Create your schedule


Using the information you found on your course planning worksheet, in the academic calendar, or using your degree audit, you can create your schedule using the academic timetable. Here's more information about (full-time and part-time) course loads

The academic timetable lists courses offered in a particular term. You will use it to choose courses, create your schedule, and determine where your courses are being held and who is teaching them.

Don't forget to download a blank schedule [PDF] to help you plan each semester.

Understanding the timetable

Here is a quick guide to how to read the academic timetable

Information you need to collect

As you create your schedule, be sure to jot down the following information. You'll need it when it comes time to register for courses:

  • Course subject (e.g., Biology)
  • Course number (e.g., 1020) and section
  • Course Reference Number (CRN) for each course, lab and tutorial

Tips for creating your schedule

Start filling in your schedule with courses that have the least number of sections available. For example, if you want to take both a Classics and English course, fill in your schedule with the course that has only one section available first. Then choose the section of the other course that fits your schedule best. 

You may not be able to take all of your first choice courses every semester. It is essential to consider alternative courses before you begin the registration process.

Don't forget to double-check your course times, labs and tutorials to avoid conflicts and make sure to consider the amount of time it takes to walk from one classroom to the next (or one campus to another).

Early registration gives the university the time to identify and respond to demand for new courses or to add more sections where required. Check the timetable throughout the summer to see if new courses have been added.


  • If you see a lab or tutorial listed below the course, colour-coded in blue or green, you must register for this as well. If multiple options are given, you can pick the one that best fits your schedule. Lab sections start with the letter 'B' and Tutorial sections start with the letter 'T.'

  • Many courses have pre-requisites or restrictions that you should be aware of. Pre-requisites are requirements that must be fulfilled before registering in a specific course. You can find these in the course description by clicking the arrow next to the title of the course. Certain courses may be restricted to or from specific groups of students. These restrictions may be found by clicking the "R" in the "Notes" column of the timetable.

  • Courses with an X or Y in the number (ie. ENGL 1000X) are part of a full-year course, and you must take both the X and the Y part of the course consecutively in order to receive credit for it. If you choose to register in X/Y courses, you must register in the same section for both the X portion and the Y portion.

  • Add your name to Wait Lists. If a course is full and has a number under the "WtLst" column, you might still be able to take it. Learn more about wait lists.