Course Registration Tips

Course Registration Tips

Are you ready for September?  It’s time to start thinking about the 2023-2024 Fall/Winter term. The following information outlines the steps for you to take as you prepare for next year.

Student Central will be hosting an Instagram Live on June 14, 2023 at 3 p.m. EST to help answer any questions you might have about course registration.

Need some assistance? Check out these videos on how to use Student Center to enroll in courses: 

Check your Adjudication Comments and Intent to Register Results

View your 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Grade Report (Student Center > Academics > Academic Program > Grade Report Progression > Grade Report tab for 2022 Fall/Winter).  Grade Reports will be generated throughout the summer as progression decisions are received from the faculties. Expect to see your results the week before registration begins for your year. 

Review your approved program, year and module (Student Center > Academics > Academic Program) and review your course requirements (available on Draft My Schedule > Degree Requirements). If you are an upper-year student, ensure you follow the Western Calendar for your entry year.

Plan Your Schedule

Research and plan for the courses you are interested in taking next year - Draft My Schedule to help you plan a conflict-free timetable. If you plan to add yourself to a waitlist, ensure you are registered in your backup course and swap yourself onto the waitlist.

Be aware that it is your responsibility to choose courses ensuring that you meet all pre-requisite, co-requisite, and anti-requisite requirements. For a breakdown of what these terms mean visit our FAQ.

Please be aware that many courses have restrictions on registration.

Registration Dates:

Make note of the following enrollment start dates:

  • 1st year students: Enrollment appointments will start on June 17th
  • 2nd year students: Enrollment appointments will start between July 17th and July 21st
  • 3rd year students: Enrollment appointments will start between July 10th and July 14th
  • 4th year students: Enrollment appointments will start between July 4th and July 7th
  • Priority Change #1: July 26th (No access to Course Registration as of midnight 12:00 a.m. EST)
  • Priority Change #2: August 2nd (No access to Course Registration as of midnight 12:00 a.m. EST to prepare for Priorities changing.)
  • When priorities lift, you must still meet all pre-requisite, co-requisite, and anti-requisite requirements.

Enrollment Appointments

2 to 3 days before the enrollment start dates for your year of study (see Registration Dates above) check your Western e-mail account for information on obtaining your specific enrollment start time.
Enrollment Start Time – the first time the online course registration system becomes available to you.

Get your enrollment start time* by logging into your Student Center and navigating to Academics > Course Registration > Enrollment Appointments. 
Note that you will not be able to enroll in classes prior to your enrollment start time. However, once your enrollment start time has arrived, course registration will remain available for you until September 15th

*This start date and time cannot be changed

Once Your Appointment Begins

Enroll in your courses at your enrollment start time or any time afterwards.  Check out our Fall/Winter Guide for detailed instructions on how to add, drop, and swap courses via the Student Center

OSAP and Out of Province Funding

If applying for OSAP, complete your application and submit all supporting documentation by June 30 to ensure your application is processed by the fees deadline in August If you apply for OSAP after June 30, there is no guarantee your OSAP application will be processed and an assessment known by the tuition due date.  Please make arrangements to pay the first installment of tuition or you may incur late fee charges if your OSAP has not been assessed by the tuition due date.

Tuition/Other Fees 

Pay your tuition & other fees through online banking by August 1, 2023* (1st year students) or August 15, 2023* (Upper year students). 

*Banks can take 3-5 business days to send Western the funds, plan accordingly

Affiliate students, different tuition due dates may apply.

Need More Help?  Student Central is here to help you.



How do I move my schedule from Draft My Schedule to Student Center to register?

Follow our step-by-step instructions to move the courses to your Enrollment Cart.

What if the course says "not full" on the web version of the timetable but comes up as "full" when I try to register?

This happens when you do not meet the priority or restriction placed on the course. You may not get special permission to avoid these situations.

Do I have to chat with the Helpline for help to enroll in every course I want to take if I have transfer credits?

No, you will not have to reach out the Helpline unless one of your transfer credits is considered to be the pre-requisite or co-requisite for the course you would like to enroll in.

What is a requisite?

There are different types of requisites:

  • Pre-requisites – a course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course;
  • Co-requisites – a course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course; and
  • Anti-requisites – a course that overlaps sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit. An anti-requisite is not equal to a pre-requisite unless you see in the Western Calendar that the course will accept it.

What is the difference between a priority and a restriction?

A Priority is when students in specific degrees/modules have the first opportunity to register. If a course has a priority, you can add yourself to the waiting list to see if you would qualify for a space when the priority lifts.
A restriction is when only students in specific degrees/modules/campus may register in that course.
Note: Special permission is not normally granted to students who do not meet priorities since these are in place so program students can get courses to be able to graduate.

Can a Main Campus student take a course offered at an Affiliate College

Provided the course is not offered on Main Campus, it is not a required course for your module and the priorities lift, yes.

How will I know when a special permission is added to my record?

To view special permissions click the Academics tile and then the Permissions & Transfer Credit tile and choose Special Permissions.

I want to swap a lab or tutorial. Can I do so without dropping and re-adding the lecture section?

Yes, review our Swapping a Lab or Tutorial information.