Step 6: Finish Adding Your Courses

Once your Enrollment Appointment comes up, you can access your Student Centre on SOLUS to add your courses. 

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Course sections
Course components
Course Load
Full Year courses
Switching courses
"P" Level courses
Distance courses
Language courses
Adding Courses under Another Program (Concurrent Education)
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Have courses already in your shopping cart?

If you have courses already sitting in your shopping cart, go back to your shopping cart and proceed to Checkout.  If there is space available in the classes that you have selected you will be enrolled in those classes.  Are you happy with your course selections and your class schedule?  If so, you’ve completed Step 6!  If not, you may make changes right up to the end of the enrollment period.  Some of the information below may help you with your course selection.

HINT: You are not enrolled in classes until you complete this step!

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From the drop down menu, click on Enrollment: Add and proceed to add each of your classes one at a time.  Once you are finished adding your courses, go back to the drop down menu and click on Class Schedule and select the fall term to view your fall schedule.  Repeat and review your winter term schedule.  You can view the “calendar” version by clicking on Weekly Calendar View.  Are you happy with your course selections and your fall and winter term class schedules?  If so, you’re finished!  If not, you may make changes right up to the end of the enrollment period.  Some of the information below may help you with your course selection.

HINT: Watch for green checkmarks and red "x"s!  A green checkmark means your transaction was successful but a red x indicates an error and you need to try again.

Did I Miss Anything?

Some things to consider when viewing your timetable and courses are:

  • Did I select enough courses to be considered full-time?  Some students with OSAP, Awards or Scholarships or other financial aid must register in a minimum number of credits to be considered full-time.  If you are in this category, make sure you know your funding requirements.  Choose five courses in each term (or three if you are a part-time student).
  • Think ahead – are there prerequisites for courses you want to take in later years?  If so, plan to meet those requirements as needed (which may be in first year).
  • All 6.0 unit courses are multi-term and are offered in the Fall and Winter Term. When you enroll in the "A" suffix course in the Fall Term the "B" suffix will be added to the Winter Term.  Remember that both halves of the course will be offered at the same time in the course timetable.
  • Have back-up course choices or a “plan B” ready.
  • Schedule yourself breaks (lunch, dinner, etc). 
Why can’t I add this course?

You may not be able to enrol in a course if:

  • It is full
  • You do not have the prerequisite(s)
  • It causes a conflict in your timetable
  • It is reserved for students in a particular program or plan
  • It is an exclusion of another course you already took or are taking

*If you are experiencing difficulty adding courses because your transfer credits are not recognized as satisfying course prerequisites/co-requisites/exclusions please contact the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the department concerned to obtain permission to register in the course(s).  If permission is granted, the department will issue you a permission number so you can then add the course. 

If you attempt to add a course and you receive an error message or red “x”, click on "details" to view the explanation.

Course Sections

The courses you plan to add will have multiple lecture, lab and/or tutorial sections.  In many instances, you will be required to choose one of each.  For example, in CHEM 112A (fall term), you must choose one of four lecture sections, and one of several lab and tutorial sessions.  If you find that you have a scheduling conflict, you may wish to consider changing your section.  How will you know if a tutorial or lab section is required for a particular course?  These sections will appear on SOLUS when you attempt to add the course and it will prompt you to choose a lab section and/or tutorial section before the course can be added.  To switch a course section use the “swap” feature on SOLUS. 

Course Components

Some courses have lectures as well as tutorials, seminars or labs.  You can find out what components are required for a course by browsing the course catalog through your Student Centre on SOLUS and by clicking on class sections.  When you register for the course on SOLUS you will be prompted to choose these sections and they will be included on your timetable. 

Course Load

First year students normally take a maximum of five courses or 30.0 units total over the fall-winter term.  Students admitted on a part-time basis can take a maximum of three courses or 18.0 units total.

Full Year Courses

Most 100 level courses offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science are “full year” or "multi-term" courses and run over the fall and winter terms.  The reason for this is to allow students the time they need to adjust to university studies and allow a longer period to adjust academic performance, as needed.  Therefore, if students find they didn’t perform as well as they expected to at the end of the fall term, they have the entire winter term to adjust their performance and improve their final grade.  Students register for these courses by adding the fall term portion first (CHEM 112A, for example) and SOLUS will automatically add the winter term portion (CHEM 112B for example).  First year students will receive “mid year” grades in early January which are not placed on transcripts but simply available to give students an idea of how they are performing.  Always remember that when you are registering for a full year course to check that both the A and B portions are on your timetable

Switching Courses

Students may switch courses and make changes up to the end of the Course Selection Period in July and there is another chance to make changes during the Open Enrollment period in September.  During this period students may add, drop or swap courses with no financial penalty but by that time space in courses will be very limited. 

HINT: Need to switch a one-term course or section?  Use the swap feature!  By swapping courses, SOLUS will not release your spot until you are successfully registered in the new course.  Be advised, that this function is only available for one-term courses.  Courses with an A and a B portion cannot use the swap feature.  You must first check to make sure there is capacity in the course or section you wish to switch to; drop the course you no longer want and add the new A portion of the course.  SOLUS will then automatically also enroll you in the corresponding B portion of the new course. 

“P” Level Courses

“P” level courses are courses intended to be used as elective credits only.  They do not normally lead to further study in the subject and cannot count as a prerequisite.  First year students are therefore, not encouraged to take these courses. 

However, language courses are an exception to this.  First year students are advised to read the course description carefully before registering in these particular “P Level” courses as many of these language courses can lead to further study. See Choose Your First Year Courses for more information.

Distance Courses

Queen’s offers both on-campus courses and “distance” studies.  However, we recommend that students take on-campus courses only during their first year until they become more familiar with the structure and academic expectations of university level courses. Distance courses are also a good option for taking over the summer!

Language Courses

Most language courses require students to do a placement test to see what level their language skills are at and what corresponding course is the most appropriate one to take.  The placement tests take place during Orientation Week in September and the departments will assist students with course selection for language courses, as needed.

Adding Courses under Another Program (Concurrent Education Students)

If you are a student actively registered in more than one Faculty and taking courses in both Faculties simultaneously (Concurrent Education students) then you may need to add courses in SOLUS under two different programs.  For first year students in Concurrent Education, the Faculty of Education will preload your PRAC and PROF courses for you.

In your SOLUS Student Centre view the tabs at the top of your screen and click on add.  From the “Add” page (Enrollment Preferences) you can choose the program for which you wish to add the course by clicking on the drop down menu under “Program” (PROF 110 should be added under Concurrent Education Program, for example). Once the program is selected, you may click on “search” to find the course(s) you wish to add.  Repeat this process for your other program by selecting the correct program and adding the courses you need.

View this PDF to see what it looks like on SOLUS.

Need help?

You can find help on registering for courses by clicking on “SOLUS Help” through your SOLUS Student Centre.  View the tutorials by seeing it, trying it, etc.  If you haven’t found the answer to your question, the Registration Hotline is available from July 15 to August 2, 2013 at (613) 533-2470.  Our friendly and knowledgable Registration Assistants can help you with any questions you may have.  Once you arrive on campus, you may wish to receive some academic advice.  PASS Advisors are available in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, room F200 to answer your questions on a drop-in basis throughout the academic year or you may schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in F200 Mackintosh-Corry Hall by calling (613) 533-2470.  Not on campus yet?  You can schedule an appointment to speak with an academic advisor over the phone.

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