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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Enrolment Services
April 19, 2015

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Registration Guide for Returning Students - Fall 2015/Winter 2016

for Returning Undergraduate Students

Step 1: Prepare for Your Program

Step 2: Plan Course Selection

Step 3: Know Registration Times

Step 4: Register via LORIS - Visual Scheduler Builder

Step 1: Prepare for Your Program

i. Online program change via LORIS - available in LORIS March 1st until April 28th

All registered students in years 1 through 3 will be automatically confirmed in their current academic program on LORIS for registration in the next academic year. If you wish to make a change to your program or declare an option, you may do so in LORIS during the above noted time period.

After this time, students wishing to revise their program should submit the Program Selection Form (by faculty).

Refer to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for details about program-specific requirements for each specialization. It is solely the responsibility of students to ensure that they are properly registered and meet course requirements and the requirements of the program for which they are registered.

Brantford Campus - BA/BEd, BBTM, BSW, JN, PS, HR, OL, BF, and DD

The following programs have unique requirements and require special attention to progression needs.

Waterloo Campus - CS, HE and PS

Curriculum Division Chart

ii. Check your current online official grades screen for academic decision

In mid-June, login to LORIS to check your official grades and academic decision under the Winter 2015 term. The decision references the program you requested for the following fall/winter. Late submitted requests for Program changes (using the Program Selection Form) are continuously being approved and will change your registration time ticket. (Note that your prospective degree program is listed under your Unofficial Record of Course Work).

If you did not meet the requirements of the program you confirmed for fall/winter, you will be placed in a program that you are eligible for (e.g. you selected Honours Psychology - did not meet honours major GPA requirements - you will be placed in Honours Arts). If you wish to revise this choice and are eligible for another program, submit the Program Selection form. Not all programs can be changed through the Program Selection Form. If they are a competitive program (BBA, BBA Double Degrees, BBTM, BSW, Health Sciences or Kinesiology), a Program Transfer Form must be used

Progression Requirements:

Follow this link to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for details about program-specific requirements for each specialization.

Progression Requirements

Click here to reference the university Grading Scale.

iii. Be aware of Important Dates.

iv. Seek Academic Advising

Brantford Campus
Waterloo Campus

Step 2: Plan Course Selection

i. Review course descriptions

Course descriptions are found in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar

ii. Timetable of Classes:

Brantford Campus
Waterloo Campus
Online Learning

iii. Note courses with Year and/or Program Filters

Many courses have registration restrictions that will be removed on July 8, 2015 (12:00:01 am - midnight on July 7th). Before this time, these courses are only open to students in select majors, honours programs and year levels. If, before this date, you cannot select a particular course due to restrictions, you should check again on or after July 8th to see if the restrictions have been removed.

Some courses are always restricted to students in certain programs or years. For Brantford courses contact, for Waterloo courses, contact the department offering the course, if you wish to request permission to register even though you do not have the required prerequisites. For Online Learning (OC) courses, contact the department offering the course.

It is your responsibility to register in only those courses that are appropriate given the regulations of the university. LORIS will attempt to block your registration in a fall course, unless you have completed the proper prerequisites. LORIS will let you choose a winter course even though you do not have the correct prerequisites, because it expects that you will later select the prerequisite for completion in the fall term. However, if you do not register in the prerequisite, LORIS may eventually remove you from the winter course.

The university reserves the right to remove you at any time from any courses that you have registered for contrary to the regulations. For example, if you register in more courses than allowed, in courses for which you lack prerequisites or in courses which are inappropriate due to any other university regulation, the university reserves the right to remove you even after classes have begun. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to make the appropriate selections. The university does not guarantee that your errors will be caught.

Except for a few hours each week when the system is updated and the file save occurs, you can add and drop courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until September. Course registration occurs on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Popular courses and course sections at the most popular times fill quickly. You should register as early as possible in order to have the greatest number of sections from which to choose.

iv. Map out Timetable using Blank Class Schedule Template

In order to avoid timetable conflicts, plan your schedule on paper first. Be sure to include alternate courses in case your first choices are full. If a department has authorized wait listing to be used if a course is full, you will be prompted to add yourself to the wait list. Read the instructions. Note, not all closed courses have a wait list.

Access the timetable of classes in point ii. above for class terms/days/times.

Note - Year 2 & 3 BBA students: Core courses will be added to your schedule prior to registration appointments. In LORIS, register for elective courses only.

Note - BA/BEd students: Nipissing courses are added to your LORIS account for billing purposes only. Please be sure to register in your Nipissing courses on WebAdvisor to enrol in a section with specific day(s), time(s) and an instructor. If you plan to drop a Nipissing course, please be sure to drop the course on your WebAdvisor and LORIS accounts on the same day. Please note that WebAdvisor and LORIS registrations will be cross-referenced at the end of every term for any discrepancies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Laurier and Nipissing academic advisors.

Note - Year 3 BBTM students: Register for winter term and spring term (BTM only) courses in June. Spring term registration will open January 26 to add the remainder of your spring term (elective) courses.

Blank Class Schedule Template

v. Online Learning Courses - Special Instructions

Visit the Online Learning site for detailed information about enrolling in online courses.

Step 3: Registration Time Tickets

This year, time tickets will be based on courses taken at Laurier and the University of Waterloo rather than year level (1st year, 2nd year, etc.). Time tickets for fall term 2015 and winter 2016 registration are assigned based on credits completed and courses in progress up to August 2015. Transfer credits are also factored into the total credits completed.

To determine your time ticket, it is recommended that you visit the "Official Grades - Winter 2016" screen on LORIS beginning June 20th. Prior to that you will be able to see your grades in an unofficial capacity through LORIS on the "Unofficial Record of Course Work" screen.

Once your time ticket opens, it will remain open until the last day to add classes for each term.

Students must select at least one fall term course by July 20, 2015 (11:59 p.m.) and one winter term course by November 9, 2015 (11:59 p.m.) in order to avoid the Late Registration charge. Selecting courses by these deadlines allows the university time to put proper resources in place to support students.

New registration time-ticketing system for Fall 2015/Winter 2016

Time tickets for Accessible Learning students on an approved reduced course load are listed here

If your time ticket is not correct or you do not have a time ticket, please complete the appropriate faculty-based Program Selection Form.

Step 4: Register via LORIS

i. LORIS written Registration Instructions
ii. LORIS Error Messages
iii. LORIS online visualdemo
iv. PIN Reset - Online form
v. How to Print Your Schedule (step 8 of the LORIS instructions)
vi. Wait List Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs are listed by category.