Registration 101

Before you can register for courses, there are a few things you should do to ensure that you are taking the correct courses to complete your program, while also ensuring you get the most out of your experience at UNBC.


1. Choose Your Courses

Consult the Academic Calendar

Make sure you understand the requirements for your program of study, including what courses you need to take and any prerequisites you must have. Also note important dates like add/drop deadlines.

View the Course Schedule

Check out what courses are being offered during each semester. Find out the dates and times of courses, and read class descriptions. Make sure to write down the course CRN #s for the courses you wish to register for.

Learn the Lingo

Know the difference between a prerequisite and co-requisite? What day of the week is R? Familiarize yourself with the terms and definitions that are used in Student Online Services when viewing the Course Schedule and when Registering.

Student Online Services - Glossary of Terms


2. Create a Timetable

Print a timetable worksheet & fill it out​

Write down your class schedule on a timetable so you can easily determine if you have enough time scheduled for your lectures, labs, tutorials, as well as study time, social time, and down time (e.g. eating & sleeping).

Required first. Labs & tutorials second. Elective​s last.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to schedule required courses first, followed by labs and tutorials (if applicable), and lastly, elective courses. The majority of required courses usually only have one lecture time and are usually only offered in one semester.  

Build life into your schedule

Make sure you leave enough time for breaks between classes, meal times, study time and time to socialize and have fun. A well planned timetable will reduce your stress and boost your academic success.


3. Register Online

Review Tutorial and Tip sheets

The 'tutorial' is a 15 step guide to navigating the registration process in Student Online Services. Those registering for the first time or those who prefer to look at screen shots are encouraged to view it. The quick guides below are 2 page summaries on the topic. These are for those already familiar with Student Online Services, but who would like a bit more information.

Have your Interac or Credit Card ready

In order to register for courses, you must first pay the $100 non-refundable registration deposit for that semester. If you are not to make this payment online, then you may arrange for the payment with the Cashier's office cashiers@unbc.ca or 250-960-5631. 

Register for courses for both Fall and Winter Semesters

This will ensure that you get the best options for your course selections.

Having Problems?

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the Student Recruitment and Advising Centre advising@unbc.ca or 250-960-6306. Our office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m year-round.