High School Admissions (Y1Q1)

This information is ONLY for students entering the BSc Engineering program directly from high school or with less than 9 units of transfer credit.

Starting in March, students who have accepted their offer and paid their non-refundable tuition deposit will receive an email to their UAlberta account regarding the Registration Pattern Ranking Form. You must submit the Registration Pattern Ranking Form to be assigned a registration pattern and have access to course registration.

Once submitted, the Faculty of Engineering will notify you of your assigned registration pattern within 3-4 business days (not including weekends or statutory holidays). This will be an ongoing process until classes start in September.

Pre-Registration Steps

In order to register for your classes, you must complete the following steps. Click the links to learn more:

Ranking and Registration Pattern Assignment

Once you have accepted your offer and paid your tuition deposit, please review the 5 registration patterns linked in the right hand column. Rank the registration patterns in order of your preference, and submit the Registration Pattern Rankings Form that you received to your UAlberta email address.

Note: This Google form is restricted to users with a University of Alberta email address. Please ensure you are signed out of other existing Google accounts and use your UAlberta email to access this form.

Important Notes:

  • Your rankings and the additional information provided in the Google form will be considered, but students will be assigned to their registration pattern according to availability. There is limited space available in each registration pattern and students may be placed anywhere from their first to their last choice.
  • Once a registration pattern is assigned, it will not be changed.
  • Failure to submit your registration pattern preferences in a timely manner will delay your registration access.
  • Students are responsible to register themselves in all of the courses in their assigned registration pattern. Please check Bear Tracks for your enrollment date.
  • Failure to register in your assigned registration pattern courses in a timely manner may result in limited course options to choose from.

Course Registration in Bear Tracks

Once you have submitted your Registration Pattern Ranking Form, you will receive your assigned registration pattern within 3-4 business days to your UAlberta email account.

It is very important that first-year students register in all 12 mandatory qualifying year courses. Failure to register in all 12 courses will affect your transfer into a program in your second year. For more information on second year, please see our Program Placements Process page.

Fall Term

Winter Term

CHEM 103

CHEM 105

MATH 100

MATH 101

ENGG 130

EN PH 131

PHYS 130

MATH 102

ENCMP 100 or ENGL 199 (depending on your pattern)

ENCMP 100 or ENGL 199 (depending on your pattern)

ENGG 100

ENGG 160

 

Important Registration Notes:

    • Please register in Fall classes first, then Winter classes. You must register in this order due to pre/corequisite requirements for Winter term courses.
    • Searching for classes in Bear Tracks
      • While you can search by course (like ‘CHEM 103’) to see all of the sections of that course in a term, we recommend that you use the 5-digit class number that is provided in the registration pattern document to find the specific classes available in your pattern.
    • CHEM and PHYS/EN PH labs are taught on alternating weeks and may share a timetable slot in your weekly grid.
      • In order to ensure these labs are scheduled on alternating weeks, register in both EVEN or both ODD lab sections for both of these courses. (For example, you can enroll in CHEM Lab T01 and PHYS/EN PH Lab EF21, both ODD sections)
  • If you register in both labs on the same day and time, this will not create a conflict even if it appears that way in Bear Tracks. Please review the text below your schedule for the specific dates and times of each lab.
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  • You must register in the classes specified in the Engineering Registration Pattern you have been assigned.
    • If you receive an error message when registering, please review the Class Notes, the pre/corequisite requirements, and any restrictions that may be placed on the course.
  • If a section of a course listed in your pattern is full, you may put the class on your Watch List. Make sure to register in a different section of the course while you wait to see if that section opens at a later time.

After you have completed your Fall and Winter Registration

You can now review your Fall and Winter class schedules in the My Schedule & Exams tile in Bear Tracks. The My Schedule - Calendar page displays your weekly timetable and contains important information about each of your classes, including location, instructor, dates and more. These details are subject to change prior to the start of the term.

Important Dates

  • March-August: Once you accept your offer AND pay your non-refundable tuition deposit, you will be sent an email with a link to fill out the Registration Pattern Ranking Form.
  • Starting in March:
  • Assignment of registration patterns for students who have submitted the Registration Pattern Ranking Form begins.
  • Students will be notified of their registration pattern assignment 3-4 business days after submitting the Registration Pattern Ranking Form
  • April 4: Course registration opens for newly admitted students
  • May 1: Deadline to accept offer and pay tuition deposit (if admitted on or prior to April 1). For anyone admitted April 2 onward, visit uab.ca/accept for your deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

So, I need to register in classes myself?

Yes! After accepting your offer, paying your tuition deposit, and submitting the registration pattern ranking form, you will then be assigned a registration pattern. This will allow you to enroll in the required qualifying (first) year engineering courses associated with your registration pattern.

