as a varsity athlete.

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

You can view the Fall 2018 course offerings on WebAdvisor at the end of March.

How will this affect Fall course selection for graduate students?

The Fall course selection period for graduate students will not change. It will begin Monday, June 4.

When can I see what Summer 2018 courses are available and when can I select Summer 2018 courses?

Summer 2018 course offerings can now be viewed on WebAdvisor. Undergraduate and graduate students can register for Summer 2018 courses between March 5 and March 26.

Where can I find more details about the priority order for accessing course selection windows?

Additional details will be posted here as they become available. We are working with the company who supports WebAdvisor to determine how many students the system can handle at one time for course selection. We are exploring alternative options to class level and ID number, which we have used in the past to establish course enrolment window openings. This will take some time and we thank you for your patience as we move through this process.

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