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Registration — Getting Started!

Transfer students have completed some studies at another post-secondary institution but are new to the UCalgary. The following steps will help you with the registration process. Register on time for the best course selection!

Key Dates

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Fall 2017/Winter 2018 March 1, 2017 March 7, 2017 April 3, 2017

Steps to Take Before you Register

Step 1: View Your Transfer Credit

To see how your transfer credit has been evaluated, first log in to and scroll down to your Student Centre. Under the heading "Academics", you'll see a drop down menu bar entitled "Other Academic". From this menu, select "Transfer Credit Report". This shows you which of your courses have been accepted for credit and how they transfer to this university. Read the comments underneath the transfer credit table to understand any restrictions on your transfer credit.

Watch a video on how to Check Your Transfer Credit Report

Step 2: See an Advisor if You're Using Transfer Courses in Progress as Pre-requisites

If you're currently completing winter semester courses at your former institution, these courses won't be included in your transfer credit until they're completed, and you've sent official transcripts to the university. If you require these courses as a pre-requisite, you'll need to speak with your faculty advisor to find out if this is possible. An advisor can also help you understand how your transfer credit applies to your UCalgary degree program. There are often restrictions on the level and number of transfer courses you can use towards your degree.

Step 3: Be Aware of Generic Transfer Credit

Some of your credit may have transferred as generic (2XX or 9XX) credit. This means that while your courses are transferrable for university credit, the content is not identical enough to be considered directly equivalent to a UCalgary course, but there may have been overlapping content with UCalgary courses.

If you've taken a course elsewhere and have been given generic credit for it (i.e. HTST 9XX), ensure that you don't take a similar course here. If you do, you may risk losing credit for it.

In order for you to register in your courses appropriately, there are some instances where it'll be important for you to get your generic transfer credit specifically looked at by your department:

  • If you feel that one of your generic courses has covered the same or similar material as a course you wish to register in or need it to fulfill your degree requirements at the University of Calgary.
  • If you think your generic credit could be used to waive a specific prerequisite for a course you want to take at the University of Calgary.

In these instances, you'll need to have your generic transfer credit evaluated by submitting a course outline for the course (from the year you completed it) to the department that offers the subject at the University of Calgary. For example, to have ANTH 2XX evaluated, you'd take the course outline to the anthropology department at the University of Calgary.

The department which offers the course will review your course outline and determine if there's enough content in the generic course for it to be considered equal to a University of Calgary course, or if a combination of generic courses can be used to fulfill a program requirement or waive a prerequisite. Be sure that the department forwards a memo on your behalf to your academic advisor so that any generic credit rulings are officially applied to your program.

The entire credit assessment process can take weeks to complete. Therefore, this process should be initiated as soon as you've accepted your offer of admission.

Enrolment Appointment

Each student is assigned a personal enrolment appointment—an exact date and time you can begin to register. Your enrolment appointment is posted in your Student Centre along the right-hand side under “Enrolment Dates” (see below). You can register anytime from the start of your appointment time to the registration deadline.

Registration Essentials

Make a List of Your Required Courses

For help with choosing your courses, check your Degree Navigator in your Student Centre or the University Calendar. You can also speak to your program advisor.

Write Down Your Option Courses

Once you've made a list of your required courses, write down your option courses. Options are courses that count towards your degree, but aren't required. You have some flexibility when it comes to selecting your options. Choose courses that interest you, or ones that'll supplement your degree. Some degree programs recommend you take specific options. If this applies to your program, these options are listed in your first-year degree guide under "Courses Required in Your First Year".

Consider identifying some alternate options in addition to the ones you'd like to take. Options have a tendency to fill up quickly and you may need to register in an alternate selection.

Read the Course Descriptions and Make Sure You're Eligible to Register

To find out more information about the content of a particular course, read the course descriptions in the University Calendar or search for them in your Student Centre.

Many courses are reserved for students who've been admitted to a specific degree program, or to a particular major. Restrictions tell you who can register for the course during which dates. At times you'll need to wait for a restriction to expire before you can register in a course. In Schedule Builder you can view restrictions by looking at the course details on the "Results" panel.

Search the Schedule of Classes for Courses

Find out when courses are offered by checking the schedule of classes in your Student Centre. Start with your required courses — use our new Schedule Builder tool to enter your selected courses and generate conflict-free timetable options. Watch our course registration videos for tips on using this tool. You can send yourself links to the timetables you like. Pick a few alternate options so you are prepared when you are ready to register for courses in your Student Centre.

How to Register

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Registration Videos

Check out our video tutorials for additional help.