How do I accept my offer?
Please refer to the Accept Your Offer page for a step-by-step guide on accepting your offer to the University of Alberta. Please keep in mind that the deadline to accept your offer is May 1, unless stated otherwise on your offer of admission letter.
What is the deadline to accept my offer?
The deadline to accept your offer is May 1, unless stated otherwise on your letter of admission. You can view your letter of admission in Launchpad or in your UAlberta email inbox.
How do I pay my tuition deposit?
Please refer to the Tuition Deposit Payment page for step-by-step instructions on how to pay your tuition deposit.
When will I receive my registration pattern ranking form?
You will receive your Registration Pattern Ranking Form through your UAlberta email address after you have accepted your offer and paid your tuition deposit. Please note that it can take 3-5 business days for your tuition deposit to be processed.
When will I receive my registration pattern?
This will depend on when you received your offer of admission, accepted your offer, paid your tuition deposit and submitted your Registration Pattern Ranking Form. Students who completed all of these steps will begin receiving their registration pattern via email 3-4 business days after submission. The earlier you accept your offer and pay your tuition deposit, the earlier you can begin registering in your registration pattern! 
How do I use the VPN?

If you are located in a country that requires a VPN to access Google Forms, please use the University’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). This allows students who are not physically on campus the ability to access campus computing resources remotely, such as UAlberta email accounts. Once connected, please ensure you are logged into Google using ONLY your UAlberta CCID and password. If you require assistance, please contact IST.

I filled out my ranking form, but still have not received my registration pattern assignment. When will I receive it?

Once we have received your registration pattern ranking form, you will receive an email notifying you of your registration pattern assignment within 3-4 business days - this does not include weekends or statutory holidays.

Can I request to change my registration pattern?

While we want you to be happy with your schedule, the following reasons do NOT warrant a pattern change:

  • You do not like the hours of your classes.
  • Your classes conflict with work or volunteer commitments.
  • You would like to swap schedules with another student.

If you have a schedule/pattern change request that falls outside of these reasons, please contact us at engginfo@ualberta.ca.

Can I defer my admission to the next semester?
No, you cannot defer your registration.
I don’t want to take 6 courses per term. Can I register in less courses and complete the required qualifying (first) year engineering courses over a longer period of time?
No, you must take the required 6 courses per term (12 required qualifying (first) year courses).  Failure to do so will affect your transfer into a program in your second year. For more information on the second year, please see our Program Placements Process page. If you require supports such as Academic Accommodations, please click here.
I am a student athlete and I am worried about my registration pattern conflicting with my athletic commitments. What should I do?

When you fill out the registration pattern ranking form, please indicate any scheduling conflict concerns you may have such as varsity sports, etc. 

I applied to the Campus Saint-Jean for French Language instruction, but I do not see a French Language registration pattern on the form. What should I do?

Please indicate on the registration pattern ranking form that you applied to CSJ for French language instruction. A registration pattern will be assigned that allows you to register in both the courses that will be taught in French at CSJ and the courses that will be taught in English on North Campus.

I have registered for my courses, but I have decided to decline my offer and not attend the Faculty of Engineering. What should I do?

If you choose to decline your offer to attend the Faculty of Engineering after having registered in your courses, please ensure you drop your classes in Bear Tracks. To drop classes from your schedule, please follow these instructions. If you do not drop your classes prior to the Fall and Winter Add/Drop Deadlines, you will be assessed and charged tuition and fees for all of the classes in which you are registered.

My CHEM and PHYS labs are conflicting. Help!

CHEM and PHYS/EN PH labs are taught on alternating weeks and may share a timetable slot. In order to ensure these labs are scheduled on alternating weeks, please register in both EVEN or both ODD sections for both of these lab sections. For example, you can enroll in CHEM Lab T01 and PHYS/EN PH Lab EF21, both ODD sections. If you register in both labs on the same day and time this will not create a conflict even if it appears that way in Bear Tracks. Please review the text below your schedule for the specific dates and times of each lab.

Courses in my registration pattern are full. Can I register in courses in other registration patterns?

No. You must register in the courses that match the Engineering Registration Pattern you have been assigned. If a section of a class listed in your pattern is full, you may put the course on your Watch List. Make sure to register in a different section of the course while you wait to see if that section opens at a later time.

Should I be registering my classes in a certain order?

Yes, some of the courses in your first year have prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements. It is important to register in your Fall term courses first and then your Winter term. Please see the following two examples.

  • Example 1:  MATH 100 is a corequisite to ENGG 130, therefore you must register in MATH 100 before ENGG 130.
  • Example 2: EN PH 131 has prerequisites of MATH 100 and ENGG 130 and a corequisite of MATH 101, therefore you must register in Fall term before Winter term AND register in MATH 101 before EN PH 131 in the Winter term.

 

What does the error message “available seats are reserved and you do not meet the reserve capacity requirements” mean?

This message means that there are no longer seats in that section available for Y1Q1 students. Choose a different section of the course to register in. You cannot put this section on your Watch List but you can keep checking back to see if space opens for Y1Q1 students.

Have More Questions?

  • Visit uab.ca/reg101 for virtual and in-person Engineering Registration workshops and resources. 
  • Contact engginfo@ualberta.ca. Please include your UAlberta Student ID in the subject line.

Last Updated: March 6, 2023