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Register for Courses

Watch our step-by step training video for guidance through the registration process or follow the instructions below.

If you come across any terms you don't understand, check our LORIS glossary for an explanation.

Logging on to LORIS

  1. Go to the LORIS website.
  2. Log in using your nine-digit student ID number and a personal identification number (PIN). The first time you use LORIS, your PIN number will be your date of birth in the format MMDDYY. You’ll need to change your PIN and add secret questions as soon as you log in.
  3. If you enter the wrong PIN 3 times, LORIS will lock you out. If this happens, you can request to reset your PIN. You can also reset your PIN before being locked out.

Registering for Courses

Once you’ve logged in to LORIS, you can use the following process to register for classes:

  • Click on “Student Services.”
  • Click on “Registration.”
  • Click on “Select Term” and select the term you want to register for.
  • Click on “Add/Drop Classes.”
  • Click on “Class Search” at the bottom of the “Add/Drop Classes” screen.
  • On the “Class Search” screen, scroll and select the subject, enter the course number (number only, no letters) and campus to be searched. If you want to see all the courses offered for a subject, you can leave the course number blank. 
  • When searching for a seminar course, under “Class Search,” select arts seminar in the dropdown menu. This will display all seminar courses available.
  • On the page that displays the search results, you’ll see the class sections matching the search criteria, including information on the time and location of the section, as well as the number of spaces remaining in the section. Lectures are shown with letters, while labs/tutorials are numbers or a combination of both.
  • Click on the box in the left margin next to the course section(s) you wish to select and click register.

Important Dates for Fall 2017 Registration

June 5 at 10 a.m.: Registration opens for first-year students.

June 26: Registration opens for senior students. First-year students should register by this date for best course selection.

July 5: Some courses that were previously restricted may now be available for registration, space permitting. Some dates may vary by department.

July 17: Last day to register in at least one course to avoid a late registration fee.

Late July: Entrance scholarships are finalized.

Sept. 4-6: Orientation week begins for first-year students.

Sept. 7: Fall term classes begin.

Important Registration Notes

  • Except during system updates, you can add and drop courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the last day to add for the given term.
  • 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. If a course is full and the department has authorized wait listing to be used, you will be prompted to add yourself to the wait list. Note: not all closed courses have a wait list.
  • You must register for both consecutive terms of a two-term course individually. Once you've registered for the course section(s) in one term using the instructions above, you are then required to go into the other term and register for the second half of the two-term course. You must register in the same course section(s) for both terms for all required components (lecture, lab, tutorial, etc.).
  • If a class has a required lab and/or tutorial, you must select it at the same time you choose the course. Some courses have a lecture, a lab and a tutorial, so you’ll need to select three items.
  • Each course section has a unique course record number (CRN) tied to it. To make registration quicker, you can find the CRN when searching for courses in the Dynamic Schedule or in the Visual Schedule Builder. Once you know them, you can simply insert the CRN into the fields in the “Add/Drop Classes” screen in LORIS. If a course requires a lab and/or tutorial, you must include separate CRNs for each component to successfully register.
  • If you receive an error stating “Restricted to students who have declared this program of study,” but require the course, you may be selecting the wrong section. Check the Dynamic Class Schedule to see section restrictions.

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus Office

T: 519.884.0710 x2800
Office Location: 202 Regina St. North, Second Floor

Brantford Campus Office

T: 519.756.8228 x5885
Office Location: Grand River Hall, room 202