Before you register
- Check your registration time and eligibility
- Check the courses you need for your program
- Plan your schedule
- Review the dates and deadlines for the term
After you register
Before you register
Students are assigned registration dates and times based on Policy AR10, Priority and Scheduling of Registration (see Bylaws and Policies). Your registration date and time will be assigned approximately three weeks before the start of registration for the upcoming term. Once assigned, you can find your date and time under the Prepare for Registration section of the Registration application, or under the Registration section of your online self-service account. See Registration Dates & Times for more details on how registration dates and times are assigned.
Log into MAP (My Action Plan). MAP contains your academic information – courses, credits, final grades, academic standing – all refreshed nightly from the main student database. MAP also displays the curricular requirements for KPU’s academic programs; the same requirements for graduation as shown in the University Calendar, including credits, courses, GPA, residency etc. The MAP audit shows you which curricular requirements you've met and what you still need to complete in order to graduate. Before applying to graduate, students also need to declare their program – refer to Program Declaration for more information.
You can use the Browse Classes and Plan Ahead tools in the Registration application to plan your courses for the upcoming semester. Consider the following when starting to plan:
- Your program - Log in to My Action Plan (MAP) to check which curricular requirements you have met and what you still need to complete in order to graduate from your program.
- Prerequisites - do you meet the prerequisites to take the course you are selecting? Both the University Calendar and Browse Classes will list what prerequisites are required to take the course.
- Academic advising help - contact Advising or visit Course Planning 101.
It is your responsibility to be aware of the dates and deadlines that affect your registration. Make a special note of the drop and withdrawal deadlines for the term, keeping in mind that there are different deadlines for Full Term, Session 1 and Session 2 courses. The dates and deadlines webpage also includes a PDF of courses with non-standard add, drop and withdrawal deadlines for your reference.
What is the difference between a course and a section?
A course is a study unit within a subject area, such as ENGL 1100. Courses are included in the University Calendar along with a course description and any pre-requisites required.
A section is a particular offering of that course in a specific term, such as ENGL 1100 S10 every Monday at 10:00 AM. Sections are published in the term schedule and can be searched in Browse Classes.
What is a CRN?
Every section in the timetable is identified by a unique 5-digit Course Registration Number (CRN). If you know it, you can use the CRN to register for a section.
Where will my classes be held?
KPU has five campuses (Cloverdale, Langley, Richmond, Surrey and Civic Plaza). We allow students to register in sections offered at all our campuses as availability allows. Check your schedule to ensure that you have enough travel time between classes and exams if you register in courses at different campuses. We also offer sections completely or partially online; this information is displayed when you search for courses.
What are reserves and restrictions?
Some sections may have seats reserved for a particular group of students. If there are reserved seats in a section, the number of reserves will be displayed in the search results in the Reserved Seats column. Most reserved seats for sections are held for international students. Reserves are removed from most sections after the second week of registration for the term.
There are some courses that are restricted to a particular group of students. For example, some Nursing courses are restricted to students in a particular Nursing program. Restrictions are not removed from a course at any time.
For more details about reserves and restrictions, or to see a list of courses with reserve details, refer to Reserves and Restrictions.
I received an error message. What does it mean?
This is a list of error messages and what they mean.
