Student Planning Video Transcript – Registering for Courses

Welcome to the Student Planning informational series for the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and University of Guelph-Humber. Student Planning is a self-serve system available to all U of G, Ridgetown and Guelph-Humber students who are actively enrolled in a program. It combines optional degree planning with intuitive course search tools and registration in a new, easy to navigate online environment. To assist both new and returning students, a series of training videos has been developed to help guide you through the most common features of Student Planning.

In this video, we will cover how to register for courses using Student Planning. For information about when you can register for courses, visit the course selection webpage.

To get started, log in to WebAdvisor and go to the Students page. Under “Registration” on the right-hand side, select “Plan, Schedule, Register & Drop.” This brings you to the “Plan & Schedule” page.

By default, this will load the current plan and course registration of the current semester. To view and register for another term, please use the navigation arrows to navigate to the desired term. 

For this example, we wish to register for courses for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. 

To register for a course, a course or section must have already been added to the term plan. If this has not already been done, you can use the convenient search option towards the top right. Please refer to the video “Finding Courses."

Once the course or section has been added to your term plan, you can register for the course. There are two ways to do this: (1) register by an individual course at a time, or (2) register for all courses at once. 

First, we will look at how to register for a single course. To do this, you must find the individual course section that fits in your schedule. All course sections of a planned course will show as yellow in the timetable; this includes their lecture, lab and seminar times. In the panel on the left, you can view details about the available sections, such as number of seats available, times, location, instructor, etc. by clicking and expanding the “View other sections” on the course of interest. 

Note that hovering over a specific section will make that section bold in the timetable on the right. The timetable is useful for determining whether multiple courses are scheduled for the same time. If the lecture, lab or seminar of a course section overlaps with another course, both courses will show as red in the timetable. You will also receive a warning message if you try to register for overlapping courses.

If you are a Guelph-campus student and you are making changes to your course registrations after the final exam schedule has been posted on WebAdvisor, you also need to make sure there is not a direct final exam conflict. The final exam schedule is usually posted about a month before the semester begins. Final exams will show on the timetable in blue. Please keep in mind that the timetable represents a single week, and your final exams may be spread over multiple weeks. You may see overlap of exams that are actually taking place on separate weeks. To ensure that there is not an exam conflict, click on the "Print" button above the timetable for full exam details for your registered courses.

To add a desired section to your timetable, click on the section. This will open the “Section Details,” and you may add the section by clicking the “Add section” button towards the bottom right. 

The timetable to the right will be updated, and the status of adding the section will be displayed from the notifications. If there are any errors or issues with adding the course section, it will be displayed here.

Now that the desired section has been added to the term plan, you can register for the course. To do so, click on the “Register” button for the course section. 

Again, the timetable to the right will be updated, and a status message will be displayed in the notifications.

You have registered for a course! The lecture for the registered course will now show in green and, if the course has a lab or seminar, it will show in purple. A Distance Education course without scheduled lectures, labs or seminars will be noted below the timetable in green.

You may prefer to plan and add all your sections at once before registering. This is recommended as it reduces time to add and remove registered courses that may cause a conflict. In such scenarios, you may find it useful to register for all your courses at once.

You can register for all courses currently added to your term plan by clicking on the “Register Now” button towards the top right. 

You have now registered for all your term courses! Note that if any courses have an issue (e.g., missing prerequisite, course conflict, etc.), an error message will be provided. You will still be registered in the remaining, error-free courses. 

If you would like to remove a planned course from your schedule, click the X beside the course name in the left panel and then click the “Remove” button in the pop-up window to confirm.

We hope that you are now familiar with how to register for courses using Student Planning. Watch our other Student Planning videos for more information about degree planning and course enrolment at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and University of Guelph-Humber. If you have any questions, visit your campus's Student Planning website: