Register in Courses

Pro tip: You will first need to accept your admission offer and pay the tuition deposit before you can register in courses. 

How to register in courses

Course registration is done through Bear Tracks, where you can explore our 6,500+ course options, create a timetable, register in courses, build a draft schedule, and more! 

Log in to Bear Tracks

When to register

You can begin registering in courses on or after your enrolment appointment date. You will be notified via email when this happens (for most students, it will be in early April). In the meantime, once the course listing has been released, you can build a draft schedule.

Build a draft schedule

Before course registration opens, you can build a draft schedule in Bear Tracks. This allows you to search for classes and build a schedule that works in advance. It will also allow you to quickly register in the courses you want on or after your enrolment date.

Registration hints and tips

  • Check your required courses
    Every program has a set of required courses that you need to take in order to complete your degree. Some degrees offer a lot of flexibility in terms of the courses you can take, while others are very structured. To find the required courses for your program, check the listing for that program in the University of Alberta Calendar or consult one of the Faculty Tip Sheets. You may also wish to speak to an advisor from your faculty. 
  • Making changes
    You can continue to add, drop, and change classes in your fall schedule until the add/drop deadline in September. After that deadline, if you drop or withdraw from a course, you will still need to pay some or all of the tuition fee for that course, and that course will appear on your transcript.
  • Other things to consider

    • Check whether there is also a lab or seminar that you are required to take along with the lecture course.

    • Check whether it is a six-credit course, in which case you will need to register for the first half of the course in the Fall term and the second half in the Winter term.

    • Take note of which building a class is in. Will you have time to make it from one side of campus to the other if your classes are back to back? Take a look at the campus map to help plan your route» 

    • Check which campus the class is on: “BIO” will be a Biology class on North Campus, while “AUBIO” will be a Biology class on Augustana campus.

    • Check the language of instruction, e.g. “Biology” vs “Biologie” (French)

    • Do you need to allow time to commute to campus from home, or between campuses?

    • Are you an early riser, or do you like to sleep in? An 8 a.m. class means 8 a.m. midterms! 

  • What to do if the courses you want are full
    Most course registration is first-come, first-served. If there is a class you want to take but it is already full, you can place that class on your Watch List in Bear Tracks. When a space becomes available in that class, you will be notified by email or SMS, and you — along with anyone else who has that class on their Watch List — will have an opportunity to register on a first-come, first-served basis.

Need more help? 

Get step-by-step instructions for how to register in courses. 

Registration 101 workshops

Do you like to learn by doing? Attend a Registration 101 Workshop!

  • Learn how to navigate the Bear Tracks system for course selection and registration
  • Create your first-year schedule on the spot!
  • Speak to an advisor and get advice on which courses to take
  • Attend a workshop specific to your faculty
  • Meet your future classmates!

Reg 101 Workshops are offered in the spring in Edmonton and several other cities, as well as online.

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