Course Registration

Current student course registration for the 2021-2022 academic year opens Friday, March 26. 

Early Registration opens first to students with the highest number of "potential credit hours." Your total number of "potential credit hours" is calculated by adding your completed credit hours with the credit hours in which you are currently enrolled. 

Note that you are strongly advised to register for semester one and semester two courses. Course registration is on a first come, first served basis and many courses do fill up.

Early Course Registration Schedule 2021

  • Friday, March 26 at 8:00 am
    All students with 84 or more potential credit hours 

  • Monday, March 29 at 8:00 am
    All students with 48 or more potential credit hours 

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 8:00 am
    All remaining current students 

Recognizing the University will be making a decision on course delivery models for the 2021-2022 academic year in the coming weeks, we encourage students to enroll in the courses they wish to take next year. After an announcement has been made, students will be able to adjust their schedules if they wish.

Departmental Information Sessions 

Some departments will be holding pre-registration information sessions for students to learn more about the academic area of interest. Click below for the schedule. 

Academic Department Information Sessions Schedule 2021

Things to Remember When Registering for Courses

1. Refer to Your Academic Calendar

The  is your most important tool for guiding yourself in what you are required to take to fulfill the requirements for your degree. You will generally use the calendar from the year you started at STU. 

The calendar has all university rules and regulations, policies, application procedures, degree requirements, departmental program information, academic standing and scholarships. There are two parts most important to you right now.


Section Two: Programs – Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Certificate Programs 

  • General degree requirements
  • A breakdown of everything that makes up the A, B, C/D group distribution requirement

Section Six: Course Descriptions 

  • Program requirements for all academic departments
  • Details for minor/major/honours for each department
  • Catalogue of courses each department offers on a cyclical basis

2. The "Right" Mixture of Courses After Your First Year 

Identify Any Additional Introductory Level Courses

There is no "right" mixture of courses for all students. Start by considering whether you are satisfied with all the introductory level courses you have taken. Identify if there are any additional introductory courses you would like to take (you can have a maximum of 48 credit hours at the 1000 level). If there are still subjects you wish to try, and you are below the maximum, you are able to do so. 


However, when you are building your schedule, it is best to organize your upper level courses first and then choose the sections of intro courses that fit best for a balanced schedule. There are fewer sections of courses in the upper year course offerings, so it is important to prioritize those in your time table.   

Familiarize yourself with the overall degree requirements, and requirements for majors and minors 

If you are happy with what you have taken in your first year, you may wish to begin specializing in particular subjects by taking higher level courses from that department. Revisit the Academic Calendar to ensure you are taking courses relevant to minor/major/honours requirements for the subject area in which you are considering a focus. We do recommend taking the required courses, or category requirements before taking a lot of the general interest courses in your major.   


Using section two of the calendar, make sure you are clear on the group distribution requirement.

3. Browse course offering for Semester 1 and Semester 2 

Spend time looking for the courses you have identified for your requirements and try to priorotize those. Then, look for the courses you are interested in taking as elective credits outside of your requirements.  

4. Build your Semester 1 and Semester 2 Schedule 

A word of advice: build a balanced schedule! Do not pile all your courses on the same days. It makes for a difficult semester. Space your courses out throughout your week. It's also a good idea to space out required courses so you are not taking them all in one semester. 


Another important strategy: do not load up on courses from a single discipline. You should never be registered in more than 18 credit hours from one subject per year—and no more than 60 credits in one subject during the course of your degree. 


A note for criminology majors: Students planning a major in Criminology can expect to take most of their Criminology courses during their third and fourth years. If you are planning a major in Criminology as well as another subject, you should concentrate more on the other subject during your second year. You can also concentrate on getting their group distribution requirement finished before focusing more on your Criminology requirements in third and fourth years.   


Design your course schedule: Use this Student Course Schedule Worksheet to see how your course selections work together in your schedule. 

5. Video refresher on how to register in Web Advisor 

This "how-to" video was designed for incoming first-year students, so it will be a basic reminder for anyone who forgets how to register for courses on WebAdvisor. 

  1. Go to WebAdvisor
  2. Click “Log In.” 
  3. Enter your User ID and Password. Click “Submit.”  
  4. Click “Students.” 
  5. Follow steps outlined in the video

In WebAdvisor, you can click on each course to see if there are any prerequisites you need to in order to take the course. You can also read the more detailed course description. Some courses may require professor permission to enrol, or you may need to acquire permission to take a course. Professors granting permission to add you to a course must give written permission to the Registrar’s Office and then you will be added.    

6. Department Chairs and Directors

Find the current Depatment Chair or Director to connect with the head of the department in which you are pursuing a major or honours for specific departmental advising if necessary. This can be found on each department's page under "Contact Us." Go to to find the list of departments. 

7. Supplemental Material