Create Your Schedule

Using the academic calendar and timetable, you'll create a schedule and collect course information, which you'll use later to register for each course.

  1. Print out a blank schedule so you can pencil in your selections as create your schedule.
  2. Go to the academic timetable.
 Click on the term and location you're registering for. If registering for a full year, select the fall term first.

  3. Select the subject for the course you want to schedule. For instance, if you're interested in a French course, you'd select French.

  4. Scroll down until you find the listing for the course you want. The timetable image below shows four courses in Canadian Studies for the fall and winter terms. Arrows point out some of the features of a timetable entry.

Course 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:

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

Start filling in your timetable 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 timetable with the course that has only one section available first. Then choose the section of the other course that fits your schedule best.

Keep going until your schedule is complete. Be sure to pick alternates in case your first choices are full or not available.


  • 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.

Understanding the Timetable

In the timetable example shown below, the first two entries, ENGL 1000X and ENGL 1000Y, are actually one class. The class runs from September to April and both ENGL 1000X and ENGL 1000Y need to be taken consecutively to receive credit.

Restricted classes: In the example below, note the blue R, which indicates a restricted class. In the actual timetable, you'd be able to click on the R to see who the class is restricted to.

An S indicates that online permission is required from the professor before registering. (The "S" used to stand for "signature".) To obtain online permission, contact the instructor and ask to take the class. If permission is granted, you'll see the class listed on your registration status page.

Some classes are broken up into smaller sections, offered at different times or in different rooms. Each class section will have a different CRN. Double check that you've got the one you want.

Each line under a class title represents a section.

Blue or green lines indicate labs or tutorials associated with a class. If a class has a tutorial or lab, you must register for that as well.

CRN: The 5-digit number found in the column near the left of the timetable entry. This is the number you will use to register for each class online.

What do the codes mean?

The 'First-year Students' section explains all of the codes in the academic timetable.

Once you've completed your schedule...

Review it with an academic advisor. When you are comfortable with your selections, the next step is to officially register for classes.