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John Arnou
Manager, Student Success
519-884-8111 x 28241
Paige Doherty
Student Advisor
519-884-8111 x 28210
Stephanie Morrison
Student Success Coordinator
519-884-8111 x 28310
Your Courses
Selecting and enrolling in your courses is a key component in your academic success. You'll need to know how the processes work. And the timing is critical, too, because there are must-meet deadlines involved! You'll find a short course in the basics here, but remember to ask for help in the Student Success Office
 
Course selection
You're encouraged to take part in course selection. It's your opportunity to let the University know ahead of time which courses you'd like to take in an upcoming term. Participating in course selection increases your chances of having a conflict-free schedule and of getting into the courses you need for your degree.
 
Course Selection Week
Course Selection Week typically takes place five to six months before the term you've selecting courses for. Here are the dates for the next Course Selection Week:

SPRING TERM 2017 COURSE SELECTION WEEK:
January 20-26, 2017

 

Quest has posted quick and easy instructions to help you navigate the course selection process
  • If you have more detailed questions, you should contact your academic advisor.
Tips
 
Schedule of Classes, you can find out which courses are offered for the current term, and for 2 terms following the current term.
Course Enrolment
Whereas course selection is your opportunity to indicate to the university the courses you would like to take, course enrolment is your opportunity to solidify your schedule by adding or dropping a course or by swapping it with another one so that you can work toward your "ideal" schedule for the upcoming term. 
  • Course enrolment takes place for a limited window of time, also referred to as open enrolment or the add-drop period
  • This period typically begins six weeks prior to the start of a term. You'll be assigned your own specific time to access your schedule to make changes. Here is the information about the next course enrolment period:
 
WINTER TERM 2016 OPEN ENROLMENT BEGINS
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
  • Check Quest  under "appointments" to determine your access time
  • Quest has posted quick and easy instructions to for adding/dropping/swapping courses and checking your schedule
  • If you have more detailed questions, you should contact your academic advisor
 
Tips: As well as showing which classes are available during a specific term, the Schedule of Classes also lists details about times, locations, and instructors. You would use the Schedule of Classes to help you prepare ahead of time for the changes you want to make during your course enrolment appointment. 
First Year Essentials
When you're starting out at university, it's a good idea to find out as much as you can about how things work. These websites are a good beginning:
 
  • Courses: Visit the First-Year Course Selection webpage for detailed information about selecting courses for your first term of university studies.
     
  • Transition to university:
    • ARTS 101 is your Waterloo Faculty of Arts home that provides valuable information about the transition to university. Learn about and complete transition milestones, win cool prizes, and start your university experience off on the right food
    • We have also posted St. Jerome’s University-specific transition information
       
  • New to Quest? Take a look at the Waterloo Student Success Office video.
     
  • Majors: If you're thinking ahead to select your major, the information you'll need about declaring a major is posted in January each year. 
 
Tip: Whenever you need help with any of the academic processes, you just have to ask! Our staff and PALs are available to help you with these processes. First-year students are supported by Paige Doherty, Student Advisor.