|Error||What it means|
|Cohort restriction||Some sections are restricted to a particular cohort of students. If you receive this error, you are not part of the cohort that is allowed to register in this section.|
|Degree or department or program or field of study restriction||This section is restricted to a particular degree (e.g. bachelor or diploma or certificate) and/or department and/or program and/or major or minor (or some combination of the three) to which you are not admitted. You cannot register for this section.|
|Level restriction||If you have received this error, you are attempting to register in a section that is not available for your level of study (e.g. you are a college preparatory student attempting to register in undergraduate level courses; or you are an undergraduate student attempting to register in graduate level courses).|
|Linked course required||Some courses, especially science or language courses, have a linked lecture and lab; this means you are required to register in a lecture section and an appropriate lab section (e.g. PHYS 1100-S10 and PHYS 1100-S02). If you attempt registration in only one of these sections, you will get this error. Ensure you are registering in BOTH sections at the same time.|
|Maximum credits exceeded||Students are eligible to register in 17.5 credits (some programs allow registration in more credits as their program of study requires). If you are getting this error, you are attempting to register in more credits than your maximum credit limit allows. Students can request to register in more than their 17.5 credit limit if they meet special criteria (see the Request for Special Approval form on SES/Forms, which can be submitted to Student Enrolment Services).|
|Mutual exclusion with #####||Some courses at KPU are mutually exclusive with one another; this means you can only get credit for graduation purposes for one of the two. If you have taken one of the two courses previously (either at KPU or you have transfer credit awarded for it), the system will not allow you to register in the second course and will give you this error. The mutual exclusion will be listed on the courses in the University Calendar.|
|Prerequisites/corequisites are unmet||You do not meet the prerequisites or corequisites for this course; check the University Calendar to view the prerequisites of the course.|
|Repeating course or equivalent more than ## time is not allowed||Normally, a student can repeat a course only once. When you have taken a course twice before, and you attempt registration a third time, you will receive this error. To request to register in a course a third time, complete a Repeat Course Request form and submit it to Student Enrolment Services. You may also wish to speak with an academic advisor for course planning help.|
|Same course as section #####||You are already registered in a section of this course for this term; you cannot register for two sections of the same course.|
|Time conflict with CRN #####||The section you are attempting to register in conflicts with another section that you are already registered in (they have class or exam meeting times that overlap). You cannot register into a time conflict without special permission.|
|Section is full||This section is either full or suspended and no further registration is allowed.|
|Section-X is full||This crosslisted section is either full or suspended and no further registration is allowed.|
|Closed - ## waitlisted||This section is full and a waitlist is available. To waitlist, choose "Waitlist/Waitlisted" in the dropdown menu and select Submit to waitlist. The ## represents the number of students currently waitlisted in the section.|
|Open - ## waitlisted||There is a seat available in this section, but it has been offered to someone on the waitlist; you may waitlist for this section. To waitlist, choose "Waitlist/Waitlisted" in the dropdown menu and select Submit to waitlist. The ## represents the number of students currently waitlisted in the section.|
|Closed - waitlist full||This section is full and the waitlist is full. No further registration or waitlisting is allowed.|
|Open - waitlist full||There is a seat available in this section, but it has been offered to someone on the waitlist. The waitlist is also full. No further registration or waitlisting is allowed.|
|Reserved seats full||This section has reserved seats and they are full. If a waitlist is available for the section and there are seats available on the waitlist, you may be prompted to waitlist (it depends if you meet the reserve or not or if the section is carrying a waitlist for students who do not meet the reserve). See Restrictions and Reserves for more information.|
If you are receiving an error and you do not understand why, or you believe that you should not be receiving the error (e.g. you believe that you meet the prerequisites for the section), you may ask for help from an academic advisor or Student Enrolment Services.
For information about dropping or withdrawing from a section, see Dropping & Withdrawing.
Most sections at KPU allow for a waitlist so, if the section is full, you can waitlist and wait for a seat to become available. Notifications of seat offers are sent by email to your KPU student email account and are valid for 24 hours (ensure that your device is set to Pacific Time as that is the time zone upon which the deadline is based). If you receive a seat offer and wish to accept it, Register/Registered by Web will now be available in the dropdown menu in your registration. Submit and check that you were successfully registered. If you do not want to accept the seat offer, please drop the course from your registration so that another student may be offered the seat.
If you wish to take a course but do not want to do so for credit, you may request to audit. You are expected to attend class but would not participate in the evaluation process. To audit a course, you must obtain the approval of the Registrar or designate, or an Educational Dean and be currently eligible to enroll. Priority is given to credit students so students are not permitted to register for a course and then change to audit status. The tuition fee for auditing a course is the same as that for a student taking the course for credit. Students will be permitted to request audit status during the first week of classes.
After you register
It is very important that you are aware of the dates and deadlines for the term. Please note that there are different dates for section in the intersession parts of term, Session 1 and Session 2. Check your schedule after dropping or withdrawing as, unless you have officially dropped or withdrawn, you are considered fully registered, will be charged for the course, and will be assigned a grade.
The fee payment deadline is published and available to view each term on Dates & Deadlines. Tuition and fees must be paid by this deadline or late fee penalties will be applied to your student account. If you are not planning to attend a term, you must drop yourself from your registered courses; see Dropping & Withdrawing and Fee Deadlines & Refunds.
Students applying for or in receipt of financial assistance to help fund their studies should contact Student Awards and Financial Assistance.