How to Plan Your Course Enrolment

Posted by Monica Xiao on June 29, 2022

Academic Success | Enrolment

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It’s that time of year to plan your Fall/Winter 2022-2023 courses! Planning your course enrolment is the first step to academic success. Some programs have very specific rules on completing your General Education and pre-requisite courses. Trying to fit major courses and General Education courses in your schedule can feel more difficult than solving a 1000-piece puzzle! Don’t worry, keep reading to find out how to plan your course enrolment process. Before we get started, know that your first stop should be to refer to the Undergraduate Enrolment and Registration Guide for more details. 

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Planning your courses can be stressful, but take it step by step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Degree Requirements

One of the first things I consult is the Academic Calendar. It helps me stay on track with all my courses. Be sure to double check your program and the academic year. Some electives may not be as free as you think. Depending on your program of study, there could be specific rules on what kind of courses actually count as “electives.” General Education requirements may also vary from program to program. 

Success tip: Here is your guide to General Education and Elective courses!  

Check Your Enrolment Date 

If you are new to York, remember that every student is assigned a specific date and time to start enrolling in courses. Most enrolment dates are now open. Check your enrolment dates to see if you already can! 

Success tip: Knowing your enrolment date can help you work backwards and plan your degree more efficiently. It helps having all your course catalogue numbers handy on the day of your enrolment. 

Consult Your Academic Advisor 

Contact the Academic Advising Office for your Faculty if you have any questions. Review your Degree Requirements and the York Courses Web Site before booking an advising appointment so you can address specific questions that come up during your conversation.  

For instance, you may ask “Two courses that I want to take are scheduled at the same time. Which one should I choose for this year? What would be an alternative option?” or “Have I planned all the courses that I need to include for the upcoming term?”  

Even if you are on top of everything, it doesn’t hurt to confirm your course selections with your Advisor to avoid surprises. 

You can also use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) tool to check your progress. Just note that the DPR sometimes can misplace an intended General Education credit in the electives category. It’s important that you track your own progress and if it becomes confusing, the Academic Advisors are always there to help you! 

Plan Your Timetable

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Don’t forget to consider your social and personal life.

Now it’s time to look at the York Courses Website. Planning your timetable is almost like an art. You need to consider your academic, social and other commitments to ensure that you have a timetable that sets you up for success. Here’s what I do: 

  • Keeping my degree requirements in mind, I first pick out all the mandatory courses for the year.  
  • Next, I look at the more open-ended requirements (e.g. six credits at the 2000-level). This step takes a bit longer since I have to decide on courses that fulfill the requirement and also interest me. Opening them up in separate tabs can be helpful for visualization. 
  • Then, I add in all my social and personal commitments. 
  • Finally, I take all this information and create a schedule that works!  

Don’t forget to copy all the course catalogue numbers down right away in your planner, phone or computer for easy access once you’re in the Registration and Enrolment Module (REM)

Success tip: Creating your schedule can seem daunting. The Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) helps you visualize your schedule and show you any schedule conflicts.  

Start Enrolling with Registration and Enrolment Module (REM) 

Hop on to the REM the minute your enrolment window opens! Bookmark this page so it’s easy to get back to every term. While enrolling, you may find that a course is reserved. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the department offering the course through the Course Contact Directory, but you should do this as early as possible. Make sure to include the term, course code, your name and your student number in your emails to avoid miscommunication. 

Bonus Tips:

Pay Your Enrolment Deposit 

If you are new to York and this is your first time enrolling into courses, don’t forget to pay your enrolment deposit. Deadlines vary depending on when you begin to enrol. 

Important Dates 

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Write down the important dates in your calendar.

What happens if you select your courses in July but your personal schedule changes right before the Fall term? Check the Important Dates to find out if you’re still in the window to drop a course at no cost. Remember that the refund schedule differs from the add/drop deadlines. So, make sure to check both.  

To stay up to date on campus life and events, connect with York on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @YorkUStudents, Twitter @YorkUStudents, Instagram @studentlifeyu and with our weekly This Week @ York emails. 

Monica Xiao

Monica Xiao is a second-year English & Professional Writing major at York University. She loves classical music, detective fiction, and just relaxing. She hopes to bring York's student community closer together through writing for the YUBlog.

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