Prepare for Registration

Whether you are a new or returning student, registration is an important step in your academic journey.  

In order to ensure the process goes smoothly for you, review the following information.

Step 1: Review your Program Requirements

Before registering, it is it important for you to review the University Academic Calendar.  The Academic Calendar contains information such as University, Faculty and Department regulations, program requirements and course descriptions, as well as course add and drop deadline dates. You need to be aware of, and become familiar with all regulations that govern your academic program at Lakehead University. Knowing this information will go a long way to helping you succeed and staying on track to completing your program. 

To view your program requirements, go to the Programs & Faculties section of the University Academic Calendar. Select your Faculty followed by either Undergraduate Programs or Graduate Programs, depending upon what you have been admitted to. Next, find your specific program within that department in order to get a detailed description of all courses you will need to take to complete your program.

When preparing for registration, it is also a good idea to review the list of courses required for your program.  

Example: If you are an Honours Bachelor of Arts English (HBA.ENGL) student, you would review your undergraduate program information on this page.

It is always best to plan your schedule in the same order as outlined in the Academic Calendar which is normally:

  • Required courses in your major

  • Required courses outside your major

  • Specified electives (these may be Special Categories, a specified subject or year level)

  • Open electives (these are courses which have the greatest flexibility of choice)

Step 2: Think About Course Planning & Selection 

Your program requirements will give you some flexibility in terms of what courses you can select. Take some time to think about those courses while becoming knowledgeable about how courses work and the various different types. Read more here.  

Step 3: Pre-Plan & Build Your Timetable 

It is always a good idea to start planning your timetable before registration opens.   In doing so, you will be able to ensure your schedule is best-suited to your needs without having to rush.  It will also allow you more time to review alternate choices for electives.

You will be notified through your Lakehead email account when you can start to "pre-build" your timetable using Build My Pre-Registration in myInfo. This is a great tool that allows you to search by subject, year level, instructor, term, delivery method, day of the week, etc. 

Remember to take your program requirements and course selection planning into account.