Welcome to the University of Guelph!
The Registration Guide for New Students includes details about your courses for your first semester, and it will help you register for courses, find resources, explore financial aid options and pay your fees.
Selecting your courses for the fall
New students can select courses from July 15 (starting at 8 a.m.) to September 17, 2021. Students are encouraged to select courses before August 2 because space may no longer be available in desired or required course sections after this date.
If you were granted transfer credits upon admission, you may be able to select courses earlier depending on the number of credits granted. Please check the course selection windows.
We're committed to creating safe learning spaces. To help reduce classroom densities this fall, face-to-face course sections will have an enrolment cap of 250 students. Some courses will be delivered in an alternative delivery format through CourseLink and other online platforms. For more details about these alternative delivery formats and for information about how to determine the format of a course when searching for courses on WebAdvisor, visit the Course Delivery webpage.
Here’s how to select your courses:
- Visit the Program Information page for your program. If you are unsure of your program, check your offer letter.
- Review the information about the courses you should pick.
WebAdvisor is the University’s online system where you will access the Student Planning tool to search for courses, read descriptions of the courses, and find out what day(s) and time(s) of day each course is offered (for courses/components that will have a scheduled meet time).
- Click “Log In” in the top right corner.
- Enter your Central Login ID and password. You will have received an email with your Login ID and password when you accepted your offer of admission or when you applied to U of G.
- Watch the video tutorials for step-by-step instructions on how to pick courses using the Student Planning tool in WebAdvisor.
- For additional help documentation and FAQs about Student Planning, visit the Student Planning website.
If you discover that all available sections of a required course are temporarily full, please continue to monitor WebAdvisor for space availability.
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STARTonline.ca is your new student website. It is your starting place for information on academics, wellness, finances and more that you need to know before beginning at the University of Guelph. STARTonline.ca includes important dates, details about summer virtual events and instructions on how to join virtual groups where you can connect with other students. If you need help as a new student, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider enrolling in a First-Year Seminar UNIV*1200 (if it fits in your schedule)
First-Year Seminars are engaging, stimulating courses open to first-year students ONLY, and limited to 18 students! They are electives and can be used as an Arts or Science credit. Led by University professors, staff and some community members, topics range from human sexuality to climate change, from science to communication, from human rights to animal rights. Each seminar is developed to be interdisciplinary and is meant to be unique and not something you would be taking as part of your regular program.
There are a limited number of these courses offered each semester, with just 18 spots available in each one, so enrol early! 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, which are outlined in this guide.
Check out the Undergraduate Calendar
The University’s Undergraduate Calendar contains information you will need as a University of Guelph student.
The following chapters are helpful:
- I. Statement of Students' Academic Responsibilities
- III. Schedule of Dates
- VII. Academic Advising
- VIII. Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures
- IX. Scholarships and Other Awards
- X. Degree Programs
- XII. Course Descriptions
Interested in part-time studies?
Students have the option of taking a reduced course load, with the exception of Co-op students. If you enrol in fewer than 2.00 credits, you will automatically be considered a part-time student. (Note: most courses are 0.50 credits each.)
Before deciding to go part-time, we recommend you do the following:
- Speak with your Program Counsellor to learn how part-time studies could potentially impact your future course selections and future plans such as graduate or professional school.
- If you are receiving scholarships, bursaries, government aid (i.e., OSAP), or other funding, check with Student Financial Services about changes to eligibility.
- If you are an international student, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website and contact an International Student Advisor.